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    USS Lilith - Post Refit-Excelsior era starship

    Hi,

    It's been several years since I've done anything trek or posted here but now I have some free time off work and I've decided to build something I've always wanted.

    The last we see of brand new movie era technology starships is the launch of the Refit-Excelsior class "Enterprise-B" in "Generations" and then we skip ahead (chronologically) to the TNG era where we see a lot of different TNG designs and in a few occasions we get a glimpse at past ships that were in between, like the Soyuz class or the Constellation class.
    Now we know that the Ambassador class is the direct successor of the Refit-Excelsior and suppose to bridge the gap between the "Enterprise-B" and the "Enterprise-D" but the gap between the launch of the "Enterprise-B" and the "Enterprise-C" is nearly 50 years.
    A lot can happen in 50 years and I want to explore that time period of technological development and try make a ship that would fit closely in between but closer in time to the movie era styling.
    My goal is to take familiar parts from movie era starships and upgrade them to look a bit closer to TNG aesthetics but without loosing that movie era mechanical feel.

    I don't have a finished concept in my head so I'll be just making this as I go along so if you have any suggestions or ideas I would love to hear them, though I can't guarantee taking all of the advises you give.
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    Nice work so far.
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    With the nacelles I want to keep them mostly similar to the Refit-Excelsior but shorter (due to the smaller mass of the ship).
    The Refit-Excelsior was the first to show bussard collectors with movie era nacelles but they were blue and barely noticeable.
    To move that design further in time I made the bussards orangy/red and made blue grills that cover the warp coils underneath.
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    Some more details on the nacelles...
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    With the deflector I decided to make the housing similar (but not the same) as the Constitution class and the dish itself like the original Excelsior.
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    Interesting choice of era- will be good to see how you interpret this.

    Really like the concept, and I'm already a big fan of your "evolution" of the Excelsior-class nacelle design. It has a "purposeful" look to it that recalls TMP-era design really nicely.

    If I was going to call out one element that currently doesn't (to my eye) sit well, it would be your implementation of the secondary hull. Given the "integrated" nature of the rest of the design, the secondary hull looks a little "stuck on", hanging off the bottom as it does. It also looks like backyard step from the blended style started with the Excelsior and then carried forward to the Galaxy, Sovereign and Akira classes. I think I expected to see something a little more "integrated"- that said, there could be a good explanation for why the secondary hull is set apart from the main structure, and I just don't know it.

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    I really like this design, and the detail work so far is looking great. Those nacelles are really nice. Great job on everything, I'm looking forward to seeing more.

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    Thanks for the comments.
    As for keeping the secondary hull apart - well, I wanted to retain the Constitution class appearance a bit but now that you mention it I have another idea and I will try it out soon.
    For now, impulse drive is online!
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    Great work on the impulse engines.

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    Welcome back Don´t Shoot!
    Interesting ship!

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