Monday, February 2, 2015

EMvTW 24 - Xindi Insectoid ship (Olaen class)

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

Rewrites: March 2016 & June 2018

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.  This time around, we will take a look at the Xindi Insectoid Ship which we first get to see in the Star Trek: Enterprise episode called "Twilight".

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.

Memory Bata has given this type of ship the name of Olaen Class.  Per Memory Alpha and Beta, "The Xindi-Insectoid ship was a type of warship used by the aggressive Xindi-Insectoids in the 2150s.  It consisted of a small central core containing the drive system and three extended wing-like sections extending forward, mounted at 120 degree angles along the fore-aft axis. The ships were heavily armed with pulse-firing particle cannons and torpedoes. "

If you would like to read more official stuff on this type of ship, feel free to check out the following links:

Olaen Class Information: Memory Alpha LINK and Memory Beta LINK

Since I have no other manufacturer's models to compare with, let's just jump right into looking at the Eaglemoss ship.



This is one of the largest Eaglemoss ships in the collection so far, not counting those special edition models.  It is also pretty hefty in the weight department and quite frankly, one of the better produced models from Eaglemoss.

Eaglemoss made a wise decision in making her big.  Because they had a larger "canvas" to work with, they were really able to shine through on this model in the details department.  

The sculpting and the molding on the ship is crisp, clear and gives us tons of details all over the hull of the model.  I think that those etchings, or scratch like markings on the wings gives the ship a rather used look.

The rear of the ship is well crafted with all of those engine bafolds sticking out.  Personally, I would have liked to see some color mark where exactly the engine exhaust comes out, but since none of the magazine pictures really show this either, we have to be forgiving of Eaglemoss.

The paint work on this model is flawless.  I love the metallic color with the brushed in a weathered look.  The light blue and white highlights are well aligned with thier molded counterparts and give the ship an energized appearance.

Eaglemoss also added in some translucent AND clear blue plastics in the nose of the ship.  This is one of those finer details that will usually push Eaglemoss in front of thier competition.

I was not able to find fault with the model.  I even checked in with some of my fellow reviewers, and they all seem to be of the same mindset, that this is a great model.

My only complaint, and it had nothing to do with the model, is that the stand is a little awkward to work with.  Be extra careful not to move it once you have it mounted, otherwise it will fall off.  In the end, I opted to not display it in the stand to save myself from dealing with a broken model.


And that wraps it up for the comparison and review part of my article.  I told you it was going to be short.  Which now 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 (re)writing (June 2018).

Eaglemoss = $22

NOTE: Prices were researched last on June 1st, 2018.  As of the writing of this article, the Eaglemoss model is OUT OF STOCK on the company's website.

We now come to the part of my article where I would normally give you my opinion of which ship gives you the "best bang for the buck", which is my rough way of telling you which one is the best one to get for the best price.  Since there is only one ship this time, the winner is a clear choice.  In all seriousness though, if you like alien looking vessels, you should definitely get this one, as it does not disappoint.

As always, 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:

Other Reviewers Take On The Eaglemoss Model:
Some Kind Of Star Trek
Star Trek Starship Collection

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