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

 

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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

Click on image to see the full images

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 Constitution Reimagined Part 4 Hangar

Its been a while since my last post with my rebooted or reworked Enterprise but also my PC had another fit and I was compelled to reinstall Windows, by slow steps I have reinstalled Lightwave at the last and finished the few details I had to work out on the rebooted constitution class.

I had to adjust the hangar deck height. it was too low for the deck plan I was using, I also worked out the gallery observation area and its corridor to the control booth though I did not build the corridor itself..

I never found credit to the shuttle model builder, no readme was included in the file.

The shuttle model builder is Aggi from Foundation3d

 

Star Trek Constitution Reimagined Part 1

Star Trek Constitution Rebuild Part 1

Well I have returned to this, my re-imagined constitution class, a last throw of the dice with this before I move on to other designs, I have adjusted the scale (again) to 1311’5 ft design and made changes to deck height to fix as many issue as possible.. I did have it at 1260ft.. that I thought would work, but it falls short in some areas I think important to address.

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.

but one area I thought needed addressing is the deck heights, one key scale for me is 10ft for the deck heights, I except the needs for camera and dolly’s etc.. but it the established look for the series, (I am not going anywhere near other and later designs)

In The Making of Star Trek by Stephen E. Whitfield & Gene Roddenberry the Hangar Deck 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 Journey to Babel) at this new scale there is room for a corridor, while there is very little room practically none with the established scale of 947ft.

also 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.

this is the direction now..

 

Star Trek Orbital Space(Dry)Dock

I have not been idle, I have over the last week being designing a TOS orbital dry-dock, it has the look of Star Trek The Motion Picture in that its a frame, and I have a shuttle docks in the upper central unit, and Solar panels, normally around a planet / Star-base but it also has fusion reactors and other star trek tech you care to add, it has the same diameter as the Star-base inner working I made a few months ago.

Starfield by dadrian

Star Trek: Space Void

Void in Space

Crown Nebula is by Casperium

A space anomaly appears in a sector close to Starbase18, The USS Enterprise is assigned to investigate, I remember one of James Blish novels,, Spock Must Die! where there is a barrier around Organia, while I was never really satisfied with the device, what if this is something like another version of the Doomsday Machine , the Enterprise is able to enter it finding the source.. not much but there it is.

HQ0021bHQ0014

Star Trek “Its a Klingon D7”

Star Trek “Its a Klingon D7”

USS Enterprise by Me, Klingon D7 by Prologic9 and the Background by GrahamTG . it’s a fun break from modelling to just render of a few images.. not in my comfort zone, really stretching now.. but thanks to the other artist for providing these resources

 

 

Star Trek: Voyage into discovery

Voyage into discovery


A Star Trek render with my USS Enterprise model centre stage and the background image called Crown Nebula by Casperium 

 

Crown Nebula Widescreen

Background used with permission

>>>>> Click on images to enlarge <<<<<

The Enterprise Departs the Crown Nebula

Star Trek: Edge of the Federation

“Edge of the Federation”


I dusted of my U.S.S. Enterprise model and with a nice background image by dadrian on deviantart. A much needed break from my own designing, my appreciation for concept artists has grown to such heights, how the likes of Syd Mead, Doug Drexler, Rick Sternbach, do it I cannot say.. But I applaud their work all the more.

Star Trek: USS Enterprise Montage

U.S.S. ENTERPRISE NCC-1701

Montage
Othros 003
The original image is too large for WordPress so its also hosted on deviantart.com link below.

Montage

Constitution-Class Registry Revisited 2

Someone rightly pointed out too me, that I neglected to include the USS Exeter in the other posted lists, so I have “again” revised this omission and I have added a little more information I checked out.

I cannot take any credit for the research that was done by others who I have listed the main sources I found in a few Star Trek books and websites..

But I will re-post here. click on too enlarge the image they are large

Source list
*. The Making of Star Trek, by Stephen E. Whitfield & Gene Roddenberry  1968
*. The Case of Jonathan Doe Starship by Gregory Jein April 1975
*. Star Trek Star Fleet Technical Manual by Franz Joseph:
*. Federation Ship Recognition Manual: FASA
*. Fan Optional build order
*. Paramount/CBS Canon list: Star Trek Encyclopedia
Debbie Mirek, Michael & Denise Okuda

Individuals whose tireless research and contributions to Star Treks expanded universe gives us much to enjoy and in my case less eye strain and a headache

D.C. Fontana
Bob Justman
Greg Jein
Ruth Berman
Debbie Mirek
Michael Okuda
Doug Drexler
Rich Sternbach
Franz Joseph
Stephen Whitfield
Bjo Trimble

Also my approach for selecting the additional names and Registry’s  is that it should appear in the original list of name suggested by D.C. Fontana and Bob Justman, also Greg Jein and Franz Joseph and official canon where possible.. but mainly to be included in the original Fontana and Justman suggestions. but if I could make changes I would rename the
VALIANT and MERRIMAC going back Fontana / Justman suggestion’s.. or go beyond that and add AmagiEuropa, Forrestal, Hermes, Searcher(?), or one I like Illustrious.

D.C. Fontana’s proposal 8 August 1967

  • Enterprise
  • Exeter
  • Essex
  • Excalibur
  • Lexington
  • Yorktown
  • Endeavor
  • El Dorado
  • Excelsior
  • Saratoga
  • Constellation
    (destroyed in “Doomsday Machine.” Presume she would be replaced by Starfleet)
  • Hornet
  • Wasp
  • Farragut
    (mentioned as destroyed in “Obsession”)
  • Hood
  • Bonhomme Richard
  • Monitor or Merrimac,
    depending upon your loyalties
  • Tori
    (“bird” [note: in Japanese])
  • Lafayette
  • Ari
    (“lion” [note: in Hebrew])
  • Krieger
    (“warrior” [note: in German])

Bob Justman proposal 9 August 1967

  • Enterprise
  • Essex
  • Excalibur
  • Lexington
  • Yorktown
  • Endeavor
  • Eagle
  • Constellation
  • Hornet
  • Wasp
  • Lafayette

Definitive list as utilized at the start of TOS Season2

  • Enterprise
  • Exeter
  • Excalibur
  • Lexington
  • Yorktown
  • Potemkin
  • Republic
  • Hood
  • Constitution
  • Kongo
  • Constellation
  • Farragut
  • Valiant
  • Intrepid

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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.