Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Star Trek: Beyond (2106) DVD Bonus Ships

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The lesson I learned during my "research" for this article is that promotional pictures don't give you a very good idea of what you are actually getting.

The release of Star Trek: Beyond to DVD is heralding in some neat little extras when you purchase your copy through certain select sources.



I'm not going to get into the movie that much other than to say that I liked it.  I have not been a big fan of the NuTrek series, however, of the three movies that have come and gone, this one is by far the best of them.

That being said, I really liked the fact that it was possible to get one's hands on some models of ships from the movie through those select deals.  Like a good reviewer, I went ahead and purchased those two DVD sets just for the ships and I can now give you an honest review of them and hopefully help you make a wise purchasing choice.

Monday, November 7, 2016

LootCrate: July 2016 Bonus Ship: Planet Express Ship

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This blog is about sharing models and toys from my collection and in some cases doing a review.  A co-worker of mine is a subscriber to LootCrate.  LootCrate is a monthly subscription that costs around $14 (plus shipping) a month and they will send you a box full of stuff.  Each month has a theme, for example, October was horror month and the items in the box revolved around the horror genre.

July 2016's theme was "Futuristic" and of course, the items were sci-fi related.  When she pulled the following item out of her LootCrate, I seriously began to drool...


Apparently, the people over at Quantum Mechanix (QMX) made a model for the members of this "club" and that model is Bessie, the Planet Express Delivery Ship from the hit TV series, Futurama.

EMvTW 73: Renegade Borg Ship (Type 3)

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And we now move on to the last one of the month from me, the Renegade Borg Ship, or as Starfleet calls it, a Borg Type 3.  We meet this ship in a Star Trek: The Next Generation's tewo part episode titled "Descent".


Eaglemoss brings us it's third Borg vessel in the regular subscription line-up, and it's fourth Borg ship if you count the massive subscriber gift cube.


I thinned out my collection a tiny bit and stored away a bunch of duplicate models as my Borg shelf was getting a bit crowded.  I like the new look a lot.

Friday, November 4, 2016

EMvTW 72: USS Enterprise NCC-1701-A (Constitution Class Refit)

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This is one of those reviews that is going to deviate greatly from my normal flow of things.  And here is the reason...

After Eaglemoss collectors bashed Issue #2 on the internet, Ben Robinson, the guy who heads up the design team for the Eaglemoss ships, voiced his disappointment in that model as well.  He promised us that one day, we would see an improved version.

Left: Issue #02              Right: Issue #72

And this is supposed to be that improvement.  Honestly, instead of rehashing a bunch of stuff that I have already reviewed, it would be in my reader's best interest, to go back and read my original article EMvTW 02 - USS Enterprise NCC-1701 (and -A) (Constitution Class Refit) and then continue on with this article.

I was not one of those disappointed collectors that I spoke of.  In fact, the Eaglemoss model got my recommendation above all the others that I reviewed.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

EMvTW 71: Goroth's Klingon Transport (Hunting Vessel)

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I have decided to stop calling them Eaglemoss vs. The World reviews as we have in essence run out of other larger scale pre-built and pre-painted models to compare with.  As far as I can see, the only real comparrison from here on out will be the Eaglemoss Special with the Hallmark version of the USS Franklin due out next year.

So, let us move on with the next Eaglemoss review, Goroth's Klingon Hunting Ship as seen in Star Trek: Enterprise.


EMvTW 70: Voth City Ship

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Next up in my Eaglemoss reviews is the Voth City Ship.


Eaglemoss yet again delivers us another one of a kind with this model as well as completing the collection of Voth ships for us.  Not to long ago, in Issue #62, they brought us the Voth Research Vessel (Read my review at THIS LINK), so now, you can have them both in your collection.


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

EMvTW 69: Breen Warship

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Next up for my Eaglemoss vs. The World reviews is the Breen Warship as seen in the battles on Deep Space Nine.


Once again, this will be a relatively short article as Eaglemoss is currently the only manufacturer of a pre-built and pre-painted model of this size.

EMvTW 68: Federation Attack Fighter (Peregrine Class Fighter)

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October brought with it some extra candy for my collection and I was able to add 6 new Eaglemoss ships to it.  The first of these ships that we will look at is the Federation Attack Fighter.


I only have one manufacturer's version of this model so this will be a relatively short review.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

EMvTW 67: Klingon D7 class

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The second Eaglemoss release for this month brings us an old classic ship from The Original Series.  I now present to you, the Klingon D-7 Battlecruiser.


I technically have two different manufacturer of this ship, however, one is a MicroMachines therefore I won't be doing any reviewing of that one.

Friday, August 19, 2016

EMvTW 66: USS Raven NAR-32450 (Raven Type or Aerie class)

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It's been a month and I apparently did better than I thought financially so I'm able to bring you another two Eaglemoss vs. The World articles.  The first of these articles is going to be about the USS Raven.


We were introduced to the USS Raven in Star Trek: Voyager.  We first saw her as a crumpled up wreck in the episode titled "The Raven" and then as a fully function starship in the "Dark Frontier" episodes.  The ship was never given a canonical classification name and according to Memory Alpha is just called a Raven Type.  According to Memory Beta though, this class of ships is called the Aerie Class.  Supposedly, the ship is capable of planetary landings, but also houses a small shuttle in it's rear shuttlebay.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

(Tret) Akleen Class Weapons Platform

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My son handed me a highlighter marker that he had gutted and asked me if I could do anything with it.  This little space station was the end result.


The model is made entirely from recycled parts that were never part of any model kit.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

EMvTW 65: Xindi Aquatic Cruiser (22th Century)

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Moving into the home stretch and article number four of four for this month's Eaglemoss vs. The World series, I bring you the 22nd Century Xindi Aquatic Crusiser.


As is often the case these days, I only have one manufacturer to show off so let us jump right into the review.

Friday, August 5, 2016

EMvTW 64: Phoenix

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The third of my newest four Eaglemoss vs. The World articles covers The Phoenix, Earth's very first warp capable vessel.


This article is a bit of a treat as I actually can share two different manufacturers this time.  My collection consists of an Eaglemoss and a Furuta model.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

EMvTW 63: SS Antares NCC-501 (Antares Type)

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As I shared in my last Eaglemoss vs. The World article, finances have been tight lately so I fell a bit behind in my collecting of Eaglemoss models.  I did pick up four more this month so I'm happy to present to you the second of four new reviews.

As I started getting into collecting small scale starships and wanting to expand my collection, I found a serious lack of  comparative data out there showing the various small scale pre-built and pre-painted models available to the collector.  And so I set out to provide this information myself and hopefully help someone make a wiser decision in which model to buy.

This article will focus on the Antares Type cargo hauler.



Tuesday, August 2, 2016

EMvTW 62: Voth Research Vessel

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Finances have been tight lately so I've fallen a bit behind in my collecting of Eaglemoss models.  I managed to have a little extra this month and decided to pick up a couple to continue with my collection and reviews.

As I started getting into collecting small scale starships and wanting to expand my collection, I found a serious lack of  comparative data out there showing the various small scale pre-built and pre-painted models available to the collector.  And so I set out to provide this information myself and hopefully help someone make a wiser decision in which model to buy.  I share this information every time I write an Eaglemoss vs. The World article because I want my readers to know the angle at which I write these things.

I have taken a look ahead at the current line-up in the Eglemoss collection and it appears that we will actually see very few actual comparative articles coming from me in the future.  I'm sad, as it means that my sole purpose for writing these sorts of articles is coming to an end.  But, I'm also happy in that Eaglemoss has far surpassed my wants in a manufacturer who would make models of ships that no one else has produced.   And even though Eaglemoss is re-releasing certain models with varied paint schemes as is the cases of the Mirror Universe ships, they are not wasting the subscribers time by forcing these on us.  We can buy them if we want to, but our collection is not being inundated by the same ship on purpose.  Unlike what Hallmark is doing by wasting production time by force feeding us the same ship in an updated format every several years.  If you don't know what I mean by this, feel free to check out my articles on the Galaxy Class and TOS Constitution Class.

Apparently, I've developed a small following that seems to like my writing style, so I've decided to continue writing reviews of the Eaglemoss models since I've been told that I'm still providing some sort of helpful insight into what you would be buying.

Which brings us to the first of my next four reviews.  This one is about the Voth Research Vessel.


As I've pointed out, I only have one manufacturer to show and that would be Eaglemoss.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Zodiac Class

I am a very active member of the Star Trek Modelers Group page on FaceBook.  From there, I am introduced to all sorts of interesting designs, both canon and non-canon.  Some are in the form of models that other members have built, or in the case of this model, just an idea on paper.  I decided to make an attempt and bringing this one out from the 2D universe and convert it into a 3D physical model.

 

This is the story about that build...

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Javelin Class

 

I love kitbashing starships together.  This art form allows me to add models to my collection of ships that you can't buy kits for, as well as allowing me to create my own unique one of a kind designs.  The Javelin Class was inspired by an Eaglemoss article about thier NX Refit model.  In the magazine, Doug Drexler shared one of his concept pictures of what the NX might have looked like.  I liked the design and wanted to do something similar.  As I started putting parts together, I took the design a slightly different way and the Javelin class was born.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Goliath Class (ST) Transport

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This was one of those builds that fell in line perfectly with what my In Universe company, Triple "D" Enterprises likes to do.  I was given a hull that required some tender loving care and ended up with a really neat concept for a ship.

 
 
 
 

All of the cargo "tug" type ships in my collection feature removable cargo containers.  I do this so that I can display the ship in various configurations.  This particular build excited me because I was finally going to attempt at building some sort of liquid cargo container, but I had no idea how I was going to do it.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Independence Class Trasport/Carrier

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A lot of my kitbashes are inspired by other people's work.  I will see something, like the concept, and then roll with that idea using what parts I have on hand.  This was one such build.


A friend of mine named Nathan Kaiser had done up this neat looking Star Trek / Battlestar Galactica crossover ship and for a while, I had the picture in my queue of ships that I wanted to build.  I finally ended up with four Constitution Class Refit engineering hulls in my parts bin and decided it was time to make the attempt.


Monday, July 11, 2016

Rocket Tanker Class

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Gamilon Rocket Tanker
Unknown Scale Scratch Build

 
 
 
 

I am a HUGE fan of Bandai's mecha collection for Space Battleship Yamato models.  Their small scale models allows me to build and display a large collection of starships for relatively cheap pricing.  Sadly though, there are certain ships that they never produced for their collections.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Resin Kit Review: Cozmo Heavy Industries 1:2500 Klingon Korz Class Trasnport

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WOW!  It has been quite a while since I've done a resin kit review.  For this one, I'm returning to one of my favorite kit makers, Cozmo Heavy Industries, and his 1:2500 scale Klingon Korz Class cargo transport.

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Ares Class Refit

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The USS Ares (NCC-1650) is a ship that we are introduced to in the short fan made film titled "Star Trek: Axanar - Prelude to Axanar".  The USS Ares was the prototype of the Ares class and it was commanded by Garth of Izar during the Four Years War.

Whenever I build a TOS era (or in this case, a pre-TOS era ship, I often try to build one in TMP era style.  This model is one such build.


You can read all about my original Ares build, as well as the second build I did of her by going to THIS LINK.

Ares Class

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The USS Ares (NCC-1650) is a ship that we are introduced to in the short fan made film titled "Star Trek: Axanar - Prelude to Axanar".  The USS Ares was the prototype of the Ares class and it was commanded by Garth of Izar during the Four Years War.


According to Wikipedia, "Prelude to Axanar (working title: Star Trek: Prelude to Axanar, and long title: The Four Years War Part III: Prelude to Axanar) is a 2014 American fan made short film, directed by Christian Gossett and written by Christian Gossett and Alec Peters. Funded through Kickstarter, production sought $10,000 in funding, but raised $101,000. It had its public debut July 26, 2014 at the San Diego Comic-Con.

Set in the Star Trek universe, the film stars Kate Vernon, Tony Todd, Richard Hatch, Gary Graham, and J. G. Hertzler, in a documentary-style film recounting the events surrounding the Battle of Axanar, a major clash between the Federation and the Klingons."

Friday, May 20, 2016

Declaration Class Refit & Upgrade

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[Editor's Note (May 2016): Normally, I would say that this is my second re-write of this article.  In reality, I've combined the older articles into one as it seemed silly to me to have two when I revisited the articles.  I've developed a certain style and flow to them and I wanted to make all of them have that same feel across the series.  Consider this the REFIT version of the original articles.]

While writing the review for the Cozmo Heavy Industries 1:2500 Declaration Class kit, I had shared that I liked the kit so much that I actually bought two more of that kit, just so I could build some variants of the ship.


The three ships displayed above are a Declaration Class, A Declaration Class Refit and an Declaration Class Upgrade.



A friend of mine introduced me to this series of books called the Federation Spaceflight Chronology, which had TONS of in depth information about the Star Trek universe up through the TMP and ending around the ST3:TSFS era.  One of the neat things about Volume One was that it covered some very old style ships that were never seen on screen.  It had a very nice section on the Declaration class and the history surrounding those ships.


Declaration Class Refit Story

According to these history books, the original Declaration class suffered from stress cracks along the ring support strut during the test warp trials.  This issue was resolved by adding additional support struts.  These additional struts had the added benefit of giving the ship additional hard points to mount laser cannons to.


I decided to build this variant using one of the extra Cozmo Heavy Industries 1:2500 Declaration kits I had purchased.

 
 
 
 
DeepSpace Pat's Paint Scheme

There was a real world advantage to building these struts for the model.  As I shared in the kit review, there was a potential for ring drooping as time went on.  My thoughts are that this addition to the kit will help alleviate the possibility of this issue occurring.

I built these support struts simply using some extra sprue that I had ling around.  The laser cannons are nothing more than magazine binder pegs from my Eaglemoss Star Trek The Official Starship Collection magazine binders.

Declaration Class Upgrade Story