Here we are, nearly three years after the collection began and we’ve final reached issue 70, which would have been the original count. That has been extended a couple of times to 110 so we’ve still got plenty of stuff to look forward. In the next few months we can expect to see an emphasis on smaller ships and shuttles such as the Academy Flight Trainer, Bajoran Raider, Captain’s Yacht, Scoutship and the Baxial.
I’m glad the collection hasn’t ended with the Voth City Ship. It is a bit of a let down both as a model and by the standards of Star Trek ship design. Let’s tackle the design aspect first. If and when you receive this model take a look at the magazine’s ‘Designing the Voth City Ship’ article, which shows the gradual simplification of Rick Sternbach’s original design. The first sketch was complex with many towers and protruding sections, but the final design resembles a squashed garlic bulb to me. It is only ‘ship of the week’, but there have been plenty of excellent examples – take a look at the Romulan Drone or Malon Export Vessel. For what is one of the largest ships in the series I am disappointed by its lack of vision.
The simple design has meant Eaglemoss have been able to reproduce it with only two pieces, a single larger metal piece for the main hull, impeller and forward hull and a smaller plastic part for the underside of the main hull and impeller. The underside is flat and simply decorated, certainly nothing interesting to look at. The construction is solid, though there is a intentional gap underneath the forward hull section. I’m not sure what I think about that as you can peer inside and see the unadorned internal structure of the model.
The transversal warp impeller could really do with being replaced with a translucent plastic and painted to give it more vigour, anything really would be good to bring this model to life a bit more As you can tell I’m not impressed with this issue, being a lacklustre design, adequately but not spectacularly reproduced in model form. This is not a disaster by any means, but given such a huge variety of in ships and models I’m bound to be disappointed on occasion.
- Detailing: 3/5 – Decent without any untouched areas
- Construction: 3/5 – I don’t like the open front
- Ship design: 2/5 – Boring, especially given its scale
- Overall: 2/5 – A real down of what could be an impressive city ship
Finally let me give you a brief update on the most recently announced set of models. It will be no surprise the collection is moving into more obscure territory. I’ve provided links to picture of each model, aside from Issue 79 which hasn’t been made available yet.
- Issue 77, Romulan Shuttle
This looks very cool
- Issue 78, Aeroshuttle
Never seen before another model I’m looking forward to reviewing
- Issue 79, Mudd’s Ship, Stella
No pictures of the model yet – quite a brutal design
- Issue 80, Federation Scout
As seen on Nemesis
- Issue 81, Xindi Reptilian Ship
Another unusual design
- Issue 82, Warp Delta Ship
The predecessor to the NX class
- Issue 83, Bajoran Interceptor
UPDATE: I spotted a copy and paste mistake I made originally – my score for the Voth City Ship should be 2/5 not 4/5.