By Scott Scariot - images & text © 2010
One of the things I liked about Enterprise was the designs of the alien starships. One of the coolest was the Vulcan Surak class. The ship made its debut in the first season episode "Breaking the Ice". The design is simple and striking.
Image: Main hull detailing
Image: Rear plate
Image: Pointy bit
Image: Easily fixed with a heat gun
Image: Bussard scoop size
Image: A little rough at the edges
Image: Hull halves
Image: Looks almost like a mainstream plastic kit....
I immediately wanted a model of the ship. Now finally after many years a good quality model of the Surak class is here.
This is the first model in 1/1000 scale by Delta Quadrant. The master of the
Surakclass was stereolithographed ("grown") using computer-aided design. The result of this is a model that has very crisp detail. The model is covered with lots of crisp panel lines that are straight and are not overly deep. The impulse engines on the rear are very nice. The windows are round and are symmetrical and are a nice touch. My sample was the first pull out of the molds.
What You Get
The model is made up of 13 parts. Four parts make up most of the warp engine ring; three parts that I think are the Bussard collectors. The main hull is made up of 6 parts: a nose cone, two side parts two parts to fill in the tail and a tail piece. One of the two main hull pieces was warped. No big deal; a little heat from a heat gun and I had it back in shape.
The parts are all keyed so assembly will be very straightforward. A test fit shows that the parts fit together very well. The tight fit also means that pinning should not be necessary. I plan on building the model in two subassemblies: the main hull “spike” and the warp nacelle “ring”. That should be the easiest way to fill the seams and paint and detail the model. My only issue with this model is that it is covered with such nice details I'm not sure where I want to put the hole for the stand!
I think Delta Quadrant has a winner on their hands. I know I have been a bit lavish with my praise but the kit really is that nice. I hope that this is just the first in a collection of 1/1000 scale kits.
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This page copyright © 2010 Starship Modeler. First posted on 19 April 2010.