So, when I start a collection, I don’t do things in half measures. I got hooked on these little Eaglemoss Star Trek ships a few months ago, and I haven’t been able to stop buying them. I have a dozen of them now:
Most of these are direct from Eaglemoss, though a few are from Ebay and Amazon.
It all started with my Phase II Enterprise. When I found out that Eaglemoss had done this design, I had to have it. I checked both Amazon and their site, but they were sold out in the Eaglemoss store and Amazon had it for more than I wanted to pay. So, I turned to Ebay for that one.
After that, I was looking at Amazon and I found a cool gift set. It’s the book they published showcasing Starfleet designs from 2151 to 2293, and it came with the TOS Enterprise, which was also sold out on the Eaglemoss website.
The book is basically the information on the ships that’s included in the magazines they normally ship out with the models, though it’s got the info on all of the ships from that time frame. So, it’s really cool. It starts with Earth ships like the Botany Bay, the Phoenix, etc. and goes up to the Excelsior and Enterprise-B. It doesn’t include any of the ships from the JJ Abrams films, though it does have the ships from Discovery, except for the Enterprise. The only Constitution-class Enterprises it has are the original and refits. Naturally, the non-canon Phase II ship also isn’t included.
The Enterprise-A I also got with one of those gift sets, though this one was just released five days ago and I got it a couple days ago. This one is a handbook on the Enterprise itself, from TOS to the 1701-A, and it came with the 1701-A collectible.
The book is pretty cool, though it’s got a lot of stuff I already knew about the ships. But, I like how it’s presented and illustrated. Now, one oddity to the book is the inclusion of the Enterprise from Discovery. The book starts with the Enterprise as it appears in The Cage, then moves on to the one from Discovery, then the TOS version and refits. Sandwiching the Discovery Enterprise between the version from The Cage and the TOS series version makes no sense. It’s really hard to swallow that the Enterprise started off looking as it did in The Cage, then was drastically refitted and resized, only to be returned to almost its original size and configuration. That makes absolutely no sense. Having said that, I do love the Enterprise from Discovery designed by John Eaves and don’t mind its inclusion, but I’d have preferred it to be listed as an alternative design, much as they did with Gabe Koerner’s Enterprise in the original Ships of the Line book. But, having said all that, the book is still cool.
Here are those three ships together:
So, those are the three Eaglemoss ships I got from sources other than Eaglemoss.
After buying the Enterprise and Phase II design, I decided to start collecting some of the TNG era ships. Since I have six of these, I’ve put them into groups of three. Up first are these three:
From left to right, we have the USS Firebrand, the USS Phoenix and the USS Buran.
The Firebrand is an interesting ship. It’s the only canon single nacelle Starfleet ship. It appears quite prominently in the wreckage of Wolf 359 in The Best of Both Worlds Part II. The ship was built using a single nacelle cast from the 4-foot Enterprise molds, a neck section and “cannon” greeblie (on the underside) from the USS Stargazer molds and a custom saucer. The ship is clearly TNG tech, yet the saucer has kind of an Enterprise-C vibe to it. It looks to be a possible design between the two ships. This ship was built at Greg Jein’s workshop for the episode.
The Buran is another Wolf 359 ship. This is also an unusual design, as the nacelles are lined up on top and bottom. This ship was one of several built by a model maker named Ed Miarecki for the battle at Wolf 359 graveyard scene. It’s a kitbash of commercially available Enterprise-D model kits. He used a 1:2500 saucer, 1:1400 nacelles and bridge and some custom parts to build it.
The Phoenix, of course, is the original configuration for the Nebula class from the episode The Wounded. The ship was made using a saucer and nacelles from the 4-foot Enterprise, and custom parts for the secondary hull and pods. The ship was originally supposed to be much smaller than the Galaxy class, this would have been achieved by giving the ship much larger saucer windows, which would have been the same size as the Enterprise’s windows when the ship was scaled down. But, time made this impossible to do, so we wound up with a ship that’s just a more compact design to the Galaxy class, much as the Miranda class was to the Constitution class. The AWACS style pod would prove to be unpopular among the production staff, and would be replaced for future use of the model.
Up next are these three:
These ships were all Ed Miarecki creations. He used Enterprise-D model kits at different scales, highlighters and custom parts to create these ships, and a proto Nebula class. (Eaglemoss hasn’t done that one yet) From left to right, we have the USS Kyushu, USS Ahwahnee and USS Chekov.
The Kyushu is one of my favorite TNG designs. It was built using the saucer, secondary hull and nacelles of a 1:2500 scale Enterprise kit. The neck was shortened considerably, and the saucer almost sits directly on the secondary hull. A large scratch built bridge was used to make the ship appear smaller, as was the trick of enlarging the windows. Highlighters were used to create the pods on top of the saucer and on bottom of the secondary hull, and custom nacelle struts were built to attach the nacelles.
The Ahwahnee was a four nacelle design made using two 1:2500 Enterprise saucer bottoms. Enlarged windows and a 1:1400 bridge were used to make the ship smaller. Custom parts were used for the struts and highlighters made the nacelles.
The Chekov was incorrectly spelled. It was supposed to be Chekhov after the famous Russian playwright and short story writer, not Chekov after the TOS character. It also used a 1:2500 Enterprise saucer and 1:1400 bridge. The nacelle struts are also from the 1:2500 Enterprise kit. The engineering section, such as it is, pod on top and pod underneath all appear to be custom parts and the nacelles are highlighters.
And, last but not least, we have some Enterprise era ships, which I just got from Eaglemoss yesterday:
From left to right, we have the Enterprise, Warp Delta and Intrepid type.
The Enterprise is obviously the main star of the show. After pretty much everyone on the design staff took a go at the ship, Doug Drexler was brought in to design it. After submitting several designs that were rejected, the producers came in with a picture of the Akira class, flipped it upside down, and told him to use that to design the ship. So, that’s how we got the NX-01 Enterprise. Doug did a great job of making the ship look more primitive and also added a lot of callbacks to the original Enterprise. The model for the series was built by Pierre Drolet.
The Warp Delta was one of a handful of designs that John Eaves did for the episode The Expanse. John Eaves only did one sketch for each design, and those were sent to the art department for them to make models. This was the episode that started the Xindi story arc, where Earth is attacked and the Enterprise returns to Earth. They’re followed by a Klingon Bird of Prey, which attacks and damages Enterprise. The ship is fought off and driven away by three Starfleet ships, two of which were this design. The model was built by someone at Foundation Imaging and was a kitbash of the warp ship seen over the Lunar Colonies in the Enterprise opening credits. The magazine and book say that the Warp Delta is basically the same design, only more evolved. No ships of this design were positively named on screen and the models have no markings.
The Intrepid type also appeared in that episode. A ship named Intrepid hailed Enterprise after they drove off the Klingons, though that episode didn’t establish which ship was named Intrepid. However, it was positively identified in the episode Twilight. The Intrepid was built by Pierre Drolet and was a kitbash of the NX-01, and possibly some other models. Though, nobody on the effects team knew the ship had a name, they just called it the “half saucer.”
So, those are my Eaglemoss ships so far. These are highly detailed and just fantastic miniatures. Obviously, they’re not to scale, they’re just all about 5.5 inches long. If anyone wants to see any more shots of any of these, just feel free to ask. 🙂