We haven’t seen a Romulan ship in the collection for quite some time, nearly a year in fact. Looking back at my past reviews reminded me that I should point out that you can access a list of all the reviews dating back to August 2013 by clicking the ‘burger’/menu button in the top right hand corner to take you to the archives. Browsing through it I was reminded of past Romulan ships of varying quality and build, ranging from the bland Enterprise Bird of Prey, the classic Warbird and the surprisingly well executed Drone ship. The Romulans have been well represented in the collection, if not so much in numbers as the Klingons, but in quality. The shuttle is another excellent addition.
As all the models are of a similar size limited only by the packaging (the Borg sphere and tactical cube were exceptions with larger boxes) it means smaller ships are reproduced at a larger scale allowing for more detail. The shuttle is less than 25 metres long so most of the panels, doorways and various doodads are on display, and many of them are nicely coloured. For example the golden double ‘spine’ panels along the top, the angled doorways on either side and the blue and silver Romulan pennant. Exposed panels on top and underneath are even finer detailed, especially the one of the underside and in several places Romulan script is legible, either embossed on painted on in black or white. To cap it all off the nacelle grills and leading edges are made of transparent blue plastic ensuring the nacelles are of the same standard as the best Starfleet models. With all these details and components the shuttle is quite colourful, but not excessively as the predominant hull colour is a metallic green.
The design overall is excellent and has been well reproduced in model form. The front end looks very much like a helmet with a sharp leading edge and narrow slot of a window. The nacelles are curved and chunky with satisfying grills, attached to gently curving wings that join up with the spine I mentioned earlier which terminates with a obviously bird-like tail. Underneath is a supporting strut that connects the wings, very much like a miniature version of the Valdore’s. It took me a while to notice but I eventually realised I could not see any joins. On closer inspection they are there, but in places you’d naturally expect a break, which explains why I didn’t spot them at first.
This really is a nice little model with a great detailing and a wonderful design. My only gripe, and it is a minor one, is the underside of the wings are very plain, made more noticeable as the rest of the underside barely has an untouched few millimetres. Yes, this is a good ship and a real treat to own.
- Detailing: 5/5 – Very, very good
- Construction: 5/5 – Barely a join in sight
- Ship design: 5/5 – Classic Romulan on a small scale
- Overall: 5/5 – I’m very happy to have another DS9 ship in the collection
The magazine has a fairly standard article on designing the shuttle, plus an interview with Andrew Robinson who played the shady Cardassian Garak.
On a final note here’s a sneak preview of the next two ships, the Aeroshuttle and Mudd’s Class-J ship. Expect the reviews here soon!