Friday, January 16, 2015

EMvTW 17 - USS Dauntless NX-01-A (Dauntless 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.]

Welcome to the 17th 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 USS Dauntless.


Unfortunately, this is going to be a REALLY short article as there is only one manufacturer who has made this ship in a pre-built and pre-painted model.

That being said, we're just gonna jump right into looking at the ship.

Eaglemoss

 
 
 
 

I do not favor these sorts of reviews where I only have one ship to actually look at.  It makes it tough on me to write a long enough article to make it worth your while to come and read.  However, this ship yet again demonstrates why the Eaglemoss collection is well worth your money.  The collection at this point starts giving you some really truly unique models of ships that no one else has ever produced.  Sure, you can get yourself a resin version of this ship, but that is really expensive and you have to paint it yourself.

Eaglemoss did not disappoint with this release.  I could not find any glaring flaws with this model other than the join seam on the underside of the primary and around the rear of the secondary hull is very noticeable.  The parts just don't quite fit together right, but unless you are looking for it, you can't find it.

The sculpting molding are up to Eaglemoss's usual excellence and show off all the finer details of the ship.  The painting of the details are also superb, highlighting all the important parts of the ship.  They even worked in a light aztecing pattern to the entire hull.

The clear plastic parts add an extra cool touch that just make this a great ship to have in your collection.  They really did a lot with blue plastic this time around but it definitely adds that final cool touch to the nacelles and the quantum slipstream drive dish assembly.

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.


This ship presents a few flaws to that concept of mine.

First, it really isn't a Starfleet ship.  Although, per Memory Alpha, "...in an alternate timeline, the Federation appeared to have adopted this design by the 26th century, with at least one Dauntless-class starship participating in the pivotal Battle of Procyon V.",  

The second flaw in my concept here is that this really isn't a deflector dish.  It actually is part of  the quantum slipstream drive and helps generate the actual slipstream.

All that being said, it still is an integral part of the ship and worth a close-up view.  And like I said, Eaglemoss did very well using the molded clear blue plastics for this part of the ship.

Conclusion

And that's it.  As I said, it was going to be a short one this time around.  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 = $23

This brings us to the part where I would normally tell you which model I think is the best one to get.  And so, in conclusion, if you ask me what the "Best Bang For The Buck" is, I'm going to just shake my head and sigh.  And walk away and mumble to myself.

In all honesty, this is a very unique looking ship.  No other manufacturer has made one and the price is very reasonable.  You would be well served adding this model to your fleet.

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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