Previously on this blog I had posted photos of some models from the Star Trek Starships Collection as I received them. Well, I had more or less given up doing that. However the new USS Grissom has arrived and it has prompted me to take a few photos of it.
The USS Grissom was a new starship design in Star Trek III The Search for Spock back in 1984. It was one of a number of new ships designed for that movie along with the USS Excelsior, Spacedock and the Klingon Bird of Prey.
The Grissom was principally a science vessel and we see it early in the movie exploring the new Genesis planet that was created at the end of The Wrath of Khan.
The new model of the ship is impressively large. This series of models has the scale jumping all over the place due to a “fit the box” attitude and the shape of the Grissom allows for the box to be filled quite nicely.
This is in contrast to the USS Excelsior model which is tiny. The Excelsior should be a much bigger ship than the Grissom but the Grissom model dwarfs it. I’ve included a comparison photo of the Grissom along with the Excelsior and the USS Reliant from Star Trek II.
Thankfully the makers of these models have finally come up with stands that can hold the model in place without it falling off. In comparison the stand for the USS Reliant is desperately bad and is unable to hold the ship in place for even a few seconds. It may not look like it in the photo below but my Reliant model is broken from numerous crashes.
On to the photos…