The Excelsior makes only occasional appearances in the Kirk era movies, but it’s instantly recognisable to many. It has a small saucer section, very long nacelles and a comparatively large engineering hull.
From above the vessel appears crude and ungainly. The top of the engineering hull is flat with a boat-like shape and nacelles sticking out from a hump. Looking at it from the front or side its a bit more attractive and streamlined.
The model is of considerably better quality than the other federation ship of same age, the Enterprise NCC-1701 TMP. There are no obvious joins or glue marks that I could see. The nacelles are mostly the same transparent blue which gives it a great effect. The end of the nacelles have fins that look like a manufacturing defect, but is in fact the actual vessel design.
The Excelsior is a nice piece of nostalgia and a definite must for any decent Star Trek model line up. It’s not one of my favourite ships though so I’m only going to award it four badges out of five.