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Old July 21 2012, 08:30 PM   #1
USS Copernicus, NCC-640 or 623?

Oookay... Apparently, the Blu-Ray reworking of "The Naked Now" gives us a new registry number for the Oberth class model seen on screen there, one matching the five-digit number seen on said ship's dedication plaque. That is, the earlier three-digit number is now gone (from all but one overlooked scene).

However, it came as a surprise to me that the old pennant on the physical model, supposedly a remnant from its appearance as USS Copernicus at spacedock in ST4:TVH, is not "NCC-623" as the Encyclopedia would have us believe, but "NCC-640".

The TrekCore screencaps from ST4, fuzzy as they are, seem to show a number more resembling "623" than "640" IMHO... Was the model reworked for some reason between ST4 and the TNG appearance? Was it perhaps given a new name as well? Did the VFX people turn the model into "USS Tsiolkovski NCC-640" when the prop people used that name but for some reason chose a different number?

Or has everybody been seeing things all the time and "623" never existed?

Have a look at the ST4 'caps, offer theories, whip out a surprise card...

Timo Saloniemi
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