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Sunday, December 26, 2010

Aries




Here are some images of my kit bash of the 1/1000 scale Hermes/Monoceros sub type U.S.S. Aries N.C.C. 602. Built from the Polar Lights 1/1000 scale TOS U.S.S. Enterprise kit.
From Memory Beta"
The Hermes-class was a type of Federation starship in service in the 23rd century, and is classified as a scout ship. (ST reference: Star Fleet Technical Manual)

Built on the Saladin-class hull, the Hermes-class was designed to be the electronic eyes and ears of the fleet, using its long-range sensors and scanners to search much farther than other ships could.

The large number of special sensors made this ship particularly effective on scientific missions, though these came at the cost of no torpedo armament and a reduced phaser suite.

(From the instruction manual for the video game Starfleet Command, itself taken from the original Star Fleet Battles source material).

These ships were eventually replaced by the more specialized Oberth-class science vessels for survey missions, and superceeded on long-range mapping cruises by more modern sensor technology embarked on standard starships.

Existing ships of the class were uprated beginning in 2271 to make use of new technology and capabilities that were developed for the uprated Constitution-class. This greatly increased the performance longevity of the class, carrying them into the 2300's.

The class was retired in the early part of the 24th century, but a handful of the vessels were uprated once again to face the threats of the Dominion and Borg in 2373 in a desperate move by the Federation to field numbers against the twin threats.

5 comments:

Pat Tillett said...

Another one! You have some great skills Warren!

Warren Zoell said...

Thanks Pat

William said...

Nice clean model; it takes me right back to the days of the Technical Manual, before Aztec paint schemes and all of that! Bravo.

I've always wanted to kitbash all the ships in the Technical Manual, especially the dreadnought, and maybe now that all the hubbub is dying down, I can get back to the workbench and give such matters the thought they deserve.

Warren Zoell said...

Thanks William - Actually I built this based on the Technical Manual. I have a 1st edition.
The Dreadnought would be a little tricky especially the secondary hull.
As for the Aztec patterns they have been incorporating on the old TOS space craft nowadays I feel is sacrilege! Sacrilage I tells ya!!
If the new 1/350 scale TOS Enterprise is released next year with Aztecing I vow I will not use them as the originals never had them.

William said...

My Technical Manual is getting a little crispy and I try not to mess with it any more - but it's so much more interesting to me than the TNG version of the Technical Manual.

I'm with you on your vow - Aztec on a TOS ship is just... WRONG. I like the clean, unadorned lines of the old ships and see no reason to gussy them up.

The dreadnought secondary hull would be hard. It looks like lathe work to me, and since I don't have one, I'm SOL...