USS Rhode Island

You may think you’ve seen this ship already early on in the collection. That was the USS Equinox, the Nova class Starfleet vessel way back in issue 15. The USS Rhode Island is a refitted Nova class, very similar to the Equinox with only a few minor changes. It is different enough that the models have certainly not been cast from the same die. The Rhode Island appeared at the very end of Voyager in the two part concluding episode captained by the future Captain Harry Kim. We don’t see it that much, but more than most other ships that are popping up in the collection recently.

Let’s start by comparing the Rhode Island to the Equinox. Both have a very similar design and a lot of the details and layout are the same but there are plenty of large and trivial differences. The most noticeable difference is the Rhode Island’s white hull compared to the Equinox’s blander grey. Neither have any aztecting but that’s fine as there is plenty of other detail. The main structural difference is the Rhode Island’s arrow headed prow, whilst the Equinox has a cut out section with a large secondary deflector. Other subtler differences is the Rhode Island’s slighter thinner and fin-less nacelles and both have a different bridge design on the top of the saucer section. Underneath there is less difference, just a bit less panelling on the Rhode Island.

The construction differs more considerably. Both are the same size and use metal for the upper half of the saucer, but the Rhode Island is lighter as more of its underside is plastic whilst the Equinox also has metal nacelle struts. The underside of the Rhode Island is improved as the saucer underside and engineering hull are one piece with a seperate piece for the well defined and painted deflector. Also there is more use of transparent plastic as the ramscoops are now red translucent plastic. The blue grills do lack the corrugated effect though. Both are great models of a pretty cool design and I’m pretty happy to have two Nova class ships in the collection. I like aspects of both ships so it is a hard call to say which I prefer.

The model is very detailed both in terms of panelling, painting and lettering. There is so much to see here with all the Starfleet hallmarks on display. Even the underside is very good with the outline of the neat little aeroshuttle. The design is first class with a suitably ‘modern’ arrowhead shaped saucer, swept back nacelle struts and slimline Enterprise-E style nacelles. I’m really happy to see another excellent Federation ship following the great USS Kyushu. I think we can agree Eaglemoss are generally pretty good at Starfleet ships if a bit wobbly on other races, though I’m keen to hear what our learned commenters think?

  • Detailing: 5/5 – Superb level of detail
  • Construction: 5/5 – Some improvements over the Equinox – more translucents, but less metal
  • Ship design: 5/5 – The Nova class is sleek yet classic
  • Overall: 5/5 – A really lovely well considered model

4 thoughts on “USS Rhode Island

  1. This ship is great! I wanted it as soon as I saw it as a future release. I ordered mine from the UK and it came without any defects. I have been seeing from others that the nacelles have arrived crooked or bent. I seem to be blessed because most of the ones I get are as they should be. I love the designs and details. I put the Equinox and Rhode Island together last night and there are differences as you have noted, but I love them both.

  2. Still waiting for eaglemoss to have it to order on the webshop. My Equinox has a bent nacelle so hoping for a good Rhode Island when I finally get one.

  3. Got it and it is a nice looking model . I think I prefer it to the Equinox.

    It is just a shame my one has paint chips and a misaligned warp core. EM won’t replace it until I send this one back. It is not something I want to do as I may end up with a worse one. Got the same problem with the Trainer ship.

  4. Finally got mine today; now I have the final five ships I’ve ordered. As I’ve cancelled the credit card EM has on file, I doubt I’ll be getting any more. But anyway…

    It is indeed a nice little ship. I don’t remember too much about the Equinox, but it does look a lot like it. As noted, Starfleet ships tend to be very detailed, while alien ships consistently seem to lack serial numbers or other marks. This is obviously not a fault of EM, however. I think the joins are somewhat obvious, and I was struck by how light the model felt when I took it out of the box. Still, it is pretty well executed for the most part. The magazine tended to wander off, discussing the Unimatrix set design (which didn’t even feature this ship). But I suppose there wasn’t much to say about the Rhode Island.

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