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..

 

 

 

gmd3d designs

“Welcome to my small corner of the web”


Hello and welcome, my name is Gerard Duffy aka gmd3d, a mix of my name and interest, not very inventive but easy to remember. Feel free to look around and check out the number of science fiction designs I have worked on over the years.

You can also find my tutorial of how to build the USS Enterprise from Star Trek TOS in Lightwave3d, aimed for beginners, check under Lightwave Tutorial in the menu above, its is downloadable in PDF format and is free.

This blog features a mixed bag of designs and interests, you might find something at the side options to interest you >>>

I have made some very good friends over the years through forums, two of the remaining sites are listed below.


Foundation3d
Lightwave3d and other 3d programs
(can be slow with bad connections)

3dscifi
Blender & other 3d programs 

“All are welcome”


 My CGI program of choice is Lightwave3D by Newtek, which is an excellent 3D modelling and rendering program and I’ve used it since 2006, Lightwave3d was first seen used very effectively in Babylon 5 (1994) where the producers took a bold step with this new CGI visual effect technology approach and went on to make a name for itself in the entertainment industry, though now its use has dwindled.

 Science fiction and designs created for these shows have always being of interest to me from as far back as I can remember, in book or film, the stories I enjoy the most are those that shows us possible futures where technology transports us to new worlds and where humanity has grown into a space traveling society.

Star Trek
Battlestar Galactica

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
Star Wars
2001: A Space Odyssey,
Destination Moon,
The Day the Earth Stood Still,
When Worlds Collide,
Forbidden Planet, 
Journey to the Center of the Earth,
The War of the Worlds,
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

The old 1930s
Flash Gordon
Buck Rogers


Legal Disclaimer

© Star Trek, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica and other trademarks are held by their relevant copyright holders “no infringement is intended” I hold the copyright for my own works, please do not use my artwork, images, tutorial in any commercial setting without first contacting me.
Contact
gmd3ds@gmail.com

I am always happy to see comments or suggestions on any of the artwork or designs, comments not in relating to the art or designs, ie: spam is deleted.

Gerard Duffy

Concept Design: The Halcyon Part 6

The Halcyon


 

The plan of the external look of the design is more or less complete save some minor detail on the main body and some additional details in the engine section.

halcyon-montage

 

 

2000AD’s: Dan Dare P1 “Eagle Shuttle Scale”

Updated the scale of Dan Dare Shuttle design..


The Final scale is still open to revision but its works for me

Concept Design: Ranger Class P7

Ranger DSV

Lightwave3d Models for Sale

I have released this model for sale in Lightwave3d only (in time I will convert to OBJ) before going on vacation and never had the chance to post here, this is my design,  The purchaser may use this Lightwave3d model for profitable gain through Artwork, Animation, 2DPrints,  3D-Printing this model is expressly forbidden.

The model is not textured, I am also working on other designs in this universe that is currently called Pathfinders. this is a mid size design.

Scale
1367’0 length

477’11 wide

445’11 tall

387 Crew

 

>>>>> Link to Model <<<<<
https://gumroad.com/l/iDOqe#

Designer credits to Gerard Duffy

Love to see how it is used in image or animation,so if please let me know here or on my Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/gmd3d

Gerard Duffy

Star Trek Chain of Attack

“Art inspired by one of my favourite Star Trek Novels”

Star Trek: Chain of Attack, Novel by Gene DeWeese

Stranded in a hostile galaxy, the Enterprise is caught up in a deadly interstellar conflict!

While mapping a series of gravitational anomalies, the USS Enterprise is suddenly hurled millions of light years through space, into a distant galaxy of scorched and lifeless worlds… into the middle of an endless interstellar war.

With no way back home, the crippled starship finds itself under relentless and suicidal attack by both warring fleets! And Captain Kirk must gamble the lives of his crew on his ability to stop a war that has raged for centuries – and ravaged a galaxy…

The Enterprise is playing host to Federation Science Council representative Doctor Jason Crandall, an irascible bureaucrat who oversaw the creation of new sensors designed to detect gateways—portals in space, which the Enterprise had previously encountered. The Enterprise is investigating the gateways when it is thrown through one, and ends up in an unknown area of space with extremely dense star formations. After trying unsuccessfully to return through the gateway, the Enterprise sets off to explore the nearby star systems, in hopes of finding the gateways’ creators, and thus a way home. However, all they find are planets rendered uninhabitable through bombardment with fusion bombs, phasers and other weapons. Finally they come across a spaceship, but rather than responding to their attempts at communication, it just attacks. Armed only with lasers, its attacks are ineffective, and so it tries to ram the Enterprise and then when this is ineffective, detonates its warp core.

Background by NASA and manipulated by a friend (Tom).. a quick render.. but the background just set the scene for me.. 2nd and 3rd have minor lighting change.. I am not trying to be picture perfect space shot but to create and interesting image for a view to enjoy.

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Star Trek “One More Orbit”

One More Orbit


A rendering using a NASA image as background (Mars, standing in for some far-off world) featuring the Constitution Class Starship USS Enterprise.

I hope you like them.

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Star Trek: Federation Space-Dock P6

I mostly just renders to show of designs. but I was goofing around with this scene and added stars and planet Epsilon III by David cgc and this was the result .. I liked it and decided to post
Starbase 13
was a Federation Starbase located on the edge of the Federation Phalanx, It also was the destination in the Star Trek Novel
Enterprise: The First Adventure It was not trying to create a real space scene as I said, I was just playing with the scene and the result was something I liked.

 

Star Trek: Federation Space-Dock P5

Well a little play with the title, but its my last post for these designs, for the time being, I have the need for a new project and I am looking at a few ideas, but I will be back to it in the near future.

Enterprise Patrol 1111Enterprise Patrol 1114

 


 

Star Trek: Federation Space-Dock P4

Star Ships

Docking & Powering Down


I have wondered from time to time how I would liked to have seen the USS Enterprise or any Star Trek ship from The Original Series era, entering a space dock, in this case one inspired by Franz Joseph early designs, entering one of the 5 bays (Orbs) and then the 5 Inner docks (Connective Tube), which is how I have defined the inner sections of the facility, I do some plans sometime later.  but the outer dome area is the Bay (which there are 6 and can hold up to 3 Constitution Class ship, and in my view of Star Trek is the largest man-made vessel, no Dreadnoughts) and the inner is the Dock (6), I will have to add some kind of Dock like mechanisms.

The bussard’s, I imagine power down in set stages as the docking ship enters the inner docking area.. the colourful lights powering down first then the outer orange layer power down before it all goes to a darker shade, then nothing a silver transparency.

1. USS Enterprise approaches the Starbase
2. The USS Enterprise hands over control to dock control and under remote control.
3.  Kirk orders the Warp engines to Power Down
4. Commander Scott deactivates the Bussards and  Warp Engines
5. The reaction within the Bussards start to cool
6. Within moments the cooling has taken effect and the engines themselves are cold
7. The USS Enterprise now with Warp Power deactivated and crew can disembark,
8. It will take 30 minutes to power up to return to space and roam free.

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Star Trek: Federation Space-Dock P3

Federation Space-dock
Work in Progress


I made a few minor changes, I wanted the design to look taller and have some pylons of it own, I also have the lower section having a glowing reactor ,, not sure if I will keep it.

Spacedock 007Spacedock 006

 


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Star Trek: Federation Space-Dock P2

Federation Space-dock


 Design slowly progressing,, I will have some fictional scales later

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Star Trek: Federation Space-Dock P1

 Federation Space-dock


I have started work on a Franz Joseph inspired Space dock or Head Quarters depending on the designation you wish to give it, I also added a Matt Jefferies inspired Space-Tug that I have called a Hutzel class, named after Gary Hutzel.

 

Star Trek: USS Enterprise & Work-bee

USS Enterprise & Work-bee


Here is a few renders with the Enterprise and Hutzel Work-bee/Space-tug (space-tug does not sound as interesting as work-bee) scaled to their fictional scales, when I built the Enterprise I used its real measurements as much as I could,, there is some area of doubt in the height but the length and width are spot on.

I just started a space station, Franz Joseph inspired but with alterations of my own, more on that in the future..

Star Trek Bussard Test 2

Warp Bussard Test 2


A little more done, I want to isolate the Bussard’s so I now have them in their own layer, some programs like Lightwave use layers so you can exercise more control over render times which for images hardly matter, but if you’re animating its handy to be able to hide / remove if that part of the model is not needed etc.. say a hangar bay or rooms behind windows, whatever..

As this is the first time I have really tried this I think that the method is worth the time..

 

Star Trek Bussard Test 1

Constitution Warp Bussard Test

Only using the surface setting I have had this result, I am quite pleased with it and I think it works, I be experimenting more over the next few days, special thanks to Chris Martin aka Evil Genius 180 for your help.

Star Trek “Space-Tug or Work-Bee”

HUTZEL Class Space-Tug

Named in memory for Gary Hutzel


Some details: Early Work-Bee 2213 to 2270

Original design is Walter “Matt” Jefferies and I have added a few minor ideas of my own, mainly the hatch curves around to the right to allow the pilot enter and must have a Spacesuit.
Using telescopic arms (fore and aft) can attach too containers or other objects to manoeuvre orbiting installations such as Space-dock and Star-ships.
It also has powerful thrusters and can tow with the aid of tractor beams a medium size Ship a short distance if the need arises.
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Star Trek: Mix of Starships

A Mix of Starships

A number of renders featuring the USS ENTERPRISE, USS ENDEAVOUR, USS MERRIMAC, USS HORNET and the USS YORKTOWN, based on some favoured lists from The Making of Star Trek by Stephen E. Whitfield (Poe) suggestions by Bob Justman and D.C. Fontana.

>>>>> Click on Image to open full size <<<<<

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USS ENTERPRISE NCC – 1701 Version 2. p7

At last I have finished the building phase of the Constitution Class here named the USS ENTERPRISE. time for a short break before starting the Hangar bay and Shuttle craft Galileo.

 

USS ENTERPRISE NCC – 1701 Version 2. p6

First of its kind


The U.S.S. CONSTITUTION and the name that the class is forever known by and one of her sisters becomes the most famous in the Federation and Starfleet history and that is the U.S.S. ENTERPRISE.

One of the issue some of us have with the system of numbers is they are very random and some going lower as with the U.S.S. EAGLE  NCC- 956 ?

but more on this little problem later as my time is short today. so here is a number of renders of the first and one that never returns. NCC – 1700

 I made some other changes in my Fan list and number by dropping USS Defiant from 1764 back down to 1714 and the commissioned ships number 13 and 16 are empty not having any other reference’s at hand, but could be USS Tashik-Sotra. I think this is a suggestion by Matt Jefferies as a Vulcan named ship before using the Intrepid.

-Others for consideration-
Lafayette NCC-1866
Tashik-Sotra NCC-1865
Ti-Ho
Bonhomme Richard NCC-1712
El Dorado NCC-1722
Hornet NCC-1714
Krieger NCC-1728
Merrimac NCC-1715
Monitor NCC-1713
Saratoga NCC 1724
Tori NCC-1725
Wasp NCC-1721
Columbia NCC-1707
Ajax NCC 1071
Challenger NCC-1729
Venture NCC-1730

Or other suggestions ?