Wednesday, February 8, 2017

EMvTW 74: Bajoran Raider

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

January seemed to be a good month financially for me so it looks like I can bring you some new Eaglemoss vs. The World articles.  I feel a bit rusty though as I haven't written one since November of 2016.  Also, these next five reviews are all of ships that ONLY Eaglemoss have produced at the size that I like to collect, so we won't have anything to compare too, thus leaving us with a bit of a shorter than normal article.

So... let's get this thing started with the first one of the new year, the Bajoran Raider.

You can read more about the Bajoran Raider by clicking on the following links for Memory Alpha and Memory Beta.

Apparently, I also have the MicroMachine version of this ship.  Since my reviews are concentrated on larger scale models, I'll just give you this quick glimpse of that model.


Now that we got that one out of the way, let's take a good hard look at Eaglemoss' model.


Eaglemoss seems to really shine when they are recreating a otherwise small type of starship in thier signature size.  It has to be nice to have a larger canvas to work with when detailing out the model.

And this larger canvas pays off when it comes to the sculpted and molded details on the model.  They are very crisp and show off all sorts of tiny parts on the craft.  I particularly like the wing stabilizers on the back ends of the wings.  Honestly, this is one of those models you have to pick up over and over again and take a good close look at, because you will miss all sorts of good details, like exposed panels and conduit pipes.  And then of course, the ginormous exhaust port, which is finely detailed as well.

The painting on this model is pretty cool as well.  From a distance, you initially feel like you are looking at a lump of grey, but upon closer inspection, you are treated to some tiny painted on detailing.  Eaglemoss even gave the ship a weathered and dirty look to it, showing off the over-worked nature of this vessel.  The only improvement on the paint job, in my opinion, would have been to use a different color than the light grey inside the engine exhaust port.

For the most part, the join seams are well placed on the bottom of the model so as to appear to be part of the ship.  I say this because the cockpit piece has me scratching my head on how I feel about it.  It sort of has the appearance of just being stuck on.  On one side of the coin, it could be a canopy, much like our modern day fighters, in which case, I suppose it looks just fine.  However, from my reading of the magazine, and of the Memory articles online, the crew had to crawl into thier seats, hinting that there was a rear-type hatch, which means, the canopy wasn't joined as nicely as I hoped.

There are no clear plastics on this model, but that's OK, as there weren't any fancy glowing parts to represent either.

And we now come to the part of my article where I continue with the tradition of getting you some pricing from eBay and then rounding up the most inexpensive Buy-It-Now prices at the time of this article's writing.

Eaglemoss = $25
Micro Machine = $6

So to recap, the only real issue for me with this model is with the canopy.  Other than that, this is a most excellent rendition of a Bajoran Fighter and well wroth the money to add it to your personal fleet.

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

1 comment:

  1. The cockpit is technically correct, the studio model was modified by tacking that ugly thing on after it's original, most prominent use, but I'm not happy about Eaglemoss using it. It's most prominent appearance used a much more natural looking cockpit, like the one on the Micro Machine. After it was modified, the only times the cockpit could really be seen was when it was used as a non-Bajoran ship. Yes, technically it did appear like this as a Bajoran ship once, but the cockpit could barely be seen.

    The most honest representation of the Bajoran fighter would be with the original, much better looking cockpit. The only way I can figure, Eaglemoss did this for one of two reasons. First, and most likely, because they used the CG model that was made based on the physical model after it had been modified. Second, but less likely, because there is another (but very obscure) ship that re-used the CG model with some modification, but still used the same cockpit, and modifying this into it would be easier.