Wednesday, November 19, 2014

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

NOTE:  You can click on most pictures to get a larger view of them.

[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.

Let us take a very quick gander at the MicroMachine model.


I have to say that Galoob did a nice job detailing this ship.  They did a fine job of shrinking such a large vessel down to such a small scale.

Eaglemoss vs. Furuta vs. Hallmark

Next up is what I like to call "the gravy shot", the one picture I wished I had seen long ago, and the main reason I started this blog.

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.

Furuta vs. Eaglemoss vs. Hallmark

Hallmark vs. Eaglemoss vs. Furuta

As you can see, the sizes are not really that close so we'll be basing our opinion mostly on details alone.  However, when we get down to pricing later on in the article, if you are like me, size will matter, especially given the cost of one of these ships.



Let us start off with the middle sized ship first.

I have to say, this is one impressive model.  It is also pretty hefty in that the top wing, neck and head are all metal. The painting on this ship is phenomenal.  As has been usual with the Eaglemoss ships, thier sculpting and molding process for the plastic and metal parts have given the ship some nice definition.  The coloring and attention to little details just plains rocks on this ship.  Just looking at the head of the ship, there are these dozens of tiny little windows and a tiny Romulan crest on the forehead part of the ship.  I would have lost my mind trying to paint those by hand.

The only complaint I have of this ship is that on mine, the stand doesn't quite clip on right and if you bump the model wrong, it falls off the stand.  This could be dangerous for the model if it is up on the edge of a shelf and falls to the floor.  Since my primary focus is on the model itself though, I won't deduct points for this.



It is now time to take a look at the smallest of the "Big 3", and also the most expensive.  

I like to point out when I'm reviewing a Furuta model that this company is a Japanese company that produced a series of gashapon toys.  Gashapon toys are meant to be nothing more than cheap little $6 bubble gum machine prizes.  I like to point this out to my readers so that they can take any critical reviews I may make in the spirit it is given.  I am in no way expecting these toys to be on the level of a Hallmark, Eaglemoss or Hot wheels toy.

That being said, I was very pleased with thier rendition of the Warbird.  The molded details are nice and they did a fairly good paint job on her as well.  Parts of the ship are slightly out of proportion, like the warp nacelles and parts of the neck, but they probably needed to do this to keep thier toy durable.

This is one of the more rare Furuta ships out there and at times is rally hard to find.  I actually paid $89 for mine when I purchased it.  Because of this pricing, I would usually tell people that there are cheaper and better alternatives if they wish to get one of these types of ships.



Ahhhhh... and now we'll talk about Hallmark's 1995 version of this ship.  This was my first rendition of the Romulan Warbird that I ever owned.  What can I say about it?  It is...  It is...  It is green. 

The molded details are OK, but not as good as Furuta's or Eaglemoss'.  And there is no extra paint on the ship either.  It's just the plain green plastic with clear green plastic parts in the sections that light up.  Looking at it and comparing it to pictures and other models of this ship, it clearly has parts that are out of proportion.  the nacelles stand out the most and this is probably because of the lighting and wiring that they had to install.

Given the prices I find for this ship, you truly get what you paid for.  I hate to bash Hallmark, but this ship is a prime example of a poorly done model by them.  Sometimes, they knock them out of the park, and times like this, they flush it down the toilet.

Although I cut the wires off of mine, I was able to find a picture of one when they are lit up on a tree light string.  I hated the wire on mine.  The wire placement on the tail end of the ship throws it completely off balance it you wish to display it.


And that is all the pictures and comparisons I have to share on this ship at this time.  

It's weird that of the big three, the smaller the ship gets, the more expensive it gets.  The Furuta ship is considered rather rare and I've actually seen it going for $90 before, however at the time of this article, there were several available online at a much cheaper price.

As for pricing, I will continue with the tradition of rounding up the most inexpensive Buy-It-Now prices from eBay at the time of this article's writing.

Eaglemoss = $16
Furuta = $68
Hallmark = $9
Micro Machine = $6

This is a no-brainer for me to make a call on.  The best bang for your buck is the Eaglemoss ship, hands down, no competition.  Their attention to detail for that price makes it an easy choice and will give you a great looking model for your small scale fleet.


Every once in a while, I'll have a little extra to share with you.  This article is one such case.  About 20 years ago, I built the 1:3200 scale AMT Romulan Warbird that was part of the three ship Adversary Set..  Unfortunately, I never painted her.  When I got back into modeling small scale ships, this model proved to be too big for my new collection and just sat in a box.  My son saw it and asked if he could paint it up and this is what he came up with.


He used Testor's Jade Green Spray Paint for the base coat and the effects are rather cool looking.  The ship's skin has this neat shimmering effect as you turn it in the light.

Anyway, I hope you found this article useful and informative.  Please feel free to leave any comments, questions or suggestions below.

So for now, "Live Long And Prosper!"

Additional Links To Photos Of My Collection:
Eaglemoss     Furuta     Hallmark
MicroMachine     Comparative Shots

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