Here is a story I would like to share on a miniature purchase I had a few years back. When I first started collecting Star Trek ships, I was told that Romando made some excellent 1/7000 miniatures. I did some research on them and decided to purchase one or two just to start out with. So I got on Ebay and started looking to see what I could find. The prices of these ships were through the roof I thought. I couldn't find a Romando ship for under $25. So I thought to myself, this is BS. I looked again and again for a month or so and never found one for cheap....until this- I signed into Ebay one morning and did a search for Romando Star Trek once again. To my suprise, an Ebay member had just listed the whole Romando set for $15. This was not an auction but a "Buy It Now". I thought there was some kind of mistake in the price, and maybe there was on their part. I didn't hesitate in purchasing the lot. I don't think the seller really knew what they had and what price to put on them. I'm assuming they didn't know a thing about Romando 1/7000 ships and how much they were really going for. These were not boxed up in their original packaging, but loose and in great shape. All of them were. I have a feedback score of around 700 transactions on Ebay and to this date, that was my best purchase ever!!!
Another great company that makes highly detailed plastic Star Trek ships is Furuta. It to is a company from Japan. Furuta models are not based on just one size like the Romando series is. My focus on this line is the Enterprise D and Future Enterprise D. They are the only two ships from Furuta that are in the 1/7000 scale range. Not a true 1/7000, but 1/6300. I have managed to mass a whole fleet of these great Enterprise D replicas. On the gaming table, you can hardly tell the size difference between the Romando models and the Furuta ships. Of coarse the Furutas will be a bit larger. Like I stated in the past, Romando models are priced way higher than there Furuta counterparts. Why? I don't know.....availability I guess. Furuta ships are not quite as detailed, but for the cheaper price, who cares!
|1/6300 Furuta Enterprise D|
|1/6300 Future Enterprise D|