I’ve now got several NCC-1701 variants on my shelves – the original Issue 50, the Mirror Universe special, the Yorktown (which I’ll review in the near future) and now the over-sized and over-priced 11 inch edition. It is a real sight to behold, a showcase if you will of what Eaglemoss can do if you pay them enough. I’ve done exactly that so you don’t have to!
Joking aside this is a very, very good model. It is essentially a scaled up version of the standard sized Issue 50 with a similar construction. Its larger size means more detail is possible. The deflector for example is much more impressive and looks satisfying retro with its protruding dish and antennae. The Bussard ramscoops are made of large translucent plastic hemispheres and really look the part. Other nice features are the grills on the insides of the nacelles and the better defined shuttlebay door at the back of the ship. The deflector is very fragile but fortunately the model is well packaged in polystyrene.
Of course this is an Original Series Enterprise so it is very simple in design and means there is nowhere to hide when it comes to construction. This does mean most of the joins are plain to see but, like with the smaller model, all the joins are on the underside so this its not a big deal. One major difference is the use of materials – far less plastic and much more metal. Most of the saucer is metal, so is the engineering hull and the nacelle struts. The only main plastic parts are the underside of the saucer and the nacelles. This is good as it makes the model very sturdy and surprisingly heavy. It’s a really satisfying weight, well balanced too.
In terms of build and reproduction it is hard to fault with its great detail and attention to detail. However it is very expensive: £50 in the UK. This is five times the price of a regular model. Whilst it is much more impressive model it is hardly *five* times better so think carefully if you want to splash out. For completionists and Enterprise fans though I’d say it is worth the money – it will look good on your shelf. The sheer size of it is impressive in itself along with the good news that is it predominantly metal.
- Detailing: 5/5 – Excellent
- Construction: 5/5 – Mostly metal, very heavy
- Ship design: 5/5 – Classic original Enterprise
- Overall: 4/5 – Looks amazing, but it is eye-wateringly expensive
The accompanying magazine does away with the schematics and design history and concentrates instead on the earliest days of the Original Series. The first item is a long article on the pilot episode. This is followed by a short section on casting then another ‘feature length’ article on the second pilot. All told this is a fascinating read and well researched magazine.