I’m seriously running out of shelf space now at home. The collection was originally planned to run to 70 models plus a few specials but it will end up being double this, maybe even more. So a decision is looming up – do I keep everything on display, cramming and spreading across surfaces, or do I pack some away? I feel the latter will happen as already my models are brushing shoulders with each other. My plan is keep out all Federation/Starfleet models, Klingon and Romulan and put the rest away. Maybe keep out the special editions too. These constitute the original triumvirate and each hold the lion’s share of the collection, particularly Starfleet of course. The Klingon ships are generally of very high quality of design and build, on a par with the best of the Starfleet models. If only more models in the collection had the same care and detail as the Klingons receive.
This late in the collection I was not expecting to encounter such an excellent Klingon ship yet Issue 102 delivers with the D5-Class Battle Cruiser. It has a passing resemblance to the Klingon Raptor with a similar structure and layout yet entirely different components and details. The large angular wings support complex nacelles and are topped in the centre by a large red cooling grill, a detail common with many Klingon ships. The long pointed bridge is joined to the wings by longer neck adorned with various pipes and struts. The real treat here is that the underside of the ship is even more complex with a more struts and supports on show along with underslung twin disrupters. There is such an intense level of detailing here that surpasses many of the special edition models. I have lamented previously on poor models that lack both detail and colour, as without one the other must compensate. There is no compensating here: the colour scheme is a basic light green yet crucially a painted panelling effect on the wings and the hulls works perfectly. A grill is painted red, nacelle exhausts are yellow, impulse engines red and some nice ribbed section on the underside gold. No more is necessary. The detail is excellent, really excellent. Aside from the expanse of the wings and the top of bridge section everywhere is a neat assortment of conduits, grills, panels and hatches. Everything a Klingon ship should be – sleek and aggressive yet rugged and utilitarian. A real mix of aesthetics.
The icing on the cake is the well thought out build. Joins are visible on the underside but are crowded out with the superb detailing. Most of the model is made from two pieces, a metal part consisting of bridge, neck and underside and a plastic piece of the wings. Nacelles, weapons, struts and a few other plastic pieces are neatly glued on. For me this model is in close contention with the Issue 2 Bird of Prey for the best Klingon ship. Coming up in a future issue is a another Bird of Prey in the wings down position so that should be interesting.
- Detailing: 5/5 (outstanding in the collection)
- Construction: 5/5 (well thought out)
- Ship design: 5/5 (one of my favourite Klingon ships)
- Overall: 5/5 (a pleasure to come across such a brilliant model)