It has been a little while since I posted and in that Spring hiatus I’ve accrued a backlog of models to reviews. So let’s get to it.
First up is issue 71’s Klingon Transport, an ST:Enterprise ship of the week. The design of this ship marks a departure from usual IKS vessels, namely that it is missing wings. Regardless it is still obviously Klingon given its pale green hull and oversized red torpedo launcher. And just to make it clear the colourful Klingon symbol appears on both nacelles.
This is a one big, heavy model. With the possible exception of the Borg Sphere and the specials this is the heaviest model in the collection so far. The top half of the model is metal and it is both quite long and wide, giving it a very satisfying weight. Not only that but it is well assembled with all the joins on the underside of the ship. From above and even at the sides it looks like one big angular hunk of metal. The level of decor is quite decent if simple but at least the underside is given proper attention, unlike the disappointing Voth City Ship.
I’m always pleased to see a bit of translucent plastic as it often adds some dynamism to a model. In this case the warp nacelle exhausts are a pleasing translucent green with silver decor. Combined with a the red impulse exhausts on the rear it livens the model up a bit.
For the first 70 models I have given a score out of five. For the remaining 40+ I’m going to do something different and end simply with my conclusion on the ship design and model:
- Ship: Not one of the better Klingon ships, but probably the closest to a Klingon runabout you might see.
- Model: Heavy, well made and neatly decorated.
And finally, the magazine. I’m going to comment a little more on these going forward as you could say we come for the model, and stay for the magazine. The special articles for this issue are:
- Designing the Klingon Transport Ship
Eaglemoss are generally good at charting ship design history with fascinating sketches and renders. This is no exception.
- Returning Aliens
An interesting long read on the recurring alien races and their design evolution
The collection has been running so long you’d think all the great iconic ships have been done, but no. Here we are with issue 72’s Enterprise NCC-1701-A. In case anyone didn’t know the Enterprise A appeared in ST:V and ST:VI, a newly built replacement subsequent to the original Enterprise’s destruction in ST:III. To all external appearances the design is identical to the NCC-1701 refit, which you may recall appeared in the collection way back as issue two.
This is exactly the same model as the issue two’s, but with an entirely new, and I would say improved, paint job. It’s perfectly reasonable to reuse the same model design for a ship that is virtually the same, but I was hoping Eaglemoss would rethink the construction of it. As it is the Enterprise A suffers from the same egregious flaws as the refit. The joins are obvious and appear everywhere, especially bad on the engineering hull. The nacelles likewise are ill fitting, though at least the transparent blue deflector dish looks great. The nacelles grills too are brilliant.
If you don’t look too close though it is a nice model and I think this is thanks to the new paint work. It is white with faint aztecing and the few details are crisp and well placed. I am glad to see the final Enterprise missing from the collection, I’m just disappointed the poor construction issues weren’t addressed.
- Ship: An absolute classic 80’s rendition of the Enterprise
- Model: Poorly constructed but excellent paint work
The magazine has two articles:
- Filming the NCC-1701-A
A brief but informative little article with some fun trivia
- Nicholas Meyer on Star Trek IV & VI
This is an interview piece and offers some insight into the writer/director’s approach
Finally for this review! A real oddball of ship, the Borg Renegade’s Ship. We’ve seen some pretty daft ships in the collection but this way takes the biscuit with its asymmetrical design and apparent lack of obvious function. You could say this is a ship designed by committee, a grotesque camel of a thing. I don’t care for it very much but I do appreciate having it in the collection as people are bound to look at it and wonder what the hell it is.
I don’t think Borg ships have done well in the collection. The size of the models mean a lot of fine detail can be lost and as the Borg ships are swathed in complex, exposed machinery and components they tend to look plain and uninspiring when reproduced. Given the model size Eaglemoss have made a decent fist of it this time and think the key is the flecks of turquoise in the exposed hull sections. This gives a hint of inner lights and workings. The rest of the hull however is poor. It is boringly grey and bereft of shading and has an unfortunate brick-like pattern to it.
Nope, I think this is another failure but an interesting, irregular one. Unless the Borg Queen’s vessel makes an appearance I suspect this is the last Borg ship we’ll see and I won’t be too disappointed by that.
- Ship: Totally bonkers and ugly
- Model: A cute little model, well built and put together but rather bland
Alongside the usual articles the magazine contains:
- Designing the Borg Renegade’s Ship
Want to know why the heck they designed such an ugly ship? Read this.
- Jonathan Del Arco
This an interview with the actor who played Hugh, an ‘orphaned’ Borg
That’s it until the Bajoran Raider comes out next month and I’ll be back to reviewing ships one at a time!