24th Century and The Next Generation

 

The Galaxy class was the flagship design of the late 24th century. Not much can be said about this massive ship that hasn't been said elsewhere, and better than I could communicate. It seems, however, that these ships may not have enjoyed as prolific a building schedule as the Excelsiors and even the Ambassadors before it. The Galaxy's massive size may have something to do with it, coupled with the admittedly dismal survival record of the Galaxy class ships we know about. The Yamato, the Enterprise D, the Venture, and multiple unnamed ships during the Dominion war all perished, a waste of many lives and a massive investment on the part of the Federation council.

I don't have many pictures of this kit because, to be honest, I never really finished it! What you see here is the best of the photo record. I had plans of rebuilding both this and the "All Good Things..." variant, but with the new rumors of a pending clear model of the big "D" coming out, I've chosen to wait until I see what new modeling goodness comes out of Round 2's modeling vaults.

 

 

The Nebula class is based off of the same design and technologies the Galaxy class uses. Both vessels were built practically concurrently, utilizing warp dynamics lessons learned from the New Orleans class frigates. The Nebula class ships are almost as massive as the Galaxy class, but seem to be more prolific in terms of their building schedule.

This model has seen multiple rebuilds and repaints. I have detailed as much of these old rebuilds on the Bench page. These pictures are all that remain of a model that ultimately got sold to a good friend of mine, who I trust has taken good care of her. I have since picked up a DLM lightable Nebula refit kit, and I'm waiting for the abovementioned Round 2 clear Enterprise D to save me from drilling all those light-forsaken windows out of the main saucer.

   

The Hope class is a throwback design, if you will, to the early spherical hulled Daedalus class cruisers. This particular ship has been designated as a hospital vessel, commanded by Captain Beverly Picard in the early 25th century. These ships were not well armed, and despite their relatively large size, were suited only for scientific and medical missions.

The resin model seen here is the 1/1400 scale offering from Starcrafts. This kit is comprised of three simple pieces, and I'm happy to say that the more robust nature of these warp pylons effectively nixes any possibility of nacelle sag. The kit was painted in Testor's model master Acryls, and decalled with the regular stock decals. The multiple windows in this model are very small and narrow, and therefore extremely difficult to paint.

 

   

The Archer class border cutter is a small cruiser present in the latter half of the 24th century. The ship sports warp engines similar in appearance and function to the engines of the new Intrepid class cruisers, although they lack the refinements of the "variable geometry" pylons in that starship.

This kit is a neat little fan designed model sold by Ravenstar Studios. It is a great kit out of the box, but I felt it was missing....something.... from the overall look. I took the warp pylons and cut along a seam line to fair the pylons out and give the engines a wider stance. Then I added a little photorp assembly in the front cutout of the model. As I looked at my new creation, I decided what the little ship really needed (especially to fulfill its border patrol mission) was a BFG on top. A spare micro-warp engine from the Starcraft's Prometheus kit fit the bill nicely -- it was simply turned around, filed and fooled with, and became a megaphaser cannon atop the little Archer class model. Although Ravenstar no longer sells these, if you see one on Ebay I highly recommend you bid on it. It's a great little model!

 

 

 

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