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.

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