|Posted: 02 June 2010 at 4:19pm | IP Logged | 3
Been working on my 1/1000 1701-A. Hopefully, Round2 will offer those supplemental decals soon to cover some of the more subtle differences between the Refit and A.
I'm also really kinda liking the idea of Round2 reissuing the 1/1000 Ertl Excelsior--hopefully with improved tooling and decals.
That kit (which I built--poorly--when I was a kid) has a whole bunch of problems, and accurizing it is a mjor undertaking for any dedicated modeler. There are some aftermarket parts and decals out there for it, though.
I have a certain fondness for the Excelsior, you see. Before everyone jumps on me, allow me to explain--
I'm talking about the STAR TREK III Excelsior, the one designed as a joke. The ship was intended (within the story) to be Bigger! and Better! than good old Enterprise, but the reaction from our heroes (and many fans) was, "That's the future? No, thanks."
As a ridiculously oversized, overdetailed, Japanese-inspired (which is how ILM designer/modelmaker Bill George has desciribed it) "replacement" for the Enterprise, the design is great! And, after all the hype and buildup, the ship is ineffectual at capturing the battered, trusty Enterprise, thanks to Scotty's sabotage.
Of course, some (apparently even Harve Bennett) thought that our heroes would be given Excelsior in future films, or an Excelsior-class ship named Enterprise. Thankfully, that didn't happen.
However, TNG did establish that the Excelsior-class design was still in service nearly a century later, with nary a Constitution-class in sight. I'd chalk that up to time and budget issues. And an Excelsior-class Enterprise-B appeared in the conference room of 1701-D, a notion which was later confirmed in GENERATIONS (In a rather shocking turnaround, the design was now admired by Scotty--perhaps only because the name Enterprise graced its hull?).
Later on, due to the plot of STAR TREK VI including Sulu's Captaincy, he needed a ship. I personally think that Excelsior was chosen for budget and time reasons, and so the design was fully "legitimized" with that film.
And, pretty much since then, the Excelsior design has been embraced by a good many fans, despite having been intended as, well, a JOKE.
Anyhoo, I think I'd enjoy modeling the jokey NX-2000 version for ST III in the same scale as my 1/1000 ships, to provide a nice design contrast, and for the challenge.
Edited by Greg Kirkman on 02 June 2010 at 6:37pm