Monday, March 21, 2016

EMvTW 59: USS Relativity NCV-474439-G (Wells class)

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

As I started getting into collecting and wanting to expand my collection, I found a serious lack of  comparative data out there showing the various small scale pre-built and pre-painted ships available to the collector.  And so I set out to provide this information myself and hopefully help someone make a wiser decision in which model to buy.

The bittersweet news is that looking ahead, it appears that we will actually see very few comparative articles coming from me in the future.  I'm sad, as it means that my sole purpose for writing these sorts of articles is coming to an end.  But, I'm also happy in that Eaglemoss has far surpassed my wants in a manufacturer who would make models of ships that no one else has produced.   And unlike Hallmark, they are not wasting production time by producing the same model in an updated format every several years.  Check out my articles on the Galaxy Class and TOS Constitution Class to see what I mean.

This also means that writing these reviews is a rather quick affair.  So without further ado, here is my Eaglemoss vs. The World article about the USS Reletivity, a 29th century Wells Class ship of Starfleet design.

Since I only have the one model to talk about, let's jump right into reviewing Eaglemoss' rendition.



The Wells class is certainly a new look for those familiar with the more traditional Starfleet designs.  She has been described as having an aquatic look to her with her streamlined and curvy nature and that impeller on her rear.  I kind of think she looks more like some of the early stealth fighter designs.

Right off the bat, I want to say that although the join seam is easily found on the underside of the ship, the paint job that Eaglemoss did, blended it in superbly.

I particularly liked the sculpting and molding of the metal and plastic parts.  Although by first glance, she comes off as a sleak ship, she does sport all sorts of nice little details molded into the vessel.  She got all sorts of panels lines, and her bridge and drive sections are of particuliar point of interest.

For the most part, the paint job is really well done.  There is a light pearlescent colorization to the main parts of the hull.  I agree with one of my fellow reviewers in that she indeed sparkles.  as you can see from the above picture, the bridge module and drive module also got some nice detail paintwork as well.

The one issue that I found in regards to the paint was a lack of labels.

The magazine clearly shows the ship having Starfleet markings and a ship name and registry number on her hull.

But the Eaglemoss model is strangely bare of these details.  This is another case where I think they could have saved money in one aspect of the ship's details (the sparkle effect was not necessary) and done a good job in a more important area (like naming the ship).

Like the Borg Tactical Cube which was also released this month, she has no clear plastic parts.

Honestly, I don't think she needed them.  This ship is a very nice looking model without them.


And that is all I have to share on this ship at this time.  Which brings us to the pricing portion of my article.  As usual, I will continue with the tradition of rounding up the most inexpensive Buy-It-Now prices from eBay at the time of this article's writing.

Eaglemoss = $27

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.  In all honesty, when I write these, I am trying to give my opinion of which model is the best for the least cost.

I have to do some thinking on how to reword that last paragraph as it seems to have become unnecessary to copy and paste it.  :-)  Eaglemoss has given us yet another very nicely done model.  Even with the missing labels, she is a unique model that would look great in any 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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