Wednesday, January 6, 2016

EMvTW 52: USS Centaur NCC-42043 (Centaur class)

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

[Editor's Note (February 2017): 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.]

It's the beginning of the month which means that I've gotten my next batch of Eaglemoss ships and it is of course time for another round of Eaglemoss vs. The World reviews.

The USS Centaur holds a close record to being seen for the shortest amount of screen time.  Yet that didn't stop Eaglemoss from being the first to produce the ship in a pre-built and pre-painted format for your collection.  The only other way you can get this ship is either thru an expensive resin mode or Shapeways print or built it yourself.


Currently, my collection consists of an Eaglemoss model, an AMT (Round 2 Kitbash) that I did myself and a tiny Shapeways model that is supposedly 1:2500 in scale.

You can read more about the Centaur class at these direct links to Memory Alpha and Memory Beta.


I love the art of kitbashing.  Most models that I build are some sort of kitbash.  This art form gives you the ability to make a very unique looking starship.  And the art form has been used by the movie and TV industry for a very long time.

The Centaur class came about due to kitbashing.  The Eaglemoss magazine tells an interesting story about how and why this ship was made.  I'm not going to spoil the story, sorry.

Eaglemoss vs. My Models

Normally, when Eaglemoss is the only contender, I just jump right into reviewing thier model.  But I do have some stuff to show it with for size comparisons.

 Eaglemoss vs. AMT vs. Shapeways


 Eaglemoss vs. AMT vs. Shapeways

I'll talk more about the AMT and Shapewats models a little later in this article.  For now though, I'll point out that I used a 1:2500 scale Enterprise B saucer for the AMT build so that should help you determine the size of Eaglemoss' and Shapeways' model.

Eaglemoss

 
 
 
 

I don't usually build models of ships that I can easily buy in a pre-built and pre-painted format. It seems pointless to me since in most cases, the manufacturers can do a better job with thier models than I can.  However, Eaglemoss still hadn't created thier model when I built my AMT.  It took me quite a while to haggle with people to finally get the parts I needed.  Had I known back then that I would eventually be able to get one through Eaglemoss, I wouldn't have bothered trying to build my own.

At this point in the collection, Eaglemoss has really pulled ahead of every other manufacturer in providing unique and affordable ships for the average collector.

And Eaglemoss continues to, for the most part, provide us with very intricate and well made models too.

The Centaur is no exception.

This model is one of thier more detailed ships in the collection.

I know I sometime sound like a broken record, but Eaglemoss does a great job of molding when it comes to the plastic and metal parts.  There are all sorts of greebles that are present on this model.

And for the most part, the paint job is excellent as well.  The top side of the ship is chock full of great little painted details.  It also sports a nice light aztecing that makes it really stand out.  The bottom side is painted a bit less.  The bottom still sports the aztecing painting, and the phasers and RCS thrusters are painted as well, however, the bottom just seems to be lacking on the details a bit.  They could have gone a little more on the paint for the bottom.

They used the clear blue plastics on the nacelles and I thought this was a nice touch.

If you are a long time Eaglemoss collector, you will know that sometimes, the joins of parts between halves would be noticeable.  Not so on this model.  They did a very good job of piecing her together.

Conclusion

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 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 = $35    (NOTE: This model was $25 back in January of 2016.)

Typically, I would then tell you which ship I think gives you the best deal for the cost, but since there is only one, that seems kind of silly.  It IS however, a very nice little model with lots of awesome detail.  And since the price hasn't climbed to badly over the last two years, I'm going to stick with my original assessment and say... at the price it goes for, you would be foolish to pass it up.



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.


AMT

USS Centaur (NCC-42043)
Centaur Class Refit
1:1000 AMT Kitbash

 
 
 
 

In Universe Story:

After the Dominion War was over, the Centaur went into drydock to undergo an extensive refit to take advantage of some of the technological advances that had come along since her hasty build years before.

Real World Story:

I had been dying to build a small scale version of the Centaur for quite some time. The problem had always been finding a Miranda Class Weapons Pod and roll Bar that would be the right size when mounted to a 1:2500 scale Excelsior Class Refit Saucer. Finally, Michael Payton over at Star Trek Modelers Group FaceBook page helped me figure out that the 1:1000 roll bar was as close as I was gonna get and he even helped me get one for this project. I am still not a big fan of painting the Excelsior Class nacelles and saucer in the 1:2500 scale size, as there are too many tiny details for a shaky hand to make it look perfect, but I think she turned out pretty good. 

Shapeways

USS Centaur (NCC-42043)
Centaur Class
1:2500 Shapeways 3D Print

 
 
 
 

This is the 1:2500 version of the Centaur Class from Shapeways. Had I realized how tiny this scale was, I would have probably gone with a larger scale.  I mean, she is TINY and the molded details are not as crisp.

My painting scheme for this model did get the attention of Paul Lewis over at the Star Trek Modelers Group FaceBook page and he did up these nice photoshops of my model in space.






As always, I hope you found this article useful and informative.  If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please feel free to comment below.

So for now, "Live long and prosper!!!"

Additional Links To Photos Of My Collection:
AMT ( Model / WIP )

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