Wednesday, January 20, 2016

EMvTW 54: USS Appalachia NCC-52136 (Steamrunner class)

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

[Editor's Note (March 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.]

I decided to buy myself a birthday present and get another month's worth of Eaglemoss ships.  Next up in the fleet is the Steamrunner class.  The Steamrunner class is part of a series of ships lovingly called the Borg Busters although we see them more in Deepspace Nine episodes showing Dominion War battles.

This particular article for my Eaglemoss vs. The World series breaks a few regular procedures for me.  While I was proof-reading it, I noticed that I wrote "Normally I don't..." several times.  I am sort of glad though that I went this route this time with the article as it breaks away from the NORMAL short articles that these single ship reviews would give me.


As you can see from the above picture, Eaglemoss has yet again brought us a new offering that no other company had produced in a pre-built and pre-painted format.   There is a company that makes a resin model that you can build and paint yourself.  Normally, I wouldn't have bought the resin model, but I didn't know at the time that Eaglemoss was going to get so popular and actually produce thier own version of this ship.  In hindsight though, I'm glad I did because it points out a couple little things that I can pick on Eaglemoss about.

You can read more about the Steamrunner Class by clicking on these links for Memory Alpha and Memory Beta.


Normally I wouldn't do this, but I wanted to fluff the article a bit more so here are a couple side by side comparisons of the two models I have.  The resin model is a 1:2500 scale kite.

Eaglemoss vs. Odyssey Slipways

Eaglemoss vs. Odyssey Slipways

Eaglemoss

 
 
 
 

Here comes another one of those "Normally I don't..." statements.  I don't like to talk about the stands or the magazines as they are not the physical model that I'm reviewing, and I try to focus on just the ship itself.  But I am not liking the stand for this ship.  It is rather wonky in it's design.  It actually clips to the rear of the ship near the deflector assembly.  The weight distribution is way off, and and leaves the ship a tiny wobbly.  This has a cumulative effect and eventually the ship will wobble off the stand and take a nose dive onto the shelf or worse yet, off the shelf or desk and onto the floor.

For a ship that had a tiny amount of screen time, this model is chuck full of details.  It probably is one of the most detailed models in the Eaglemoss fleet, so far.

The molded in details on the plastic and metal parts is superb all over the ship EXCEPT for the rear of the saucer section and the actual deflector dish.

The painted on details is excellent all over the ship EXCEPT for the rear of the saucer section and the actual deflector dish.

The window painting aligns perfectly with the molded window details.  There is a slight aztecing all over the ship.  And there are tons of lifeboat details molded and painted onto the model.


And the use of the clear plastics are perfect and do nothing but bring out even more awesome detail to the ship.  I particularly like that they did this for the recessed bussard collectors on the saucer section since the model I built was such a bear to do this with.

I love the level of detail and the colors of this ship.

EXCEPT...

The ship is a marvel to hold and look at.  As you slowly turn it in your hand, you can't help but be wowed by it.  Until you look at the rear of the saucer section.


The section tucked right between the impulse engines seems to have been forgotten by the ship's designers.  The shuttlebay doors are a bit lack luster.  They seem to just be painted on rather than being recessed like in all the pictures in the magazine.  And the area right above the shuttlebays seems out of place with no real detailing done to it.

The join seams are a bit noticeable on the underside of the saucer section.  In fact, mine seems to be slightly off flush when I run my fingers along it.  The seams are even more noticeable when you start looking at the nacelles and nacelle struts.  And then you look at the deflector assemble and there is a nice big join seam that runs right through the dish.


Anytime I review a Starfleet ship, I like to hyper-focus on the deflector dish as it usually gives me a good idea of the level of attention to details that a manufacturer puts into thier models.  Let's face it, this is a very important part of the ship and should be accurately represented.

Did I mention the join seam that runs through the dish?  Yes, I know I did, but I wanted to make sure you catch how annoyed I am about this.  I guess this issue is irrelevant as Eaglemoss chose to represent the dish with just a blob of blue paint.

What a disappointment.  With how detailed the rest of the ship was, when I looked at this, I was really let down.  Why spend so much attention on the entire ship and then miss such an easy part?  They would have been better served to just have glued in a clear plastic part.

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

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.  Even with my gripes, it IS a very nice little model with lots of awesome detail.  Since they did a really good job on this ship, and it seems to be a big favorite among starship fans, it is a little harder to find and the cost shows that.  However, the price is still relatively low as compared to other rare Eaglemoss ships.  Honestly, if you don't want to build and paint your own model, this is a really nice option.

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.

Odyssey Slipways 1:2500 Resin Model

 
 
 
 

I use model building to help fill in gaps in my collection.  So normally, I would not have purchased a resin version of the Steamrunner, however, at the time of this purchase, Eaglemoss was still working out what future models they were going to do past issue #50.  I had some extra money at the time and decided to give it a go and add it to my collection.


I found this model to be a bit plain in the molded details on the saucer section.  It would have been nice if the kit had come with some decals to add in the lifeboat details.  I also ran into some issues with the recessed bussard collectors.


For the rear of the saucer, they moved the shuttle bays up and made them one large shuttle bay.  At least, it filled in a relatively blank area.


I loved the deflector dish on this thing.  The included a small oval piece that you painted and then glued into the alcove.  It added a nice touch to the model.

If you are looking to buy one, you might find it still available HERE.  If the link doesn't work, they are probably sold out.


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:
Eaglemoss     Odyssey Slipways (Model     WIP)

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