Friday, December 11, 2015

EMvTW 48: USS Voyager NCC-74656 (Intrepid class, with ablative hull armor)

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 48 of my Eaglemoss vs. The World series will be a pretty short one considering this is a one of a kind model that no one else has done in a small scale version.  The ablative armored USS Voyager that appears in Star Trek: Voyager's final episode does make for a rather unique addition to your Eaglemoss fleet, especially if you already have their Issue # 6 version of the USS Voyager.

If you would like to see the armor in action, check out THIS YOUTUBE LINK.

Since I only have the one version of this ship to show, we'll jump right into looking at the Eaglemoss model.



This is one of those models that leaves me on the fence whether I like it or not.  Although it is unique, I think they could have waited a while longer before releasing it as part of the collection.  

This is the second time that Eaglemoss has re-released a ship in a slightly different format.  Although with the Enterprise D and the Dreadnought Enterprise D, they were something the fans really wanted to see.  As a fan, I'm not sure that I really cared to have this one in my fleet.

OK, enough about me complaining about it, let's get into looking at what they produced.

I'll start off by sharing some side by side comparisons of the armored version with Eaglemoss' non-armored version.

As you can see, the armored version is virtually the same size as the original Eaglemoss ship which means they tried to keep it in scale.  I thought this was a nice touch on Eaglemoss' part.  Obviously, the armored version is a much simpler design as all the key elements, like bridge dome, and sensor arrays are all covered over by thick armor plating.  

Although they did a great job of making a crisp sculpting and molding of the panels and different little elements into the metal and plastic, the fact that the entire ship is a dull silver just makes her a bit boring to look at.

Under certain lighting conditions, you can tell that the painted plastic and the painted silver are slightly off color with each other, which then makes it easier to spot the joins and seams, especially on the underside of the saucer section.

Eaglemoss did a great job of still squeezing in some clear plastic parts to represent the nacelle grills and deflector dish.  HOWEVER, the deflector dish does bring up some issues for me as well as other die hard fans.

I do confess 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.

Apparently, there's been a lot of researching on this topic and no one can seem to find a reference picture where the deflector dish is red.  If Eaglemoss was truly going for screen accurate, they should have made this piece blue.  The other issue with the deflector dish is that the consensus seems to be that it should be fully enclosed with none of it being exposed like on this model.  I'm thinking that Eaglemoss took some creative licensing here to add a little more color to thier overly drab looking model.

The ship itself does add something to my fleet, when displayed next to my non armored Voyagers.

At the time of the writing of this article, you can get this model on eBay for around $25 and that includes shipping.  Honestly, if I wasn't trying to collect all of the Eaglemoss ships, I would probably have skipped out on getting this one as it didn't really impress me when I first read about it.  Now that I have it, I'm even less impressed.  But I'm sure there are lots of other fans and collectors who liked it so this is just my little opinion.

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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