Friday, August 19, 2016

EMvTW 66: USS Raven NAR-32450 (Raven Type or Aerie class)

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It's been a month and I apparently did better than I thought financially so I'm able to bring you another two Eaglemoss vs. The World articles.  The first of these articles is going to be about the USS Raven.

We were introduced to the USS Raven in Star Trek: Voyager.  We first saw her as a crumpled up wreck in the episode titled "The Raven" and then as a fully function starship in the "Dark Frontier" episodes.  The ship was never given a canonical classification name and according to Memory Alpha is just called a Raven Type.  According to Memory Beta though, this class of ships is called the Aerie Class.  Supposedly, the ship is capable of planetary landings, but also houses a small shuttle in it's rear shuttlebay.

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.  My collecting preferences is that the model be between 4 to 6 inches which is why I don't include certain manufacturers like HeroClix.  The only reason I show MicroMachine from time to time is because I happen to have obtained the full collection of them years ago and want to show them off.

As of now, there is only one manufacturer of a a pre-built and pre-painted version of this type of starship and that would be Eaglemoss.  Unfortunately, that will make this article rather short.  :-)


I continue to feel that Eaglemoss has shown brightly with this collection of theirs.  They have outlasted other companies and out-classed Hallmark with the amount and variety of ships that they have given us.

One of the things that I have learned is that they do a much better job with the sculpt and molding of plastic parts as opposed to metal parts.  Typically, the molded in details on the metal parts have a softer and more rounded look to them.   I say that because this model  is mostly plastic parts which means the details are super nice and crisp looking. The fact that this is supposed to be a smaller ship is a plus as well when done at this scale.  Eaglemoss has molded in all sorts of little details and quite frankly, I am very impressed with the look.

The painted details are great as well.  I love the fact that the painted on window details match up with thier molded components.  Although the bussard collectors are painted on, they are still well done on my model.  One last little awesome point is that they painted on the navigation lights painted on the nacelles.

Eaglemoss used clear blue plastics for the nacelle grills and this is a nice touch.

They even did a great job with the join seam as it blends in well along the sides of the model.

It took me a while to notice the one issue with my model.  I was just so in to all the great little details about it that I missed it until one of my fellow reviewers pointed it out.  Like my Eaglemoss model of The Phoenix, my nacelles actually were not at an even horizontal positioning with the rest of the ship.  The rear ends of of both nacelles angle up slightly when you look at the ship directly from the side.

Anytime 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.

In this case, I'm doing this because I never knew that this part of the ship was considered a deflector dish and I wanted to share what I learned with my readers.

Those grey triangles on either side serve as the navigational deflectors.  They are not very detailed, but given the quality of the details on the rest of the ship, I'll forgive Eaglemoss on this detail.

Soooo... I have to say that I was impressed with this model from Eaglemoss.  They provide us with a great version of this ship and at the $26 (shipping included) that I paid on eBay, it makes for an awesome addition to your fleet.


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.

If you like to build and paint your own models, Odyssey Slipways produced a resin kit in 1:2500 scale.  However, I'm going to warn you that at 1:2500 scale versions of these types of ships is SUPER small.

I won't go too much more into this set of model, but I will share with you the final product.

USS Raven (NAR-32450)
Aerie Class Science Vessel
1:2500 Odyssey Slipways kit


USS Tern (NAR-33199)

Aerie Class Executive Shuttle
1:2500 Odyssey Slipways kit


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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