Having just finished doing the Eaglemoss vs. The World article for my 23rd Century Romulan Bird Of Prey, I realized that I actually have quite a fleet of ships that I've never shared with my readers.
By now you have most likely read the following Eaglemoss vs. The World articles that I've written. If not, please feel free to check them out.
EMvTW 39: Romulan (Holo) Drone
EMvTW 27 - Romulan Bird Of Prey (22nd Century)
EMvTW 57: Romulan Bird of Prey (23rd century)
EMvTW 05 - Romulan D'Deridex Class (B-Type Warbird)
EMvTW 31 - Romulan Warbird Valdore
But wait... there's more!!!
I am a big fan of the garage kit makers as they provide for us, model kits of ships that the big manufacturers will probably never do. Over the years, I've collected a few of these resin kits as well as made a few kitbashes of my own.
I'll apologize right now if there is a lack of information on some of the following ships. The truth is, the source material that I had available for them was severely lacking so I will try to be as descriptive as Romulanly possible. See what I did there?
U-4 Cerebus Class
1:2500 Scale Cozmo Heavy Industries Kitbash
According to the Federation Spaceflight Chronology books, this is the earliest known Romulan ship to have been encountered by the Federation.
This ship is a slightly modified U-13 Cacus Class from the Cozmo Heavy Industries 1:2500 Pre-TOS Adversary Set. When I was reviewing that set, I had talked to Jay (the owner and operator of C.H.I.) for a bit about it and between the two of us, we were able to identify the Romulan ship in that set. The Romulan ship took some time for me to research as Jay only remembered ever seeing one picture of the ship and building his model from that picture. Luckily, a friend of mine introduced me to this series of books called the "Federation Spaceflight Chronology". One of the books was dedicated strictly to the Romulans.
During that research, I saw that there was a similar looking, but older style vessel.
I had ended up purchasing two of the Pre-TOS Adversary Sets and ended up doing a kitbash of this older vessel.
As I was researching material for this article, I found that the Vintage Starships II website did a really nice write-up on these ships. You can read more about them at THIS LINK.
U-10 Cestus Class
1:2500 (?) AMT Kitbash
This ship was one of the Romulans very early Pre-TOS ships and I figured I could probably replicate it in some way using an existing AMT Romulan Bird Of Prey kit.
Editor's Note: I eventually needed to write up a more informative article about this ship, which included a lot of historical data as well as my build process of the model. You can read that article at THIS LINK.
U-13 Cacus Class Death Flyer
This tiny ship is part of the Three Ship Pre-TOS Adversary Set produced by Cozmo Heavy Industries. When I asked Jay about this ship, he admitted to not having much information on it. He built it based off a single picture he had found and didn't have the picture available anymore. I did some research via the Federation Spaceflight Chronology books, and the closest match I could find to the C.H.I. ship was the U-13 Cacus Class Death Flyer.
The Vintage Starships II website did a really nice write-up on these ships. You can read more about them at THIS LINK.
After I had built the entire Adversary Set, I wrote a review up on it. You can read that review HERE.
I ended up building both the U-4 and the U-13 at the same time and put them on the same display stand to show the slight evolution of the ship.
Bird Of Prey Class (TOS Prototype)
1:2500 Scale AMT Kitbash
This was a pretty straight forward and easy ship to build as it required no gluing. Actually, it would normally require glue but I wanted the container to be removable.
There were some really nice decals that come with the kit, but I don't do them very well. The stand was interesting as I thought it was representative of the Romulan emblem, as this is something Jay at Cozmo Heavy Industries likes to do.
However, my first Google search didn't show anything like it. After some scrolling, I finally stumbled across it. Back in the TOS days, there was no emblem for the Romulan Empire. This logo did appear on a ship that appeared in the TV series.
I eventually got around and wrote a review up on it. You can read that review HERE.
1:2500 Scale AMT Kitbash
Mindy's Delight is a tramp cargo runner that is capable of planetary landings. She was welded together from various parts that her current captain could get his hands on. She has a large cargo door on her top side as well as a retractable walkway in her belly.
This thing had a little bit of everything thrown on her. She is called Mindy's Delight after my ex-girlfriend as well as a homage to a ship called Ginny's Delight that was highlighted in an old Dragon Magazine article written for the Star Trek RPG and FASA games.
She was thrown together in about a day and a half and yes, she looks rough. she's a beat up tramp ship, she's supposed to look that way.
This is a 1:2500 scale ship that was designed by Cozmo Heavy Industries. I built mine so that the cargo containers were removable.
This allows me some freedom in how I will display the ship.
Although I don't normally collect and build cargo ships, this one was pretty unique and filled in a space in my Romulan fleet.
I found it to be a very nice kit at a good price. It actually is a very nice kit. I eventually got around and wrote a review up on it. You can read that review HERE.
I think that is it for all my non-cannon ships that I've built.
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:
U-10 Cestus Class (Model WIP)
U-13 Cacus Class (Review Model WIP)
Bird Of Prey Class (TOS Prototype) (Model)
Kestrel Class (Review Model WIP)
Mindy's Delight Tramp Trader (Model WIP)
Condor Class (Review Model WIP)