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Old April 2 2013, 12:22 AM   #1
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U.S.S. Curry and other ships from DS9

I wasn't sure whether to post this in the DS9 section or here, but since it's about ship models seen (or unseen), I figured this would be the better place.

Anyway, over the years I've had a knack of contacting pervious Star Trek production personnel and finagling pictures out of them of some unseen or rarely-seen starship models. Well, after being in patient email contact with Mr. Dan Curry for several years, I was finally able to get photos from him of the U.S.S. Curry kitbashed model he built for DS9. So I thought I'd share them with all of you. I'm in the process of building a replica of this ship and the other DS9 kitbashes (sans battle damage), so these pics are quite helpful.

















Some things I noticed: The saucer is further back on the secondary hull than was previously believed; there's a little Enterprise-A shuttlecraft top covering the hole where the pylon assembly would have gone; and runabout decals were used on the Reliant pylons. Unfortunately these were the only pics Curry took for me, so I can't see the neck between the saucer and the secondary hull, or what that piece is underneath the secondary hull where the mounting rod is attached. I could tell that the bottom of the shuttlcraft is at the end of the ship on the underside, as I've already started building my model, and that's what it looks like from that angle.

I was also sent some old scanned polaroids of one of the DS9 kitbash rounds, in various stages of completion. Unfortunately, because Curry didn't build any of these models, he knows nothing about them. However, they're quite interesting: The Antares was seen before, and there's what seems to be a standard Excelsior "U.S.S. Excel" (obviously named after the Microsoft spreadsheet program, lol ) And the Trieste looks quite bizarre.















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Old April 2 2013, 01:11 AM   #2
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Wow. The Trieste is indeed very strange looking, and I wonder what it was intended to be. Starfleet bugzapper maybe?
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Old April 2 2013, 01:28 AM   #3
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I think that the USS. Trieste was a early 22 century starship that was refited and brought back into service and given a new registry number.
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Old April 2 2013, 01:41 AM   #4
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Re: U.S.S. Curry and other ships from DS9

Oh geez. Is that seriously what the Trieste was supposed to look like?
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Old April 2 2013, 01:45 AM   #5
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I just recall tthat I've seen a ship that look like the Trieste in The Making of First Contact. But look like a hugh ship compare to the Enterprise.
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Old April 2 2013, 10:41 AM   #6
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Wow, thanks for posting the pics, Dukhat! I especially like the USS Trieste NCC-3724. Some kind of communications control ship, or maybe meant for long-range scanning and imaging? Or are those weapon turrets? Those windows and nacelles suggest a ship far larger than the Miranda-class the model started life as.

I love those old DS9 kitbashes, they remind me of the Federation ships in the old DC comics Trek series I read growing up. It's cool to see such interesting variations in ship design.

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Old April 2 2013, 02:07 PM   #7
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Thanks for sharing the photos Dukhat. If the Curry's saucer is suppose to be the same as the Execlsior's then the nacelles must be super-sized
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Old April 2 2013, 02:48 PM   #8
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The Trieste is certainly an interesting looking ship! But the thing that catches my eye is the non-standard markings. If it weren't for the emblem on the turret-looking thing (which also has a couple of painted windows), I'd guess that this was the bottom of the ship.
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Old April 2 2013, 05:11 PM   #9
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So are we going to have to start a thread called:

Pink Warp Nacelles?



As for the Curry, I always assumed (and still do) that it's some kind of troop transport for Starfleet Marines. The saucer section with nacelles, probably separates from the rest of the ship - the forward section - and leaves it behind as a troop barracks.
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Old April 2 2013, 05:34 PM   #10
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I'd be good with that assumption - when fandom named it the Shelley-class (for Mary Shelley) in the 90s, we thought of that as well.

I'm still curious as to how the saucer is mounted to the secondary hull... must be some custom piecework, but most of the ship uses existing model parts. doesn't look like the standard Excelsior neck, that's for sure - there's barely any clearance for the bottom of the standard Excelsiaucer.

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Old April 2 2013, 05:51 PM   #11
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the standard Excelsiaucer.
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Old April 2 2013, 08:30 PM   #12
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I'm still curious as to how the saucer is mounted to the secondary hull... must be some custom piecework, but most of the ship uses existing model parts. doesn't look like the standard Excelsior neck, that's for sure - there's barely any clearance for the bottom of the standard Excelsiaucer.
To me, it looks like it's more or less attached to the module that an Excelsior classes nacelle pylons usually come out of, maybe with a simple custom extension at the front. It's also off the saucer centerline for some reason.
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Old April 2 2013, 10:58 PM   #13
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<bows>

On further reflection I'm gonna guess that the saucer was simply hot glued to the secondary hull. There are hints of SOMETHING under there (look forward of the shuttlecraft top piece in the aft view polaroid) but more likely it was simple bits to keep it intact for shooting. The builders, knowing the best angles for their design, wouldn't have finished every bit under it if it was not likely to be seen from that angle. They already knew where the mounting rod would be, so there was no way we would get a ventral-up look in the FX shot.

As for why the secondary hull was off-axis, well, it was obviously blown that way due to the two massive explosions in the Excelsiaucer and the secondary hull. Never stopped naval ships from sailing either.

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Old April 2 2013, 11:44 PM   #15
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I have several comics from that DC run. It was the 1980s and all, but I just can't believe they thought they could get away with drawing the Excelsior like that..

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