[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.]
My collection only consists of one manufacturer's rendition of this ship so this will be a relatively short article.
Eaglemoss continues to show off why it is now the best choice for pre-built and pre-painted small model starship collecting in the star Trek arena as they continue to produce stuff that no one else has tried to do. Yes, you can get resin models of this vessel, but if you are not the best model builder, like me, then this is a great way to populate your collection with odd ships. And quite frankly, this one is cheaper and less work than a resin kit. :-)
At first glance, this doesn't appear to be all that special of a model. And when you hold it in your hand, it is probably the lightest of all thier ships to date. It feels like it is mostly plastic. And that is where the negativity ends. Once I started handling this ship and taking a up close look at it, I was absolutely amazed by the craftsmanship and attention to details on it. My pictures don't do this thing justice.
One of the things I've started taking more notice of with Eaglemoss models is that there is a difference when you compare the molded details of thier plastic parts with that of the metal parts. The metal parts tend to have softer more rounded look to areas of the ship that has edges. The plastics parts are usually a lot more crisp and precise. Because most of this model is plastic, the molded details are crisp and the seams are well hidden. And bot are there lots of little details molded into this ship!
Quite frankly, the paint job just plain WOWed me. When you get up close and personal with the model, you can see just how detailed Eaglemoss got. The two tones gray and silver effect across the ship gives it a great militaristic look. There are oodles of painted windows on this thing too.
The clear red and blue plastic parts add to the model, by highlighting the impulse engines and hidden warp nacelles of the ship.
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
Quite frankly, the ship is well worth it. Eaglemoss knocked it out of the park with this one and you will end up with a very nice ship for your small scale collection. I know that it is one model that I keep coming back to and admiring time and time again.
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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