Friday, October 20, 2017

Eaglemoss Binder Modification

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I am a fan of most of Eaglemoss' Star Trek Starship collection.  Although I don't usually talk about them, I love the magazines that come with each of thier models.  They are informative and provide all sorts of insight about the in-universe and the real-world backgrounds of the ships.

If you become a subscriber to the collection, one of the early subscriber gifts is a free binder for you to store your magazines in.

I liked the binders.  They really come in handy for organizing those magazine.  And so, I've continued to buy them to house all of my magazines.  A problem arises though if you have bought into the Eaglemoss shuttle collections.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

EMvTW Extra 04 - USS Aventine NCC-82602 (Vesta class)

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I originally wasn't going to buy this model on principal that I felt like Eaglemoss was stepping out of what was expected of them.  This was after all, a non-canon ship, the the entire series of ships they had done so far were all based on canon designs.  But then I saw pictures of the USS Titan modeland since I was able to order it right from Eaglemoss for a decent price, I bit the bullet and decided to review it.  You can read that review at THIS LINK.

I got VERY lucky and was also able to order the USS Aventine right from Eaglemoss.  At first I thought I was too late and was going to skip buying this model because the prices were REALLY high on eBay.  All of a sudden, it became available again and I quickly bought my copy right from the source.

The Vesta Class ship, of which the USS Aventine is a member of, is categorized as a multi-mission surveillance explorer.  The Aventine was fitted with an experimental Quantum Slipstream drive, as well as held several other secrets.  She eventually was given over to the command of Ezri Dax.  As I stated at the beginning of this article, she is a non-canon vessel, only appearing in several books.

You can read more about the Vesta class of ships at THIS Memory Beta link and more information about the USS Aventine at THIS Memory Beta link.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

EMvTW Special 10: Deep Space Station K-7 (K Class)

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As I stated in my last review, it looked like September and October were nicer to me financially and I was able to add a couple more Eaglemoss ships to my fleet.  This addition to my Eaglemoss vs. The World series is yet another special edition model, however, it is truly special in several ways.  First, it IS NOT a NuTrek vessel.  Second, it IS a space station.  It's been a LONG time since we got a station.  In fact, the only other station that Eaglemoss has produced was Deepspace Nine.  You can read my review of that model by clicking on THIS LINK.

My collection of these ships is super small though, and as you can see, it only consists of the super large Eaglemoss model, and the super small MicroMachines model.  Yeah, I know, exact polar opposites there.

We were introduced to this station in Star Trek: The Original Series and although it was never given an on screen classification, it apparently was given a designation of a K Class Station by Memory Beta.  You can read more about this type of station at this Memory Beta link.  There are also several articles on the station itself, Deep Space Station K-7 and you can read that information at these Memory Alpha and Memory Beta links.

Discovering Star Trek: Discovery? Probably Not.

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And so it came to pass that CBS decided to create a new Star Trek series for the 50th anniversary of the franchise.  And with the coming of this new show, comes new merchandise, and potential new reviews.  Here is my feelings on all of this.

Star Trek: Discovery is the 6th series in the franchise and is set 10 years prior to The Original Series timeline.  Blah... blah... blah...

If you want to read more about it, go check out this Memory Alpha link.  The show can only be seen through CBS' All Access (LINK HERE) website and costs money to watch, unless you are resourceful enough to pirate it.  I don't endorse piracy, but I'll admit that that may be how others are watching it.

Friday, October 13, 2017

EMvTW Special 09: Altamid Swarm Ship

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It looks like September and October were nicer to me financially and I was able to add a couple more Eaglemoss ships to my fleet.  Here is my current collection of the Altamid Swarm Ship that we are introduced to in the Star Trek: Beyond movie.

Eaglemoss vs. Snapco

One of my co-workers was admiring my Eaglemoss model when it came in and he pointed out that the ship looks a little like the Halo Energy Sword.

The way these things ripped through the Enterprise, maybe they are related.  😀

You can read more about this type of ship at these Memory Alpha and Memory Beta links.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

EMvTW Special 08: USS Franklin NX-326 (Franklin Type)

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I am really excited to bring you this next Eaglemoss vs. The World article.  For the first time in a long time, I am actually able to give you a real comparison article.

For this article, we are going to cover The USS Franklin (NX-326).  She was a warp 4 capable vessel that predated the NX Warp 5 ships.  The Franklin was presumed lost and we finally discover her fate in Star Trek: Beyond.  You can read more about this ship at the following Memory Alpha and Memory Beta links.

As I started getting into collecting and wanting to expand my collection, I found a serious lack of  comparative data out there showing the various small scale pre-built and pre-painted ships available to the collector.  And so I set out to provide this information myself and hopefully help someone make a wiser decision in which model to buy.  My collecting preferences is that the model be between 4 to 6 inches which is why I don't include certain manufacturers like HeroClix.  The only reason I show MicroMachine from time to time is because I happen to have obtained the full collection of them years ago and want to show them off.

Here is my current collection:

Hanging: Hallmark. Standing (from left to right): Eaglemoss, Snapco and QMX

Saturday, October 7, 2017

EMvTW Extra 03 - USS Titan NCC-80102 (Luna class)

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My next Eaglemoss vs. The World article is going to focus on a rather unique entry to the Eaglemoss lineup.

The Luna Class starship is a vessel designed for scientific exploration.  You can read more about the Luna Class at this Memory Beta link.  We learned that the USS Titan was being assigned to William Riker during the movie, Star Trek: Nemesis.  There is another mention of the ship in an earlier TNG episode, but I'm going to gloss over that.  If you wish to read more about the USS Titan, you can find all sorts of goodness at these Memory Alpha and Memory Beta links.

I'm going to share one observation of mine.  According to all the reading material, the Luna Class is meant to be a scientific exploration vessel.  Right off the bat, the Eaglemoss model threw me off of that notion due to the overall coloring they went with.  The darker grey they used was in line with all of the Borg Buster fleet that they had produced which were designed for combat.  The recessed bridge and recessed hanger bay was another tactic used in the design of warships.  I know that the "rollbar" is modular and can be swapped out with various pieces, but from my knowledge of the Nebula Class, one of those modules could be a massive torpedo launcher platform.  So I'm not sure if I totally agree that the ship was designed to be a science vessel.  Maybe she was retooled after the Dominion War, much like the Excelsior Class was retooled from being a Battleship to a Science vessel.