Monday, November 2, 2015

EMvTW 41: Klingon Raptor Class

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

[Editor's Note (June 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.]

This next Eaglemoss vs. The World is less of a comparative and more of a review since there is only one company that makes this ship in a pre-built and pre-painted format.


So, let us now take a look at the Klingon Raptor class of the 22nd century.  This ship appeared in Star Trek: Enterprise.  Eaglemoss continues it's excellent tradition of offering ships that others have not.  There is a resin model available on the internet that you can build and paint on your own, but when available, I prefer to get one that has been professionally done.

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I have been very impressed with Eaglemoss' work with Klingon ships.  They try to give them a worked over and weathered look that just seems to scream Klingon to me.  And their attention to details is above par.  This model is no exception.

The sculpted and molded details on both the plastic and metal components are great and highlight all the important parts of the ship.  They continued the concept of the exposed conduits that the 22nd Century BOP had, thus raising my compliments of the work that went into this model.  Looking at the back of the ship, you can see just how detailed they were able to get.


Unlike thier other Klingon ships, this one is more of a grayish/greenish overall paint scheme.  HOWEVER, as they did with thier other Klingon ships, they give this model a slight mottled and weathered look which added to that working class ship feel.  Front to back, top to bottom, the model has all sorts of little details painted on as well.  There is even the Klingon logo on one of the wings.


Although you can clearly see the join seam where the plastic and metal parts meet on the belly of the ship, they really are not that glaring.  If anything, from a casual observance, they look like they are part of the ship's design.


Conclusion

At the time of the writing of this article you can get one of these ships on eBay for around $25 (shipping included).

I could not find anything majorly at fault with this ship.  It is one of Eaglemoss' better releases.  You would be wise to add it to your collection.  Quite frankly, Eaglemoss is doing an excellent job of providing collectors with a great looking 22nd Century Klingon 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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