Wednesday, December 16, 2015

EMvTW 51: Hirogen Hunter

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[Editor's Note (June 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.]

Next up in my Eaglemoss vs. The World series of articles is Issue #51, the Hirogen Hunter or warship.


Only one manufacturer has made this ship so this will be one of those really short articles.

EMvTW 50: USS Enterprise NCC-1701 (Constitution class)

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[Editor's Note (June 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.]

Welcome to article #50 of my Eaglemoss vs. The World series.  This one marks a milestone for my Eaglemoss Collection as it means that I now have all of the classifications that the enterprise came in.  Yes, I know that there are still some to come, like the Enterprise J, the NX Refit and possibly the Enterprise A as well, but it still is quite impressive when you look at all of the Eaglemoss Enterprises lined up.


It gives me a sense of accomplishment looking at that picture.  Also, after writing this article, I will have written 50 articles reviewing the Eaglemoss standard line of ships, three articles about thier special editions, and two articles about thier bonus items, and one article about a special collection item.  That's a lot of "reviews".


As of now, my TOS Enterprise collection consists of and Eaglemoss, a Hot Wheels, a 2006 Hallmark ornament, a Furuta and two MicroMachines models.

EMvTW Extra 01 - Shuttlecraft Collection

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[Editor's Note (June 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.]

Here comes one of my longest "Eaglemoss vs. The World" articles to date.  I was recently able to get my hands on Eaglemoss' Shuttlecraft collection.


Normally I don't order stuff directly from Eaglemoss because they have a tendency to advertise stuff they they don't even have in stock.  And after you order it, I've heard horror tales about waiting one or more months to get your items.  As was the case with this set, I did get a notice AFTER they got my money that the shuttlecraft were on backorder.  But surprisingly, they came about two weeks later so I think I fared rather well.

Editor's Note (June 2016): When I bought my set directly from Eaglemoss, I paid $75 plus shipping for the set.  When I looked up the pricing for this article's re-write, I see that Eaglemoss now wants $100 plus shipping and I've seen the entire set on eBay for around $100 with shipping included.  This will become relevent later on in this article when I start giving my thoughts and recommendations.

Friday, December 11, 2015

EMvTW 49: ECS Fortunate (Y class)

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[Editor's Note (June 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.]

My next article in the Eaglemoss vs. The World series is on the ECS Fortunate, a Y Class freighter from the 22nd century.  This will be yet another short article as I really don't have anything else to compare it too.


If you follow my articles, then I'll sound like a broken record, but Eaglemoss has really been a game changer when it comes to pre-built and pre-painted models of Star Trek ships.  The two new ships a month has completely buried Hallmark's selection and has far surpassed Furuta's deceased collection.

EMvTW 48: USS Voyager NCC-74656 (Intrepid class, with ablative hull armor)

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[Editor's Note (June 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.]

Issue 48 of my Eaglemoss vs. The World series will be a pretty short one considering this is a one of a kind model that no one else has done in a small scale version.  The ablative armored USS Voyager that appears in Star Trek: Voyager's final episode does make for a rather unique addition to your Eaglemoss fleet, especially if you already have their Issue # 6 version of the USS Voyager.


Sunday, November 22, 2015

EMvTW 47: Klingon Negh'Var class

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[Editor's Note (June 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.]

The last of my Eaglemoss vs. The World articles for this month will focus of the Klingon Negh'Var class vessel.


As you can see, my collection of these ships is quite small and only consists of an Eaglemoss and MicroMachine model.

EMvTW 46: USS Enterprise NCC-1701-C (Ambassador class)

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[Editor's Note (June 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.]

Issue #46 of my Eaglemoss vs. The World articles is a bit of an exciting one for me.  With it, we take a good look at the Ambassador Class, which we all first learned about in the form of the Enterprise C.  With this ship being added to my collection, I am now just one Enterprise away from having all of the hero ships that Eaglemoss has produced to bear that name.  It was also cool that I finally got to this point in my collection considering Hallmark just produced the same ship this year for thier collection.


My current collection now consists of an Eaglemoss, a Furuta, a Hallmark and a MicroMachine model.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

EMvTW 45: Malon Export Vessel

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[Editor's Note (June 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.]

This next episode of Eaglemoss vs. The World is going to be a short one due to the fact that only one manufacturer makes a small scale pre-built and pre-painted model of this ship.  I am of course talking about issue #45, the Malon Export Vehicle.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

EMvTW 44: Intrepid NV-01 (Intrepid Type or NV Class or Neptune Class)

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[Editor's Note (June 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.]

Issue 44 of my Eaglemoss vs. The World series of articles brings us face to face with the Intrpid.


My current collection of this ship consists of an Eaglemoss, a MicroMachine and a Resin Modeler kit that I built and painted myself.

Friday, November 13, 2015

EMvTW Special 04 - Klingon D4 class

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[Editor's Note (June 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.]

I typically buy my special edition Eaglemoss ships from a third party vendor rather than Eaglemoss themselves because I've heard horror stories of long waits for your model to eventually get to you.  I've used one particular vendor for the last two years but for some reason, Eaglemoss had been keeping them on hold as well.  I finally jumped ship, canceled the order and bought it off of eBay for a few dollars more.


My JJVerse D-4 Kligon Bird Of Prey collection currently consists of an Eaglemoss and a Hot Wheels model.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

EMvTW 43: Species 8472 Bioship

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[Editor's Note (June 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.]

Eaglemoss decided to tackle the Species 8472 Bioship with thier 43rd issue.  I'm also happy to report that I actually have another manufacturer's version of this vessel to compare it with.


My collection consists of a whopping two versions of this ship, one from Eaglemoss and one from Furuta.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

EMvTW 42: USS Pasteur NCC-58525 (Olympic class)

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[Editor's Note (June 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.]

After I moved, money got a little tight so I canceled my Eaglemoss subscription.  A few months later, things are going good now, so last month, I ordered a batch of ships to catch myself up with where I would have been with the collection.  Quite frankly, I did not pay that much more getting the ships on eBay than I would have through the subscription so I decided to push ahead with the collection and go further than I would be had I simply started the subscription back up.  And thus, I have another 7 ships to talk about this month.  I'm rather excited about this batch of ships because I actually have other manufacturers versions to compare them to, which is the whole reason I started writing these articles.

The first of this new group of articles will be the Olympic Class, which we all know as the USS Pasteur (NCC-58525) as was seen in the series finale of Star Trek: The Next Generation, in the episode titled, "All Good Things".


My collection consists of an Eaglemoss, a Furuta and a MicroMachine version.

Monday, November 2, 2015

EMvTW 41: Klingon Raptor Class

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[Editor's Note (June 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.]

This next Eaglemoss vs. The World is less of a comparative and more of a review since there is only one company that makes this ship in a pre-built and pre-painted format.


So, let us now take a look at the Klingon Raptor class of the 22nd century.  This ship appeared in Star Trek: Enterprise.  Eaglemoss continues it's excellent tradition of offering ships that others have not.  There is a resin model available on the internet that you can build and paint on your own, but when available, I prefer to get one that has been professionally done.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

EMvTW 40: USS Enterprise NCC-1701-B (Excelsior class refit)

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[Editor's Note (June 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.]

Issue #40 of my Eaglemoss vs. The World series brings us a ship that had about 15 minutes of screen time, the USS Enterprise B.


My current collection consists of an Eaglemoss, Furuta and MicroMachine Model.  I also have a Round 2 model that I did up as a practice run back when I got back into model building.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

EMvTW 39: Romulan (Holo) Drone

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[Editor's Note (June 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.]

Next up with my Eaglemoss vs. The World series is the Romulan Holo Drone that we see in two back to back episodes of Star Trek: Enterprise.  This is one of the finer examples of why Eaglemoss will continue to come out as one of the best ways to collect small scale versions of the ships we all love.


So far, Eaglemoss is the only manufacturer who has produced a pre-made, pre-painted model of this ship.  I've said it before and I'll say it again, these guys are a great investment if you want to populate your small scale collection with new a different ships that no one else has done before.

Monday, October 26, 2015

EMvTW 38: Delta Flyer

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[Editor's Note (May 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.]

Next up for my Eaglemoss vs. The World series of articles is The Delta Flyer.


My current collection only consists of two versions of this ship, one from Eaglemoss and one from Hallmark.

I'm a big fan of this ship.  She's sleek, she's fast, she's tough for a small vessel, and she's versatile enough to take on a bunch of different roles.  The Delta Flyer just plain looks like a cool spaceship.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

EMvTW 37: Andorian Cruiser (Kumari class)

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[Editor's Note (May 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.]

Moving right along with my catching up on my Eaglemoss vs. The World articles, we'll focus next on the Andorian cruiser, better known as the Kumari class.


My collection only consists of one manufacturer's rendition of this ship so this will be a relatively short article.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

EMvTW 36: USS Grissom NCC-638 (Oberth class)

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[Editor's Note (May 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.]

It has been quite a while since I've written any of my Eaglemoss vs. The World articles.  As I stated in a previous post, life got in the way of my modeling and collecting.  Now I'm back with what I hope to be a good revitalization of posts.

The first of the next six comparative articles will focus on the Oberth Class vessel that we saw very briefly in Star Trek II: The Search For Spock.

I have never been a big fan of this class of ship.  It seems like it was simply designed to be nothing more than cannon fodder or if it was lucky, a personnel transport for a brief walk on appearance in an episode.  When you sit down and actually read the specifications on Memory Alpha and Memory Beta, it really isn't well suited to do any sort of deep space exploration unless it was part of a small fleet of more heavily armed vessels.  Although it is unique in it's looks, there are some design issues with the ship that have caused all sorts of fan confusion in regards to the secondary hull and what it is actually used for and whether it is manned or not.

Although there have been some companies producing a pre-built and pre-painted version of this ship, they have tended to be on the small side, like MicroMachine size small.  There also isn't many model kits of this ship either.


My current collection consists of an Eaglemoss, a Furuta, several Cozmo Heavy Industries resin kits and a MicroMachine model.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

State Of The Universe Address

I've been on hiatus for a while now. I figured I'd give a little update on the status of my universe.

After the move, finances were a bit tight and I had to cancel my subscription to the Eaglemoss collection. Given that I've pretty much received all the freebie gifts except for a gaudy looking Borg cube, I think I'll continue collecting by buying from various reputable eBay sellers instead of renewing the subscription. The good news is, I think I'll be able to start collecting them again so those comparative reviews should start flowing again. As a treat for this month, I'll have 6 of them in a row.  :-)

As for building anything, I've been in a bit of a rut. The week of the move, I got dumped. Which was ironic since I was moving to be closer to the girlfriend. A little while later, I started dating someone else and just wasn't in the mood to work on anything. Now I'm single again and trying to rekindle the building fire. I really need to do this as I have three incomplete builds on my "bench" and several new Space Battleship Yamato 2199 kits to build.

On an upside, I don't know whether FaceBook fixed the issue, or my upgrading to Windows 10 did it, but I apparently can re-arrange the photo albums again so I don't need to transfer the photo collection offsite.

So there you go. Keep an eye on my feed, things should start becoming lively again.

---DSP

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Goliath Class (SBY) Super Battle Carrier

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[Editor's Note (May 2016): This will mark my second re-write of this article.  Now that I've written a bunch of articles for this blog, I feel like I've developed a certain style and flow to how I write and I wanted to make all of them have that same feel across the series.  Consider this the REFIT version of the original article.]

I always felt that the Earth Defense Force was seriously lacking in carrier capabilities.  This ship was my attempt at getting a little over zealous with the whole battle carrier idea.  This model was also the first time that I made up my own kitbash for the Space Battleship Yamato universe.  all of my previous kitbashes were based off of other people's work and already existing ship designs.


Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Star Trek Design Your Own Ship Contest!!!

My friends over at the Star Trek Modelers Group FaceBook page have asked me to share this exciting news.  

Please be sure to follow the rules laid out below to avoid having your entry disqualified.


It has begun! Time to open the floodgates for submissions to the Star Trek Design Your Own Ship Contest!

Before we post the address where you will be mailing your submissions, let’s go over exactly what you need to enter.

Remember, any medium is allowed. This includes, plastic, resin, clay, lego or other physical models, Hand drawn or computer made 2D images, and 3D virtual models.

Your ship design must:
Be StarTrek. (No BSG, StarWars, etc.)
Be your own design (kitbashing is allowed)
Be submitted before 1:59 PM Central time July 31st 2015

Your submission email must include:
Your name
The name and class (if applicable)
jpeg or png images of views of the ship from top, bottom, side, front, rear (¾ or perspective views are also encouraged)
Specifications of the ship (size, crew, armament, speed, etc.)
Design history and/or back story (where did this ship come from? Why was it built? What did it do?)

Additional info:
This contest is only for members of the Star Trek Modelers Group or the Trekyards Model Building Showcase Page
Your ship design does not have to be created during the contest. It can be an older design.
Up to, but no more than two individuals may work on a design together.
You can submit multiple designs, provided that they all meet the criteria.
Each entry should be contained in a single email with the subject line: “examplename’s contest Entry”
No more than one entry per email message.

USE THE CONTEST EMAIL ONLY FOR CONTEST ENTRIES! Message admins or comment below with contest questions!!!

The email address for submitting your design entry is: starfleetdesignbureau@gmail.com

Good luck!!!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Resin Kit Review: Resin Modeler 1:1400 NX Refit Class

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It's been a while since I wrote a resin kit review, but this one has me all excited, and has been a long time coming.  I am of course talking about the 1:1400 scale NX Refit by Resin Modeller.

Resin Modeller's Recommended Paint Scheme

The first thing you should know, is that this is actually two separate kits.  Resin Modeller makes a 1:1400 NX kit and then you need to purchase the separate add-on kit that comes with additional parts.  I liked this concept as it made the build options much more flexible.

So in essence, you are getting technically two reviews for the price of one.  One for the NX kit, and one for the Refit Add-On kit.  :-)

Friday, June 5, 2015

EMvTW 35: Klingon Bird of Prey (22nd century)

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[Editor's Note (May 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.]

The second ship from this month's Eaglemoss vs. The World series is the 22nd Century Klingon Bird Of Prey.


Like the Surak class, this ship has only been produced by Eaglemoss as a pre-built and pre-painted model.

EMvTW 34: Vulcan Surak class

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[Editor's Note (May 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.]

It's a new month and it brings with it two new ships from Eaglemoss for my collection.  In this article, I'm going to highlight the Vulcan Surak Class ship.


Since Eaglemoss is the only manufacturer to offer a pre-built and pre-painted model of this ship, I of course only have this one in my collection.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Model Building 101 - Display Shelves

My small scale fleet collection all started with my getting Hallmark Ornaments for Christmas presents.  As the years progressed and my collection grew, I decided that I wanted to display those ornaments along with the rest of the collection.  I accomplished this by redesigning some bookcases to allow me to hang up the ornaments.  This worked well because for some of my models, I've installed eye hooks to allow them to be hung as well.  Over the last two years, the size of the collection has exploded.

Bookcases 1-3 = Star Trek Starfleet Ships
Bookcases 4-5 = Star Trek Alien Ship
Bookcase 6 = Space Battleship Yamato Ships


Thursday, May 14, 2015

EMvTW 33: Cardassian Hideki class

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[Editor's Note (February 2016): I decided to do a quick check-up on this article as it is referenced by my Galor Class article.  There really wasn't much that needed to be done with it..]

As I said in the last article, it's been a busy month.  I'm still unpacking my fleet and as such, the time for writing has been eaten up by all this move business.  But here we are, the second of this month's Eaglemoss ships, the Cardassian Hideki class ship.


This ship was first seen in the second season of Deep Space Nine during the episode titled, "Profit and Loss".

I have to say that it is nice to get a second Cardassian ship into the collection though.  If you have never read it before, be sure to check out my comparison article on the Cardassian Galor Class.  You can read that at THIS LINK.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

EMvTW 32: USS Orinoco NCC-72905 (Danube class)

THIS ARTICLE IS UNDERGOING SOME EXTENSIVE REFIT WORK.  PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK!  THERE WILL PROBABLY BE SOME BREAKS AND TYPOS AS THIS IS A WORK IN PROGRESS.  YOU MAY WISH TO CHECK BACK IN A DAY OR TWO AS WE WILL HAVE FINISHED RE-WRITING THE ARTICLE BY THEN.

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[Editor's Note (May 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.]

It's been a busy month for Triple-D Enterprises in that we moved locations.  I had to pack up my fleet for the move.  I'm happy to say that all of the ships survived the move.  Sometime early last week, my latest Eaglemoss ships arrived in the mail and this is the first time that I've had a chance to sit down and write anything up.

This month's first ship is the Danube Class Runabout called the USS Orinoco from Deepspace Nine.

Unlike the last couple of Eaglemoss vs. The World posts from me, I actually have some other manufacturers's ships to compare it with.


My current collection consists of an Eaglemoss, a Furuta, a Hallmark and a MicroMachine model.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Great Galaxy Yamato Class Battleship

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

One of the things I like about kitbashing is that it gives you a way to add ships to your collection that you normally can't buy in the store.  This ship is one of those weird looking ones that I figured I could build with some planning.



The Dai Yamato Zero Go, also known as the Great Galaxy Yamato Class Battleship is a ship from a very short lived series called "Dai Yamato Zero Go" or "Great Yamato #0".  The show occurs 1000 years after "The Quest For Iscandar" and the iconic ship that we all know and love has undergone some radical changes.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Lexington Class Battle Carrier

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

The Lexington Class Battle Carrier was a hybrid that the E.D.F. had built in response to the need to match the fleet capabilities of the Gamilons.  The E.D.F. used the already existing platform of the the successful and quickly built Borodino Class Battleships and modified it to be able to carry a larger compliment of support craft.



Thursday, April 9, 2015

EMvTW 31 - Romulan Warbird Valdore

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[Editor's Note (May 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 we will jump right into the second of this month's Eaglemoss vs. The World ships, the Romulan Valdore Class.


This is another one of those ships that only Eaglemoss has produced in a pre-built and pre-painted format.  You can purchase some resin models of this ship, but if you want to take the quick and easy way out for a little less money, then here you go.

We get to see this ship in action doing battle along side a sister ship of the same class, in the movie Star Trek: Nemesis.

EMvTW 30 - Nausicaan Fighter

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[Editor's Note (May 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.]

It's that time of the month again!  I love saying that!  LOL.  Anyway, I received my next shipment of Eaglemoss ships so let's get this party started and present you with the next edition of my Eaglemoss vs. The World articles by taking a look at the Nausicaan fighter.


This is another one of those ships where Eaglemoss is the only manufacturer has made a pre-built and pre-painted version of this ship.  that being said, this is going to be short article.

Federation Class and Federation Class Refit

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[Editor's Note (April 2016): This will mark my second re-write of this article.  Consider this the REFIT version of the original article.]

Ever since I became a Treckie, I have always been fascinated with the mighty Federation Class Dreadnought.  Once I started collecting small scale Star Trek ships, I have always wanted a Federation Class dreadnought in my collection.  Let's face it,they just look bad-ass.

As I built the various renditions of this ship classification, I wrote the "story background" for them from the point of view that is based in MY Star Trek "alternate" universe.  Although my universe bears a lot of striking resemblances to the cannon universe, there WILL of course be a few items that differ.


The Federation Class Dreadnought was a much bigger ship than it's Constitution class counterparts of the time.  As such, they were also more powerful and wielded much more firepower.

You can read more about the Federation Class at the Memory Alpha website by clicking on THIS LINK.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Vogon Class

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USS Kuklinski (MSD-5115)
Vogon Class Heavy Construction Vessel
1:2500 Cozmo Heavy Industries kitbash
Inspired by Jean-Paul Jesstiece


I saw a ship on the Star Trek Modelers Group page on FaceBook that Jean-Paul made using a Constellation and an Excelsior body and he had said that it was a heavy construction vessel. The concept behind the ship was to deliver construction workers and supplies to deep space construction jobs. I asked for permission to play with the idea a little bit and decided to go with a much bigger secondary hull.

Dimensions
Length: 325 meters
Width: 137.5 meters
Height: 68.75 meters
Specifications
Decks: 24
Crew: 600 to 650
Speed: Cruise: warp 7 / Maximum: warp 9
Armament: 6 Dual Phaser Banks, 4 Forward Facing Torpedo Launchers, 4 Aft Facing Torpedo Launchers
Defenses: Deflector Shields
Auxiliary craft: 8 Workbees, 8 Sphinx Workpods, 6 Shuttlecraft

Designer Name: Patrick M. Dougherty Sr.

Galactica Class

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This ship was one of those projects that came about from trying out different scrap pieces of model with other scrap pieces of model.

USS Montgomery Scott (MSD-2015)
Galactica Class, High Speed Repair Vessel
[1:2500 Scale Cozmo Heavy Industries Kitbash]

 Extended Mode

I built this model with two versions of the spacedock.  One of the versions is in the extended mode and is actually large enough to house my other 1:2500 Constitution Class and Miranda class ships. I also built a retracted spcedock to show what it would look like while traveling. The docks are not glued on which allows an easy swap out.

Retracted Mode

Dimensions
Length: 400 meters
Width: 181.25 meters
Height: 87.5 meters with collapsed gantry / 200 meters with extended gantry
Specifications
Decks: 11
Crew: 450 to 550
Speed: Cruise: warp 7 / Maximum: warp 9
Armament: 15 Dual Phaser Banks, 2 Forward Facing Torpedo Launchers, 2 Aft Facing Torpedo Launchers
Defenses: Deflector Shields
Auxiliary craft: 4 Workbees, 4 Sphinx Workpods, 4 Shuttlecraft

Designer Name: Patrick M. Dougherty Sr.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Resin Kit Review: Resin Modeler 1:1400 Earth Colony Ship (Pioneer class)

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

I'm going to shift gears slightly and go back to a Resin Modeler kit.  This one is his 1:1400 Earth Colony Ship.

Resin Modeller's Recommended Paint Scheme

This ship never appeared on screen but was mentioned in an early episode of Star Trek: Enterprise when they went to investigate an old Earth colony.  The SS Conestoga was the ship that had delivered the colony and was then dismantled for it's materials to make the colony.  

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Resin Kit Review: Cozmo Heavy Industries 1:2500 Pre-TOS Adversary Set

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The next resin kit that I'm going to review is another one of Cozmo Heavy Industries' revived line of kits.  The 1:2500 Pre-TOS Adversary set is unique in that it gives you three different ships.  The kit includes a Federation Daedalus class, a Romulan ship and and a Klingon ship.

C.H.I.'s eBay Advertisement

The kit itself is reminiscent of the AMT Round 2 sets that contain three ships.

 
 

So, if you have bought and built any of these kits, then this set from C.H.I. will blend in well with your collection.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Declaration Class Upgrade

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[Editor's Note (May 2016): This article along with her sister article were merged together into one combined work.  No further edits were done to this article.  I would highly recommend that you go read the new article instead by clicking on THIS LINK.  Consider that new article the REFIT version of this one.]

While writing the review for the Cozmo Heavy Industries 1:2500 Declaration Class kit, I had shared that I liked the kit so much that I actually bought two more of that kit just so I could build some variants of the ship.

This is the story of the second ship.


A friend of mine introduced me to this series of books called the Federation Spaceflight Chronology, which had TONS of in depth information about the Star Trek universe up through the TMP and ending around the ST3:TSFS era.  One of the neat things about volume one was that it covered some very old style ships that were never seen on screen.  It had a very nice section on the Declaration class and the history surrounding those ships.

Declaration Class Refit

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[Editor's Note (May 2016): This article along with her sister article were merged together into one combined work.  No further edits were done to this article.  I would highly recommend that you go read the new article instead by clicking on THIS LINK.  Consider that new article the REFIT version of this one.]

While writing the review for the Cozmo Heavy Industries 1:2500 Declaration Class kit, I had shared that I liked the kit so much that I actually bought two more of that kit just so I could build some variants of the ship.


A friend of mine introduced me to this series of books called the Federation Spaceflight Chronology, which had TONS of in depth information about the Star Trek universe up through the TMP and ending around the ST3:TSFS era.  One of the neat things about volume one was that it covered some very old style ships that were never seen on screen.  It had a very nice section on the Declaration class and the history surrounding those ships.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Resin Kit Review: Cozmo Heavy Industries 1:2500 Declaration Class

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

This next kit that I'm reviewing excited me when I learned that Cozmo Heavy Industries was starting production up again on it.  The 1:2500 scale Declaration class is a very unique ship that any die hard Trekkie should recognize.

C.H.I.'s eBay Advertisement

The Declaration class was first seen in the form of a painting on the wall of the recreation deck of the refit Enterprise in Star Trek: The Motion Picture.  It has since appeared a couple of other times in the forms of paintings and models in the other Star Trek shows and movies.  Officially, there is not much known about this ship.  It has been described as a starliner which has been incorrectly assumed to be a passenger ship.  The reality is, starliner is a generic term for starships.  There was a series of small books called the "Federation Spaceflight Chronology" and in the first volume, the class of ship described in much more detail.  

Friday, March 27, 2015

Resin Kit Review: Cozmo Heavy Industries 1:2500 Hornet Class

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[Editor's Note (May 2016): This will mark my second re-write of this article.  Now that I've written a bunch of articles, I feel like I've developed a certain style and flow to them 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 next resin kit review is going to focus on a fun little build that I did.  this build also marked a first for me.  Cozmo Heavy Industries Hornet Class shuttle carrier in 1:2500 scale is a very unique looking ship.

C.H.I.'s eBay Advertisement

It took me three different attempts to win one of these on eBay.  They are a rather popular model kit from C.H.I.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Resin Kit Review: Resin Modeler 1:1400 Borg Probe ("Coffin" Ship)

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

For my next review, I'd like to focus on Resin Modeller's 1:1400 scale Borg Probe ship which has also been called the "Coffin Ship" because of it's shape.

Resin Modeller's Recommended Paint Scheme

This ship appears in the Star Trek Voyager episode called "Dark Frontier".  It also supposedly is in the The Next Generation Episode called "I, Borg", however, it is totaled on the planet so we don't see much of it.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Resin Kit Review: Resin Modeler 1::2500 Challenger Class

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In this review, I want to take a good close look at Resin Modeller's 1:2500 scale Contender Class.

 
Resin Modeller's Recommended Paint Scheme

This is one of those more unique starships that are harder to find information on.  From the reading I have done, it is called a Challenger class ship although Adam at Resin Modeller has it listed as a Contender.  Since it's a non-canon ship, there is no real answer however, since they list it on Memory Beta as a Challenger class, I will stay with that classification to help alleviate my confusion.  The ship is a predecessor to the Constellation and serves as a deep space explorer.