Name: USS Appalachia
Magazine #: 54
Release Date: 2015
Length: 139.954 mm
Material: Die-Cast & ABS Plastic
Manufacturer: Eaglemoss Collection
The Steamrunner class USS Appalachia first appeared in Star Trek: First Contact when it was one of the fleet that defended Sector 001 against the Borg invasion of 2373 and it’s the 54th release in the Eaglemoss Collections Star Trek Starships Collection. While the ship may have only appeared briefly onscreen, it has become a popular ship amongst the Star Trek Starships collectors, and rightly so.
USS Appalachia, Initial Impressions
To say I’m pleased with the way the ship looks would be an understatement. I’ve always had an affinity for the many ships that appeared in the Battle for Sector 001 scene in First Contact, but the Steamrunner class Appalachia has one of my favorites. Has it biased me? Perhaps, but I don’t think I’d be as high on the ship if it didn’t look as good as it does. The Steamrunner class adheres to the twin nacelle and saucer section found with most Starfleet vessels, but it does it in a new way. The nacelles connect directly to the rear of the saucer section, with the ramscoops on the saucer itself. It’s a seamless blend, which is nice, compared to the deflector dish on the bottom where there is a noticeable seem connecting the ships parts. Not to mention that it looks cheap with just a painted portion, unlike what we see in the cgi models. There is an engineering section in the rear of the ship, connected by struts to the nacelles.
The Appalachia has a great amount of detail, on the top and the bottom of the ship. There’s aztecing and a great amount of lettering and icons on the ship, from the name and registry number to other small stickers. They all seem to be set properly and aligned straight. The nacelles have the transparent blue sections we’ve come to appreciate and the transparent red ramscoops look great recessed into the saucer section. We all see some transparent blue areas at the end of the nacelles and the impulse engines are colored red. This gives the ship a bit more oomph with the coloring scheme. The ship itself is very sleek and linear looking, you don’t have the height aspect like you do with Galaxy class ships.
Each model also 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 engineering section and fits very snug and holds it in place. I was a little worried that it wouldn’t hold the ship properly, but so far no complaints.
As with each collection piece, a numbered collectors magazine is also included with the model. The Appalachia is issue 54 of the series and as with the prior magazines I was impressed with the detail the magazine. The issue gives a detailed profile of the ship with images from the movie. The issue also discusses the concept design of the ship as well as interviews with those that worked on the cg design. It also has a section that discusses First Contact and what it was like coming up with the ships used in the battle for Sector 001 scene. All in all, it’s an interesting addition to the ship itself.
Overall, I was quite impressed with the Steamrunner class USS Appalachia. It’s clear that Eaglemoss went to great lengths to get all of the little details of the ship right, working off the cg model. It looks and feels great, with a nice little heft to the weight, and the quality of the ship itself and the details that went into producing the accompanying magazine makes this well worth the purchase. The USS Appalachia is a worthy addition to the series.