I’m going with a scale 4 because it has a crew of 380-400, a fairly large saucer section, and is about the same length as the Akira class. I’ll post my take on the stats soon. Interesting ideas here from the replies …
Released length is 453 m
grabbing the illo and measuring (±2px) 863 long 229 tall, saucer 444 long, 80 tall. 0.525m per pixel…
453 m LOA, 120 m HOA
Saucer 233 m L, 42m T. At a screen shown 3.5 to 4m ceiling… that puts the saucer at 10.5 to 12 decks … vs 18 for the galaxy (counting on an Okudagram).
Yeah, that’s clearly size-4 - It’s probably a bit more inside than the NCC-1701…
It honestly looks more like an ambassador era than galaxy era.
A Freedom class was destroyed in battle of Wolf 359 so that puts it in the nextgen era.
Ambassador class are still around in Next Gen. Hell, Miranda and Excelsior class are still in heavy use! It definitely looks older tech than Galaxy, though.
The saucer is round, for one… all the “modern” ships have oval or teardrop or other “advanced” shapes, if I remember correctly.
Eaglemoss source says Freedom class were operational starting after 2350.
Here is my take at starting Talents for the class:
In TNG, we see multiple sub-eras, @CoolRockSkii…
(ignoring future timelines)
Missing Years (which include up to about 2350, based upon uniforms)
TNG proper -
Borg War on
Dominion War on
We see small changes to issue equipment styling: TNG season 2 or 3; DS9 dominion war.
We are told the Galaxy class is not only relatively new at start, but also significantly better than older vessels.
We are told also that the Defiant is cutting edge when DS9 gets it.
I particularly like the hand phasers of JJ Abrams’ Star Trek reboot films and those used in the Star Trek Discovery tv series as well as TOS. Never, ever liked the TNG phasers that resemble a remote control or a dirt devil hand vacuum.
My take on the stats for the [Scale 4] base Freedom Class ( before mission profile upgrades):
Type: Explorer and Defense Escort
Improved Power Systems
Advanced Sensor Suite
That seems generally true, except for the nacelle. I could say the same for the Niagara class, which has a Freedom-like saucer and an Ambassador-like secondary hull. Maybe the Galaxy-style nacelles are evidence of an upgrade during the late 2350s/early 2360s.
Eaglemoss’s Star Trek Shipyards book calls it a phaser cannon, but even though that’s a very pretty and often useful book, I don’t take it as gospel. I had always assumed that it was some sort of sensor mast, as you say, and I resist the urge to load up Starfleet ships with multiple weapon types. Also, the Freedom class clearly predates Wolf 359. I see no explicit evidence that Starfleet built anything primarily for combat before that point, and the Defiant and Prometheus classes are the only two that have been unambiguously described as out-and-out combat ships after that.
The Akira, Defiant, Norway, Prometheus, Saber, Steamrunner, and Sovereign were all conceived after Wolf 359, partly due to the Borg.
Except for the Defiant and Prometheus classes (for which we have some kind of dialogue support), that’s unverified common wisdom.
Note that most of the illos I find for it lack the cannon… so it’s probably a post-wolf359 refit.
Also, the Ambassador Class Nacelles are pretty close to the Galaxy Class in look. (Close, not identical)
The Freedom class started as just a wreck model for the Wolf 359 wreckage scenes. Galaxy nacelle was used but scaled down I believe. Another interesting feature is that the shuttle bay is lower and behind the bridge on the saucer section.
Isn’t the saucer itself cut down from the Galaxy? I’d need to go back and take a look at the Eaglemoss 3-views to be sure, but I believe it’s (literally cut back to) about half-size. That would explain the moved shuttlebay.
The same applies to the likes of the New Orleans, and some of the Wolf-359 vessels have two saucer lower or upper halves. The model-making team were quite crafty…
No, the Freedom and Niagara classes share a saucer design that is different from the Galaxy class’s saucer (but similar in general plan, with a shuttlebay below and behind the bridge module, for instance). The Freedom/Niagara saucer is flatter and closer to a perfect circle, there are fewer windows, and you’ll see more and shorter phaser arrays on both top and bottom.
Good point - I was thinking of the others.
Rats!, 'cause I wanted to have a TOS era Sabre class.
I think the stats for the Sabre class are in one of the supplements. Command Division?
Yes. Along with the Sovereign, Norway and Steamrunner, so all of the ST:FC ships are covered.