Wednesday, March 11, 2015

EMvTW 28 - Val Jean (Maquis raider) (Ju'Day Class)

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

[Editor's Note (May 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.]

WOW, four weeks flew by real fast.  I just got in my next installment of Eaglemoss ships in the mail so that means I get to write up some more Eaglemoss vs. The World articles.


In this installment, we will take a look at the Maquis Raider.  In all the years I've been a Trekkie, I never knew that there was an actual classification for this vessel.  Everyone just refers to them as Maquis Raiders.


Thanks to the Eaglemoss magazine, I now know that they are actually called Ju'Day Class ships.

MicroMachine made a rendition of this ship, and it wasn't too bad of a facsimile.

 

Eaglemoss is the only other company to produce a pre-made and pre-painted versions of this ship.

Because of that, I think I'm going to save a little time and change the format up a tiny bit and skip a bunch of stuff I normally do in these articles.

Eaglemoss

 
 
 
 

This ship gets a lot of screen time during DS9 and I'm surprised that there were not any other renditions of this ship by other manufacturers.  but this is where the Eaglemoss collection shines in that we get to own these more rare ships.

This is one of those models that benefits from Eaglemoss producing a relatively small vessel in a larger scale.  The details that they can show off are just plain awesome.

The sculpted and molded details are very crisp across the entire ship.  This is probably because most of the ship is metal.  Almost every inch of the ship has some sort of detail etched into her.

The painted on details are good too.  They did the entire ship with this weathered pattern that really gives you the feeling that this ship has been in service for a long time.  The only place where the weathering is not present is on the plastic pieces which does affect the overall look a tiny bit.

Eaglemoss even was able to sneak some clear plastic pieces into this model as well.  The impulse engines as well as the warp grill work both benefit from this clear plastic highlights.

They also did a fairly good job of hiding the joins and seams along the model.  If you look closely, you can make them out along the engine hosing and along the warp grills.

One big mistake they made was with the location of the bridge.  It is incorrectly labeled in the magazine and as such, they seemed to have left out any kind of detailing for it.  The grid area you see on the model is not the bridge.  the bridge is above that area and not as wide as the grid area.  I have highlighted the actual bridge area in the picture below.



Normally I don't talk about the magazine, but given that I only have the one manufacturer to talk about, I figured I would point this out.  I have liked the magazines that Eaglemoss releases with the models.  They provide some really good insight into the ships and how they were brought into existence by the shows' creators.  they provide some very nice extra entertainment for the collection.  This issue was pretty much along the same line, however...

This particular issue had a slight problem on page 5 where they discuss the weapons on the ship.  There is no spacing for that section, thus creating one giant run on paragraph that is a little difficult to read.


That is really all I have to say about the ship.  All faults aside, I actually really like the ship.  It is a nice vehicle to look at.

Conclusion

I will jump right 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
MicroMachine = $11

Normally, if I was comparing different manufacturers I would now tell you which one I thought was the best buy.  Obviously, if you have paid any attention to this article, you should already know that I am going to recommend the Eaglemoss ship as being worth the money.  They have brought home a very nicely done ship this time round that will look great in your collection.

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.

And as always, "Live Long And Prosper!"

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