Friday, January 16, 2015

EMvTW 16 - Ferengi D'Kora class Marauder

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.]

Welcome to the 16th installment of my "Eaglemoss vs. The World" series.  For those of you new to my series, I use these articles to compare Eaglemoss ships with other similar sized ships by other manufacturers.  This information was something that I wish I had access to back when I first started collecting small scale starships, so I figured, I would finally provide this service myself.

This article is going to focus on the Ferengi D'Kora class Marauder.

As you can see, my collection consists of an Eaglemoss, Furuta, MicroMachine as well as an AMT model that I built and painted.

Before we get into the comparison of the two main models, I'll give you a quick glimpse of the MicroMachine model.


Galoob did a very nice job of representing this ship in such a small scale.

Eaglemoss vs. Furuta

So now I present to you what I like to call "the gravy shot", a series of pictures I wished I had seen long ago, and the main reason I started this blog.

Eaglemoss vs Furuta

Furuta vs. Eaglemoss

As you can see, Eaglemoss' ship is a bit bigger than it's Furuta counterpart.  There are also some major color variations and detail difference between the two ships as well.



Over all, Eaglemoss did a good job on creating this ship.  

One complaint, which has nothing to do with the actual model is that the stand is not really good.  It attaches from the front and quite frankly, doesn't attach that well so that it falls off at the slightest bump.

Eaglemoss' Directions For Stand

I do confess that I read a couple other people's reviews and takes take on the Eaglemoss' models.  this allows me to get a feel for whether I missed something or to see if my model has something out of the ordinary.  

The guy who wrote the review at Some Kind Of Star Trek came up with a great idea that I am now doing with my model.  He suggested turning the stand around and clamping on around the neck of the model instead.

The sculpt and molding job they did for the entire ship is really well done.  They even made sure to mold in the shuttlepod that is located on the bottom of the ship.

When it comes to the paint job though, things get a little, no, a lot weird.  This ship has tons of painted details on the top side.  

However, it appears that my model received a little too much white over spray which dulls the look a little too much.  I always do a double-take when I look at it, thinking that there is a thick layer of dust on it.  I'm not the only one who has noticed this overspray effect on thier model either.  I've seen other reviewers complain about this issue too.  I am thinking that maybe they tried to dull the overall paint job of the ship to make it look more drab, but just failed miserably in that attempt.

The bottom of the model is where Eaglemoss dropped the ball in the painted detail department.  Although the molded details are great, the painting details are non-existent.  Perhaps they should have cut back on the budget for the white overspray and used that money for some detail painting on the bottom.

I did like the clear plastic parts for the warp nacelle sections and they add a nice touch to the overall look of the ship.



I always like to point the following out for my first time readers.  Furuta is a Japanese company that produced a series of gashapon toys.  Gashapon toys are meant to be nothing more than cheap little $1 to $5 bubble gum machine prizes.  I like to remind my readers of this fact 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.  I found a neat video about these types of toys and you can check that out at THIS LINK.

Furuta, knocked this one out of the park in my opinion.  This cheap little toy packs in a lot of details both in its molding as well as its painting.  I really could not find anything wrong with this model.  The top and bottom both have this mottled paint scheme to the ships hull, giving the ship that gritty merchant trader look.  


And that is all the pictures and comparisons I have to share on this ship at this time.  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 = $25
Furuta = $11
Micro Machine = $4

And so, in conclusion, if you ask me what the "Best Bang For The Buck" is, Furuta takes the blue ribbon for this round.  Just for clarification, my goal is always to provide my opinion on which model will give you a good representation of the ship AND be cheap as well.  For the price, Furuta is giving you a nice model with good all around attention to details.  As nice as the Eaglemoss' ship is, the lacking painted details on the bottom of the model, and the glaring over spray on the top of the ship hurt it's final standings when it comes to pricing.


Every once in a while, I'll have a little extra stuff to share with you that sort of fits in with my comparison articles.

As I shared in my collection picture in the beginning of this article, I also have an AMT model that I had built and painted on my own.  In reality, I built this model over 20 years ago, and then I just recently painted her as a mthod of getting back into model building.

Ferengi D'Kora class Marauder
1:2500 Scale AMT Kit


Since she was already built, she made for a rather quick little project.

 Eaglemoss vs. AMT

Eaglemoss vs. AMT

For giggle, I put the Eaglemoss model up next to my AMT model just to give you an idea of thier sizes.  They are actually very close in size to each other and the molded details are also very close as well.

Anyway, I hope you found this article useful and informative.  If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please feel free to comment below.

So for now, "Live Long And Prosper!"

Additional Links To Photos Of My Collection:
Eaglemoss     Furuta   

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