Now this is a Star Trek model! The barrel of Federation ships is being well and truly scraped in the collection now but that doesn’t bother me one bit, certainly not when they are this fascinating. The Kyushu is a New Orleans class ship seen once as a wreck in the Battle of Wolf 359. Fortunately for us the original studio model still exists which is a noticeably kit-bashed affair much like the similarly interesting Stargazer. These background wrecks are an interesting bunch as they are generally seen only briefly and are composites of other ship classes and components. The Kyushu has this in spades as it has all sorts of odd appendages.
All the classic tropes are in force in the Kyushu – the oblong TNG-era saucer section, twin nacelles and engineering hull also of TNG styling. In fact much of it looks like the Enterprise D, the closest since the Nebula class USS Honshu. The construction does differ somewhat though – the nacelle struts are swept back, engineering nestles further under the saucer and there is the addition of three previously unseen pods, two on top and one on the bottom. There is no graceful neck joining the saucer to engineering instead they are almost directly joined by a considerably truncated section. On the original model these pods were actually Stabilo highlighter pens, the type you likely had in your school pencil case back in the 90s.
This model is well built and most of the joins are thoughtfully placed. In general they follow the line of each component so they don’t appear out of place. The nacelles are up to scratch with the usual red transparent ramscoops and blue transparent wrap-around grills. The deflector is very colourful consisting of bright turquoise and dull orange. You have to look closely but the deflector dish is surprisingly detailed which is consistent all over the model. Aztecing is very good though rather subtle accompanied by a variety of details such as phaser strips, impulse exhausts, lights, insignias and swooshes. All excellent though I’d prefer the escape pod hatches to be painted along with the bridge. I particularly like the oversized registry – it’s bold and colourful.
I’m really pleased with this issue. It’s packed full of detail, well made and looks pretty cool. If you like Starfleet ships this is a collection must have.
- Detailing: 5/5 – High level of TNG Starfleet detailing
- Construction: 5/5 – Chunky, well assembled yet reasonably complex
- Ship design: 4/5 – Not quite a classic but interesting
- Overall: 5/5 – Superb
The magazine is pretty good. It discussed the New Orleans class in general as very little is known of the Kyushu specifically. The design article is a good read as is Best of Both Worlds feature article. Also a final note: When I was doing my research for this ship I came across this very impressive home build guide. Whilst there was a lot of custom work the bulk of the model is made of other kits, along with those marker pens!