Monday, February 13, 2017

EMvTW 75: Cousteau (Enterprise-E Captain's Yacht)

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

Next up for this month's Eaglemoss vs. The World articles is the Enterprise-E's Captain's Yacht which is named The Cousteau.

This addition to the Eaglemoss collection makes for a nice compliment to thier already released USS Enterprise E, which I reviewed a long time ago.  You can check out that review at THIS LINK.

You can read more about the Cousteau at these direct article links on Memory Alpha and Memory Beta.

Let's take a closer look at the Cousteau...


This model is very light weight.  It feels like it is made entirely of plastic.  However, given that the actual ship is relatively small, and Eaglemoss has done the model at thier normal size, they have been afforded q lot of space to work with to give us a very nice looking model.

The model was well designed in that all of the joins and seams are well hidden.  In fact, you really need to look closely to find them, and the only place they stand out is at the back end of the warp nacelles.

From a distance, the model looks like it might be devoid of a lot of details... HOWEVER...

Upon closer inspection, you can see that Eaglemoss has sculpted and molded in LOTS of details into the model.  Like the Bajoran Raider, you need to pick this model up and turn it over and over to really appreciate all of those details.

Also, like the Bajoran Raider, the paint job is deceptive from a distance as well.  You once again feel like it is just a white blob with some clear plastics thrown in for color, but once you get in closer and look, you will find a fine azteching all over the hull.  Some of the panels are an offset color to let them stand out as well.  The window paint alignment is spot on and the only real complaint that I can find is that the red intakes are missing.  These intakes are represented in the magazine which is why I mention them, however, they may have been difficult to reproduce at this scale, so I'm not going to deduct a lot of value because of this oversight.

Eaglemoss is once again able to bring us thier trademark usage of clear plastic parts to represent glowing parts of the ship.  In the case of this model, they use them on the nacelles and for the impulse engine exhausts..

One thing I learned from my reading up on this model (on Memory Alpha) is that the production company lost the original filming models of the ship, which meant that Eaglemoss had nothing but film to work with when they went to recreate a physical model.  This honestly impresses the heck out of me and makes the $26 I spent on eBay (Shipping included) all the more worth it.

So... if you are a collection completest, or you just want another "shuttle" in your collection, you can't go wrong with buying this gal and adding her to your 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!!!"

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