I have just purchased issue 1 of the Star Trek Starships Collection, which cost an introductory £1.99 (normal £9.99). Issue 1 is the Galaxy Class USS Enterprise-D.
The magazine that comes with the model is quite slim, but does pack some useful information of the ship and some really nice images, not a single graining screen cap in sight. If you are an avid trekkie then the information in the magazine is nothing new, it goes on to explain the concept and workings of the saucer seperation, what the deflector dish does and a nice diagram of the various functions scattered across the outer hull of the ship.
I guess the most interesting article would be the design process of the ship by Andrew Probert, and how he came to be the ship’s designer.
The articles are well written allbeit with a few glaring typo’s, something I would not expect from a publication which has had so many issues coming to print. (Admittedly, the issues were with sourcing a company to make the models), the biggest typo though is really inexcusable: On the last inside page there is a little trivia piece that reads “GALAXY-class starships like the ENTERPRISE-D appeared in every episode of STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION, the film STAR TREK GENERATIONS, STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE, STAR TREK: VOYAGER and STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE. This means the only series they did not apear in is the original STAR TREK” obviously, it should have said the Galaxy class ship has been in every SERIES of Star Trek other than the Original Series.
Now what about the model? This particular model is extremely well made and the paint job is as accurate as you can get on a model of it’s size. The aztec scheme is excellent and the detail is exquisite. My only nit pick is the cradled display stand, I don’t like the way it hugs the model, which when viewed from the fore, looks pretty ugly. A traditional upright stand would have been better.
There is an additional series guide that shows the forthcoming issues and their respective models, such as issue two featuring the refit Enterprise-1701 and issue 5 and it’s Romulan Warbird. I have issue with the look of some of the forthcoming models, particularly the refit Enterprise, Reliant and Excelsior. Thier paint schemes are all very basic at first glance except that of the Reliant, which looks far more superior. There looks to be no aztec paint job on either the refit Enterprise nor the Excelsior making them look no better than the smaller scale Micromachines models.
I hope this is just an early publicity photo, and that the quality of these models have been upgraded. Only time will tell. (Those of you who had an early run, or have the issues via subscription may already know the answer to this issue, please advise)
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