The attack fighter is a powerful and highly manoeuvrable two man ship, similar in many respects to a shuttlecraft or runabout, but specialised in warfare. The design is more reminiscent of a jet-fighter with its large wings, pointed fuselage and large double engines. As the warp engine is completely shielded – even more so than the Defiant – it is not a distinctly Starfleet design.
The design is fairly simple with an angular hull and wings and large engines. This means the model consists of only four pieces, being the upper and lower hull pieces and two small parts that make up the impulse engines. The benefit of this is the joins are kept to a minimum and the majority of the ship is metal rather than plastic. We don’t get to see any transparent pieces unfortunately as the design doesn’t call for it, though the bright red impulse grills do add a sorely needed touch of colour. I would definitely have liked to see more varied decor with shaded panels and components, but alas we get a uniformly dull grey hull with some camouflaging detail on the wings and upper hull.
As I wistfully compare the model to the CGI images in the magazine I feel many details are lacking and indistinct. If the detail and paintwork where similar to the likes of the Norway and Steamrunner class ships I’d be really happy but this model doesn’t come close.
I’m a little bit disappointed with this model. It is actually reasonably well executed and is a perfectly decent rendition of the stubby little ship, yet I feel I’m longing for a bit more colour and detail. With regards to the magazine it has an interesting article about the making of the DS9 ‘Sacrifice of Angels’ space battle, definitely a fascinating read.
- Detailing: 3/5 – A bit lacking for a TNG/DS9 era ship
- Construction: 4/5 – Simple but well assembled
- Ship design: 3/5 – Not particularly inspiring, but quite a cute little stubby ship
- Overall: 3/5 – Well built but underwhelming