Tuesday, December 30, 2014

EMvTW 14 - Cardassian Galor class

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[Editor's Note (February 2016): This will mark my second re-write of this article.  Now that I've written over 50 of these Eaglemoss vs. The World articles, I feel like I've developed a certain style and flow to the articles and I wanted to make all of them have that same feel across the series.  Consider this the REFIT version of the original article.]

As promised, we are actually getting back into doing some comparative discussions with my "Eaglemoss vs. The World" series.  This article is going to focus on the Cardassian Galor class ship.


My current collection of this type of ship consists of an Eaglemoss, a Furuta, and a MicroMachine.  There also is a MicroMachine version of the Cardassian Keldon class pictured to the right.  I was too lasy to remove it from the picture.

Monday, December 29, 2014

EMvTW 13 - Jem'Hadar Battle Cruiser

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[Editor's Note (February 2016): This will mark my second re-write of this article.  Now that I've written over 50 of these Eaglemoss vs. The World articles, I feel like I've developed a certain style and flow to the articles and I wanted to make all of them have that same feel across the series.  Consider this the REFIT version of the original article.  Fortunately, do to it's small size, there wasn't too much work that actually needed to be done]

And now we are on to lucky number thirteen in my series of "Eaglemoss vs. The World".  Unfortunately, Eaglemoss is the only one to have made a small scale version of the Jem'Hadar Battle Cruiser.  So, like the Akira Class, this is going to be a super short article as well.


My intent when writing these article was to provide my viewers with some comparative data on the various small scale ships available to collectors like myself.  This is something I wish I had access to when I first got into collecting, so I don't mind sharing that I feel a bit off writing a comparison article with nothing to compare.  The good news about this lack of comparisons means that Eaglemoss is doing something right.  It means that they are not just focusing on the same fair that everyone else has done and we are getting some nice new stuff to look at.  That being said, I promise that the next article will get back in to doing comparisons.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

EMvTW 12 - USS Thunderchild NCC-63549 (Akira class)

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[Editor's Note (February 2016): This will mark my second re-write of this article.  Now that I've written over 50 of these Eaglemoss vs. The World articles, I feel like I've developed a certain style and flow to the articles and I wanted to make all of them have that same feel across the series.  Consider this the REFIT version of the original article.  Fortunately, do to it's small size, there wasn't too much work that actually needed to be done]

Article #12 of my "Eaglemoss vs. The World" series is indeed going to be the shortest.  This is the first Eaglemoss ship that no other small scale ship manufacturer has built in a pre-built and pre-painted format so it's going to be tough comparing her to anything.


I didn't bother taking a "collection shot" as it seemed kind of dumb to do that for one ship, so with out further stalling, here is my write-up on Eaglemoss' model.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Lewis Payne Class Dreadnought

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USS Payton Drexler (NCC-51111)
Lewis Payne Class Dreadnought
1:2500 AMT Kitbash

 

Designer Name: Patrick M. Dougherty Sr.

Dimensions
Length: 337.5 meters
Width: 231.25 meters
Height: 156.25 meters
Specifications
Decks: 21
Crew: 850
Speed: Cruise: warp 7.5 / Maximum: warp 9.6
Armaments: 13 Type-X Phaser Arrays, 8 Forward Facing Torpedo Launchers, 4 Aft Facing Torpedo Launchers
Defenses: Deflector Shields
Auxiliary craft: 10 Work Bees, 30 Fighters (10 Peregrine and 20 Valkyrie), 7 Shuttlecraft, 3 Shuttlepods



Chiroptera Class

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USS Noctule (NX-1971)
Chiroptera Class

1:2500 AMT Kitbash

The ship name comes from the Greater Noctule Bat of Europe, West Asia, and North Africa. The ship classification name comes from the order classification of a bat.

Although the ship has a Starfleet registry, it is in fact a privately owned vessel that is supposed to do the occasional covert mission for Starfleet.



 
 
 
 

Spartan Class Heavy Rescue

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USS Soteria (NCC-18769)
Spartan Class Heavy Rescue
1:2500 AMT Kitbash

There is a saying among the high command at Starfleet, and it says, "When all hope is lost, send in a Spartan." There is another saying among those familiar with the Spartan line of ships that says, "Spartans dare go where angels fear to tread."

 
 
 
 

Miranda Class Variants

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The Miranda class seems to be a favorite among Star Trek fans.  This is probably because it was the first Starfleet ship to be shown on screen that wasn't a Constitution or Constitution Refit class.



Since I like kitbashing in 1:2500 scale, I have purchased a lot of AMT Round 2 3-Ship sets over the last two years.  Although the Miranda class is not my top favorite, I can't deny that her unique hull and that oh so popular "roll bar" and weapons pod open this model up for some very interesting kitbashes.

Friday, December 12, 2014

EMvTW 11 - USS Reliant NCC-1864 (Miranda class)

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[Editor's Note (February 2016): This will mark my second re-write of this article.  Now that I've written over 50 of these Eaglemoss vs. The World articles, I feel like I've developed a certain style and flow to the articles and I wanted to make all of them have that same feel across the series.  Consider this the REFIT version of the original article.]

If the Borg Sphere was my shortest article in the "Eaglemoss vs. The World" series, then this will probably be the longest as I have quite a collection of Miranda ships in my fleet.


My Miranda Class collection is made up of a Hallmark, Eaglemoss, Furuta, two Hot Wheels, two standard MicroMachines and one of the Saratoga MicroMachines variants.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

EMvTW 10 - Borg Sphere

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[Editor's Note (February 2016): I've been doing do major over-hauls to my earliest articles to get them in line with the latest articles.  There was not much that needed to be done to this one.]

And we move on to my tenth "Eaglemoss vs. The World" review and this will be one of the shortest ones to date.  Let's take a look at the Borg Sphere.

Eaglemoss vs. Furuta

Well, there you have it.  All two of them,  Not much in the way of a comparison either, which shortens this article even more.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

EMvTW 09 - USS Defiant NX-74205 (Defiant class)

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[Editor's Note (February 2016): This will mark my second re-write of this article.  Now that I've written over 50 of these Eaglemoss vs. The World articles, I feel like I've developed a certain style and flow to the articles and I wanted to make all of them have that same feel across the series.  Consider this the REFIT version of the original article.]

And now we are on to number nine of my "Eaglemoss vs. The World" series.  It's time to focus on a cool and tough little ship, the USS Defiant.


I've managed to collect several versions of this ship, in the form of Eaglemoss, Furuta and Hallmark, not to mention a MicroMachine and a clear resin MicroMachine, which is supposed to make it look like it is cloaked.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

EMvTW 08 - USS Excelsior NCC-2000 (Excelsior class)

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[Editor's Note (February 2016): This will mark my second re-write of this article.  Now that I've written over 50 of these Eaglemoss vs. The World articles, I feel like I've developed a certain style and flow to the articles and I wanted to make all of them have that same feel across the series.  Consider this the REFIT version of the original article.]

Article number eight of my "Eaglemoss vs. The World" series will now focus on the USS Excelsior in my collection.


This is a relatively small collection of this ship as there were not a lot of choices to go with when collecting a small scale version.  Currently, I have an Eaglemoss, a Hot Wheels, a Furuta, and two MicroMachines models.

Friday, November 21, 2014

lomqa' QuQ Class

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Since my last two articles were Klingon in nature, I figured it was time to share this ship with my readers.  I will hold off any witty comments until the "Real Universe" portion of the article.

IKS Gre'thor
lomqa' QuQ Class
1:2500 AMT Kitbash

 
 
 
 

Parts used: AMT TOS Romulan Bird Of Prey, Head and neck from an unknown sized Klingon D-7 (I’ve had the model for over 20 years), warp nacelles f rom a 1:2500 K’Tinga class cruiser, sheet styrene, a piece of PVC pipe, and one bussard collector from a Polar Lights NX-Refit kit.

D-7 & K'Tinga Class Variants

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Now that I have finished my Eaglemoss vs. The World article on the K'Tinga Class Battlecruiser, I decided to share some of my kitbash work that share an ancestry with that ship classification.

The K-Tinga Class is the direct descendant of the D-7 Battlecruiser, hence the reason they look a lot alike.

Since I like kitbashing in 1:2500 scale, I have purchased a lot of AMT Round 2 3-Ship sets over the last two years.  And because of this, I ended up with a lot of D-7 and K-Tinga kits in my stash.  I eventually found some source material that gave me some ideas on what to do with those kits.

While doing some reading about the D-7 design history, I came across a Matt Jeffries set of drawings on Memory Alpha of his different concepts for what this ship was going to look like.


This gave me the idea to try to build a couple of these concept drawings and make them into "real" ships.  The reality is, I could have used either the D-7 or the K'Tinga kits for these builds due to the similar body, neck and head structure.

EMvTW 07 - Klingon K'Tinga Class Battlecruiser

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[Editor's Note: This will mark my second re-write of this article.  Now that I've written over 50 of these Eaglemoss vs. The World articles, I feel like I've developed a certain style and flow to the articles and I wanted to make all of them have that same feel across the series.  Consider this the REFIT version of the original article.]

My seventh installment of "Eaglemoss vs. The World" will be a relatively small and short one as far as comparisons go.  I only have two renditions of this ship in my fleet, Hallmark and Eaglemoss.


Yup, that's it, pretty exciting huh?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

EMvTW 06 - USS Voyager NCC-74656 (Intrepid Class)

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[Editor's Note: This will mark my second re-write of this article.  Now that I've written over 50 of these Eaglemoss vs. The World articles, I feel like I've developed a certain style and flow to the articles and I wanted to make all of them have that same feel across the series.  Consider this the REFIT version of the original article.]

My sixth installment of the "Eaglemoss Vs. The World" series is going to focus on the USS Voyager from the series titled "Star Trek: Voyager".


Compared to other ships I've reviewed from this series, this is a rather small selection of ships.  I have an Eaglemoss, Furuta, Hallmark and MicroMachine in my collection.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

EMvTW 05 - Romulan D'Deridex Class (B-Type Warbird)

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[Editor's Note: This will mark my second re-write of this article.  Now that I've written over 50 of these Eaglemoss vs. The World articles, I feel like I've developed a certain style and flow to the articles and I wanted to make all of them have that same feel across the series.  Consider this the REFIT version of the original article.]

Welcome to the fifth installment of what I am now going to call the "Eaglemoss vs. The World" series.  In this article we are going to take a good look at the Romulan D'Deridex Class Warbird.


This is a comparatively small collection of ships when compared to my Galaxy, Constitution Refit and NX class ships.  I currently have an Eaglemoss, a Furuta, a Hallmark and two MicroMachine models.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

NX Class Variants

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[Editor's Note: This will mark my second re-write of this article.  Now that I've written over 50 of these Eaglemoss vs. The World articles, I feel like I've developed a certain style and flow to the articles and I wanted to make all of them have that same feel across the series.  This article gets referenced by my NX Class article so I decided to touch it up a bit as well as update it with some other ships that have finally joined my fleet.  Consider this the REFIT version of the article.]

Having just finished up my NX Review for my "Eaglemoss Vs. The World" series, I have decided to take a quick break and share with you some of the NX variants that I've built.


The collection consists of six NX class variants.  Two of them are located elsewhere in my house and are not pictured here.

EMvTW 04 - Enterprise NX-01 (NX Class)

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[Editor's Note: This will mark my second re-write of this article.  Now that I've written over 50 of these Eaglemoss vs. The World articles, I feel like I've developed a certain style and flow to the articles and I wanted to make all of them have that same feel across the series.  Consider this the REFIT version of the original article.]

My fourth article for the Eaglemoss vs. The World series focuses on my favorite Enterprise.  I always liked the series "Enterprise" because it represented a time where we really didn't know what we were doing.  Captains made mistakes and literally ran things by the seat of the pants.  This series had so much potential in being able to tell some of the back stories of things we all take for granted from TOS and onward.  Unfortunately, when they finally got the formula down to tell good stories, mostly by telling them over two to three episodes, the series was canceled.


Yes, I know these are not all NX Class ships.  The back row is taken up by my NX variants that I've built from Johnny Lightning toys.  The actual NX class ships pictured here are from Eaglemoss, Hot Wheels, Hallmark, Johnny Lightning, F-Toys and Micro Machine.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

EMvTW 03 - Klingon Bird Of Prey (23rd Century)

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[Editor's Note: This will mark my second re-write of this article.  Now that I've written over 50 of these Eaglemoss vs. The World articles, I feel like I've developed a certain style and flow to the articles and I wanted to make all of them have that same feel across the series.  Consider this the REFIT version of the article.]

It is time for the third installment of my Eaglemoss vs. The World series, the Klingon Bird Of Prey.  I found it a little hard to write this article as this is not one of my most favorite ships.  I don't know what it is, I just find them a bit ugly as starships go.  but I will look past that as I compare and review this design.

 
The picture above shows the collection that I own of this ship.  Currently, I own the Eaglemoss, Furuta, Hallmark, Hot Wheels and two of the Micro Machines variants.

Friday, November 7, 2014

EMvTW 02 - USS Enterprise NCC-1701 (and -A) (Constitution Class Refit)

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[Editor's Note: This will mark my second re-write of this article.  Now that I've written over 50 of these Eaglemoss vs. The World articles, I feel like I've developed a certain style and flow to the articles and I wanted to make all of them have that same feel across the series.  Consider this the REFIT version of the article.  That's actually kind of humorous... a refit to the article about the refit ship.]

It's time to move along with my Eaglemoss vs. The World series and talk about the second ship in the series.  The ship we will review this time round is the Constitution Class Refit, known as the USS Enterprise (NCC 1701 and the NCC 1701-A).  I will group both of these together as they are in essence the same type of ship.  In fact, the studio models used in the movies for both of these ships was in fact, the same model.  so there you go.

Just a quick reminder as to what this article will review... My collecting tastes tend to stay with the small scale starships.  I like the ships in my collection to stay under 6 inches in length as they tend to display better.


The picture above shows the various versions I own of this ship.  I currently own an Eaglemoss, two Furuta, a Hallmark, a Hot Wheels, and a MicroMachine variation of this ship.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

EMvTW 01 - USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D (Galaxy Class)

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[Editor's Note: This will mark my third re-write of this article.  The second re-write was done because I finally added the Hot Wheels' version of the Enterprise D to my collection.  I had felt it necessary to re-do this article as a way to re-kick-start this series.  Now that I've written over 50 of these Eaglemoss vs. The World articles, I feel like I've developed a certain style and flow to the articles and I wanted to make all of them have that same feel across the series.  Consider this the REFIT version of the article.]

With that being said, welcome to the first article in my Eaglemoss vs. The World series.

As I stated in one of my previous blog entries, I will do a review of the ships in my collection as they are released by Eaglemoss.  I may change that policy later but for now, this will be the format I go with.  My collecting tastes tend to stay with the small scale starships.  I like the ships in my collection to stay under 6 inches in length as they tend to display better.

The first ship that we will take a look at is the Galaxy Class and more importantly, the most famous of these class of ships, the USS Enterprise (NCC 1701-D).


The picture above shows the collection I have of this mighty ship.  Besides the Eaglemoss, Hot Wheels, two Hallmarks, Furuta, and Micro Machines variants, I also happen to have a beat up Galoob Die Cast model from 1987.

Sitting behind those ships is the Eaglemoss gift which is a resin copy of the dedication plaque from the Enterprise D.  If you would like a better view of this plaque, check out THIS ARTICLE after you are done here.

You can read more about the Galaxy Class line of starships by clicking on these links for Memory Alpha and Memory Beta.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Nimitz Class Carrier

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USS Reagan (NX-2076) 
Nimitz Class Refit Battle Carrier
1:2500 Scale AMT Kitbash



 

Dimensions
Length: 400 meters
Width: 175 meters
Height: 87.5 meters
Specifications
Decks: 34
Crew: 900
Speed: Cruise: warp 7 / Maximum: warp 9
Armaments: 13 Type-X Phaser Arrays, 10 Dual Phaser Banks, 4 Phasor Cannons, 8 Forward Facing Torpedo Launchers, 2 Aft Facing Torpedo Launchers
Defenses: Deflector Shields
Auxiliary craft: 10 Work Bees, 20 Fighters, 6 Shuttlecraft, 4 Shuttlepods


Designer Name: Patrick M. Dougherty Sr.
Inspired by: Michael Payton


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Alternate Timeline Writers Are Asses

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I am going to share a post I did on FaceBook, however, since this blog is more for Trekies, I'm going to edit my original writing a bit.

Time to put on my Trekie Nerd Hat. 

I've been on the fence for a long time about this new alternate time line that JJ Abrams has created. I am still sliding more and more quickly into disliking where they are taking the franchise. And it's mostly due to bad writing and a lack of continuity to already established source materials.  Not to mention a complete lack of respect to scientific fact.

Star Trek IS Science Fiction.  Yes, I get this.  And Science Fiction IS make believe.  Yes, I get this too.  However, the originators of Star Trek always prided themselves on trying to make things believable.  They had scientists serving as advisers so that they could come up with believable make believe.  In fact, they were so particular about this sort of stuff that years and years later, real world devices are starting to emerge that are very similar to thier make believe counterparts.  

 

Star Trek has motivated real world individuals to create things based off of that make believe world.  Ask most scientists what motivated them to become scientists and a large portion of them will say "Star Trek".

So it is a real big middle finger to that concept of trying to stay believable when you start ignoring science facts so that you can do something cool in a movie.

Let us start with this concept of the Enterprise being able to go underwater as well as land on a planet.  I could quote website after website of physics professors and structural engineers who can disprove the possibility of either of these things happening.  

To make it simple, a vessel built for space is built to handle the vacuum of space, a negative pressure being exerted on the hull.  A vessel built for traversing the depths of the ocean, is built entirely different, so that it can withstand the extreme positive pressure being exerted on the hull.  

 

My second point to this is that the Enterprise is physically unable to land or even stay upright if it did land.  I have quite a few models of this ship.  Here is a picture showing the size comparison of all of the ships named Enterprise.  the bottom one is the one from Abram's Alternate Timeline.


Now, take a good look at all but the top ship.  You notice that big part in the front, it's called the saucer section.  That part of the ship is a big solid part of the ship.  It's heavier than the back part of the ship where the warp nacelles are.  Every model I have, when placed on a flat surface, ends up doing a nose dive and rests on that saucer section.  

I suppose if you put landing gear that extended out from the engineering hull towards the front of the ship you could compensate for the nose heavy ship, but then you now have to contend with the weight of that saucer section being supported by the thin neck of the ship.  I'll point out the movie "Titanic" where the ass end of the ship was sticking up in the air and then suddenly buckled and broke.  Same thing would happen here.


One last point about structural integrity.  Those warp nacelles that stick out on the back of the ships are pretty heavy themselves.  Go back and look at the comparison picture again.  Those support struts are not meant to support the weight of those things.  They are there to keep them attached to the ship and transfer power from the warp reactor out to the warp nacelles.  Put that ship in a positive gravity and you will once again have the "Titanic Effect"

If you have ever read anything about how and why the designers made them this way, you'll see that they realized that it was impossible for this style of ship to land on a planet.  Which is why they came up with transporters and shuttle craft.  

The Alternate Timeline Kirk should have lost his captaincy simply on the fact that he jeopardized his ship and crew by taking it down to the surface of a planet as well as submerging it under water.

And now, let us go on to what originally sparked this whole post.  I will first share what I originally wrote and then I will share my follow-up post as well.

ORIGINAL POST:

I've been doing some reading on the Narada which is the big bad ship from the 2009 movie. 


Part of my reading on this ship brought up some comic books that told some back/future history of how this ship was built. For those of you who don't understand what I mean by "back/future", the Narada went back in time from the distant future (a future that was past all the Next Generation movies and TV series), and changed the course of events that would have occurred in the Original TV series. I of course go and track down these comics and read that Data (who is now captain of the Enterprise E) from The Next Generation is partially involved with the story of this ship. 

HOLD THE PHONE MISTER!!! Data could not be the future captain on the Enterprise, because Data was killed in the movie titled "Nemesis". His brother B-4 is the only known surviving android at that point in time. 

Come on writers, at least know your source materials, especially if you want to write stories for an already well established fictional universe. And because this story is supposed to be a tie in to the 2009 movie, you should especially have your facts straight. This story had to be approved by the writers on the 2009 movie as it is an official prequel story. Therefore, the 2009 movie writers have yet again shit all over the Star Trek universe.

FOLLOW-UP POST:

OK, it helps to do some research myself and I retract my previous statement about the writer's needing to know thier source material. I did some follow-up reading on Data's brother B-4


The Memory-Alpha website is considered the Wikipedia of Star Trek. According to thier entry on B-4, he eventually is reprogrammed to become Data, in essence, resurrecting him like they did with Spock in the third Star Trek movie.

SOOOO, I humbly submit that it would be possible for the events in the comic book to actually happen and that I was wrong.

That being said, JJ Abrams is still an ass.