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 harken 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.
by Ray Feibush
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..
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.
Thanks for looking
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.
Reworking the forward section of the Nautilus, I added a forward hatch just behind the wheelhouse, I was never happy with the cut I made through the upper section of the Salon.
With the cut gone and only having one entrance, finding Nemo would descend the steps turning aft and travelling back through a short corridor and the a stairwell, heading down to the main deck (2) (there are 3 levels) then turning forward walking through the dining room, library, salon and right hatch through the corridor to the next stairwell to the wheelhouse.
So I decided to add a second one
I am also thinking of adding oblong windows to the Salon removing the current setup.
Its fun but time consuming working out these details..
Its that time again when I start to read or listen (as audiobooks are easier on the eyes) to one of my favourite books, so I started rereading “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” and dug out this image from 2015. as I just cannot get into a new spaceship model at the moment, I am thinking of returning to this design interior, but steering clear of the magnificent Victorian look of Harper Goff’s Disney design, so once again this magnificent journey has grabbed my attention. I was never happy with my quick solution for the Air Reservoir’s for the next cutaway it will be more detailed and better explained, that is the intention anyway.
The Nautilus is described as having a cylindrical hull 70 meters long and 8 meters in diameter, which I have indicated with this outline, and I could just about fit all the internal settings as described by Jules Verne on one level (the mid section), that could house the cabins of Professor Aronnax (2.5 meters long) which would have room for a simple bunk, writing deck, chair wardrobe and adjoining W.C with show, working back then to Captain Nemo larger room (5 meters long) with a work area and W.C. that could contain a bath.
Moving back we have the salon (10 meters long) with the large portholes for viewing the undersea world, this room doubles for museum, that has art and marine collection of some significant value, next is a dining room (5 meters long) of some elegance and adjoining that is the Library (5 meters long) containing 12,000 books.
We are now at the midpoint of the submarine where you will find a spiral staircase connecting 3 level the size of this central section is not given this area connects to other smaller rooms that house the galley & some storage rooms, where I have placed our other two passengers Ned Land and Conseil as they travel 20,000 leagues under the sea’s, moving further back we have a large W.C or bathhouse for the crew which I have estimated at 12 men can bunk comfortably. Then there is the batteries and engine machine area.