The Bajorans are surprisingly well represented considering their ships are, well, crap. That is the point of course as the Bajorans are left with an outdated and decrepit fleet after the Cardassian occupation. The Antares class freighter is one of these outdated and under-powered ships, yet it is warp capable and seem to be well put to use.
This ship is simple in design – you can see it’s pretty much just an isosceles triangle with a spade like prow and raised platform at the rear. It almost falls into the often dissapointing category of two-piece models: those that are made of just an upper and lower piece. It is a little more than that though as the raised platform and small cylinders mounted on sides add a bit more detail. Also the hull is very well detailed, if sparsely painted. Panels, conduits, arrays, hatches and engine exhausts decorate the hull all over giving the ship an inelegant design. This is again intentional as the ship is supposed to be antiquated and makes no concession to comfort. I would like to see more colour in this model though. It is mostly a boring brown with a few greyish-blue panels. I like those panels and I wish the original design had more of them. As it is the ship is pretty much brown all over with no shading and just a few white windows and three red engine exhausts.I do like the chunky feel of this model. Pretty much half of it is metal and it is a one of the larger models so it really feels good to hold and certainly not fragile. Even the spade-like prow is metal so I feel it could double up as a chisel in a pinch. This is not a great model, but it’s not bad either. I have little to complain of with the reproduction though of course a bit of translucent plastic is always good so too bad there isn’t any. The ship itself is to blame – bland, basic and quite unsexy, but even so it has a little ungainly charm. Not quite enough to give it a four, but it’s a very high three out of five.
- Detailing: 4/5 (not enough paintwork, but lots of components)
- Construction: 3/5 (very sturdy but it is a simple ship to recreate)
- Ship design: 3/5 (it’s a triangle – yet so are Star Destroyers)
- Overall: 3/5 (inelegant yet interesting)