[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.]
Since Eaglemoss is the only manufacturer to offer a pre-built and pre-painted model of this ship, I of course only have this one in my collection.
Normally my Eaglemoss vs. The World articles are a lot longer, but alas, only having one manufacturer's ship to look at tends to kill the whole idea behind me writing these articles.
The first thing I have to warn you is, the ship is very snug in it's packaging. Be very careful when removing it to avoid any breakage. The stand is nice and snug too and requires some slight forcing to mount it. Be careful not to snap anything.
I have confessed in other articles that I read a couple other people's reviews and thier takes on the Eaglemoss' models. This allows me to get a feel for whether I missed something or to see if my model has something out of the ordinary.
For the most part, this model gets good reviews although one person made the statement of "it looks like a stick with a ring on it." I'm thinking that this person reviewed an earlier version of the model because mine looks pretty good. I say that because some details will undoubtedly be lost when scaling down such a large ship to such a small model.
The sculpting and molding that they were able to accomplish on this little model were actually pretty darned good. One nice little touch that Eaglemoss decided to throw in is that they even made sure to mold in two shuttle bays on the back of the "neck" that connects the ring to the rest of the ship.
They did choose to use some clear red plastic to help represent the impulse engines.
I think that the painting was equally good too. They did paint the warp exhausts of the ring, as well as numerous windows around the ship. They also chose to highlight a couple of panels across the hull with some well placed paint.
Honestly, I think Eaglemoss did a good gob with what they had to work with. All of the molded and painted details work well together, and in the end, you do end up with a nice model of a ship that no one else has yet produced.
At this point in my articles, I like to do a quick check on eBay to get some prices of the ships I've shared with you. I will continue with the tradition of rounding up the most inexpensive Buy-It-Now prices (with shipping included in that price) from eBay at the time of this article's writing.
Eaglemoss = $25
This really is a good representation of this ship and well worth the investment to add it to your fleet.
As always, I hope you found this article useful and informative. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please feel free to comment.
So for now, "Live long and prosper!!!"
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