Wednesday, February 11, 2015

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

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

[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.

Since there is no other ships to compare this to, let us take a look at what Eaglemoss is offering.

Eaglemoss

 
 
 
 

I have to admit that when I first got this model, I had mixed feelings about this ship.  

On one side of the fence, I'm excited to have something new in the collection to fill in my Romulan fleet.  

But on the other side of the fence, from a distance, the ship looks like it might be very plain look to at.  This isn't Eaglemoss' fault.  The on screen ship was very drab in coloring and painted details.  This was most likely because it was meant to be a stealth ship.  

However, once you hold it in your hand and get up close and personal with it, you will soon learn that like those Transformers of the 80's, this ship is more than meets the eye.

Eaglemoss' sculpted and molded details in the metal and plastic are very nice.  The ship sports all sorts of panels, and windows.  Even the bridge module and impulse engines are sculpted in.

Although from a distance, the paint looks dull, when you get up close you will find tiny little color variations on some of the panels.  Even some of the windows have a touch of paint in them too.  



Take a close look along the front of the ship, under the bridge module and even in the alcove in the bottom of the ship.  The impulse engines could have used a slight dab of paint though.

The join seam is a bit rough on my model along the edge of the primary hull.  

I really liked the used of the clear green plastics on the nacelles which help add just a little more contrast of colors to the model.

All in all, Eaglemoss did a very nice job of trying to add as much detail as they could to an otherwise drab looking ship.

Conclusion

We of course now come 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

This is the part of my article where I normally tell you which ship gives you the "best bang for the buck", which is my rough way of telling you which one is the best buy. Even though there is only one clear choice, I will admit that it is a pretty good model to own and add to your fleet.

I hope you found this article as useful and informative as I did while writing it.  Please feel free to leave any comments, questions or suggestions below.

So for now, "Live Long And Prosper!"

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