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 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.
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..
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
Or other suggestions ?
Credit Gerard Duffy aka gmd3d
Inspired by the artwork of Robert McCall,
20 units only to be sold with the kind permission
of Catherine McCall, once the 20 are sold that it
This model cannot be use for profit making, fan art only, it is based on the work of Robert McCall and therefore under his copyright, its at your own risk should you do so.
I have been given permission as noted above to sell in a this limited way for which I am very grateful.
Over the last few days since, I posted this design I got a request for it, “is it for sale”,, the answer was no, it not.. it is based on the work by Robert McCall.
None the less I wondered.. was it possible, I absolutely agree with artist copyright, its is their only and my protection, so I got in touch with Robert McCall Estate and asked what are the chances for selling and conditions.
Robert McCall daughter Catherine McCall responded and over the last few days we exchanged a few emails and yes I can, only in a limited way,
Normally only I share my designs with friends, and no longer make them public these days and I leave it at that, and the few friends that I do share with play with my designs and render something that rocks which is really great.
So I am only going to “SELL” 20 units through gumroad and for €18, I think that around $20 or so, and Catherine said it was perfect, her words not mine.. I am not greedy I think its a fair price seeing as I had no original intent on selling in the first place. At the time of this post 1 has been sold already so now its down to 19 remaining.
If by some chance the count goes above 20 units. I have promised that any money received beyond that will be donated to a children charity in Robert McCall name.
I am delighted to have had contact with Catherine and to be given this permission, its not something I intend doing again, it is a once off and completely grateful for the opportunity to be part of Robert McCall.
Note: It was made in Lightwave9.6 and works in Lightwave2015.3 with no problems, its not available in other formats.
Image credits, Render by Graham Gazzard, Painting my Robert McCall,
Model Mesh by Gerard Duffy
I don’t often post art work by other people with my designs, based on works film or artwork that have inspired me.. Today I got this from a friend, who I shared my McCall Class ship build with and it rocks, and has a book quality to the cover I think.. he also kindly gave me credit also in the image and not his own.
I would like to think that Mr Robert McCall and Carl Sagan who find this a wonderful tribute to their vision.. and I take no credit for the design, that goes to Robert McCall.
Inspired by the artwork of Robert McCall,
The artist is GrahamTG and you can find more of his work on Deviantart, have a look at more of his wonderful art here http://grahamtg.deviantart.com/
Wow has it been so long since my last post, what can I say, I was ill since the holidays, stinking cold that I have just got over and almost firing on all thrusters.
Update of the McCall Class ship I have called Sagan, after one of my favourite artists and scientist, Robert McCall (image below) and Carl Sagan, a little homage, if you where to twist my arm I would add Tyson, Einstein, Hawking, Curie, etc. its a science ship and its named after those to look at the cosmos with wonder and curiosity to unravel the mysteries.
Well, happy New Year in 2016 and if you check out my posts here from time to time I like to say thanks for dropping in again.
Nearing the end of this build before I can texture, which due to time constraints and impending days of big meals over the holiday period I am going to leave that until the new year, if Christmas is something you celebrate I say Happy Christmas, of not, Happy Holidays, or just “don’t work to hard”.
I hope that those of you who make repeat visits to my corner of the web, I thank you, and I hope to see your visits continue in 2016.
I do have a large number of projects to do in the new year ahead, some involving Star Trek as it is its the series 50th anniversary, a return to the original Enterprise, perhaps even a tutorial but in video.. but not a 100% sure, time being a factor.
I also have planed a few more original designs in line with the work I am doing at present, I hope there is more interest in Sci-fi/fantasy beyond our beloved Star Trek and Star Wars.. there has to be,, yes ?