U.S.S. Columbia - NCC-621

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Hello all. This is my finished model of the U.S.S. Columbia scout ship. I made this using parts from Makino's Enterprise. I repainted the registries in Adobe Illustrator.

Columbia, along with U.S.S. Revere, was mentioned near the beginning of Star Trek: TMP. They are described as scout ships on patrol near station Epsilon 9. These ships are also listed in the Starfleet Technical Manual by Franz Joseph. This is what I believe her refit configuration would be.
 

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This looks FANTASTIC!!!
You did a GREAT JOB on this project!
Are you going to make a template kit for it?
 

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Looks great. Love the simplicity of the design & wished they would get some air time. But alas only briefly mentioned. Thanks for sharing.
 

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Thanks @Rhaven Blaack : I can put one together. I kind of Franken-built this so some parts I made just by cutting things freehand. It'd take a little work. I'll post something if I can get Makino's permission. Got your reply on PM about that so I'll give it a try when I can.

@Revell-Fan : The scale is around 1:1300 scale so it's in scale with my other Trek models (mostly Rawen models printed at 90% to fit on 8.5"x11" card). It's right around 20cm long. To get that scale I print Makino's parts at 76%. The nice thing is Makino's model is vector art so you could scale it to any size, you'd just have to figure out how to hold it together.
 

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I mistakenly thought I'd posted pics of my Revere model. So, I'm adding them here for comparison. No real difference in the models except I mounted the dorsal a little farther back on the engine. Revere was actually built before Columbia.

Wouldn't it have been cool to see these two at the start of ST:TMP in some form? Even if it was just a far-off shot.
 

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This one looks just as FANTASTIC as the Columbia!
It would be GREAT to see an entire series of ships from the ST:TMP era.
 

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I agree with maverick65, these kind of scouts should be in some fan movies or even in the next nu-star trek movie. they look efficient and very star trekkish. they remind me of some kind of stripped down version special mission orientated ship. very cool. great job.
 

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uh oh.....you got me thinking!! I think that star fleet would really have a need for these scout in that era, patrol, emergency response and supply, the stuff you don't pull a full sized starship off its route for...so I re-imagined this. I hope you like it or can modify the idea into something you like. a green tractor in back for tugging. nav deflector over the nacelle in front. over sized impulse engine, and sensors and forward torpedo launders top and bottom center saucer.oFederation_USS_Monoceros_Scout.gif
 

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@spaceagent-9 This render looks REALLY GOOD!
I would like to see this built. I think that it would make for a GREAT model.
It is a rather interesting concept. With the added Photon Torpedo launchers, it looks more like a destroyer than a scout.
 

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my thanks to sidewinder 81777 for letting me bash his kit for this
 
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Neat idea @spaceagent-9. These are definitely ships that would be in service in large numbers in the Star Trek world. I also agree with @Rhaven Blaack that this bash falls into the Destroyer category due to it's heavy armament. When I think "scout" I think low firepower, high speed and heavy sensors. I want to make some more TMP ships like this down the line.

And, you can see a little of the TOS vesions of these ships in some of the fancier fan films, especially Star Trek: Phase II. They've slipped several ships from the Tech Manual into the background.