Monday, February 22, 2016

EMvTW 56: USS Yeager NCC-61947 (Saber class)

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

Issue number 56 of my Eaglemoss vs. The World series brings us the USS Yeager, a Sabre Class vessel.


This will be a relatively small and quick article as I only have two of these types of ships in my collection and one of them is a model that I had built.

Like I did for the Steamrunner class, I am going to break a few regular procedures from how I normally present the one model deals.  This will hopefully give you a slightly longer article for your reading pleasure.

The Sabre Class marks the third of the four new ships that we see in the infamous Battle Of Sector 001 against the Borg.


I have also heard of this group of ships called the "Borg Buster Fleet".

There is a company that makes a resin model of the Sabre Class that you can build and paint yourself.  I wouldn't have bought the resin model, but I didn't know at the time that the Eaglemoss collection was going to get so popular and actually produce thier own.  In hindsight though, I'm glad I did because it gives me something to compare the Eaglemoss model to.

Eaglemoss vs. Odyssey Slipways

Eaglemoss vs. Odyssey Slipways

The flash was really wonky in my pictures, but that is a quarter in each of them for size comparison.  The Odyssey Slipways kit is supposedly 1:2500 in scale which looks about right when compared to the Round 2 Defiant of the same scale.  I never realized until I read up on this ship this it was actually a very small vessel, with a crew of only around 40 people.

Eaglemoss

 
 
 
 

I have said it before, but I will say it again.  The Eaglemos collection is an awesome way to get into buying pre-built and pre-painted small scale Star Trek ships.  They have far surpassed all the other manufacturers in the shear number of vessels that they have produced, and the price range continues to be super reasonable for what you get.

Before you take it out of the box, you can tell that this ship is super detailed.  Once I got mine, I can understand why this particular ship was more expensive via my normal eBay channels.

The ship is probably more plastic than other Eaglemoss models as it is VERY lightweight.

The sculpting and molding is just downright superb.  They have highlighted so many areas of the ship showing off all the obvious details like phaser strips, windows and escape pod hatches.

The paint job is really where the WOW factor comes in.  The overall hue of the ship is a darker grey than other Starfleet vessels, which helps make this ship stand out more as a military vessel over that of exploration.  They have done Aztecing all over the vessel and did a great job highlighting most of the important parts of the ship.  I would dare say that she comes in just shy of being as busy looking with her paint job as the Eaglemoss Enterprise D.

If you look closely, the joins and seams are there, but all of the details on the ship draw your attention away from them.  It is rather a neat trick on the eyes.

I have confessed in past articles that I do read other people's reviews of Eaglemoss models just so I can get a feel for whether I missed something or to see if my model has something out of the ordinary.  I read that there were issues of window paint not lining up with the molded windows of the model.  I didn't see this on mine, at least I could not find any similar issues so I'm not agreeing with them on this note.


I have one little complaint though in regards to the paint job.  The shuttlebay doors on the front of the ship are not very well highlighted and just sort of blend in with the rest of the hull.  With the fact that the magazine point them out, Eaglemoss should have at least added a little pint to them to make them stand out better.

Eaglemoss continues to do well with thier use of clear plastics when it comes to the nacelles on thier starships.  The grills and ramscoops on this model are particularly nice.

When 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.


After being disappointed with the Steamrunner's deflector dish, I wondered how they would do in this area given that they could have potentially blown thier budget on paint.  I was super surprised.  Eaglemoss did a fantastic job with thier deflector dish on this model.  I like that they used a molded piece of plastic and nice application of gold paint around the dish assembly.  

All around, this is a fantastic little model version of the Saber class.

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 idea seems kind of silly.  This ship is yet another favorite among fans and collectors.  The fact that the eBay price is so much higher than the averages of $24 for other ships speaks to this fact.  And quite frankly, I understand why they feel this way.  It is a VERY nice little model to have in your collection if you don't have the time or energy to build and paint one yourself.



BONUS

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.

Since I already used the Odyssey Slipways kit for a comparison, I figured I would show it off all proper like.

USS Karabela (NCC-64621)
Sabre Class
1/2500 Odyssey Slipways kit

 
 
 
 

This was one of my tax return presents to myself. She's a relatively small model, but was very clean as far as excess resin cleanup went. They provided some very detailed painting instructions, but I opted to go my own way with this ship. 

Box Art

The Parts

The only complaint I had in regards to this model was that there were two little pieces (brown strips on underside of nacelles) that the directions were not very clear on. I had to do some internet searching to figure out placement of those two pieces.


It was really hard to get a close-up of this part of the ship because the white paint did not react well with the flash on the camera.  In case you can't tell, there is not any sort of molded details showing off the shuttlebays on this model.  This could have been due to the small size.  I also did not know about the shuttlebays at the time that I built her, so I did not paint any either.


Odyssey Slipways did an interesting job with thier deflector dish.  Although it is not screen accurate, it still looks nice.

She DOES NOT come with a stand.  I bought my stand from another resin kit maker.

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.



And that wraps it up for the Steamrunner class.

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!!!"

Additional Links To Photos Of My Collection:
Eaglemoss     Comparative
Odyssey Slipways (Model     WIP)

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