The Raider is the second Bajoran ship in the collection and like the first one, the Solar Sailor, this is a non-warp, non-impulse vessel. It is similar in size to a Federation runabout but considerably cramped inside with only a tiny cockpit for pilot and co-pilot. No doubt this is because the engine takes up most of the space. I remember enjoying both episodes the Raider appeared in, showing that though the Bajorans are lacking ‘modern’ starfaring technology their ships make up for it with their pluckiness.
You can see the raider looks essentially like a rocket engine with wings and a cockpit at the front. This is a great design that really strips the ship down to its basic function, and unlike most ships it is designed predominantly for atmospheric flight so it is justifiably streamlined. The hull is barrel-shaped with a huge exhaust at the rear. There is a variety of panelling and exposed components giving the ship a very believable construction I’ve not seen on many other ships, the Phoenix aside. The wings are excellent with a great downturned curve at the ends and thins struts at the rear that attach to the back of the hull. This has been very well executed as the wings, struts and main hull are all cast from one piece of metal. The cockpit is simple but unfortunately does looks very stuck on. Which it is, being a plastic part glued onto the main metal chassis. It is an unfortunate appearance but appears to be accurate.
The paintwork is simple, understated yet fitting for such a piece of antiquated hardware. It is mainly an off-white with plenty of rusted/worn patches of grey. If it were not for the yellow phasers the whole ship would be decorated in greyscales.
The Bajoran Raider is an excellent ship and very well reproduced. My main issue is the design of the cockpit appearing stuck on, but perhaps the intention is to allow it to eject from the ship in an emergency. The rest of the ship looks brilliant with its exposed pipes and equipment, curved wings and huge exhaust. It almost looks like it could a real ship in our not too distant future.
I had scrapped my scoring system last month, but due to popular demand I’ve had a change of mind and re-introduced. At some point I’ll revisit the three models I haven’t provided a rating for.
- Detailing: 5/5 – Very detailed, no plain spots – even inside the exhaust cowling!
- Construction: 4/5 – Cockpit is conspicuously attached
- Ship design: 5/5 – Simple rocket ship design
- Overall: 5/5 – A cool little ship
In addition to the regular articles the magazine includes:
- Designing the Bajoran Raider
Includes some great sketches
- Creating the Bajorans
A long read covering the evolution and creation in TNG and DS9