The Thunderchild began as a simply kitbash project after i first saw the Centaur class from the Deep Space Nine Episode "A time to stand". I wanted to do a similar ship but with my own fingerprint so i gave her a double weapons tower. In first the model was a pure kitbash from a friends Excelsior class, but bit by bit i change parts with my own model abilities i gain over the years, so its now a 100 percent different ship.
The Thunderchild class was developed in 2325 as a fast strike cruiser, a heavier variant of the Centaur class scout cruiser. It served alongside heavier classes like the Ambassador or Niagara classes and was mostly a welcome support ship.
The ship can act as an alpha strike cruiser made for quick accomplishment
s in battles. She's fast, agile and strong but not very enduring in long battles. If she had shot her alpha strike pulver, she is an easy target. Thats why the class was never produced at mass like the alltime work horses, the Excelsior and Miranda units.
In the time between 2325 and 2340 twelve units were produced. In 2360 all ships were refited and equipped with modern systems. In the same year the prototype USS Thunderchild NCC-26604 was decomissioned and transferred to the Fleet Museum and opened the name for the coming Akira class USS Thunderchild which was in construction during that time.
In the Dominion War half a dozen of these ships were reinstated for active duty.
Built and rendered in 3d Max 10
No Post Work
Model by Thomas Raube (me)