Changing the look of my blog again, I am not very good at keeping this going, at least with a lot of word play. just WIPs and Renders. so now only finished work will be shared and very little if any reading.
This design based on Ian Kennedy artwork is now finished, meaning I not going any further with it, I could but that’s always the problem with CGI, you always feel you can do more or need too.
First up is my finished renders, I will share specs later and I will update this thread, I have far to many threads for the same projects on this blog.
I am moving on to another design from another DC Thomson Starblazer comic, issue 103 ROBOTS OF DEATH Cover Artist: Keith Robson but its the internal art where the designs are found credited to Carlos Pino.
Of course I am taking a few liberties with the design going from the drawn to 3D,and I am not sure about the aft stabilizer but in the comic they do land on the surface.
A little information about this design and the characters that inhabit it.
Starhawk originated in The Crunch comic published by Scotland’s D.C. Thompson in the city of Dundee before transferring to another comic title better to known to my generation as Hotspur, and later appeared in Starblazer, Victor, Spike and (as ‘Young Starhawk’) Buddy, as well as three Hotspur annuals. Heroes: Sol Rynn, alias Starhawk, was a roving lawman who brought justice to the scattered worlds of the slowly disintegrating Terran Empire in the 26th century AD, along with his trusty robot sidekick, Droid. They rode in a ship called the Space Rider ^ and answered SOS calls sent out using special SOS cards of Rynn’s own design, how those cards get around I don’t know if it was ever explained.
I read the Space Rider was design by Ian Kennedy who did many of DC Thomson titles.
As with all my designs now, I tweak the design, setting scale and having a little modelling fun, and I have given up modelling Star Trek designs for the foreseeable future
Most “CGI modellers” and 2d artist like to try their hand at tweaking the classic Enterprise design, this is mine and I finally finished it for the last time recently, I started the bloody thing in 2017. But really in 2012, before other projects drew my attention away like the Nautilus.
If you check back here from time to time or on Facebook you will know I increased the scale from 947ft to 1311.5ft but retained the overall design approach only tweaking the surface details docking hatches and lighting like the Refit, though a number of commenter have asked why the additional structures on the Warp engines, simply I added them to quickly and easily identify that this is not the classic and Iconic original.
I should also state that it was never my original goal to increase the scale, as I model to scale to the best of my ability it grew out of an effort to make things (as I understand them) to fit.
Ships based on the originals if not completely new though reimagined, the main difference is that the central design the USS Enterprise is larger than the given scale accepted of the design going from 947ft to 1311.5ft, with that as a template all other designs that followed. 01 Constitution Class 02 Reliant Class (a variant of the Miranda Class) 03 Miranda Class 04 Loknar Class 05 Hutzel Class 06 Drexler Class 07 Oberth Class The Last 4 classes are able to use a Cargo Mandible Attachment (CMA) for cargo or passenger pods or mission specific science pods for greater ability, the Constitution class by virtue of its design has no need of a (CMA) science pods.
I have now ceased modelling Star Trek designs, I have done all I ever wanted to do and a little more with the fleet.
Looking around before this holiday season chaos effect set in I was mentioned on a Twitter post about The Wheel “Conquest of Space” is a 1955 American Technicolour science fiction film from Paramount Pictures, produced by George Pal, directed by Byron Haskin, that stars Walter Brooke, Eric Fleming, and Mickey Shaughnessy. The visuals and story was ahead of its time, with audiences now more informed and able to see matte lines the film holds up.
Expect more of this type of design in the future, I have used in this images my Star Trek EVA suited crew for scale and I have like every model I work on try and define a working scale for a fictional design.
The arms connecting the Ring to the central support has 2 levels, you could trim the overall deck height when adding ventilation, environmental and that kind of stuff. The outer ring 4 levels.
My original model was scaled at 489’6ft before more informed fans mentioned on Twitter what they read in ColliersandAcross the Space Frontier magazine and Spaceship Handbook, so I rescaled to 220ft & 250ft. still an interesting and fast build for me. the scale well I leave that to whom it may concern. I have my next projects lined up in the new year, Star Trek modelling has run its course and I have nothing more I want to do in it. One of those projects is a generic spacesuit design for my cast characters, space hardware is fine but some human element is needed
I have been working on a few designs to add to my Reimagined Constitution Class, my final Starship to be completed is called the Drexler class, for now at least, though I would like to have a go at smaller classes like Oberth Class with a TOS spin and service design like cargo designs. 6 classes in all. 01 Constitution Class 02 Reliant Class (a variant of the Miranda Class I am aware they are the same but fan’s canon as called the Refit Constitution, the Enterprise Class ) 03 Miranda Class 04 Loknar Class 05 Hutzel Class 06 Drexler Class Last two named after Gary Hutzel and Doug Drexler I will work on other “pods” in the future, perhaps other designs if the mood takes me.