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USS Discovery

Name: USS Discovery
Class: Crossfield
Registry: NCC-1031
Magazine #: 2
Release Date: March 2018
Length: 215.9mm
Material: Die-Cast & ABS Plastic
Manufacturer: Eaglemoss Collection

The USS Discovery is the namesake of the latest Star Trek series Star Trek: Discovery. The show has split fans, but one thing is clear the ships themselves have become well received. The Discovery is also the second release of the Star Trek: Discovery Collection from Eaglemoss Collections, after the Shenzhou. Like the rest of the ships from this line, the models are larger than the normal Star Trek collection. Personally, I’ve never been a real fan of the Crossfield-class ship. The ship has never appealed to me and I was afraid that it would bias my judgment of the model. Upon close inspection I feel safe in saying that it hasn’t. Let’s read on to learn more…

U.S.S. Discovery, Initial Impressions

The Discovery has a unique design, something not seen in many other Starfleet vessels, extremely long and narrow warp nacelles and a very angular second hull. Coupled with the unique tri-hulled saucer section, the Discovery is an extremely unique ship to look at. The copper-toned hull is also unique to Federation ships and it really sets the ship apart from the rest of the fleet, most noticeably the already released Shenzhou. Let’s take a look at the warp nacelles, they’re made of plastic and metal with a nice blue transparent element in the middle to allow for a tiny amount of warp glow. It’s nice to see them not painted on, like in other models, especially given the length of the nacelles. The impulse engines are a bright red, giving the read of the ship a little contrast, but nothing to extreme. Looking underneath the saucer and you can see a few colored elements, from the intake manifolds to the central deflector dish, which is made of a blue transparent piece of plastic. Sadly, there’s not much else going on detail wise, other than the aztecing and hull markings.

A minor complain is just how softly the ship’s registry markings are in comparison to the rest of the ship. The color is a bit too faint and makes for a difficult time to read, unless it’s held in just the right angle. On the television model of the ship there’s a slight outline surrounding the lettering, and it’s definitely something that would have been helpful to have on this model.

Now for my major complaint with the model, and sadly it’s something that happens on far too many of Eaglmoss’ ships, the windows. If you look at the pictures below you’ll see just how misaligned the windows are. You can clearly see the indents into the model for where the windows should go, but there’s not one window painted correctly. All of the windows painted on appear to be above the actual window placement. On the bridge portion of the hull you can see the windows painted on, but a few are crooked. Given how much of a complaint the windows are on previous releases, you’d think that it’s something that Eaglemoss would take notice of and try to correct. Sadly it just seems to be the status quo. Had the windows been applied correctly it would be safe to say that the Discovery was one of the best releases put out by Eaglemoss, sadly that can’t be said.

As with all other ships, the Discovery comes with a stand to display the ship, the stand is a bit larger due to the larger size of the ship, but 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 with little wiggle room. The stand is inserted into the rear of the ship and fits very snug and holds it in place. I was also impressed with how tight the stand was while inserting it into the base, it ensure that there would be no movement of the stand while it’s attached to the ship.

The Magazine

As with each collection piece, a numbered collectors magazine is also included. The Discovery is issue 2 of the series and as with the prior magazine of the new line it’s smaller in size. It’s also feels like it’s made out of a heavier paper stock. The magazine goes in depth on the creation of the Discovery, the design process of the ship and why the team decided to give the ship its unique lookThe magazine also went into some details about the Discovery itself. Eaglmoss carries on its tradition of adding a lot of interesting information into their magazines, this one is no different. Although I’m still perplexed as to why they decided to go with the smaller magazine size.

Overall Impressions

Overall, I was quite impressed with the Discovery. I like the larger size of the ship and the gold/copper color they used on the model, I just wish that Eaglemoss paid more attention to the windows on their models. We’ve come to a point where it’s become frustrating, and a bit sad that we’ve come to accept this with their new releases. Despite my frustration with the windows, I still like he way the model looks and feels. The Discovery is a worthy addition to the series. Now, let’s just hope they can get the windows worked out for future releases.

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