Name: USS Budapest
Magazine #: 61
Release Date: 2015
Material: Die-Cast & ABS Plastic
Manufacturer: Eaglemoss Collection
The Norway class USS Budapest 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 61st release in the Eaglemoss Collections Star Trek Starships Collection. While the ship may have only appeared briefly onscreen, the least amount out of the four new ships from the movie, it has become a sought after ship within the collecting community for its unique look and the popularity of the ships from the battle of Sector 001.
USS Budapest, Initial Impressions
I’m not going to lie, at first I wasn’t all that enthused about adding the Norway class Budapest to the collection, out of all the ships from First Contact this one might have been my least favorite. Upon seeing the actual model itself and taking some pictures, my opinion greatly changed. I really like this ship. Most of the ship is made of the die-cast metal, with only the nacelles and the underside of the main saucer being plastic. The ram scoop and nacelles use the transparent plastic to give it that little extra oomph and it looks really nice. The shuttle bay doors are painted and stand out on the rear of the saucer section. The red of the impulse engines stand out as well, giving it a nice little touch. There is no aztecing on the ship, but there are painted panels, with the majority of the ship being a light grey. There are still the little details that make the ship stand out, such as the windows, escape pods, grills and phasers. The stickers are applied nicely and evenly with the lettering and numbering being clear and legible.
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 ship and fits very snug and holds it in place. My only complaint about it is that the plastic piece that holds the ship in place practically covers up the U.S.S. Budapest lettering on the ship. You can see what I’m talking about in the pictures below, it’s a shame, but at least the ship doesn’t fall off its stand. That would be far worse.
As with each collection piece, a numbered collectors magazine is also included. The Budapest is issue 61 of the series and as with the prior magazines I was impressed with the detail the magazine went into regarding the Norway class ship. The issue gives a detailed profile of the ship with images from the First Contact movie. The issue also discusses the concept design of the ships as well as interviews with those that worked on the design and cg modeling of the ship. There was also a section that talking about the First Contact movie itself, unrelated to the ship, but that’s to be expected based on past magazines. All in all, it’s an interesting addition to the ship itself.
Overall, I was quite impressed with the Budapest. 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, with a nice little heft to the weight, and the quality of the ship itself and the detail that went into producing the accompanying magazine makes this well worth the purchase. The Norway class USS Budapest is a worthy addition to the series.