Wednesday, January 20, 2016

EMvTW 55: Vulcan D'kyr 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 75 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.]

Next up in my Eaglemoss vs. The World series is the Vulcan D'kyr class ship that we see in Star Trek: Enterprise.  This is the second Vulcan ship from Eaglemoss, thier first being the Surak Class [Click that link to read the review I did on that model.]


I'm happy to report that I actually have two different models of this ship to share with you for this article.  Besides my Eaglemoss model, I also own the Hallmark variant as well.

You can read more about the D'kyr class by clicking on these links for Memory Alpha and Memory Beta.


Eaglemoss vs. Hallmark

I initially got into writing these articles as a way to provide a little more information to the collector than what you normally get in a review.  I found a serious lack of size comparisons of the various pre-built and pre-painted small scale models and so I set out to provide this information myself and hopefully help someone make a wiser decision in which model to buy.

Eaglemoss vs. Hallmark

Eaglemoss vs. Hallmark

As you can see from the pictures, the Hallmark ship dwarfs the Eaglemoss one by a bit.

Eaglemoss

 
 
 
 

Once again, I'm forced to talk about the stand, even though, my reviews should be focusing on the actual model. This one is really loose and due to the weight distribution is making the model look like it's taking a nose dive.  I am really afraid of losing it in a planetary fall.  I had to really force the plastic peg to get it to stay.

The first thing I noticed as I looked at it was that is was smaller than Hallmark's ship.  That's fine though, because Eaglemoss has wowed me before with small models.

The next thing that I noticed was the lack of clear plastics.  Which isn't alright.  Once you look at Hallmark's model, you'll see why I say this.


They really should have figured out how to line the inside of the warp ring with clear blue even "white" clear plastic to represent the "glow" effect.  They could have also highlighted the grill and vent system better.  Without these simple highlights, the model just seems plain and uninteresting.

The sculpted and molded details of the plastic and metal parts are nicely done.  They show off the important parts of the ship.  They did a very nice job with the drop ship that is located inside the warp ring.


I guess I am also a bit disappointed with the paint job on this model.  Although there is a light aztecing, on the model, it isn't enough to make the ship stand out.  Yes, they painted the important areas, like the impulse engines, and some windows, but over all, the model just looks very drab and boring.  Maybe they could have used some light blue paint on the inner part of the ring?

Overall, this was not a favorite among my Eaglemoss ships.  It ranked pretty low in fact.  I walked away from it with the feeling of "meh".

On a note that has nothing to do with the quality of the model, subscribers and newsstand purchasers alike were greeted to an nice little note in thier magazine .


Honestly, it didn't surprise me to read this and I had wondered when we would eventually get a price hike.   We have been getting some really good quality stuff for such a low price.  And honestly, the price hike isn't that bad.

Unfortunately, they could have timed it a bit better and given us this news on a better model.

Hallmark

 
 
 
 

In 2004, Hallmark released their D-kyr class ship.  And like all thier previous releases, it lit up when plugged into the Christmas tree light strand.


I have to say, I was very impressed with this model.  

The sculpted and molded details were very nice and there were lots of them all over the ship. 

They even did a fairly decent job of representing the drop shuttle.


Although the paint job was plain, there was a bit of a black wash that highlighted all the molded details which seems to give you a better visual than Eaglemoss' ship.

And because the model lit up, Hallmark tackled the inner part of the warp ring.  even when it's not lit, it still looks very nice when looking up close at the ring.


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
Hallmark = $26

We now come to the part of my article where I like to give you my opinion of which ship gives you the "best bang for the buck", which is my rough way of telling you which one is the best one to get, for the best price.  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.

Had Eaglemoss tried to do something with the warp ring, I would have been impressed with the model.  Hallmark's model has much more detail to it and you have the added bonus of it lighting up.  So for the first time in awhile, I'm going to say that I think Hallmark's model is the better choice for your collection.


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!!!"

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4 comments:

  1. Hey, I just wanted to comment and say thanks for putting up this type of blog post. I've been stressing out over which brand of ships to buy from the ENT era after rewatching the show recently and have been disappointed by the lack of comparisons for the various ships... until I found your blog. I wish I could give you all the likes. I've been thinking about getting into the Star Trek Attack Wing game but the wildly inconsistent scales there bother me as both a modeller and gamer. I wanted to use alternate companies' models for casual games but there isn't a whole heck of alot of info out there in one place and your side by side pics really help. Do you also collect/buy/play the Attack Wing models? If you do, could you start to include them in the size comparisons. If not, no worries as I'm very thankful that you include the wide variety of scales and manufacturers that you do.

    This particular ship has been bothering me alot as well since it is effectively almost Galaxy Class in length in an era where almost everything else was much smaller. The eaglemoss ship is too small compared with the rest of their stuff (and even to smaller scale lines) but I didn't realize the Hallmark one was so much bigger. Thanks! I'll be leaving a comment over in your Nx-01 article as well.

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    1. Hi there and thanks for the kind words! I'm glad I finally can give someone the same information I had searched for two years ago. Unfortunately, I do not collect the attack Wing as there is just way too much to collect and they are way smaller than what i like to have on display. The only reason I have the MicroMachine stuff is that I started with those long before I got into Hallmark collecting. Anyway, I'm glad you are enjoying the articles.
      ---Pat

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  2. I understand... the attack wing stuff is quite small and the scale is more for gaming than display (especially given the quality of paint jobs in STAW).

    Does the power cord snap in and out of the model? I don't see it in most of your pics but I wasn't sure if it comes out easily or if you have to cut it permanently.

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    1. No, the power cords are not removable. I explained in one of my very first blog posts that I cut all my cords off. I did this because I display my Hallmark stuff year round and the power cables made them not hang very nicely. I might go back and buy those again and keep them in a box somewhere just so i have working ones, but right now, I'm OK with them not lighting anymore.

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