Wednesday, November 18, 2015

EMvTW 44: Intrepid NV-01 (Intrepid Type or NV Class or Neptune 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.]

Issue 44 of my Eaglemoss vs. The World series of articles brings us face to face with the Intrpid.


My current collection of this ship consists of an Eaglemoss, a MicroMachine and a Resin Modeler kit that I built and painted myself.

According to the Memory Alpha article on The Intrepid, as well as Memory Beta's article on the Intrepid, the ship classification is called an Intrepid-type starship.  I never liked that as it can confuse the die-hard fans with the Intrepid Class which we all know as Voyager.  I have seen on a few websites where the ship was classified as an NV class because of the ship registry and in some cases, it has also been called the Neptune Class, but mostly in some games.  I think I prefer the NV Class name as it more closely resembles Enterprise's NX classification of the same era.  I welcome any comments or your thoughts about this down below.

And moving right along, at some point in my collecting, I was able to find a MicroMachine version of this ship.

 

This was someone's attempt at making the ship in risen in this tiny format.  The bussard collectors are messy due to the size and I absolutely hated the paint job when I received it.  I ended up giving her a good repainting.

Eaglemoss

 
 
 
 

First off, I'm excited that Eaglemoss was the first manufacturer to create the first pre-built and pre-painted version of this ship.

HOWEVER, my first impressions as I looked at it in the box was "PLAIN".  My next thoughts as I unpacked her was that she was a bit bendy.  BE CAREFUL when unpacking her lest you snap a nacelle or stabilizer off.

The molding and sculpting on this model just seem a bit soft and too rounded to me.  The details just don't stand out.  I feel like she doesn't have any edging to her.  She doesn't have a crisp solid starship look and instead looks like a really good attempt to make a clay spaceship.  

As far as painting goes, they did give her a very light aztecing across the ship.  And that's about it.  I felt the paint was lacking in a lot of key areas of the ship.  That coupled with the fact that the color is wrong.  In every episode and every picture I can find, she is metallic colored like the Enterprise of the same era.  The tan color that Eaglemoss chose just contributes to the clay model look and feel.  They would have done better with a gunship or battleship grey for the overall paint color.

Looking that the rear of the saucer section is really where I felt left down.


The paint on the impulse engines is a bit messy.


Although pictures of the rear of the saucer show those square sections, They somehow don't translate well to Eaglemoss' physical model.  They seemed weird looking to me, almost too big and a waste of open space on the model.  

The join between parts is very visible from this view too.  I would say that it is probably more so than other Eaglemoss models.  The joins and seams on the rest of the model look OK though.

The only real clear plastic parts are the red bussard collectors.  I think they should have either put some blue plastic in the nacelles or at least dabbed a little blue paint in there to give them a slight "glow" effect.

If you have been following my series of "Eaglemoss vs. The World", you will know that I like to hyper-focus on Starfleet deflector dishes as I feel that they help provide a better understanding of different manufacturers' attention, or in some cases, lack of attention to details.

NV Class Deflector Dish

One of the many things that disappointed me about this ship was the deflector dish.  The following picture is from Eaglemoss' NX Class ship and as you can see, they were able to get it right early on.  Given how skimpy they were with all the other details on this ship, they could have done a far better job in this area.  And since they have proved that they can do better, I question "what gives?"

NX Class Deflector Dish

From my reading and research, the lacking details may be due to the fact that the actual CGI model is plain as well.  The ship was never meant to be a hero piece and instead only seen in the background.  It was purposely left simple so that it could be copy and pasted into scenes as a multiple vessels.

Conclusion

And now, let us do a quick check on eBay to get some prices of the ships I've shared with you.  I typically will just round 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
MicroMachine = COULD NOT FIND

I must have lucked out when I got my MicroMachine sized ship as it could not find it currently available on eBay.  I went back through my records and found that I had purchased it in a two ship package with the Warp Delta of the same size.  I had paid $52.51 for both ships.

Normally, at this point in my articles, I like to wrap them up by giving my opinion on which ship gives you the best bang for your buck.  That's my way of saying, which one is the best buy.  To put this in a nutshell, when I write these, I am trying to give my opinion of which model is the best for the least cost.

It seems pointless to say all of that though as there really is only one choice when it comes to the pre-built and pre-painted arena.  Honestly, I wish there were other choices to look at because as a long standing collector of the Eaglemoss ships, I was very disappointed with this one.  Eaglemoss once again shined in the area of providing a new type of ship for the average collector, but they really dropped the ball in producing thier usual great stuff.  If you are not good at building and painting your own models, then I guess it's an OK ship to add to your collection.



BONUS ROUND!!!

Every once in a while, I'll have a little extra stuff to share with you that sort of fits in with my comparison articles.

The Intrepid (NV-01)
NV Class
[1:1400 Scale Resin Modeler Kit]

 
Resin Modeler's Recommended Paint Scheme

 
DeepSpace Pat's Paint Scheme

I am not going to go into a blow by blow discussion about this particular model.  I had already written up a review on the model a while ago and you can go read that review HERE.

Normally I would not compare one of the manufacturer's models to a DIY model, but Eaglemoss really upset me and I think they deserve this type of review.

As you can see, the ships are almost identical in size.

Eaglemoss vs. Resin Modeler

Resin Modeler vs. Eaglemoss

Compared to Eaglemoss' ship, the molded details were much more crisp on the resin model.  I know I painted mine with much more details than the Resin Modeler's recommendations, but I thought it looked pretty good.

Looking at the back of the saucer section, you can see that it is not as open as Eaglemoss' version, and it doesn't appear to be as accurate as the picture I found on the web.


And here is a close-up of the deflector dish.  Wow, it actually looks like a deflector dish.


In my opinion, if you don't mind all the work involved in building and painting a resin model, and the $30.40 plus shipping to obtain it, then I would highly recommend you going this route over buying Eaglemoss' model as you will end up with a nicer looking NV class ship.  That, and you can take pleasure in knowing that you built it on your own.



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!!!"

Additional Links To Photos Of My Collection:
Eaglemoss     MicroMachine
Resin Modeler     Comparative Shots

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