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A long journey by davemetlesits A long journey by davemetlesits
The good old USS Excelsior, still in service, escorts the Enterprise-E...

Enterprise-E by Paul Trenkler
Excelsior by :iconabriell:
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omegasigma Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
my only surmise is, no new excelsior class ships were made since they're time, but they still remain in service, cause its cheaper to refit the ship I imagine then to rebuild from scratch, not to mention in games such as star trek online, the excelsior is classified as an advanced heavy cruiser, even though the sovereign class is an assault cruiser, they still hold their own in that game.
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:iconnight-miner:
Night-Miner Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009
Excelsior, and her sisters, was a wonderful design: Elegant Sleek and Powerful.

Basically she, with a few refit Constitution elements, seems like an older sister (at the very least spiritually) to the Sovereign class, cause no other federation classes til the Sovereign following her had a sleek look to them.
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redfredrick Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
maybe that's why I instantly fell in love with the soverign when I saw it I felt the same way to those fans that first say the Excelsior back in the 80s
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davemetlesits Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009
Yes, the Excelsior is one pretty lady.
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:iconnight-miner:
Night-Miner Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009
Yes indeed :)

'Bulkier' then the Refits, but not in an unpleasant or squashed way (the Ambassador and Galaxy classes).
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davemetlesits Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009
I always looked upon the Excelsior as a curvy lady :D
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Night-Miner Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009
lol
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Pyre-Vulpimorph Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008
It puzzles me why Starfleet keeps the aging Excelsiors around. By this point the Excelsior-class must be, what, 120 years old? Yet they still compose 15% of Starfleet vessels. Same thing with the Mirandas.

I like Ambassadors much better, and they're 50 years younger. :D
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davemetlesits Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008
The Excelsior was even a more successful design than the Constitution. Why should they scrap it and design a whole new class of starship for the job the Excelsiors do perfectly?
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Pyre-Vulpimorph Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008
I dunno....progress. I'm just an Ambassador-class fanboy, I guess.

But the REAL reasons Ambassadors are so rare on-screen are because:

1) the Ambassador class was not fully conceived until "Yesterday's Enterprise"

2) sometime after "Yesterday's Enterprise", some klutz dropped the model for the Enterprise-C and irreparably ruined it.

Oh well, that's what fanart and fanfics are for! Your renders are is always stunning.
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