Tuesday, December 23, 2014

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

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

[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.

Eaglemoss vs. ummmmmmmm



Now, just to clarify things for people.  A lot of people like to complain and complain wrongly about this ship.  The Akira was not modeled after the Enterprise from the series Star Trek: Enterprise.  The Akira came first.

Eaglemoss is up to thier usual attention to details with this model.  The sculpting, molding and painting compliment each other very well, giving you a really neat looking ship.  

Looking at the topside, my real complaints though are that the bridge section isn't detailed enough and the torpedo weapons pod is also lacking some contrast paint to make the weapons there stand out more.

The use of the clear plastics on the nacelles is really well done, both highlighting the grills as well as the bussard collectors.

I don't really have anything bad to say about her bottom side.


And at least they got the Starfleet logo going in the right direction on both sides.  But alas, they again screwed up and this time did it in a big way on both sides of the ship.  They spelled Federation wrong.  

At least she has a deflector dish so I still get to fluff the article out a little more.

Anytime I review a Starfleet ship, I like to hyper-focus on the deflector dish as it usually gives me a good idea of the level of attention to details that a manufacturer puts into thier models.  Let's face it, this is a very important part of the ship and should be accurately represented.

I liked the use of the clear plastic for the dish.  It makes it stand out.  Unfortunately, it also allows the flaw of a bad plastic cut to stand out.  I've seen worse dishes though.

And sadly, that is all the fluffing my writing skills can give you for this one.  Which brings us to the pricing portion of my article.  As usual, 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 = $43 (as of February 2016, was $25 back in December 2014)

And so, in conclusion, if you ask me what the "Best Bang For The Buck" is, I'm going to look at you funny because you obviously didn't read the article and take notice that there is only one choice.  Seriously though, it was very exciting for me when I found out that the Akira would be part of the collection.  And this is one of the strong points of the Eaglemoss collection in general, you will get more ships, more quickly, than with any of the other manufacturers, and usually for rather decent prices too.

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!"

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