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Special Issue #4

Throughout the subscription build of their 1:900 scale U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D model, Eaglemoss offers various ‘Special Issues’. An opt-out email is typically sent in advance, but these specials are automatically sent and are billed in addition to the monthly subscription if no action is taken. If you do not wish to receive them, you must notify Eaglemoss in advance via phone at (800) 261-6898 or via email at customerservice@eaglemoss.com.

The first of these Special Issues was the Enterprise Shuttles – Set 1, the second was the Limited Edition Print, and the third was Enterprise Shuttles – Set 2. For the fourth Special Issue, we have this Enterprise Shuttles – Set 3! Here, we have another boxed set containing two more large-scale replica models of shuttlecraft as seen in the Star Trek: The Next Generation universe. Each shuttlecraft model is about 5″ long (12.7 cm) and includes:

  • A display stand with the shuttlecraft name on the bottom (basic assembly required – it just snaps together).
  • A 5.75 x 7.25″ (145 x 185 mm) magazine containing information about the shuttlecraft, plan views, a two-page Okudagram schematic, the episodes that shuttlecraft was shown in, and how it was designed.
  • A 4.74 x 3.125″ (120 x 80 mm) transparent plastic Okudagram of the shuttle’s ‘Master Systems Display’ schematic with two small black supports to hold it upright.

Type 7 Shuttlecaft

“Intended as a short to medium range shuttle, the Type 7 Shuttlecraft was equipped with warp drive and capable of interstellar travel. Typically operated by a crew of two, the rear of the shuttle also offered seating for passengers. Usually, a Type 7 would carry no armaments, and had only minimal deflector shield defenses.”

Eaglemoss misspelled Enterprise on the rear of this shuttle – how did that happen?

As before, I cut a piece of white printer paper to the same shape as the plastic Okudagram card and placed it behind it. It is not a huge difference, but it does make it a bit easier to read:

Type 9A Cargo Shuttlecraft

“The Type 9A was 10.5 meters long, 4.2 meters wide, and had a height of 3.6 meters. The unarmed, standard version of the 9A was powered by two, 150 millicochrane warp engines and could maintain a cruising speed of warp 2 for 36 hours.”

In the same way, I placed a piece of white printer paper behind this Okudagram as well:

Thoughts


Like the previous set, these shuttles cost $60 USD including shipping, but are actually quite detailed. The details are nice on these shuttles, but I am surprised by the Enterprise misspelling on the Type 7. I also think the warp nacelles on my Hawking are bit crooked. While this is our last set of shuttles, I still feel these have been some of the best Special Issues I have received with any partwork subscription!

Stages 59+ Delayed

After building two issues back-to-back of our Enterprise partwork model, we have run into another delay here in the US. Here is the notice posted today by Eaglemoss Customer Service USA on Facebook:

Good afternoon,
Today I am focusing on the status of the Enterprise-D build stock levels
There is no stock available for the following stages as of this morning:
stages 19/20/26/44/52/58/59/60/61/62/65
(Please keep in mind that stock levels change throughout the day)
If you next shipment includes any of the above stages/mags than I am sorry to say that we will not be able to dispatch until the stock is available.
Once I have an ETA on when we can expect fresh stock for these issues to reach US soil I will update this post.
Once these stages are in the system, your shipments will resume as normal. If you are not waiting on the above stages and have not received a parcel for some time this may be due to a “free” item being out of stock.
We advise that there is at least a minimum of 14-day difference from port to warehouse and once on site the stock will be booked into our system.
Kind regards,
Brett
P.S. any dates provided are subject to change

UPDATE March 30, 2022: A general update from the Eaglemoss Customer Service USA page on Facebook:

Hi
You may all be wondering why I have not been posting of late stock updates for our active collections.
We are in the process of transitioning to our new warehouse. Right now, we are not going to be able to give you accurate stock information or guaranteed shipment dates.
While we are working to restock our merchandise as quickly as possible, we are also preparing for the move. Some of our restocked merchandise is being delivered to the new warehouse in preparation.
We may show an out-of-stock pop up for you right now when you call in. Until our move is complete the inventory counts and availability is only showing for one of the warehouse locations. This means anything is in stock at the new warehouse is not going to show as available to our agents until the move is complete.
While we are starting with the oldest collections stock levels are changing so much giving a clear figures now would be confusing and misleading.
Stay tuned for more updates soon
Brett

UPDATE May 9, 2022: I have finally received a shipping notification for Stages 59-62!


UPDATE May 13, 2022: Stages 59-62 have arrived safely and will be assembled soon!

Free Gift #4

If you signed up for the subscription-based version of this Eaglemoss 1:900 scale U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D partwork build-up, you will receive four FREE gifts along the way. The first three gifts were a Collector’s Binder, a Screw Box, and a T-Shirt. Our final free gift is this Display Stand.

The Display Stand arrives in a huge triangular shipping box and contains a basic aluminum folding tripod and a paper cover:

The Tripod

NOTE: All measurements listed on this page are approximate.

The upper end of this tripod has a 50 mm (2″) long solid aluminum rod riveted into place. The upper 48mm of this rod has been machined into a 15 mm x 15 mm square. This is the section that fits up into a matching hole on the underside of the Battle Section to support the model:

To extend the legs of the tripod, there is a thumb screw that needs to be loosened. Once the legs are in the position you desire, the thumb screw should be tightened back up:

With the tripod set at full height, it is about 790 mm (31″) tall:

When set to the shortest height, the tripod is about 560 mm (22″) tall and 470 mm (18.5″) wide across the legs:

The Cover

The included cover is made out of tri-fold color-printed cardstock and requires assembly. There is a adhesive strip on one edge and the backing paper needs to be removed:

With the adhesive strip exposed, the cover can be folded into a pyramid shape and secured together. This cover ‘pyramid’ ends up being 718 mm (28.25″) wide and 355mm (14″) tall:

The cover then slides down over the vertical rod of the tripod. The legs of the tripod can then be adjusted to match the shape of the cover:

With the tripod set to match the width of the cover (at a height of about 635 mm or 25″), here is the final product:

Thoughts


I think this Display Stand is terrible. I usually find the positive qualities in things, but there are just too many negatives:

  • It is obnoxiously large
    • I would need a shelf/table at least two feet deep to use it
    • It is too tall – I do not want my expensive Enterprise model hovering two feet off the surface
  • The graphics on the cover panels are about as basic as they can be
  • The cover itself is just paper and will easily become damaged and/or degrade over time
  • The square tip cannot be rotated to position the ship on the base – this also limits where the stand can be used

Now, I can understand if a large base is needed to support the model. The saucer end of our Enterprise D will be heavier than the stardrive end. Even the studio models had this problem. However, there are so many other ways this base could have been designed with that limitation in mind. This Display Stand feels cheap and rushed, even as a free gift. It is too bad that Eaglemoss could not have expanded on the stand they are still advertising as coming with the UK subscriptions:

All I know is that this Display Stand will never be used and will likely end up in the trash. Now that I know the mounting tip dimension, I will be creating my own custom display stand. I apologize for the rant and want to thank you all for visiting!

The Six-Foot Model

During the seven seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation, three practical shooting models of the Galaxy-class U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D were built to be used for visual effects. Initially, two models were built by Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) in 1987: one was two feet long and the other was a massive six-feet long. Before the third season, a more detailed four-foot model was built that basically replaced the first two. This post is about the larger six-foot-model seen here during her original construction:

I recently discovered that the original six-foot studio model was on display at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, CA for a limited-time exhibit. I grabbed my camera gear, flew out to LA for the day, and took as many pictures as they would allow (turns out I took well over 400). Upon my return, I took a few days to throw out the bad pics, color correct the rest for the lighting (they had it under dim halogen lamps with no up-lighting) and do my best to workaround the fact that it was encased in a glass bowl. Now, I want to share my pictures with you!

A couple of things to note regarding these photographs: This model was updated for the 1994 theatrical film Star Trek: Generations with new paint, detail changes, upper rear nacelle greebles, and lifeboat decals – therefore it is a bit different from what was seen in the television series. Also, flash photography was prohibited at Skirball, so I needed to shoot everything handheld. Therefore, I apologize for any blurriness that these photos might have. I hope they are still enjoyable and thanks for visiting!

Go to my Dropbox photos of the Six-Foot Enterprise D!

The following are just a few examples of the photographs I took that day:

Go to my Dropbox photos of the Six-Foot Enterprise D!

Special Issue #3

Throughout the subscription build of their 1:900 scale U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D model, Eaglemoss offers various ‘Special Issues’. An opt-out email is typically sent in advance, but these specials are automatically sent and are billed in addition to the monthly subscription if no action is taken. If you do not wish to receive them, you must notify Eaglemoss in advance via phone at (800) 261-6898 or via email at customerservice@eaglemoss.com.

The first of these Special Issues was the Enterprise Shuttles – Set 1, and the second was the Limited Edition Print. However, for our third Special Issue, we are back to shuttlecraft with this Enterprise Shuttles – Set 2! Here, we have another boxed set containing two more large-scale replica models of shuttlecraft as seen in the Star Trek: The Next Generation universe. Each shuttlecraft model is about 5″ long (12.7 cm) and includes:

  • A display stand with the shuttlecraft name on the bottom (basic assembly required – it just snaps together).
  • A 5.75 x 7.25″ (145 x 185 mm) magazine containing information about the shuttlecraft, plan views, a two-page Okudagram schematic, the episodes that shuttlecraft was shown in, and how it was designed.
  • A 4.74 x 3.125″ (120 x 80 mm) transparent plastic Okudagram of the shuttle’s ‘Master Systems Display’ schematic with two small black supports to hold it upright.

Type 6 Shuttlepod – Hawking

“The Starfleet Type 6 shuttlecraft, which was in operation in the late 24th century, was a large Galileo-type shuttle. Towards the end of its operational life in 2371, the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D’s complement of shuttlecraft included a Type 6 with the name Hawking.”

This shuttle has four little holes in the bottom that the pins of the display stand fit into. Unlike the others, this feels quite secure:

As before, I cut a piece of white printer paper to the same shape as the plastic Okudagram card and placed it behind it. It is not a huge difference, but it does make it a bit easier to read:

Captain’s Yacht – Calypso

“The captain’s yacht of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D was located at the center of the ventral hull of the primary saucer. Named Calypso for the ship of 20th century oceanographic researcher Jacques Cousteau (1910-97), this vessel was a multi-function sub-warp craft.”

The Captain’s Yacht was never seen on screen, but you may recognize the oval and circle shapes on the bottom of it from the center of the lower saucer. This model includes the extended landing gear already extended allowing us another way to display it:

In the same way, I placed a piece of white printer paper behind this Okudagram as well:

Thoughts


Like the previous set, these shuttles cost $60 USD including shipping, but are actually quite detailed. I absolutely love the details on the Calypso, including the hull aztecing pattern, transporter pads, thruster pods, sensor ring, and other markings. To be honest, these Shuttle Sets are some of the best Special Issues I have received with any partwork subscription! The next set of shuttles should include the Type 7 and the Type 9A cargo versions.

Special Issue #2

Throughout the subscription build of their 1:900 scale U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D model, Eaglemoss offers various ‘Special Issues’. An opt-out email is typically sent in advance, but these specials are automatically sent and are billed in addition to the monthly subscription if no action is taken. If you do not wish to receive them, you must notify Eaglemoss in advance via phone at (800) 261-6898 or via email at customerservice@eaglemoss.com.

My first Special Issue was the Enterprise Shuttles – Set 1. The second special I was offered is this Limited Edition Print. Eaglemoss brands it as an ‘amazing print which captures the flagship Galaxy-class vessel commanded by Captain Jean-Luc Picard is exclusive to our collectors‘. The details about this artwork is as follows:

  • The print is 11.8″ x 15.7″ (300mm by 400mm) which includes a protective border of 2″ x 2.7″ (52mm by 69mm), printed on 310gsm Hahnemuhle German Etching
  • All come with a biography of the artist William Budge the VFX Art Director on STAR TREK: DISCOVERY who has also art directed the Netflix show ‘Thirteen Reasons Why’

Thoughts


This print costs $44.95 including shipping. While the artwork looks very nice, for me it is too small for the money. Because of the ‘protective border’ the actual color printed area is only 9.8″ x 13″ (248mm x 331mm). Therefore, I called Eaglemoss and opted out of this Special Issue.

Stages 51+ Delayed

Well, I hit a roadblock as Stage 52 is out of stock. This was mentioned on November 18, 2021 by Eaglemoss Customer Service USA on Facebook, so I knew it was coming:

Good morning,
I wanted to provide a stock update on this collection and explain why some customers are “held” on shipments currently.
There is no stock available for the following stages as of this morning:
20
26
52
If you next shipment includes one of the above stages than I am sorry to say that we will not be able to dispatch until the stock is available.
Looking for the silver lining – stage 20 is due into port today, stage 26 should be in-bound to the warehouse and stage 52 will be booked in as available stock soon.
Once these stages are in the system, your shipments will resume as normal. If you are not waiting on the above stages and have not received a parcel for some time this may be due to a “free bonus” item being out of stock.
USA subscriptions are set up differently from the EU/UK and any “free bonus” items are locked into the cycle, this means the service team are not able to skip if out of stock.
I arranged for the introduction of an IOU notice as a trail run, this has now been adopted for most of our subscriptions. If any “free bonus” item is out of stock an IOU will be included and once that item is available, it will be included in your next parcel.
The highest stage we have in stock now is stage 58 with stages 59 to 70 due to reach US soil between now to the 5th of Dec.
We advise that there is at least a minimum of 14-day difference from port to warehouse and once on site the stock will be booked into our system.
I hope the above helps to explain the current situation for this build
Kind regards,
Brett
N.B. any dates provided are subject to change

UPDATE January 3, 2022: I checked again today and Stage 52 is still out of stock.


UPDATE February 3, 2022: I checked again today and Stage 52 is still out of stock.


UPDATE February 14, 2022: Today, Eaglemoss Customer Service USA on Facebook posted this update. I’m still waiting on Stages 51-54:

Good afternoon,
Today I am focusing on the status of the Enterprise build stock levels
There is no stock available for the following stages as of this morning:
stages 19/20/26 or 51
(Please keep in mind that stock levels change throughout the day)
If you next shipment includes any of the above stages/mags than I am sorry to say that we will not be able to dispatch until the stock is available.
Currently inbound we have the following stages:
20/26/39/52/59/61
Once I have an ETA on when we can expect them to reach US soil I will update this post.
Once these stages are in the system, your shipments will resume as normal. If you are not waiting on the above stages and have not received a parcel for some time this may be due to a “free” item being out of stock.
We advise that there is at least a minimum of 14-day difference from port to warehouse and once on site the stock will be booked into our system.
Kind regards,
Brett
N.B. any dates provided are subject to change

UPDATE February 25, 2022: I have finally received a shipping notification for Stages 51-54 + the Display Stand!

Stages 43+ Delayed

Due to the numerous ongoing delays in global shipping as a result of the pandemic, Eaglemoss does not have any stock of Stage 45 of our 1:900 scale U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D partwork model. Or, at least that is what I am being told. Either way, our build is delayed again.

I have seen other builders over in the UK have received up through Stage 58, so at least I know what is coming up. We will finish the top of the saucer hull and most of the port warp nacelle by the end of Issue 15. We can also look forward to starting on the lower skeleton of the saucer.

In the meantime, I am going to play around with some lighting ideas for the warp nacelles and see what I can come up with. More soon…


UPDATE November 17, 2021: I received a shipping notification that Stages 43-46 are on the way!


UPDATE November 18, 2021: On Facebook, Eaglemoss Collections Customer Service USA posted this update today with more info:

Good morning,
I wanted to provide a stock update on this collection and explain why some customers are “held” on shipments currently.
There is no stock available for the following stages as of this morning:
20
26
52
If you next shipment includes one of the above stages than I am sorry to say that we will not be able to dispatch until the stock is available.
Looking for the silver lining – stage 20 is due into port today, stage 26 should be in-bound to the warehouse and stage 52 will be booked in as available stock soon.
Once these stages are in the system, your shipments will resume as normal. If you are not waiting on the above stages and have not received a parcel for some time this may be due to a “free bonus” item being out of stock.
USA subscriptions are set up differently from the EU/UK and any “free bonus” items are locked into the cycle, this means the service team are not able to skip if out of stock.
I arranged for the introduction of an IOU notice as a trail run, this has now been adopted for most of our subscriptions. If any “free bonus” item is out of stock an IOU will be included and once that item is available, it will be included in your next parcel.
The highest stage we have in stock now is stage 58 with stages 59 to 70 due to reach US soil between now to the 5th of Dec.
We advise that there is at least a minimum of 14-day difference from port to warehouse and once on site the stock will be booked into our system.
I hope the above helps to explain the current situation for this build
Kind regards,
Brett
N.B. any dates provided are subject to change

UPDATE November 23, 2021: I have just received Stages 43-46 and also learned that Stages 47-50 are on the way!