Well we had the Enterprise E’s Cousteau three issues ago, now it’s time for Voyager’s Aeroshuttle, its equivalent of the Captain’s Yacht. In fact the runabout-like ship was designed with an emphasis on atmospheric flight, but like most auxiliary craft it is warp capable. Now we never got to see it in action in Voyager with no in-universe explanation. For some reason it was never used or referred to, even being overlooked when the Delta Flyer was built, from scratch. Maybe there was something wrong with it? Maybe the crew had to salvage parts from it to support Voyager?
Too bad this model isn’t quite up to scratch. Yes, the design is very lovely, a neat blend of shuttle and wings, but as we have had several auxiliary and fighter craft in the collection recently I feel I must be picky. For me this model suffers from the same problem as the USS Orinoco model – the detail is not crisp enough. This is because the top half is metal which seems to lack the precision needed for representing finer details possible in plastic. In this case I would have preferred the underside to be metal with a plastic upper which would maintain a reasonable weight but allow all the panels, etc to stand out better. As it is they don’t and the edges are a tad muted. As I say, this is too bad as this has the makings of an excellent model. This problem doesn’t affect all models, but is certainly more pronounced for the Aeroshuttle.
Pretty much everything else has been pulled off fine with decent build quality, plenty of detail and colour and of course both red and blue transparent plastics for the Bussard scoop and nacelle grills respectively. Look at the underside and you’ll see it perfectly matches the outline visible on Voyager’s ventral hull. This even appears on the Voyager model too!
- Detailing: 3/5 – Disappointing for a Starfleet ship
- Construction: 5/5 – Nicely assembled and good use of transparent plastics
- Ship design: 4/5 – A runabout with wings
- Overall: 3/5 – A great ship but let down by muted detailing
The magazine covers the design process of the Aeroshuttle plus an article on the Voyager sets. I had heard reasonably substantiated rumours that Eaglemoss are planning to print a book using articles from the magazines (plus some original articles too). I expect the Voyager sets article will make the cut if that goes ahead.