USS Noctule (NX-1971)
1:2500 AMT Kitbash
The ship name comes from the Greater Noctule Bat of Europe, West Asia, and North Africa. The ship classification name comes from the order classification of a bat.
Although the ship has a Starfleet registry, it is in fact a privately owned vessel that is supposed to do the occasional covert mission for Starfleet.
After the destruction of the USS Dougherty (NCC-7448) [Constitution Class Refit], Admiral Dougherty retired from Starfleet and dedicated his time to running his family business, the Triple “D” Shipbuilding Company. However, Starfleet kept bringing him back for special missions. He began to formulate a plan to disappear and retire for good. However, he needed to wait for the right time, and the right parts to build a ship to assist with this plan.
After the IKS Gre'thor incident, Admiral Dougherty felt guilty as he had helped in building and designing that ship. Without saying a word to anyone, he packed his bags and set off in his new ship.
Real Universe Notes:
After seeing Robert DeVoe' ISS Relient build on the Star Trek Modelers Group, and checking with him, I decided to try to make a similar ship.
I've been wanting to build some sort of covert operations ship for quite some time. I also wanted to design her to be capable of planetary landings, hence the struts off the bottom of the ship.
Initially I was going to use 1:2500 nacelles from a Klingon ship, but they just seemed too small. I remembered having a slightly larger ship in a parts box so Iuse those nacelles with the idea that they were taken from a C-8 dreadnought and re-purposed for this ship.
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