Tuesday, September 13, 2016

EMvTW 67: Klingon D7 class

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

The second Eaglemoss release for this month brings us an old classic ship from The Original Series.  I now present to you, the Klingon D-7 Battlecruiser.

I technically have two different manufacturer of this ship, however, one is a MicroMachines therefore I won't be doing any reviewing of that one.

I will show you two quick pictures of the MicroMachine toy however, because it will play an important part in my review.


So keep those two picture in mind as we now take a nice look at the Eaglemoss model.

First and foremost, my model came to me in a damaged state.  One of the nacelles seemed to be missing glue and was lying in the bottom of it's box.  A little super glue helped rectify that issue though.


When I heard that Eaglemoss was going to do the original Enterprise, I waited and wondered about how they would pull it off.  Eaglemoss eventually got around to doing the Botany Bay.  And once again, I waited with baited breath.  The reason for this is, the TOS era on screen models were not super detailed.  In fact, they were sort of downright plain.  However, if you have ever read either of my reviews of those models, then you will know that I really liked them.  Eaglemoss gave the models some subtle detailing that made them much better than the on screen models.  So I was actually excited to see what Eaglemoss would do with the Klingon D-7 Battlecruiser.  After all, they did a great job with thier newer style K'Tinga Class Battlecruiser, so what could go wrong?

The model is from an overall standpoint... PLAIN.

Although the sculpting and molding of the metal and plastic parts is accurate the the original screen model, they are as I said... plain.  Nothing really stands out and the ship just looks overly smooth.

The paint job is rather... how shall I say it?  Plain?  Yup.  Although Eaglemoss did plop on the Klingon insignia and some Klingon writing, the rest of the ship is rather bland from the color perspective.  The model isn't very screen or magazine accurate either from a colorization standpoint.  The engine intake is missing the obligatory red that we have always seen on these types of ships.  I also am not keen on the fact they Eaglemoss didn't paint on any window details on the leading edge of the bridge module.  Honestly, the ship could have used some sort of weathering or dirt wash to give it a little more detail.

Unfortunately, because the overall model is so plain, negative details stand out like a sore thumb.  Case in point... if you flip the ship over, the join seam is super noticeable.

Last but not least, there are no clear plastics on this model.  Eaglemoss might have done well to maybe highlight the impulse engines with a little bit of red plastic, instead of leaving the model engine-less.

At the time of the writing of this article, you can get this model for around $25 (shipping included), and you can get the MicroMachine version for around $7 or $8 (shipping also included).

Reviewing this model upset me.  I am a huge fan of Eaglemoss' work and am usually very sympathetic to issues that I find.  I usually take into consideration the fact that they are trying to keep the model to around $20 in value.

It feels like Eaglemoss suddenly got tired of giving the TOS models a tiny little bit of oomph when they finally got to the D-7.  If they had just used a little more paint to highlight things, it could have come out as an outstanding addition to the collection.  Instead, we are left with, as I've been saying all along, a very plain and lackluster model.

I sat with this review for a few days.  I kept coming back to it to see if there was anything else I could do to liven it up. Really, I tried.  But, like the model, I'm stuck with giving you a plain review.  I will cut my losses and end it here.

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!!!"

Additional Links To Photos Of My Collection:
Eaglemoss     MicroMachine

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