I originally posted this under the topic for the Raven, but I think that it was either glossed over or ignored because it was a later edit to my original post. Anyway, I decided to post it again (slightly edited) as a new topic. Any thoughts?
If you analyze the registry number of the "Curry" (the Excelsior/Constitution kitbash from DS9), you might find something surprising. The Curry's rego is NCC-45617. The two conjectural classes with the closest regos are the Rennaissance (45XXX) and the Mediterranean (43XXX). This is also within the realm of many Excelsiors having a 42XXX registry. The design doesn't really match the description of the Rennaissance class Aries in "The Icarus Factor", that of a small scout ship. However, it does match the description of the Mediterranean class Lalo, which was a Federation/Starfleet freighter. It does look like a freighter-like version of the Excelsior. This could also mean that, going by similar Excelsior-family designs and the Aries description, the Centaur could be of the Rennaissance class (according to what was seen in the episode it was in, the ship was only slightly larger than the Jem'Hadar fighter). Timo's statement about classes tending not to differ too much within 10000 regos also bears this out. But again, of course, this is just my opinion. I'm just going by screen and official source evidence here, but I would rather have Bernd's ASDB designs for those classes.
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Interestingly I was just checking the possibility if the Oberth could have been converted to a freighter (Colin pointed out an according quote in "A Fistful of Datas" to me) - when I noticed that the Curry has a very similar hull structure. BTW, I always though the Curry could be some sort of troop transport.
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according to the fact files it does, NCC-42043. given that they seem to have access to some of the more obscure models (like the wolf 359 ships) I'd say this number is genuine, which seems perfect for this theory.
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The name, as someone mentioned above, that has been going around for the class of that Excelsior kitbash is The Shelley Class, presumably named after the author of Frankenstein. Curry could refer to the actor, Tim Curry. But isn't there someone on the production staff named Curry, too?
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Dan(?) Curry is a visual effects supervisor, I think. This specific ship was named for him. The class remains unknown. It's generally referred to as the Shelley class, a name chosen by someone here, I think, to reflect its Frankensteiny patchwork nature. Others say it should be called the Curry class.
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The name and reg number were on the hull, indicating that the ship does belong to an existing class (and not to a "wreck-build" group, as Sternbach proposed in the DS9TM). And it is named for the Curry in the VFX department, and not the actor.
And yes, I coined the name "Shelley" for the author of Frankenstein. I personally will use the name until an official name comes down the pipes. I just think it fits better.
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[This message has been edited by Mark Nguyen (edited December 21, 2000).]
I really think that we need some one to do some high quality scans of that opening scene from "A Time To Stand" there are only the one crappy scans from Pedro's sight on the whole internet! They aren't too good.
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