Saturday, February 28, 2015

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

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Normally I don't go for certain types of ships in my collection.  I'm not really a cargo ship kind of guy, however you can't deny that Cozmo Heavy Industries does have some unique looking cargo ships.  Especially when you look at his non-human race line of vessels.  One such ship is his Romulan Kestrel Class cargo hauler.

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This ship was never seen on screen and is simply one of those interesting designs that has come from Jay's (the guy who owns and operates C.H.I.) mind.

Resin Kit Review: Cozmo Heavy Industries 1:2500 Constitution Class Phase II Prototype

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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.]

My next review is going to cover a more rare kit, the 1:2500 scale Constitution Class Phase II Prototype from Cozmo Heavy Industries.

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This kit is of one of the proposed designs for the Enterprise had we seen a Star Trek: Phase II TV series.  I believe that it was also reconsidered when they started thinking about what sort of ship design to use for Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Resin Kit Review: The Delta Quadrant 1/2500 Bonaventure-Class Cruiser

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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.]

I've been jumping back and forth between two different manufacturers lately in regards to these resin kit reviews.  I decided to be different for this one and look at The Delta Quadrant's 1:2500 scale Bonaventure Class starship.

The Delta Quadrant's Recommended Paint Scheme

Per the Memory Beta Article, The Bonaventure class is a neat little ship that made it's first appearance in the 2006 Ships Of The Line calendar.  Some people believe that she makes a great in between ship and logical progression of the NX class into the Constitution class.  I don't know about all that, but I do know that she is an interesting looking ship that makes for a unique addition to your model fleet.

Model Building 101 - Decals

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As I am writing my review articles, I sometimes come across a challenge that I encountered that first time modelers would benefit from having some advice for.

I have finally started reviewing some kits that I applied some sort of decals to.  I figured we should finally talk about the art of decal placing.  At least in the realm of water slide decals which is the majority of the decals you will encounter.

For the longest time, I shied away from putting decals on my models.  I'll admit it, they intimidated me.  Some of them are tiny and I have big hands.  And yet, some of them are are pretty darned big and if I try to pick them up, they will curl up and make my life miserable.

Eventually though, I could no longer avoid using decals.  I finally built some models that required the use of a decal because my intermediate painting skills would never have been able to accomplish the level of details needed to give the model any sort of good look.

Hornet Class Landing Deck Decals

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Resin Kit Review: Resin Modeler 1:1400 Suliban Stealth Cruiser

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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.]

My next resin kit review will be focused on the 1:1400 scale Suliban Stealth Cruiser that is produced by Resin Modeller.

Resin Modeller's Recommended Paint Scheme

This ship appeared in the Season 1 finale episode of Star Trek: Enterprise.  According to Memory Alpha, "The Suliban Stealth Cruiser was a starship used by the Suliban Cabal. It was normally undetectable by Starfleet technology due to its cloaking device. Its armaments included four particle beam weapon banks. The standard crew complement was at least twenty.".

Resin Kit Review: Resin Modeler 1:1400 Klingon Hunting Vessel (Gorath's ship)

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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.]

For this next review, I'd like to focus on a small and simple little kit from Resin Modeller.  He produced a 1:1400 scale version of the Klingon Hunting Vessel that we saw in Star Trek: Enterprise.

Resin Modeller's Recommended Paint Scheme

This ship was used to help capture Captain Archer and take him back to the Klingon home world to face criminal charges.  As of now, there isn't a lot of other information on the ship other than what we saw in the TV series.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

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

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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.]

The next kit I'd like us to take a close look at is a 1:2500 scale Federation Class ship made by Cozmo Heavy Industries.

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Ever since the days of the FASA games, this style of ship has been a favorite of mine.  I even did a very basic kitbash from a 1:2500 AMT kit to make a facsimile of this ship.   Sadly, mine was a bit out of proportion.

The Federation Class Dreadnought was just that.  It was a much bigger ship than it's counterparts of the time and wielded much more firepower.

Resin Kit Review: Cozmo Heavy Industries 1:2500 Peregrine Class Starship

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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.]

This time round for my Resin Kit Review series, we're going to take a closer look at the 1:2500 Peregrine Class kit from Cozmo Heavy Industries.

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This is a very interesting design that was thought up by an awesome model kitbasher named John Payne.  You can read all about his build of this ship at THIS PAGE.

The Peregrine was an experimental design by Starfleet to mimic the Romulan Bird Of Prey design.  Although the design proved successful, only one was ever built.  She was put into service around the 2280's.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Resin Kit Review: Resin Modeler 1:1400 Northwest Class (NW Class)

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

Up next in my resin kit review series, is the 1:1400 Northwest Class (NW Class) kit produced by Resin Modeller.

Resin Modeller's Recommended Paint Scheme

This ship never appeared on screen, however, it was was mentioned in one or two episodes of Star Trek: Enterprise.  There is lots of information on this ship that can be found HERE (about a little over half way down the page).  The gist of the ship is that it was supposed to be Earth's first warp 5 capable ship, however, it's experimental drive proved to be unstable and that drive tech was scrapped.  This type of ship now serves as a science and patrol vessel.

Resin Kit Review: Resin Modeler 1:1400 Intrepid Type (NV Class)

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

Moving right along in my resin kit collection, I'd like to next review the 1:1400 NV Class kit produced by Resin Modeller.  This ship is seen in Star Trek: enterprise is a couple of episodes.

Resin Modeller's Recommended Paint Scheme

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

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

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

Welcome back to my series of reviews for the various resin kits I've built.  For my next review, I would like to focus on Cozmo Heavy Industries' Dakota class carrier.

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Resin Kit Building 101: Part 5 - Stands

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I have been writing a short mini-series of articles to help assist me with some resin kit reviews I'm doing.  I figured that instead of boring my more experienced builders with material that they already know, or repeating the same helpful hints in article after article, it would be far easier to just reference these smaller articles like footnotes in any reviews that require some extra advice.

This is the last article in the series for now and it is more of a Do It Yourself article that covers making stands for your smaller models.

Some resin kits come with a base to make a stand for your ship.  However, I have yet to find a garage kit maker that has supplied a rod that goes with the base.  This is probably because making the rods is a bit time consuming and every modeler has thier own preference on how tall of a stand they may want.

I like my stands to hold the ship about 2 inches of the ground so this method I'm about to show works really well for me.  You could of course modify the length to your liking, but as you will see, you'll go through more of the base materials.  At two inches, I get two rods for each piece I cut.

The first step is trying to locate a source of sturdy rods that In my case, I found that these little guys were my best friend.


Resin Kit Building 101: Part 4 - Filling Seams and Imperfections

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I'm writing this short mini-series of articles to help assist me with some resin kit reviews I'm doing.  I figured that instead of boring my more experienced builders with material that they already know, or repeating the same helpful hints in article after article, it would be far easier to just reference these smaller articles like footnotes in any reviews that require some extra advice.

And so, we come to my fourth article and this one covers filler material.

At the end of my reviews, I have a small disclaimer section and one of the things that is said there is this; "due to the nature of resin casting, not every kit is going to be the same.  Excess resin and air pockets are a part of the game when you get into this sort of model building.  The kit that I got and built may be slightly different than your kit as far as minor quality issues."

There is a reason I say this.  Resin pouring is not an exact science.  Some of the garage kit makers have very expensive equipment to produce higher quality kits than others, however, you will eventually run into minor flaws in you model kits.


This sort of thing is to be expected when you delve into this kind of  model building so you should always be prepared to deal with these minor flaws.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Resin Kit Building 101: Part 3 - Glue

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I decided to write a couple small helpful hint articles to serve as footprint references in my Resin Kit Reviews.  This will save my more experienced readers having to read the same stuff over and over again, yet give my first time readers some extra help and advice when I feel it is necessary to give it.

This next article should be a relatively short one as it involves gluing resin.

My experience is that you can not use your standard modelling cement.  It just does not bond well to the resin like it would to styrene.

My best results have come from using super glue.  And it doesn't even have to be brand name stuff.


Resin Kit Building 101: Part 2 - Warped Parts

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Since I've started doing reviews on some resin kits that I've built, I figured it would also be a good idea to give some helpful hints and tips for those of you who are new to building this unique form of models.  I can then refer back to these articles without re-quoting the same text over and over again.

My next article is going to cover warped parts.


No, not WARP parts, but instead those parts you get that may be slightly bent the wrong way.


Monday, February 16, 2015

Resin Kit Building 101: Part 1 - Washing Your Kit

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Since I've started doing reviews on some resin kits that I've built, I figured it would also be a good idea to give some helpful hints and tips for those of you who are new to building this unique form of models.  I can then refer back to these articles without re-quoting the same text over and over again.

My first article is going to cover bathing.  No, not your bathing, but rather, the bathing of your resin kit.


Thursday, February 12, 2015

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

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

For my very next review, I'd like to jump garage kit makers and focus on Cozmo Heavy Industries' 1:2500 scale Hippocrates class hospital vessel.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Resin Kit Review: Resin Modeler 1:1400 Warp Delta

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

Welcome to my next Resin Kit Review.  This time around, I'd like to focus our attention on  Resin Modeler's 1:1400 scale Warp Delta class from Star Trek: Enterprise.

Resin Modeler's Recommended Paint Scheme

EMvTW 27 - Romulan Bird Of Prey (22nd Century)

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[Editor's Note (March 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 is the second entry in this month's Eaglemoss vs. The World series, the 22nd Century Romulan Bird Of Prey as we saw it in Star Trek: Enterprise.


Like the Tholian starship, this vessel is a one of a kind when it comes to Pre-Built and Pre-Painted versions of this ship.  That of course means that this will also be a relatively short article as well.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

EMvTW 26 - Tholian Starship (22nd Century)

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[Editor's Note (March 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 feel it necessary to apologize to my readers, but the next couple of Eaglemoss vs. The World articles are going to be short ones indeed.  You see, the next few ships that I am going to discuss have never before been made by any other manufacturer in a pre-made and pre-painted form.  This once again demonstrates why the Eaglemoss collection is such a great thing for us collectors.  We continue to be given completely new ship models for our collection.

This time around, we are going to take a look at the 22nd Century Tholian starship.


Resin Kit Review: Resin Modeler 1:1400 Sarajevo Class

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

My first review is going to be about Resin Modeller's 1:1400 Sarajevo Class kit.

Resin Modeler's Recommended Paint Scheme

Friday, February 6, 2015

EMvTW 25 - USS Prometheus NX-59650 (Prometheus class)

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[Editor's Note (March 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.]

OK, ok, ok.   I will admit it, I lied.  In my attempt to get all the special edition ships done and posted for my Eaglemoss vs. The World series, I skipped this ship until now.  This article actually marks an entire year's worth of Eaglemoss ships and quite frankly, this is probably my all time favorite Star Trek ship.  I am of course talking about the USS Prometheus.


My small collection of this ship includes an Eaglemoss, a Furuta and a MicroMachine sized version.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

EMvTW Special 03 - USS Vengeance (Dreadnought 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 (March 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 count myself lucky to have acquired the third special edition ship from Eaglemoss two months early from my supplier, so I now get to do this review that much earlier.  In this edition of my Eaglemoss vs. The World series, I would like to cover the USS Vengeance.

Before I go any further, I acknowledge that the NuTrek stuff has caused all sorts of controversy.  I myself am on the fence about whether I like NuTrek or not.  HOWEVER, this is not an article on NuTrek, but rather, the models, so please keep all comments to the designs and quality of the models.


My current collection of this ship consists of an Eaglemoss, a Hallmark, a Hot Wheels large model and a Hot Wheels small ship.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

EMvTW Special 02 - USS Enterprise (Constitution class - alternate timeline)

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[Editor's Note (March 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 the special editions for my Eaglemoss vs. The World series, we are now treated to the NuTrek Enterprise from the rebooted series based in the JJverse.

First, I acknowledge that the NuTrek stuff has caused all sorts of controversy.  I myself am on the fence about whether I like NuTrek or not.  HOWEVER, this is not an article on NuTrek, but rather, the models, so please keep all comments to the designs and quality of the models.


My current collection consists of an Eaglemoss, a Hallmark, a large Hot Wheels, the smaller Hot Wheels, and a MicroMachine version that was made from a key chain.

EMvTW Special 01 - Deep Space 9

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[Editor's Note (March 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 have now covered a year's worth of Eaglemoss ships and have decided to take a slight detour of sorts to cover the special edition ships in thier lineup.  At the time of this writing, there currently are three.  And unlike my last Eaglemoss vs. The World article, this one has more than one manufacturer to show off.

The first of these special ships is not a ship at all, but rather a space station.  I am of course talking about Deepspace Nine.


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

Monday, February 2, 2015

Xindi Aquatic ship (24th Century)

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Xindi Aquatic Ship (24th Century)
Scale Unknown Larson Designs Kitbash


 
 
 
 

After the incident involving Earth, the Xindi withdrew from the rest of the galaxy. Eventually, in the 26th century, they would join the Federation, however, during the 24th century, they choose to live a peaceful neutral existence. Realizing that thier Vortex Drive system was a bit unstable, they have worked over the last two centuries to crate a new and improved type of faster than light drive system.  This new drive system is evident by the rings on the sides of the vessel.  The ship is also designed to be able to enter a planet's atmosphere and make water based landings, hence the large wings.

EMvTW 24 - Xindi Insectoid ship

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[Editor's Note (March 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 24th installment of my Eaglemoss vs. the World Series.  This marks a milestone as I will now have reviewed an entire year's worth of Eaglemoss ships.  Unfortunately, only one company has ever produced a pre-built and pre-painted version of the Xindi Insectoid ship, so this will sadly be a very short article.


The ship on the right side of the picture is the Eaglemoss model that we will be reviewing for this article.  The ship on the left is a little kitbash that I created when I decided to try to build a starship from a submarine model.  As I progressed, it began taking on a Xindi Aquatic vessel kind of look so I just rolled with that idea.  I did write up an entire article about that build so if you would like to read up about my 24th Century Xindi Aquatic ship, click on THIS LINK.