Name: USS Honshu
Magazine #: 23
Release Date: 2014
Material: Die-Cast & ABS Plastic
Manufacturer: Eaglemoss Collection
The Nebula Class ships have become profuse in Starfleet, being one of the most common ships to be seen on screen. It’s also the 21st release in the Eaglemoss Collections Star Trek Starships Collection. The Nebula class ships have gained notoriety in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager as well as appearing in two movies. To put it bluntly, next to the Excelsior class ships, the Nebulas are some of the most seen ships on screen. For this release, Eaglemoss has gone with the USS Honshu, which appeared briefly in the Deep Space Nine episode “Waltz”.
USS Honshu, Initial Impressions
I’ve never been a big fan of the Nebula class ships, since the main hull is the same as the Galaxy class ships, I always got the impression that a Nebula class ships was only half finished. Yes, I know it’s not, but that was the impression I’d get when seeing it on screen. To say it was one of my favorite ships would be, a lie. The main hull looks the same as the already produced Galaxy class ships, from the aztecting to the windows and escape pods. The hull difference between the Enterprise-D and Honshu is the coloring, with the Honshu having a more grey color to it. At the rear of the main hull you have an upper sensor platform, somewhat reminiscent of the Miranda class ships. In the case of the Nebula though it looks like a parachute attached to the top to slow it down, or one of those unsightly aftermarket spoilers added to cars.
The bottom of the ship has a lot going on, although much of it is hidden, there’s the truncated engineering hull and the two warp nacelles which are identical to the Galaxy class ships nacelles. My issue lies with the craftsmanship of the nacelles. One of mine will fall off with the slightest of touches. You can see that it doesn’t fit properly in a couple of the pics so any touch and off it comes. I could glue it on to ensure that it remains in place, but I don’t want to mess anything up. It’s a little disappointing that this has occurred. The bottom of the ship also has a few noticeable areas where you can see joints and gaps. Thankfully they’re not noticeable unless you turn the ship upside down and really look for it.
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 saucer and fits very snug and holds it in place. This is a welcomed change compared to some past models.
As with each collection piece, a numbered collectors magazine is also included. The Honshu is issue 23 of the series and as with the prior magazines I was impressed with the detail the magazine went into regarding the Nebula class Honshu. The issue gives a detailed profile of the ship with images from the television series. The issue also discusses the concept design of the ship as well as interviews with those that worked on the design and construction of the ship for the various productions. A nice anecdotal story on why the Nebula class looks the way it does, hint, it was cheap to make since they used parts from other ships. It also has a section that discusses the filming of the ship for the various series and the approach that was taken to highlight the ship for television. An interesting little sidetone regarding this issues, there’s no mention of the USS Honshu anywhere in it, it simply keeps referring to the ship as the Nebula class. All in all, it’s an interesting addition to the ship itself.
Overall, the Nebula class USS Honshu is a nice looking ship. I’m a bit disappointed with the quality of the ship itself, since there’s the issue with the one nacelle coming off easily. Other than that one issue, Eaglemoss went to great lengths to get all of the little details of the ship right. It looks nice and has a nice little heft to the weight. Despite my disappointment with the issue with the nacelle, the quality of the ship itself and the detail that went into producing the accompanying magazine makes this a good purchase. The USS Honchu is a worthy addition to the series.