Star Trek Starships: Issue 8 – U.S.S. Excelsior

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.

ex_top

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.

ex_side

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.

excelsior_underside

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.

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One thought on “Star Trek Starships: Issue 8 – U.S.S. Excelsior

  1. I agree that it’s well done and all, but it’s also not one of my favs, either. Plus, because the nacelles are so long, the model is much smaller than any of the other ships so far. It’s really dinky. If the saucer section had been comparable to the NX-01 or even the refit 1701, I would have enjoyed it a lot more.

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