OK, we see the model of the Stargazer in Picard's ready room, and it's yellow... could it be possible that the ship was actually painted yellow!?! OK, yeah, we've seen it in "The Battle" but, Daimon Bok did say they fixed her up. (Side note, I just had deja vu typing this post!)
------------------ "Neil says hi by the way" - Tear In Your Hand, Tori Amos
Well, the photographic model for the Constellation-class starships was never painted yellow by Paramount, that much is certain. It is another matter whether the ship represented by Picard's model was painted yellow once - but this ship is not the Stargazer. It is an unnamed ship with the registry NCC-7100.
The odds are, the yellow color is no more significant than the silvery finish of some Constitution-refit tabletop models seen in TNG, or the coppery surface of the wall-relief ships in the Observation Lounge in early TNG.
It may even be that there never was a ship registered NCC-7100. The model might be a gift from somebody aboard the Stargazer, say, Jack Crusher. And 7100 might be the vidiphone number of a special girl both Jean-Luc and Jack knew at Starbase 63. Or then young Wes Crusher, aged 2½, built the ship for his dad and used an imaginary registry number (no, I don't mean NCC-7100i!).
Why is it such a difficult concept that the model was painted yellow? It's a model, it can look however they want it to. If Picard likes the color yellow, he can have a yellow Constellation in his ready room...
------------------ "Love is a snowmobile racing across the tundra, and then, suddenly, it flips over, pinning you underneath. At night, the ice weasels come." -Matt Groening
No, that's just what we're saying!! He has to hang a wig over it every time a flag-officer visits.
Perhaps it's made of bronze and he stole it from the Starfleet Naval museum giftshop!
And a french gendarme in a wretchedly ugly hat has hunted him for twenty years!
------------------ Ready for the action now, Dangerboy Ready if I'm ready for you, Dangerboy Ready if I want it now, Dangerboy? How dare you, dare you, Dangerboy? How dare you, Dangerboy? I dare you, dare you, Dangerboy...
Ĉon Flux, "Thanatophobia"
[This message has been edited by Nimrod (edited August 11, 2000).]