Constitution Class Fleet List

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The fleet is in, or the 21 ships I named during my Constitution Class build in Lightwave3d from 2016 to 2018.

01: U.S.S. CONSTELLATION NCC 1017
02: U.S.S. CONSTITUTION NCC 1700
03: U.S.S. DEFIANT NCC 1764
04: U.S.S. EAGLE NCC 956
05: U.S.S. ENDEAVOUR NCC 1895
06: U.S.S. ENTERPRISE NCC 1701
07: U.S.S. ESSEX NCC 1697
08: U.S.S. EXCALIBUR NCC 1664
09: U.S.S. EXETER NCC 1672
10: U.S.S. FARRAGUT NCC 1647
11: U.S.S. HOOD NCC 1703
12: U.S.S. HORNET NCC 1714
13: U.S.S. INTREPID NCC 1831
14: U.S.S. KONGO NCC 1710
15: U.S.S. LAFAYETTE NCC 1720
16: U.S.S. LEXINGTON NCC 1709
17: U.S.S. MERRIMAC NCC 1715
18: U.S.S. POTEMKIN NCC 1657
19: U.S.S. REPUBLIC NCC 1371
20: U.S.S. VALIANT NCC 1223
21: U.S.S. YORKTOWN NCC 1717

 

Star Trek: Birth of a Star

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Another rendering using my Enterprise model and GrahamTG art as the setting,  birth of a star perhaps, good enough title as any.

my appreciation to Graham Gazzard aka GrahamTG who makes his artwork available for us modellers who sometime get around to rendering..

 

 

 

Star Trek Asteroids

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This cover art has always inspired me. It was a collaborative effort; Production Illustrator Jim Martin designed the art, executing it in a series of progressive pencil sketches. The art was subsequently turned over to freelancer Mikido Uesugi and John Knoll.

Here is my version again using GrahamTG space art and Asteroids..

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Trekking through Asteroids

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Using GrahamTG Art aka Graham Gazzard, I have set my Enterprise trekking through a field of Asteroids, after 3 weeks away on holidays its always a while before I can jump back into modeling.

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Reimagined Constitution Class

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I could not help it, after seen a beautiful space scene by a friend GrahamTG I had to render with my reboot / re-imagined design..

 

 

Buck Rogers Starfighters

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

Running out of steam with Star Trek designs and art so I have gone back to a design I made in 2008 just over 10 years ago, Buck Rogers Starfighter.. Gil Gerard’s series which I still enjoy watching from time to time.
Its fun working with these again. but looking at them there are areas I would do differently and a lot of areas which I would called unfinished now.
Shock surprise, no, not really but I have cleaned it up and might do some more.

 

Concept Design: Ranger Deployment

Its been so long since I used this model, it’s a terrible thing spending weeks or in my case months designing and building models and after the first test renders and a renders I take a little more seriously, the model is forgotten.

I have taken this out of mothballs and with the wonderful Spawn Nebula art by Ali Ries and have set 3 Ranger Class Destroyers deployed on patrol

The model is available for sale royalty free on my Gumroad page

 

 

 

Star Trek Constitution Reimagined Part 7

Constitution Class Reimagined

My re-imagined constitution class, the biggest adjustment is the scale from “947 ft” to “1311’5 ft” & I made changes to deck height to fix as many issue as possible.. I did have it at 1260 ft thinking that it would fix the areas of interest. but that did not solve issues with the shuttle bay access corridors at the sides of the bay, so again I had to enlarge the design, which was creating a new problem for me as to the deck count, I always put that at 23 via The Making of Star Trek by Stephen E. Whitfield & Gene Roddenberry and I did not want to stray to far from that.
 But one area I thought I needed to establish is the deck heights, what to use, other fans think 9.6 or work, which is fine. I chose to go with the set plans and make it 10ft for the deck heights for corridors as seen in Series, it is the visual established look for the series. I think if they are lower it would effect the look so right or wrong its what I used.
Some of the decks in the secondary hull are taller than the 10ft mentioned mostly due to the shape of the design, this included the dorsal neck and the Engineering section mostly helps in the area for fuel, maintenance and cargo, for example in the connecting neck I have turbo elevator maintenances area. with the rescale there is enough room.. just to do this.. 

One of my favourite sources is The Making of Star Trek by Stephen E. Whitfield & Gene Roddenberry 1968, and I have look to it for guidance in some areas, (I think its canon though I also think that as the book was published in 1968 (second season) many idea and thoughts on scale where in flux, busy enough just keeping the show on air.

In The Making of Star Trek book the shuttle bay height and width is 30ft by 60ft and 100ft long.. now I assume this is only the bay area proper and not including the corridors to each side we see in Star Trek Season 2, Episode 10 – Journey to Babel at this new scale there is room for a corridor, while there is very little room practically none with the established canon scale of 947ft, I think the following post from Memory Alpha is worth sharing.
http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/Constitution_class

“The dimensions of the Constitution-class, 947 feet (289 meters) long for the original configuration and 1,000 feet (305 meters) for the refit-configuration, are the ones that are universally accepted by production staff and fans alike, and propagated in virtually all reference works dealing with the subject, starting with the very first one, The Making of Star Trek, published in 1968. That being said and oddly enough, neither dimension has actually ever been canonically confirmed, as neither dimension was ever seen or referred to in any of the live-action Star Trek productions.

The original configuration length of 947 feet was first derived from Stephen Edward Poe‘s reference book, The Making of Star Trek, p. 178, and that dimension has been propagated in every subsequent reference work ever since. However, what Poe did not mention was that designer Matt Jefferies had originally produced that graphic in 1967 as a reference for Poe’s employer, model kit company Aluminum Metal Toys for their 1968 second edition retooled USS Enterprise model kit, No. S951 – where the graphic was displayed on the side of the box prior to its publication in the book – and not for the actual Original Series production. Remarkably, the dimension of the starship had been in flux until that time as producer Gene Roddenberry‘s memo of 24 August 1964 evidenced, “We anticipate a final design might see the ship as 200 feet in length, and thus even a 1½-inch scale would give us quite a huge miniature.” This figure, initially accompanied with a crew complement of 203 would actually more or less stand until Jefferies, utilizing his engineering background, recalculated the figures for his design three years later. (The Making of Star Trek, pp. 89, 134)”

So with that been said I have with some adjustment with deck scales (something I did not want to do), but you can see I found some workable changes, most decks are 10ft, but in the dorsal neck they have 12ft and this works with lining up portholes (assuming mine are close enough) then in the secondary hull all decks save 2 are 10ft ,, the top and lower most decks here are 16ft,, this is something I am not entirely happy with but,, these levels could have need for for structural supports for the dorsal neck and perhaps something else ,, antimatter storage or something.. but this works for me.

Latest Renders below

Length: 1311’5 Feet
Width: 577’5 Feet
Height: 319’11 Feet
23 Decks.
Crew Complement 430.
7 Class F Shuttlecraft
Total Escape Pods 192
164 Escape Pods in the Primary Hull (4 persons per Escape Pod is 656)
28 Escape Pods in the Secondary Hull( 4 persons per Escape Pod is 128)
Total Escape Pod Personnel Capacity is 768, including the 7 shuttles (possibly standard compliment) would mean that the upper limit of the crew would be around 800 (817 evacuation limit)

I have also included a large image of Doug Drexler’s

Master systems display of the U.S.S. Defiant and was seen in Star Trek Enterprise episode “In a Mirror, Darkly, Part II“. I think that this depicts the Constitution Class being even larger than my rescale of 1311’5 ft

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This is a 8 page PDF file showing some additional information

Some details

Star Trek: Mixed Renders

Constitution Class


A number of renderings I made after altering the Series Constitution Class to look like both Pilot designs The Cage and Where No Man has Gone Before, and playing with lighting and Ali Ries Background nebula art (used with permission), I also made use of my TOS version of the Dry Dock, I also gave the USS Constitution a NX desigination and had to tweak its placement.

I also tried to create a poster for The Cage, mixed results but fun exploring the process.

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Star Trek: USS Endeavour

USS Endeavour NCC-1895

HMS Endeavour, also known as HM Bark Endeavour, was a British Royal Navy research vessel that Lieutenant James Cook commanded to Australia and New Zealand on his first voyage of discovery from 1769 to 1771.

This name was suggested in lists of possible ship names in Star Trek The Original Series by D.C. Fontana and Robart H. Justman for Gene Roddenberry.

It did not make the cut at least not directly, it was named finally in a cut scene in Star Trek VI The Undiscovered Country in the scene where Colonel West shares his plan on rescuing Captain Kirk and Dr McCoy.

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Concept Design: Pathfinder Class Part 3

After a long delay I have finished and released the Pathfinder Class ship !

This Lightwave3d 9.61 model is for sale hosted on gumroad the link is below

€25 Royalty Free

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I have at last finished with my version of the USS Enterprise NCC-1701, I was/am looking at new projects and to help I have jumped back to an older design, I used to call the Kilkenny and on refection feel it not a name that grabs your attention, so I went back to the Pathfinder, giving it some more thought the S.S. Pathfinder, S.S. standing for “Solar Surveyor” a designation from the pages of Arthur C. Clarke book “Rendezvous with Rama” and its ship the Endeavour.

S.S. Pathfinder is a interplanetary explorer, making trips to Venus, Mercury, Mars etc in rapid time and I imagine in 100 years hence, with a crew compliment of 20 or so.

I was inspired by designs I seen over the last few years that hearken back to Isaac Asimov book covers, the David “Lucky” Starr story called “Oceans of Venus” by Ray Feibush, which I have in my book collection. and the Black Hole USS Palomino which I made a in the early 2000s.

 

Ray Feibush

by Ray Feibush

This Lightwave3d 9.61 model is for sale hosted on gumroad the link is below

€25 Royalty Free

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Star Trek: Where No Man has Gone

Where No Man Has Gone Before

When the Enterprise attempts to penetrate a space barrier, it is damaged and creates a potentially worse problem. Two crew members, including Kirk’s best friend, gain psionic powers that are growing at exponentially. This leaves Captain Kirk with the difficult choice; either marooning them or killing before they get so powerful they lose their humanity and become truly dangerous.

William Shatner … Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy … Mr. Spock
Gary Lockwood … Lt. Cmdr. Gary Mitchell
Sally Kellerman … Dr. Elizabeth Dehner
George Takei … Sulu
James Doohan … Scott
Andrea Dromm … Yeoman Smith
Paul Carr … Lt. Lee Kelso
Paul Fix … Doctor Piper

>>>>>Large Renders click on Image to Open<<<<<

 

Star Trek: The Cage

“She has an illusion and you have reality”

Something I have never done before, not that not true I tried years ago before getting into modelling, I created this image but first with my “series” version of the USS Enterprise, it was commented and criticise, so I adjusted my model to better show the first pilot look, but I consider that had Jeffery Hunter had remained with Star Trek for the series, the Enterprise would have looked like Kirk’s, it was a pilot just as “Where no man has gone before” is the unheard of second pilot.

It gave me great pleasure to know that Jeffery Hunter son enjoyed the one of my test images and used it on his Facebook page, I made another image that would work better, but I had a lot of fun doing something slightly different with my models, I hope you like them.

“The Cage” is the first pilot episode It was completed in early 1965
“She has an illusion and you have reality”
Jeffrey Hunter as Captain Christopher Pike
Susan Oliver as Vina
Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock
Majel Barrett as Number One
John Hoyt as Dr. Phillip Boyce
Peter Duryea as Lieutenant José Tyler
Laurel Goodwin as Yeoman J. M. Colt

The background art Rapid Nebula by Ali Ries, you can see more of her work on deviantart via this link
Casperium

 

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Star Trek Constitution Rebuild Part 6

Star Trek Constitution Rebuild Part 5

I have finished my rework/rebooted Constitution class, as of today I am finished other designs I want to work on, just to recap, this is larger then the official scale of the Connie, I had to enlarge it to address so many issues, this is 1311.5 ft long or 399.7 meters, I posted basic image here before, for these I used Ali Ries wonderful and scenic space art with permission for these WIP images..

I hope you like the design.

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Concept Design: Nautilus Rebuild 4: Reworked Continued

Reworked


Nearing the end, closer and happier with the new detail, hand on heart I cannot say its worth the time but, carrying on here are the latest test renders..

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Concept Design: Nautilus Rebuild 3: Reworked Rivets

“Nautilus Rework”

These designs seem to take me longer to complete, was it always so, but the exterior has been reworked minus textures, I may not bother doing it for this build but I will see once I have finished the interior and this time I mean to finish it, in 2018.

Here are some new images, reworked the nuts and bolts, though I did say I’d never do them again, alas I could not leave well enough alone and they have all been redone, a real time consuming effort, boy am I a grump today.

Overall the design is the same but with tweaks that I think improve the look a little more, the scale is the same, hatches except for a new forward hatch is the same, I need to tweak the salon window, I think its too large and needs some structural elements.



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Concept Design: Nautilus Rebuild 2: “Nautilus Redo”

New rivets and oblong window on the Nautilus, taking cue’s from the illustrations by Alphonse de Neuville and Édouard Riou for the novel.  I was not intending to rework the exterior, but what can I say, I am a fan.

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