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|USS Antares circling Starbase 275 with class sisters|
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The USS Antares (NCC-9844) was a Federation Antares-type starship that was in service with Starfleet in the late 24th century. In 2374, the USS Antares was seen near Starbase 375. (DS9: "Favor the Bold")
The Antares-type starship was, like the Soyuz-class starship, a variant of the Miranda-class starship. This type of starship was equipped with a sensor module connected to the primary hull by a pylon. According to the Star Trek Encyclopedia, there was an Antares-class starship in operation in the 24th century. The USS Hermes was a member of this class. Possibly, the Antares was the class leader.
The USS Antares was one of the many kitbashed models, using various parts of commercially available AMT Star Trek model kits, built by the art department of Paramount Pictures for the opening flotilla scene in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "A Time to Stand". While not featured in that particular scene it did show up as a deep background element, and thus never seen clearly, in stock footage of subsequent episodes of it interacting with Starbase 375. Images of the studio model of the USS Antares appeared in a discussion on the Flare Sci-Fi Forums in 2012, where it was discerned that it was one of the models, built by Adam Buckner for the "A Time to Stand" episode. Buckner explained that it was a standard Reliant model kit (No. 8766 ) with an AWACS pod made from the stand of an Excelsior kit (No. 6630), and the nacelle coverings from the same kit used as torpedo launch tubes. Composited in post-production as multiple deep background elements for the scenes with the ships circling the starbase, the model did not require to be kitbashed or battle-damaged like the ships in the opening of "A Time to Stand", and therefore needed only minimal detailing. For example, it did not have the elaborate lighting wiring that the kitbashed ships were requested to have, the lighting as seen added in post-production, nor did it require a detailed paint job. This model was furthermore supposed to be a standard Miranda, enticing Buckner to decide of having some fun with it by adding the Excelsior stand in lieu of the standard roll bar. The model, however, was filmed upside-down, so the alterations to the model were nearly indiscernible on-screen, save for one shot.