Last week we took a look at Eaglemoss’ large-size XL USS Enterprise-E, and now we’re jumping back a few years in the Trek timeline to the Galaxy-class Enterprise-D from Star Trek: The Next Generation!

Measuring just over 8.5″ in length, this XL Enterprise-D is the third rendition of TNG’s hero ship, after their 2013 debut issue featuring the Galaxy-class ship in a smaller scale (and their “All Good Things” three-nacelled variant) as a subscriber exclusive — though with a revised paint scheme to bring the ship closer to its expected hue.

LEFT: The 2013 5.5″ Enterprise-D subscriber model. (Photo courtesy of Alex Perry)

Rather than the khaki tan color on the first-run Enterprise-D, the XL edition of the ship is toned in a pale blueish-green paint which is much closer to the original filming models’ look, though featuring a great deal of hull aztec markings which are pushing a bit too heavy in this reviewer’s opinion.

The aztec design is nice in its detail and application, but toning it down by about 40% in contrast would make it a much more subtle effect which help smooth out the presentation, and also give the other hull markings a chance to stand out against the paint.

On the upper half of the saucer, the black and white window markings are all painted on, while the tan lifeboat hatches and yellow transporter emitters are painted on raised details; all which align nicely on our model.

The entire bottom of the saucer and outer area of the top are die-cast metal, while the area inside the oval-shaped phaser strip on top, including the bridge module, is a molded-plastic insert which is secured in the metal saucer with resin.

The seam between the two is visible, but the alignment with the dark-grey phaser strip helps blend it to a relatively unnoticeable join.

The underside of the saucer, all metal as mentioned, is again full of lifeboat hatches and painted-on windows – but here is where the first window alignment issues that we’ve covered before appear on this model.

Of the fourteen recessed window bays on the lower saucer, not one has the painted black window markings inside the grooved etchings in the metal. Again, if the manufacturing processes aren’t available to get the paint into the slots as marked, why are the sculpts still including these window indentations?

Moving down to the secondary hull, the neck of the Enterprise-D (and everything below it) is entirely molded plastic, with more noticeable joins for assembly. The neck area has a really odd window situation, as once again, the window paint doesn’t align with the indentations — but here the markings are all over the place, even overlapping a bit with the torpedo launcher groove.

(The XL Enterprise-E model also has these faint window grooves on its neck, but they were left unpainted — a wise decision, frankly, compared to this implementation.)

There is also a lack of Enterprise labeling on the side of the neck, and no sign of the yellow RCS thruster on the outside of the deflector; these yellow thrusters are also missing from the edges of the saucer section. While we can forgive the tiny ship name for going absent due the tiny font and unusual placement, the absence of the yellow thrusters is a bit of a glaring omission from the ship.

The deflector itself is copper ringed in bright blue plastic, but missing the detail of a second ring of blue in the inner dish as pictured above.

Moving around to the rear of the Galaxy-class model, the ship is a mostly-faithful recreation of the on-screen Enterprise-D, with appropriate hull markings and nacelle component coloring.

The bussard collectors at the front of each nacelle are a brilliant ruby red, backed by the yellow intake grilles and bright blue warp field emitters. The Starfleet pennants on each are crisp and clear, and red and green running lights are marked appropriately.

And now for the disappointing area of this section of the model: the shuttle bay and impulse engine area of the upper neck section. Several inaccuracies from the smaller edition of the Enterprise-D have carried over to the XL edition of the ship, ones that really could have been addressed in this larger-scale ship.

First, the coloring of the “1701-D” main shuttlebay markings are a bright orange-red, when the Enterprise in TNG featured yellow entry detailing. This might be a visibility thing — that the yellow may not have been legible on the hull — but it just bugs a little.

In addition, the red paint on the two saucer-section impulse engines feels very unfinished, with parts of the engine extrusions left unpainted around the edges. Just a quick moment with a hand paintbrush would have cleared that up, or replacing these with red plastic inserts would have made a nice improvement.

The real frustration in this part of the ship, though, is the middle part of the neck, home to Shuttlebays 2 and 3, and the stardrive’s impulse engine. Rather than the traditional (and screen-accurate) small and large bay doors, each of the secondary shuttlebay hatches are equal in size and placement, a carryover from the 2013 small Galaxy-class model.

Virtually every other Enterprise-D model we’ve seen have sized these hatches to match the filming model — dating back to the early Cheerios cereal model toy in 1987 — and it’s not clear why that this wasn’t addressed when scaling up the design to the XL size.

The primary impulse engine is also a bit of a rough patch, where the barely-visible red plastic insert joins with the rest of the hull — true, our photo above is a macro shot enlarging the area significantly, but it’s not that hard to see in person, either.

Finally, the red stripe down the back of the neck really should be two parallel lines; a minor nitpick, admittedly, but that’s part of the ship’s design.

We know that no model from any manufacturer is going to be perfect; there are always certain details not carried over or altered due to production requirements.

Screen-accuracy isn’t always possible — and while we admit that some of the criticisms we note above are perhaps a little too nitpicky, certain details like the shuttlebay sizes and missing yellow thrusters are hallmark details of the Galaxy-class, and it’s unfortunate that they’re not in place on the XL Enterprise-D.

That being said, if you’re able to accept the minor issues we’ve covered here — and really, they are relatively minor issues — this Enterprise-D model is a solid, well-balanced ship that is held well on its included display, and looks pretty great on the shelf among the Eaglemoss fleet – just stand back a little bit.

The XL USS Enterprise-D retails from Eaglemoss at $74.95 in the USA (and £49.99 in the UK shop) when buying individually, but drops to $59.95 if you subscribe to the Star Trek Starships XL program for ongoing delivery.

We’ll be back with reviews of the XL Enterprise NX-01 soon, along with more coverage of the Official Starships Collection throughout the month of December.

What are your thoughts on the Enterprise-D? Sound off in the comments below!

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).

  • Gregor

    Horrible work. Won’t take it even when it was for free.

  • Stephen

    Dreadful. Who is running things at Eaglemoss and how was this allowed out the door? I wouldn’t drop 20 quid on this junk.

  • Reign1701A

    The inaccuracies are unfortunate at this price point, but I own this one and it’s just lovely as hell in-person. The detail is amazing and it’s hefty and weighty. She looks great flying in orbit at my work desk https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/780422e081626d0b48ab9e00585ce2e7a8bea752b6bf108b457e35342fb5920e.jpg

  • Matt Rudawsky

    Eaglemoss does a great job most of the time on the regular run. There are some inaccuracies, but most of the models are really pretty good for ~$20. These XL ones, though, really need to be a lot better for their hefty price tag. Improvements should have been made given the larger size, and—really, still this horrible window alignment? What about some transparent plastic for the deflector now that it’s so much bigger? How about the ability to separate? I haven’t seen them in person, but I have not been impressed by any of the XL line thus far. For the same money or slightly more, you can get the DST line that’s larger and has lights and sound. Their 1701-D separates and still has lights and sound in both sections. Watching Amazon and ebay with some patience, I’ve picked up most of the DST line for $40–$70 each, and I’m really happy with them.

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  • James

    These XL models scream “cash grab”. At this price point, the windows have to align and the faliure to fix the shuttle bay doors is inexcusable. I really want to buy the Discovery models, but I’m worried that the same issues that plague these XL ships will put me off.

  • DataMat

    Why can they not do a proper high quality job and just sell at about £100-£120 (I’m UK). These are collectors items anyway, and collectors will invest in a high quality product that will be cherished for a lifetime.

    This screams a product that has been cut down by corners to bring down the price for a larger audience willing to pay a price.

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  • eatrains

    I read through each of these Eaglemoss reviews and every time I see models with glaring errors and laziness/sloppiness. And they want $75 for this??

  • The Science Fiction Oracle

    That’s just way too much contrast on the tile shade differences — looks hideous!

  • Tod Abbott

    I’m pleased to see the complaint about the too-dark aztecing. I think it’s a mistake to use filming models as the guide to painting. The paint on the model is like stage makeup, it has to have extreme contrast to photograph correctly. So if you are building a replica of the filming miniature, then go ahead, follow those colors. But if you are aiming for a scale model of the in-Universe ship, you have to follow the on-screen appearance of the ships.

  • Nice detail, but this will never be a fav ship design of mine

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  • Geoffry Woods

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  • Mark Bernero

    Much better than the Corgi one!

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  • Captain Lorca, Section 31

    Just terrible. So many mistakes.

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  • Captain Lorca, Section 31

    Why does eaglemoss fail to pay strict attention to the details? They are not selling these to kids who don’t care, but to adults who demand perfection. The window issue and the shuttle bay is very embarrassing and a fiasco.

  • Tone

    Once again Eaglemoss does not disappoint… They make the same shoddy mistakes every model they put out. It’s like they rush like hell to put them out, and whoever is in control of quality control could not give a shit.

    But the thing that really bites me, is that they don’t ever fix the mistakes, they just keep sending the same design with all its glaring faults to China to be made again and again.

    I am OCD when it comes to Trek ships, and this amateur shit is why I don’t own a single Eaglemoss product. I just would see the mistakes every time I looked at the model.