Wednesday, May 11, 2016

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

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

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.

Since I actually have one, I figured that I will give you a quick look at the MicroMachine version.


So now, let's jump right into reviewing Eaglemoss' rendition.


I'll be perfectly honest, I wasn't expecting much from the Eaglemoss model.  Let's face it, the original studio model was not very detailed.  What I didn't realize was Ealemoss was going to base theirs off the remastered version which used a computer model that was a bit better defined as far as details were concerned.

I was most definitely wrong in my expectations.  The model boasts some nice and subtle molded in details in both the plastic and metal parts.  It surprised me to see "grill" details molded into the cargo containers.

The paint job is what really impressed me.  The original filming model looked to be plain and off grey.  On Eaglemoss' model, there is a light and subtle aztecing of the ship, but they also managed to weather it in such a way to give it a VERY old and worn look.  You can tell that this ship has been floating in space for a very long time.

I do confess that I read a couple other people's reviews and takes take on the Eaglemoss' models.  This allows me to get a feel for whether I missed something or to see if my model has something out of the ordinary.

As far as they go, I only saw one complaint about the seams and joins and they were mainly focused along the tops of the cargo containers.  As you can see from the picture above, mine also seemed to suffer from a bad join along this area as well.   It isn't too bad as it appears that Eaglemoss added extra glue here and in the process nicked the heck out of the corner.  If it was any other ship, I might have complained and tried to get a new one, but, let's face it, the ship is supposed to look beat up.  In my opinion. that "scar" just added another nice touch to my model.

There are no clear plastic parts on this model, but given the type of ship it is, we'll have to let this detail go.


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 = $24

Typically, this is 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.

This is definitely a must for the completionist collector or even the TOS fanatic.  Eaglemoss has made a very nice looking model of a very rare ship, that served a very important role in Star Trek history during the TOS and TMP eras.  Even with the gap issues, I feel that it is well worth the money.

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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  1. Hello, Pat! Love the articles; I just discovered them yesterday.

    I've collected ships off and on for years (in no particular pattern other than being picky about the accuracy of the model), but have really gotten the bug lately. The Botany Bay was my first Eaglemoss ship.

    I was a bit disappointed with the model. I thought Eaglemoss minis we're the "be all, end all" of Star Trek ships, so my expectations were too high.

    My Botany Bay had flash (horrors!) on the conning tower, and an odd protuberance on the back of the tower. I almost got a hobby knife to shave the back flush. To add to the confusion, the "thing" appears in some profiles of the ship, but not in others. Do you have this oddity on yours?

    The conning tower itself is not perpendicular with the body, and this is a big deal to me. It leans 3 to 4 degrees to starboard.

    The other nit I had was with the weathering: the aft section (literally the very tail end) got totally missed.

    I was pleasantly surprised by the size, however.

    Keep up the great work! BTW I love how you group your ships by "make", regardless of manufacturer. Very clever!

    1. Hi there!

      I'm glad you found my blog and are enjoying it.

      My model also has that protrusion from the back of the tower.

      Eaglemoss models are not perfect that is for sure, HOWEVER, I always like to point out to people that for the initial $20 to $25 that these things go for, that really relegates them to the toy price range. I don't expect a Mona Lisa for that cost so I'm a bit forgiving to little issues like those.

      --DS Pat