Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Oberth Class Variants

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 a bunch of these articles, I feel like I've developed a certain style and flow 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 shared at the end of my Cozmo Heavy Industries 1:2500 Oberth Support Vessels Review that I had acquired enough parts to build a third ship.  As a result, I imagined these three ships serving together as a mini fleet.

Here is thier story...

Tres Hermanas (The Three Sisters) Fleet
Oberth Class Variants
Owned & Operated by: Triple-D Enterprises
[1:2500 Cozmo Heavy Industries Kits]

Although Oberth class ships have served a unique purpose in Starfleet as well as the private sector, there is no denying that these types of ships are typically severally outgunned.

When most people think of Oberth class ships, they typically remember names of ill-fated ships like; USS Grissom, SS Tsiolkovsky, SS Vico, USS Yosemite and the USS Pegasus.

That didn't seem to stop groups from wanting to utilize these types of ships though. One such company, Triple-D Enterprises, commissioned three of these types of ships to serve as their own mini fleet for thier cargo hauling division.

SS Anaheim (Cargo Hauler) [1K to 5K Rating]

Hauler Ship

Cargo Hauling Mode

Hospital Ship Mode

The first of these ships, the SS Anaheim serves as the primary cargo hauler of the fleet. She was specially fitted to be able to easily handle a variety of modular containers. There are two types of cargo that she has been well known to carry; a cylindrical cargo container and she has also been known to haul a hospital module to serve in relief duties. Her primary hull and nacelles are slightly larger than her sister ships due to the need to be able to handle the big bulky cargo modules.

SS Serrano (AEW&C and Science Vessel) [10K to 25K Rating]


The second ship is known as the SS Serrano. She is more typical of your standard Oberth class starship. Her primary purpose in the fleet is to serve as an AWAC vessel, providing long range telemetry data to the fleet. However, during relief missions, she will also serve as a secondary science vessel. Unlike standard Oberth class ships, she is fitted with an overhead torpedo launcher to provide her with a little more offensive capabilities.

SS Rocoto (Missile Frigate) [100K to 250K Rating]


Given the poor offensive capabilities of Oberth Class vessels, the third ship of this mini fleet was slimmed down and customized. The SS Rocoto serves as the fleet’s guard ship. Her over and under torpedo launchers, coupled with the side mounted phaser cannons gives this small ship quite a bite in combat situations, and has allowed the fleet to complete quite a few missions unhindered by would be assailants.

Real World Notes:

I personally am not a fan of the Oberth Class starships. I find them to be slow and under-gunned. And quite frankly, 1:2500 scale versions of these ships are rather small for my collecting tastes.

However, I am a big fan of Jay’s work over at Cozmo Heavy Industries and follow him on his FaceBook page. When he advertised that he was working on a resin kit of this class, I followed along and even threw in my two cents on how a torpedo launcher for the ship would be a cool addition.

When he finally produced the kit and put it out on eBay, I figured I’d try building some variants. I was fortunate to be the first one to buy this kit from him. The kit itself comes with enough parts to build a traditional Oberth as well as a Hospital ship variant.

The Three Sisters fleet name is a tribute to my ex-cousin in-law’s now defunct brand of hot sauce. I always liked that name and it kind of fits.  The ship names are of the three brand of peppers one might find in various hot sauces.

I had also shared in the review that I had been hired on to do a commission build.  Here are some pictures of that ship for the sake of grouping all the Oberth builds together under one post.

USS Jeanette Isabelle (NCC-6199)
Oberth Class Medical Ship

Commission Build for Nathan Kaiser


This was my very first commission build. It is also the second time I've ever done decals. Overall, I'm very happy with the finished product and from what I've read, the buyer is happy too, so I guess it's a win win. Also, the camera flash is playing tricks. the decals are not yellowed.

Last but not least, I eventually received my Eaglemoss model, thus  allowing me to finally write up my Eaglemoss vs. The World article about this class of ship.  You can read that article by clicking on THIS LINK.

And that is all I have to share for now on the Oberth Variants in my 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 & Prosper!"

Additional Links To Photos Of My Collection:

Tres Hermanas (The Three Sisters) Fleet
Caro Hauler     Science Vessel     Missile Frigate
WIP Pictures

USS Jeanette Isabelle (NCC-6199)
Hospital Ship     WIP Pictures

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