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.
by Ray Feibush
This Lightwave3d 9.61 model is for sale hosted on gumroad the link is below
The design is as said in WIP status and some sections (Engines) maybe altered later as the design progresses and I also want to design the internal sets, cockpit, crew area, and cargo bays and I have already started on the land craft bay between the lower engines. the design stands just over 103.meters long.
I have yet to finalize the mother-ships design, but its going to be big, perhaps having fold-space abilities rather than Light-speed / Hyper-drive or Warp speeds etc.. But more on that in the future.
I hope to do a few cross sections at a later date. I hope you stay tuned
Some more work done and its just about there I think highlighting where I think the Bridge is and what the lower pod thingy is..
Its not a defector .. its a matter converter.. able to draw in matter ,, dust or rubble (after a drilling laser destroys small asteroids etc) draws it in,, reduces the elements and extracts the needed material for the Antimatter / Matter converters for power and other technobabble that I have absolutely no clue about.
For a change I am working on one of my own designs, one from 2013 called the Pathfinder, intending to be the central design in a film project I was working on with my old friend Dan Baran before his unexpected passing..
I just could not continue working on it, until now. None the less I need a change of scene and step away from Star Trek designs.
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.
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.
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.
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..
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..
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.
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.
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-
Bonhomme Richard NCC-1712
El Dorado NCC-1722
Saratoga NCC 1724
Ajax NCC 1071