Excelsior Model Kit Options

TheRealMcFly

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I was thiking of building up one of my favorite ships, the Excelsior. I had thought of hunting down a Lunar models kit, but should I just stick with the AMT?

Think we could convince Polar Lights to do one?

What is the best options for a build regarding accuracy?
 

TheRealMcFly

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So no hope of a new excelsior...

I think its the best Trek ship design.

Anyone know where to track down info on the 41" Lunar Models kit? I had heard that it was inaccurate, and the only plus is its size.
 

Studio Stasis

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The 41" lunar kit is sitting on my bed at the moment. I acquired it in 1994 and I have since butchered it to hell, haha. Actually, I have rebuilt so many parts of it but I really need an experienced model builder to help me realize finishing stages of it. I was SO unimpressed with the secondary hull shape that I have since resculpted the entire shape. The problem is its a mess. I havent been able to make it look super smooth and pristine but the shape is SO much more accurate. I am also stuck on the neck portion that attaches to the saucer. I dont know how to get the accurate ribbing effect. I have already rebuilt the neck to be a closer shape to what I see in photos of the studio model. Believe me, the Lunar kit was awful. The neck and secondary hull were so pointed and retarded looking. The secondary hull was shallow and had a HUGE sensor dish opening, totally disproportionate to the studio model. I cant even express how much I love the studio model. I agree with you 100% that it was the best design, ever. The engines are a bit wonky looking as well but this ship needs to have a scratch built done. I have started one but my work is sloppy. I wish I hadnt paid a model builder to help me in the past. This guy Mike took my saucer section and cut out the center plastics to "inset" the resin details that go in the center of the saucer. By doing this he didnt retain the circular shape of the saucer top and he glued it all together, but the wedge he put into the area he cut out wasnt the exact same size and shape. Therefore the ships saucer top does not match up with the saucer bottom on the rim. The idiot kind of ruined that so it has to be cleverly fixed.
When I started this project I hadn't even owned a camera. Since then I havent taken many pics but I do have some REALLY old pics that I took with a disposable of the scale of it next to my AMT that I had. Its amazing how large the kit is. I just wish I had someone to help me either resculpt it or make it nice. Either way it will be a difficult project. I have considered letting mine go, but I dont know if the person who buys it would be pissed that its in such a state of redesign. Its lightyears better than it was though.

Josh
 

TheRealMcFly

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Thanks for the input Josh. I had no idea the Lunar Models kit was that bad. Where did you find your reference photos of the Excelsior?

I'm sorry to hear about your excelsior kit. Sounds like a mess.

If you ever feel your in too deep, I might be interested in joining in the disaster that it has become.

Its a real shame no one has been bale to offer a decent size excelsior kit or a adequate quality.
 

Studio Stasis

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Well, if there is a model builder that is trustworthy I would lend my original parts to finish a kit that we could all have. I just HATE the fact that none of the kits have gotten the secondary hull correct.
If you are game, we should take some time to see if there are any options to making a new model. I think if there was a group for such a thing, it wouldnt be impossible to do. I dont think it would be wise to make it larger than the Lunar kit unfortunately, but it would be awesome to see one to scale with the new Enterprise A. That would be like a five or six foot long excelsior though.
My photo reference is pretty minimal but if you contact me on aim or email I can share everything I have with you. I'll also get some pics of my kit taken.

Josh
 

TheRealMcFly

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Josh,

Perhaps we should start an unofficial exclesior project. I'm very interested.

I wonder how much interest there would be for such a project. If an Excelsior kit was scaled to match then new Refit kits, I think it woudl be too big. Might as well just build it to studio scale considering that model was seven feet.

I'll contact you on aim next time I see you online.

Paul
 

vaderman1701

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Originally posted by incrediPAUL@Jan 23 2006, 02:54 PM
Josh,

Perhaps we should start an unofficial exclesior project. I'm very interested.

I wonder how much interest there would be for such a project. If an Excelsior kit was scaled to match then new Refit kits, I think it woudl be too big. Might as well just build it to studio scale considering that model was seven feet.

I'll contact you on aim next time I see you online.

Paul
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If you go to the Starship Modeler website and goto their discussion boards, there are a few people who are planning on tackling this project. Looking at some of their other works, it will be awesome.

Scott
 

vaderman1701

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BTW,

Keep in mind the the Lunar kit and the Collective kits are not in scale with the Ertl Refit Enterprise. It is actually too big. Actually 1/537 scalle would put it around 34-35 inches.

Scott
 

star-art

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If you go to the Starship Modeler website and goto their discussion boards, there are a few people who are planning on tackling this project. Looking at some of their other works, it will be awesome.
Any links? There's threads all over the place over there. ;)

Keep in mind the the Lunar kit and the Collective kits are not in scale with the Ertl Refit Enterprise. It is actually too big. Actually 1/537 scalle would put it around 34-35 inches.
What is the consensus on the "proper" size of the "real" Excelsior? The only thing I have ever seen was a sketch by one of the ship's designers, Nilo Rodis, which put the Excelsior at 1500 feet long as compared to 1000 feet for the Enterprise, making the Excelsior exactly 50% larger. If I ever get around to building her (planning on it) I will use that size as a reference.
 

Watson

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If I ever get around to building her (planning on it) I will use that size as a reference.
Charles you are such a tease :p Go ahead and pencil me down for one.

Greg
 

TheRealMcFly

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I browsed a few sites for information on the original, and subsequent excelsiors used for filming.

This site was by far the most comprehensive:
http://www.shiporama.org/excelsior.htm

This site also has a few nice reference shots:
http://employees.csbsju.edu/rsorensen/mode...hips/excelsior/

If a fresh larger size Excelsior kit was ever scratchbuilt, it'd be nice to do one up the same size as the Jein model.

On another note, did the Excelsior model cast from the same molds as the Jein model sell? Anyone have a clue?

PS Josh I haven't seen you on IM, but then again I haven't been online all that much lately.
 

Studio Stasis

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Sorry about not being on IMs. I am out of town, in Sacramento and I'm just checking mail and message boards when I get the chance. I'll be home Wednesday and able to get more time online. I have the pics that are on the sites listed so far on this thread. I only saw one of the ship on its side with a person standing in front of it that I didnt have. The others I am familiar with in my archives. I just wanted to point out that the Greg Jein smaller model shown on that first site is not proportioned as close as they claim. I can see with the naked eye that the secondary hull does not match. I can make side by side illustrations if necessary but his overall shape is off quite a bit.

I'd sure like a pro model builder to get this model right.

Josh
 

REL

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The Excelsior is one I plan on making in the near future, it's one of my favorite ships too. I'm not sure what scale yet, to make it in scale with the PL Ent A would be 52".
 

knightdriver2001

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Originally posted by REL@Jan 30 2006, 12:01 PM
The Excelsior is one I plan on making in the near future, it's one of my favorite ships too. I'm not sure what scale yet, to make it in scale with the PL Ent A would be 52".
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52"......... Now theres nothing wrong with that. :D

Bigger makes for more detail. Now if someone would tackle the
Reliant, then we would be good to go. B)
 

REL

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Thank you. I've decided when I make an Excelsior it will be 1/350 scale. 52" or so. Now which version I don't know, I happen to like the NX version over the NCC.

After that I'm sure it wouldn't take much to make a kit to covert it to the Enterprise B.
 

star-art

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I am serious about building one studio-scale eventually. I already made complete patterns for the NX-2000 for my friend Jim Creveling who got as far as building the primary hull in studio scale. Those were based on photos, now I can get it much more accurate so I will be going back and redoing them in CG in the very near future. Plan to do some experiments with CNC machining so it doesn't have to be hand sculpted and can be near perfect.

The challenge is all those viewports. I see only two options for big starship hulls, one being translucent fiberglass and the other vacu-formed clear butyrate. Having to cut out all the viewports is an unacceptable amount of work at least to me and makes it near impossible to get them all done right when viewed close up. The Excelsior has a lot of small windows in the secondary hull. For a model that needs to look good up close, being able to mask off and paint around those windows seems like the best approach?

REL, you are a talented sculptor. I'm sure that if you tackle this it will look awesome. At 1/350 52" sounds about right, just base it off an even 1500 foot length versus 1000 feet for the TMP Enterprise and you should have it. But, with something this big, it's going to be fiberglass, right? Can you do semi-clear castings? And how will that look if you mask off the viewports and paint over them? Or do you plan to cut them all out?
 

REL

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I would make it out of clear fiberglass, actually it's like a frosted clear. I wouldn't cut the windows out but mask over them like the studio's do.

The Enterprise E I'm working on has cnc machined parts too, the impulse engines and probably the pylons as well if I can manage it. The Excelsior would be down on the list though as I have a few more planned right now, namely a large scale Ent D. But it's definitely something I would like to make, but I wouldn't make a ship of something someone else is already doing out of courtesy to another modeler.
 
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