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Old October 1 2014, 08:41 PM   #1
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USS Excelsior Study Model (Named USS Xavier)

During the making of the Star Trek III movie, the production designers built several study models of the USS Excelsior to show to the director, Leonard Nimoy. He chose a design that we are now familiar with. This model based on one of the study models that was not chosen. There is only one picture of this particular concept (shown with the model) and I have made several modifications. Firstly, I have completely redesigned the secondary hull into a more squared of version of the Excelsior type. Secondly, I have made the warp engines the same basic shape, but I have added grilles that are intended to look like an step in between those of the Enterprise refit and the Oberth class. Thirdly, I have thickened the pylons into sturdier versions and added impulse engines to the rear and the neck sections. I have also added several hull details seen on the final Excelsior model, such as the RCS thrusters and ventral saucer sensor dome. I have also added several phaser turrets strategically around the vessel and forward and aft torpedo tubes to provide an effective arc of fire. The registry comes from the 'Excelsior Technical Manual - Revived!' written by Praetor on the TrekBBS chat boards. As he writes:

"The initial design, SV-20A, completed in 2268, was quite unconventional in design. It featured a saucer-shaped primary hull in line with a flattened, stepped engineering section. A horizontal “wing” supported four twin warp nacelles, two mounted above and two mounted below each at the end of the wing. Warp power would have been provided by a horizontal intermix chamber. Impulse engines were mounted aft, between warp nacelle pylons. The warp nacelles looked radically unique but were nearly the same size as those that would be installed aboard the refit Enterprise. The ship also featured an unconventional navigation deflector “pod” mounted on the ventral side of the engineering hull."
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Old October 1 2014, 09:32 PM   #2
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Btw, this is the picture that I used to create the model from:

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Old October 1 2014, 10:52 PM   #3
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Re: USS Excelsior Study Model (Named USS Xavier)

Neat! A possible design predecessor to the Stargazer.
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Old October 1 2014, 11:10 PM   #4
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Neat! A possible design predecessor to the Stargazer.
Yeah, actually I think Praetor mentioned that that was indeed the case in his ''Excelsior Technical Manual - Revived!" thread on here. Do read it btw, it's very good!
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Old October 2 2014, 12:48 AM   #5
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Impressive design and I love how you worked out the bugs in it. Truly a unique design and I am glad that you brought it to life.
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Old October 2 2014, 01:00 AM   #6
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Impressive design and I love how you worked out the bugs in it. Truly a unique design and I am glad that you brought it to life.
Thank you so much, that's very kind of you to say! I'm working on some more views of her, but it's been a really fun project to work on.
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Old October 2 2014, 02:38 AM   #7
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Very good looking design there
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Old October 2 2014, 03:32 AM   #8
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Thanks Kaiser! Good to hear from you mate.
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Old October 2 2014, 03:48 PM   #10
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Nice work! Definitely would like to see more views of it.
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Old October 2 2014, 05:55 PM   #11
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Thanks B.J. More to come, promise. Just waiting for this darn pooter to finish rendering. It'll be days at this rate!
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Old October 4 2014, 06:56 AM   #12
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I would love to see this as Stargazer in the new continuity.
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Old October 4 2014, 08:43 PM   #13
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Neat! A possible design predecessor to the Stargazer.
At first, I thought it could be a possible attempt at a more advanced design using the same configuration.
After all, the Constellation class hardly looks as advanced as the Excelsior class.
The Constellation even has a lower registry number (NX/NCC-1974), though the a registry number can't always accurately place a design's contemporariness, especially the 4-digit ones (after all, the Larson, Loknar, and Federation classes. to name a few, have higher registries than the Excelsior class, but were launched far earlier.

But on Memory Alpha, the Constellation herself was mentioned as undergoing field trials in 2293, and still considered experimental, carrying an NX suffix, so she could be a much cheaper class using the same configuration.

The unusual registry of the Xavier suggests to me that she was probably just a testbed for new technologies, and I doubt that she was ever commissioned, let alone used in battle. If she wasn't donated to one of Starfleet's Museums throughout the Federation (which I think she could have been), she probably continued to test new technology until she was eventually scrapped (or destroyed in an accident, whatever happens first).
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Old October 5 2014, 01:10 AM   #14
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The look of that study model always makes me suspect the intention was to have "variable geometry" nacelles, where the nacelles would slide to different distances from the centerline.
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Very interesting. Nice work.
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