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Join Date: Jun 2012
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# 34
09-19-2012, 08:54 AM
Just to throw in something else, this is what the Yamaguchi in the Wolf 359 scenes of the DS9 pilot looked like:

it was basically an Ambassador refit with more Galaxy-like features:

-the Nacelles were lowered
-the collectors were more akin to those of the Galaxy
-the deflector was different
-the saucer was moved somewhat

There were also changes to the shuttle bay not visible from this image.

So there must have been enough Ambassadors around to have someone sit down and design an upgrade pattern.
Andthe basic class must have performed well enough to warrant such an upgrade.
Otherwise they'd have just scrapped the entire class instead of refitting it.