Friday, May 20, 2016

Declaration Class Refit & Upgrade

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[Editor's Note (May 2016): Normally, I would say that this is my second re-write of this article.  In reality, I've combined the older articles into one as it seemed silly to me to have two when I revisited the articles.  I've developed a certain style and flow to them and I wanted to make all of them have that same feel across the series.  Consider this the REFIT version of the original articles.]

While writing the review for the Cozmo Heavy Industries 1:2500 Declaration Class kit, I had shared that I liked the kit so much that I actually bought two more of that kit, just so I could build some variants of the ship.


The three ships displayed above are a Declaration Class, A Declaration Class Refit and an Declaration Class Upgrade.



A friend of mine introduced me to this series of books called the Federation Spaceflight Chronology, which had TONS of in depth information about the Star Trek universe up through the TMP and ending around the ST3:TSFS era.  One of the neat things about Volume One was that it covered some very old style ships that were never seen on screen.  It had a very nice section on the Declaration class and the history surrounding those ships.


Declaration Class Refit Story

According to these history books, the original Declaration class suffered from stress cracks along the ring support strut during the test warp trials.  This issue was resolved by adding additional support struts.  These additional struts had the added benefit of giving the ship additional hard points to mount laser cannons to.


I decided to build this variant using one of the extra Cozmo Heavy Industries 1:2500 Declaration kits I had purchased.

 
 
 
 
DeepSpace Pat's Paint Scheme

There was a real world advantage to building these struts for the model.  As I shared in the kit review, there was a potential for ring drooping as time went on.  My thoughts are that this addition to the kit will help alleviate the possibility of this issue occurring.

I built these support struts simply using some extra sprue that I had ling around.  The laser cannons are nothing more than magazine binder pegs from my Eaglemoss Star Trek The Official Starship Collection magazine binders.

Declaration Class Upgrade Story

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Eaglemoss Replacement Decals

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I have written over 70 Eaglemoss vs. The World articles now.  Over that time, I have occasionally reviewed a model where the decals were either lacking or just plain incorrect.  In most cases, Eaglemoss has never chosen to correct the error with and of thier future runs.  I get it though, these are cheap $25 toys and it isn't worth the expense to try to retool the equipment to fix it.

Recently, I came across a post by one enterprising individual who has taken upon himself to offer a method to us collectors a way to fix our models.


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

RG Class Reflex Gun Ship

I will admit, that as a kitbasher, you will sometimes see a picture and think, "I just gotta build that!".  This class of ship was just that sort of thing.


I must have acquired the first picture a long time ago because I usually tag the original creator with credit. And I scoured my normal FaceBook hangouts and could not for the life of me, find the picture again.  If anyone recognizes this ship, please let me know who did it so I can give them the proper recognition that they deserve.  I am thinking that it might be an earlier drawing by Zenseava.

Friday, May 13, 2016

EMvTW Special 06: SS Enterprise NX-01 (NX class refit)

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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.

In the case of this model, Eaglemoss is the only company to have produced it in a pre-built and pre-painted model so this will technically be a short article.


The NX Class starship continues to be a favorite of mine.  She represents our first foray into real deep space exploration.  She is crude but yet serves her purpose well.  She was under-powered and outgunned from the point she left spacedock but allowed us to learn a lot about the galaxy around us as well as ourselves.  The NX Class Refit represented the next evolution for not only the ship, but human exploration.  She represented what we had learned over the previous 4 years.


My current collection of this type of ship consists of an Eaglemoss, a 1:1000 Polar Lights kit, and two 1:1400 Resin Modeller kits.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

EMvTW 61: USS Budapest NCC-64923 (Norway class)

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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.  Here is my Eaglemoss vs. The World article about the Norway class.


My collection of this ship consists of only one pre-built and pre-painted model as well as a 1:2500 scale Odyssey Slipways model that I built and painted.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

EMvTW 60: SS Botany Bay (DY-100 class)

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I took some time off with these Eaglemoss vs. The World reviews due to some financial needs, however, I managed to make my next set of purchases, so here we go again.

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 DY-100 class, of which the most famous one is Khan's SS Botany Bay.


As you can see, I only own two versions of this ship that were pre-built and pre-painted so this will most likely be a very short article.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

U571 Class Communications Station

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I love to kitbash.  Scratchbuilding can be almost as fun.  My mind is always going and I'm always thinking about making something new that no one else has seen before.  Let's face it, nothing spices up a collection than having something unique or one of a kind in it.  There are very few space station models available to the model builder.  I think you have a huge choice of either Deepspace Nine or Station K-7.  Very few modelers also make thier own stations.  It's sometimes hard to come up with the right materials to build one.  Which is why, when the idea struck me to try to use some ordinarily trash items for parts, I figured I would give it a go.


I present to you , Marathon Station, a federation communications relay station.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Watchtower Class

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I have to admit, this was not high on my favorites to build. I'm not sure if it was the timing of life events going on at the same time, or just that it took me way out of my comfort zone as far as using new skill sets to build and paint her. The fact that it took me 9 months to eventually finish her is testament to the fact that I was not in "the mood" to build it.

In the end though, I was happy with the outcome and now I have a very unique looking ship in my collection, so I guess I'll take it as a win.


I present to you, what has become known as the Watchtower Class.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Constitution Class Phase II Refit

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As I was going through my oldest articles and doing some REFIT work on them, I came across my review of the Cozmo Heavy Industries Constitution Class Phase II Prototype kit.  I realized that in all this time of writing my articles and sharing some of my kitbashes, I have never shared my attempt at building the Constitution Class Phase II Refit.  This model has a special place in my heart as it was my very first kitbash.


For those of you who don't know what this ship is, here is a VERY brief description.  When the powers to be decided to revive Star Trek after The Original Series had been off the air for a while, they had decided to go at it from the point of view that the ship was now on it's 2nd 5 year mission.  Planning ahead, they figured that the ship would have gone through some changes from when we last saw her.  They went and did some major discussions and eventually came up with this design.  They had even gone as far as starting to build an actual studio model for her.  Sadly, the series never came to fruition and instead, the producers decided to make the first movie.  The ship then underwent some more changes but that is for a different article.