Editor’s note: While TrekCore has been covering the larger-scale Official Starships XL Editions from Eaglemoss’ line of ship models, we’ve not spent much time focused on the ongoing subscriber editions, but that’s changing today!

Our UK-based friend Clive Burrell from Some Kind of Star Trek is an expert on the smaller-scale monthly ships, and we’ll be bringing you his reviews of the smaller ships here at TrekCore, starting with some catch-up reviews of this past summer’s new releases.

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Back in the day, Matt Jefferies designed the USS Enterprise — but what first spewed forth onto the page wasn’t the familiar shape we know today from the Original Series but this, what is now known as the Daedalus-class.

Jefferies’ original sketches suggested a more cylindrical secondary hull and a spherical primary hull to get away from the cliched ‘flying saucer’ however we know how that turned out!

LEFT: Matt Jefferies’ sketches. RIGHT: The Daedalus-class model in Sisko’s office.

What we have with issue 100 is an amalgamation — a fusion of Jefferies design, the enhancements Mike Okuda made for the colour and black and white editions of the Star Trek Chronology, as well as some updates included for this collection.

Let’s get down to it: you know this is one of those essential models, one that you have to have because of its place in franchise history and it will entice discussion since it’s the first ship that hasn’t really appeared on screen (aside from a model in Sisko’s office).

Labelled up as the USS Horizon, the ship firmly placed its links to the Original Series episode “A Piece of the Action,” in which this craft was mentioned. At the front the spherical primary hull sits bold and proud emblazoned with the ships name – but it actually seems to be lacking in any finer detail.

There’s the grey colour scheme all over, but when it comes to windows and definition that can be clearly seen on the magazine it’s oddly devoid of such precision. The mold is a good quality finish with the metallic ball joining to the secondary hull through the spindly, horizontal neck section which seems better finished than the ‘head’.

As with many of the Eaglemoss releases, the window alignments on the hull are unfortunately out of place to the physical window spots, and honestly, the deflector looks a bit boring. Comparing it to the plan views, it should be a more subtle colour shade of grey rather than an emblazoned blue.

Given that this is an interpretation of a classic design/sketch, I’m going to go a little easy on this one, but in some ways it does feel uncomfortably unfinished. The panel lines fee washed out and faint, almost over-simplistic which provides a very severe opposite to the back end, though moving back to the cylindrical secondary hull the detailing does increase noticeably. Panel lines are more clearly etched in and form is given much more shape and finery.

While you could probably push to say that the primary hull has nice impulse engines and no bad join lines, the rear section feels like a ship, and looks like a ship.

It’s complete, worked, and feels like they didn’t give up halfway through. For example, there is much more structure to the additional airlocks on either side and fortunately the registry decals are perfectly aligned unlike we saw on the early prototype. Oddly, the back end looks like a crisp metal finish while the sphere feels like a half-finished plastic blob.

Now head out sideways from the barrel-shaped hull to the parallel warp nacelles. As with the secondary hull there is much more definition and the lines provide something of a primitive and industrial visualisation to the class. The rear exhausts are open as opposed to the grilles or ‘balls’ of the later Constitution-class and once more evoke a more basic sense of space exploration in the 22nd Century.

What does seem over basic are the red bussard collectors at the front of each nacelle. The finish on the Mirror Universe’s ISS Enterprise engines had smaller spikes to the front but here they are molded into the caps and seem ridiculously out of place. Definitely oversized for the ship, and certainly lacking in the subtlety that we saw on the ISS Enterprise.

Stand fitting is straightforward slipping right over the warp pylons and holding the USS Horizon firmly in place. No movement today people and she’s nice and level for display.

The great thing with the USS Horizon model is the percentage of metal over plastic. The whole of the sphere plus the neck, pylons and top half of the secondary hull is all metal; only the lower half of the barrel-shaped engineering section plus the nacelles and the shuttlebay doors are plastic.

Given the way that production has come on, the difference in surface quality is pretty good and at one point I couldn’t tell if the whole of the secondary hull was metal or not — and what is really nice about the secondary hull is the way in which the rear is properly finished with ship registry and, significantly, a shuttle bay and navigation lights. It makes the Horizon a complete ‘thing’ from every angle and makes her functional.

The magazine does offer some general background to the fictional class of starship, though the ‘Designing the Daedalus-class’ section misses a trick I think, choosing to focus more on the redesigning of the ship for the Chronology and this publication. Of course that’s not something that will have been extensively documented, but the omission of the original Matt Jefferies sketches in a piece about something he was ultimately responsible for envisioning is glaring.

This still remains a good read as you get more of a grip on what was altered and how the class came to look as it does now in the Starships Collection, particularly on how some of the smaller detail was incorporated such as the navigational deflector and impulse engines which weren’t considered back in those original drawings.

The first appearance of the Bajoran freighter in “Ensign Ro.”

Issue 101 was a bloody good surprise. I genuinely lined myself up to give this one a bashing as I expected it to be just as ‘brilliant’ as the other Bajoran ship models, including the magically unstable and home-movers nightmare, the Bajoran Solar Sailor vessel.

The Bajoran Antares-class freighter is a right chunky wedge of a starship and possibly the best offering from the nasally ridged humanoids. A ship of this shape may not immediately seem like the biggest draw but there’s a good deal going for it here.

The solid brown tone on the hull help to back the aged craft and make it feel fairly rustic. It is a very basic paint scheme with only a few sporadic grey panels to relieve the single shade. Right across the surface there are a considerable number of windows/portholes clearly visible although there does seem to be a discrepancy between the number on the ship and the number of the CG model in the magazine.

What helps to set it apart is the external detail bolted onto the freighter’s skin. There is trunking, machinery and general macguffins to help build up the detail and enhance the overall look of the craft. It might in essence be a single hulled slab but the finishing intricacies help pull it towards being something more interesting. The upper half of the ship is a chunk of metalwork with the exception of the dorsal sensor array while the underside is a single piece of plastic.

This is a really solidly constructed craft and there is a bit of weight behind it too because of that huge metal topside. The joins between metal and plastic are pretty smooth and the hull detail seems to be aligned pretty perfectly. It’s not the most glamourous of ships by a long shot but Eaglemoss have managed to construct something decent from a very average model and one I’m oddly impressed with.

The outer layers here make this ship something interesting because of the undulation and the surface intricacies both top and bottom. The machining for this one is fantastic and there’s no mould bleed or fade from one raised element into the main hull of the ship. It feels like there’s substance to this one and imagine if there had been a little more of the effort displayed here on the rather super-bland Federation Holoship then that release might have been a completely different story.

On the underside as well the model retains this superb attention to detail continuing the layered hull effect and multiple windows to give strength to the depth of the design. The differentiation in surface height provides a certain realistic impression to the cumbersome freighter. Perhaps my only negative observation is that the nose ‘fan’ does appear slightly washed over with its finishing detail more smoothly edged than the rest of the ship.

Actually the underside (in plastic) is far more detailed than the top with a few outward protrusions at the mid-point and also to the back. At the rear where the two different materials meet there’s no evident difference in the quality around the engines nor as your eye follows the hull around the horizontal join. It is a very clean, well finished ship with almost no variant quality. Ok, there are a few details missing such as on the support struts to the sensor array and in some of the fin-work just behind the polaron beam weapon yet it still is a great model.

To the all important stand fit and the wide-angle clip slides easily over the rear of the freighter. No movement, easy grip and a stable model all round. Just keep in mind that it is heavier than some others so I’ll be keeping an eye on how the stand copes in the next few months.

The freighter’s magazine recounts the ship’s appearances and uses within Deep Space Nine’s corner of the Alpha Quadrant, along with the history of the model itself, one of the most re-used builds of the entire Berman-era Star Trek production period, starting as Kivas Fajo’s ship Jovis in “The Most Toys,” and eventually serving as the basis for several CGI models used all the way through third-season Enterprise episodes.

You can pick up your own copies of Eaglemoss’ USS Horizon and Bajoran Freighter models at their web store now — and we’ll be back soon with more reviews of the Official Starships Collection models here at TrekCore!

In Eaglemoss’ US store, TrekCore readers can use promo code TREKCORE at checkout for 10% off any ‘Star Trek’ collectible purchase $50 or greater (Starships, Plaques, Binders, Graphic Novels).

  • The Science Fiction Oracle

    Always loved the Horizon. Looks like a mashup of Salvage 1, the 2001 Discovery and the Conny.

  • Mo

    The Horizon is the one I got. I’ve always loved it, and wished it had been the design for NX-01 as Doug Drexler had intended.

    • Locutus

      I agree that would have been great if they had gone with that design for the nx-01.

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        I think it would’ve given Tucker so many more problems to solve. Imagine the whole lower hull resonating with unanticipated harmonics while under power.

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    • The Science Fiction Oracle

      Agreed. And I would bet you are aware that the Dadeluis class design way pre-dates Drexler. It was originally outlined by Matt Jeffries in the 1960’s and a concept for the Enterprise, and then later a painting of it was done by Sternbach, with some technical information also being included, in the 1979 Star Trek Spaceflight Chronology — that is where it was refined and first presented as a predecessor class.

      The NX-01 is a canon-busting, hubris-generated piece of crap. It should have been the Daedalus class or the XV-330 class for the starship in Enterprise. I’m more prone to prefer the XV-330 for use in Enterprise, because it was established on film as the predecessor Enterprise in TMP, but I certainly could have rolled with a Daedalus class ship as well for Enterprise. Both of these ships are in line with the starship canon future that Roddenberry, Jeffries and others had carefully outlined for Star Trek in the 60’s/70’s. There was absolutely no need for Berman to force-fit the horrid NX-01 design into Trek starship canon — it completely went against what Roddenberry and others had already established. It a a really bad attempt of rewriting/replacing already established Trek starship canon.

      • I prefer the NX-01 to Daedalus. The lack of secondary hull on the NX provides for a nice evolution of the ships. I imagine one of the main reasons for going with the NX-01 design is that it is very obviously a Star Trek ship without a second glance, while the Daedalus is a pretty radical departure. Also, is the Spaceflight Chronology considered canon? Seems like more than the NX-01 has been altered from the Chronology.

        • Mo

          There was no “nice evolution” in what you’re describing. The NX-01 was an enormous, futuristic leap forward from Kirk’s era, and was out of place. The show’s creators specified a Maserati when what they needed was a tanker truck.

          Daedalus was precisely something that looked as though it came between present-day NASA and Kirk’s future.

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          • Neill Stringer

            I loved the NX 01 and started to rewatch Enterprise, I think it did a great job fitting in with the tech at an earlier point by having nods to TOS.

          • DC Forever

            But the NX-01 looks nothing like the “clean design”approach of ships in TOS? It looks much more like a “busy design” TNG predecesscor ship?

            Also, in my opinion, Enterprise did a really poor job in being a lead in to TOS. That’s a huge reason why it was a failed series.

          • Neill Stringer

            At least they have cylindrical nacelles which tied in more with TOS. I think Enterprise did a better job at fitting in than Discovery.

          • DC Forever

            Nope, Discovery has some basis in concepts that Jeffries pulled together for Gene Roddenberry in the 1970’s.

            By contrast, the NX-01 was an unnecessary, completely new design by the Berman team in the late 1990’s, with complete disregard to Enterprise predecessor starship designs that had been developed by Gene’s team in the 1960’s and 1970’s.

          • Starshipdown

            The design for USS Discovery is not based on Jefferies’ work for Phase II, it is based on Ken Adams and Ralph McQuarrie’s work for Planet of the Titans. That much has been acknowledged openly over and over by DSC’s staff. The only thing that might even involve any of Jefferies’ designs is the squarish Phase II/ TMP nacelles and the bussard hemispheres.

          • technically, DSC is using ENT as its base. All its ships are a nod toward ENT and that shows design linage.

          • DC Forever

            Yes, the NX-01 had much more of a Berman era look to it.

          • Neill Stringer

            I happen to love the Berman era. Yes Discovery has basis in some of the 70s concept, namely the Planet of Titans project.
            I will say that after 9 episodes I have decided to call it on Discovery, it is clearly written by people who have very little understanding of Trek and Enterprise despite your problems I think turned out a great show in it’s last two years

          • The Science Fiction Oracle

            “Enterprise despite your problems I think turned out a great show in it’s last two years”

            What an amusing statement considering the ratings kept dropping the final two seasons of Enterprise — both when comparing the final two season’s ratings, and the individual eps ratings across each of the final two seasons. So, in the final two seasons, when pretty much the only audience left was hard core Trek fans, that audience itself kept declining and giving up on the series…FACT!

            I am getting so fatigued with this “history re-writing” fable that Enterprise was supposedly getting better at the end…that’s a fantasy promulgated a handful of Trek fans who continually insist this on several Trek fan web sites.

          • The NX looks like the future of the 2000s, not that of the 1960s.

          • Michael Paquette

            I disagree. The idea of putting everything in one hull made sense to me for the early days of starship design. What really sold me on the idea was Doug Drexler’s refit take for the NX-01. As the increased the power capability of warp cores the idea of putting the new core in a new ‘secondary’ hull made sense to me for engineering evolution of the Trek style starships. The Daedalus class could fit as a post NX design as Starfleet’s first purpose built Federation cruisers, using the primary/secondary hull concepts, experimenting with a spherical hull for volume and strength.

            I too, was hoping the NX-01 Enterprise would have been Daedalus-like but face it, the big-ball hull looks right to us hard-core Trekers but to the more general TV audiences, it’s not sexy and sleek looking like some would expect a faster-than-light star ship would look like. It just wasn’t hero ship material for TV.

          • Mo

            I don’t dispute that the Daedalus would’ve been a hard sell to new viewers who’d care very little about either continuity or engineering verisimilitude.

            Doug Drexler worked hard for his employers on the NX, and it’s a hella design. For another time period.

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  • Nicholas Donati

    I would love to see a Daedulus Class starship appear in Discovery, even if it were souped up a bit to fit the show’s aesthetic. It would be such a great canon connection.

    • Ent killed this designs place as a federation design . You will not see it without a total reboot

      • Nicholas Donati

        Yeah, probably, though there was a model of it on Sisko’s desk, so it is in canon, right? But you’re right, if you look at the NX Class Starship, the USS Franklin, and the USS Shenzhou, there’s definitely a continuity of design that seems to preclude the Daedulus Class design.

        • The ship shape is, but it was never told what it was or when it was from. It could be eatly earth.

          • The Science Fiction Oracle

            Unlike the NX-01, which “miraculously” NEVER appeared in a canon reference in ANY STAR TREK SHOW before Enterprise.

          • And that ship never did until DS9.

          • The Science Fiction Oracle

            The XV-330 though appeared in TOS movies…TMP

          • The Daedulus was never shown on screen before DS9, even then it was never named. It magically showed up. Just as the Nx-01 did

          • The Science Fiction Oracle

            Nope. “Magically showed up” would imply no references whatsoever in Trek history, including canon, officially licensed materials overseen by Rodenberry, and conceptual historical Trek drawings commissioned by Roddenberry himself.

            “Magically showed up” applies to the NX-01.

            “Not canon, but covered in Trek production history and materials as established by Roddenberry” would apply to the Daedulus.

          • Yes, magically showed up. It was not in canon until a unnamed ship class showedd up as background on DS9. Canon wise we have no idea what class the Horizon was.

            The class name is not even canon.

          • The Science Fiction Oracle

            No, when someone uses the term, “it appeared like magic” the understood implication is that it appeared with no prior knowledge whatsoever. That is simply not the case here, since the Daedulus was conceived in Matt Jeffries production drawings which many Trek fans had been aware of for nearly 3 decades, and also in an official Star Trek publication in 1979 — the Star Trek Spaceflight Chronology.

            Perhaps in your case you were not all that read up on Star Trek when you saw the model in DS9 (or maybe you were very young then?). For me, I bought the Chronology in 79, and also had seen the Daeduls drawings by him at several conventions decades ago. So I immediately ID’d the Daedulus when I saw it on DS9. My reaction, “cool — the Daedulus from Jeffries/Rodenberry is official canon now”

          • Man it is the case. It was never on the show, and then they just put it there. It was not in canon.

          • The Science Fiction Oracle

            YEP !!!!!

            See how crazy it gets if you go full-metal-orthodoxy on canon!

          • It is simple the way it works in trek. This is both good and bad.

          • The Science Fiction Oracle

            No, it’s silly to take it that literally where you can’t use supporting materials to label obvious things. Taken to the extreme, you argument would have me believe that we can’t be sure the uniforms actually actually shirts versus body paint, because there is no script line in TOS every confirming they are shirts.,,and I can come up with many examples like this for common things we see on screen that are never called out. Taking canon that far is ludicrous.

          • Let me give you a longer answer, as your reply deserves more than a single line. The fact it was a non canon design is irrelevant, it was a nice homage and a way to bring a long favored non- canon design into canon. But it still just magically showed up, it was never shown before, and then it was there. The only difference is it was a non canon , but old design.

            As for the connie, , that is a good ol, star trek retcon. It was a starship class in TOS. The first time it is labeled a constitution class IIRC is TUC. Although once more, non-canon wise it was called it for ages.

          • The Science Fiction Oracle

            Once again, “magically showed up” for me implies I have no previously knowledge of it all — including both canon and outside of canon.

            I think that is how most objective people would define “magically showed up,” my friend.

            “The first time it is labeled a constitution class IIRC is TUC.”

            LOL — yea, because it was included in the The Making of Star Trek, which was read by all after TOS ended. Until TUC, by your definition, the Constitution class was not really canon. That’s just silly — everyone knew the Enterprise was a Constitution Class starship before that, because it was documented in The Making of Star Trek.

          • It was never in canon, so it showed up just as the NX did. Neither had any mentions in canon. And its not my definition man, its how Trek counts canon. Its not official unless its on screen.

          • The Science Fiction Oracle

            “It was never in canon, so it showed up just as the NX did. Neither had any mentions in canon,”

            As I said two posts ago:

            “Not canon, but covered in Trek production history and materials as established by Roddenberry” would apply to the Daedulus.”

            So again, with the NX-01, it essentially “magically appeared” in Enterprise because there was BOTH no previous supporting canon for it AND there no Trek Trek production history and reference materials from the previous decades to suggest it was a possible ship in Trek’s future history.

            The Daedulus was not canon before appearing in DS9, but unlike the NX-01, Trek fans who were paying attention were aware of the Jeffries design and the Spaceflight Chronology for this ship, so seeing it on screen was NOT AT ALL like it was “magically appearing” out of nowhere. Again, when I saw it on DS9, my reaction was, “cool, the Daedalus class.”

          • Starshipdown

            Not exactly true. There is the Constitution-class phaser bank diagram Khan is looking at in “Space Seed” and then much earlier than that, there is a repurposed Franz Joseph drawing in Star Trek 3: “The Search for Spock” and then again another set of diagrams, this time by Rick Sternbach, Mike Okuda, and other TNG graphic artists seen in episodes like “The Naked Now” and “Conspiracy” that label the design as Constitution-class.

          • The Science Fiction Oracle

            I clearly said, “I would ask if you can produce a canon script line from the 79 eps of TOS that mentions “Constitution Class” I would ask if you can produce a canon script line from the 79 eps of TOS that mentions “Constitution Class” that establishes the Conny class in TOS canon

            So that eliminates you Star Trek 2 and TNG examples — I clearly stated the I was talking about TOS TV eps only.

            So let’s talk about your one example from Space Seed. All the phaser diagram say is Constitution Class on a phaser engineering schematic. For all we know from seeing that, it could be describing “Constitution Class Phasers,” and no where else in TOS is the term Constitution Class used, and certainly not in relation to starships. Remember, I specifically said, “that establishes the Conny class in TOS canon”. This phaser diagram does not do that.

          • Starshipdown

            Interesting that you put that particular requirement in there since there IS, in fact, a reference in a script, again for “Space Seed”:



            It is covered with mathematical symbols and diagrams. CAMERA PULLS BACK to show Khan studying with great concentration. He pushes a button. Another transparency appears: a chapter heading, reading: BASIC SPECIFICATIONS, CONSTITUTION CLASS STAR SHIP


            48 INSERT – SCREEN

            A chapter heading: Basic Propulsion Systems, Constitution Class Star Ship.

            That the scripted screen indicators indeed pertained to Kirk’s ship followed from the prior conversation:

            “I was once an engineer of sorts. I would be most interested in studying the tech manual on your vessel. After all, I have two hundred years of catching up to do.”

            “They are available on your viewing screen there. Dr. McCoy will show you how to hook into our library tapes.”

            – Khan and Kirk, in the sickbay of the Enterprise

            As for The Making of Star Trek, as much as I love that book and how it gives us an intriguing insight into the though processes that lead to what we saw in TOS, most of that really isn’t canon and has in part been long since contradicted by the TOS movies as well as the TNG-era series.