Name: USS Ahwahnee
Release Date: 2017
Material: Die-Cast & ABS Plastic
Manufacturer: Eaglemoss Collection
The USS Ahwahnee has only appeared briefly on screen, but that hasn’t stopped it from becoming sought after for inclusion in the Wolf 359 subset of ships released by the Eaglemoss Collections Star Trek Starships Collection. In 2367, the Ahwahnee participated in the Battle of Wolf 359 and was heavily damaged, but salvageable enough to re-enter service in 2368 where it was part of Captain Picard’s fleet that blockaded the Klingon-Romulan border during the Klingon Civil War. The ships name is derived from the Native American tribe the Southern Sierra Miwok’s who lived in the area now known as Yosemite National Park, and its surrounding areas.
U.S.S. Ahwahnee, Initial Impressions
The Cheyenne-class Ahwahnee is one of the few classes in Starfleet that employ the four warp nacelles. It’s an updated design of the Constellation-class ships made famous from Captain Picard’s first command, the USS Stargazer. The four nacelles have their own unique look, when compared to the other nacelles being used on their contemporary ships. They nacelles are long and rectangular, the bussard collectors are small end caps made out of the usual red translucent plastic while there is a thin strip of blue translucent plastic running down the down of the nacelles. An interesting feature on the nacelles are gold ridges that are near the front of the section. The saucer is reminiscent of the Galaxy and Nebula-class ships with is simple ellipse. The struts attaching the nacelles to the ship are applied nicely and have a nice flow to them.
The paintwork is nicely done, and the windows are even applied correctly. That’s always nice to see!. The ship has a classic Federation paint job with the classic aztec finish. The Starfleet insignia’s look well applied, as well as other areas that feature paintwork. The only real issue I have with the ship is the underside, where the neck of the ship meets with the saucer hull, there’s a little gap in the joint that catches the other. Other than that, there are no complaints, it’s a nice looking ship that’s well made.
As is standard with each ship, it comes with a stand to display the ship, the base of the stand was solid and sturdy, and the piece that attaches to the base and holds the ship seemed to hold it well will little wiggle room. The stand is inserted into the rear of the saucer section, right where the warp struts are and fits very snug and holds it in place.
As with each collection piece, a numbered collectors magazine is also included. The Ahwahnee is issue 108 of the series and as with the prior magazines I was impressed with the detail the magazine went into regarding the Cheyenne-class ship. The issue gives a detailed profile of the ship and it also discusses the various ships that were used in the Battle of Wolf 359. It’s pretty in-depth and is an interesting read into what it took to get the Battle looking as nice as it did on screen. All in all, it’s an interesting addition to the ship itself.
Overall, I was quite impressed with the USS Ahwahnee. It’s clear that Eaglemoss went to great lengths to get all of the little details of the ship right. It looks and feels great, the four warp nacelles gift it a little extra weight, but it fits well into its stand. The quality of the ship itself and the detail that went into producing the accompanying magazine makes this well worth the purchase. The USS Ahwahnee is a worthy addition to the series.
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