Concept Design: Ranger Class P6

Last post for a time, its the summer and its too good to be in doors looking at pixels and polygons, time to spend time in under the sun and go for some long walks.

Enjoy your summer and I hope its healthy and safe for you, but here is my parting images of the design, no textures and as simple as rendering it in its place

Concept Design: Ranger Class P2

Concept Design: Ranger Class P2

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.

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



Robert McCall Space Ship Design P4

E.S.S. Sagan


Ending of 2015

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 ?

Robert McCall Space Ship Design P3

I have made some minor changes to the design, added temporary patches NASA, ESA, etc,  hatches and I changed the ships name to Sagan after Carl Sagan and E.S.S. is simply Earth Space Ship etc

Robert McCall Space Ship Design P1

My latest project based on a Robert McCall painting (Robert McCall who did many paintings for NASA and thus inspired me to do this, also my attempt to do a design not based on Star Trek, Star Wars or anything else from the wide world of TV Sci-fi, this is fun as I have something of a free hand.
While I have worked out a scale to suit myself, I have no idea what Mr McCall had in mind so, here is my scale so far using a deck height of 9 ft. McCall 6

Blake’s 7: London Prison Ship Part 4

London Continued IV

Getting closer to completing this design and for me! in record time a few weeks, and some of this was taken up with working out the internal layout of the design.. I am happy with the results so far.

London DSV 001 London DSV 002 London DSV 003 London DSV 004 Untitled 1 copy Untitled 1

UPDATES 15/06/15

London DSV 005 London DSV 006 London DSV 007 London DSV 008

Blake’s 7: London Prison Ship Part 3

Its only a model

Continued III

I have being working a little more on the London’s internal layout, and for the most part I think I have it more or less worked out to my satisfaction, the only area that I cannot match up to the screen shots is the Airlock, it look like this section is placed on the wrong side of the London, where the London Airlock is on the Port-side


Commander Leylan enters the Airlock section, I am assuming he is entering from the forward section which places the hatch on the Starboard side of the ship, where as the model has it placed on the Port-side aft.. so I am using creative licence and making this change.

None the less for viewers who have never seen Blake’s 7 this means absolutely nothing 🙂 perhaps its over thinking on my half but given that Star Trek and other shows get a lot of attention, this is refreshing and open area to explore. Its not a big deal, viewers back in the day did not look this closely at TV shows, its a more recent interest I think sparked of by Star Trek technical manuals and the desire to know how things work.  but only my opinion

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Blake’s 7: Liberator Scale Question

Its all a matter of Scale

Recently I have returned to an old design favourite, the Liberator DSV or Deep Space Vessel design from the classic BBC TV series Blake’s 7 from 1978. There is, like most TV shows that features space-ships designs, there is a question of scale.





The question was asked on a Facebook group for Blakes’7, so I decided to see if I could work it out for the fun of it, and see what the results could be, again this is all conjecture and its open to debate if its right or not.


The early guess work and fan imaginations was that the Liberator would be between 300 meters or 1000 meters long,  I liked it at the lower end more around 300 meters.


Model by Gerard Duffy

Too help me in this I am also using my own Lightwave3D model of the USS ENTERPRISE NCC – 1701 which I built to scale, the  USS Enterprise is around 288 meters or 947 ft long  (personally I think it should be larger by another 40 meters or so but I will stay on track with this)..
London inner hatch 3 meters overall length 55

This model of the London is by Cyberia23

Also I am using the Civil Administration ship London seen in the first 3 episodes as a reference, it has the one feature too help us, as you see it has an extendible tube to transfer crew from one ship to another, and crewmen along side, if we say the crewmen are 6ft, its a start. I used a poser character and scale it to 6ft or 1.8288 meters.
Models by Gerard Duffy

Models by Gerard Duffy

So I set the scale of the Liberator too 300 meters first and was happy with the result, (ignore the windows scale on the Liberator, they were added by me in an attempt to update the look of the design) but as someone pointed out, the Prison-Ship London should be taken into account.

How big is the London, well after a time a friend had converted Cyberia23 Model of the Civil Administration ship London by Cyberia23 to Lightwave3d and seeing what I was doing, sent me the file too help, saving me the trouble of converting it myself.


Model of the Civil Administration ship London by BBC

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Model of the Civil Administration ship London by Cyberia23
Using the 6ft crewman and a little working out I arrived to the scale of 55 meters long and possibly 4 levels tall, some people did not like the result, but its what I got.

Sub-commander Raiker’s deadly end

After a little time I found the scale that worked was 780 meters long or 2559.06 ft, which I think is maximum for the Liberator it could be shorter… perhaps 700 meters but I cannot see it reduces more.
Liberator 780 m  London 55m Enterprise 288m BOW
Front View
Liberator 780 m  London 55m Enterprise 288m AFT
Aft View
Liberator 780 m  London 55m Enterprise 288m side
Side View
Liberator 780 m  London 55m Enterprise 288m Side close
 Side Close up
Liberator 780 m  London 55m Enterprise 288m lowpro
Liberator 780 m  London 55m Enterprise 288m lowpro1
Liberator 780 m  London 55m Enterprise 288m pro1
Liberator 780 m  London 55m Enterprise 288m pro2
Liberator 780 m  London 55m Enterprise 288m pro3 art
Liberator 780 m  London 55m Enterprise 288m pro4 art
Liberator 780 m  London 55m Enterprise 288m pro5

This is the results I got, it is much larger than I expected. but its is conjecture and could be off by quite a lot.

Currently I am rebuilding the Liberator, a welcome break after the Nautilus, London Mesh build credit to Cyberia23

Concept Design: Ranger Part 4

Concept Design: Ranger Part 1

Part Four

My friend and calibrator on the project LauraH located 2 images with a character rendered in Carrara 8 added to help establish scale, Carrara 8 was Dan Baran animation program of choice

Carrara 8 render by LauraH

Carrara 8 render by LauraH

Carrara 8 render by LauraH

Carrara 8 render by LauraH

Thanks for sharing them Laura, the check is in the mail.

Laura informed me of the height of the character.

I forget how tall she is to I think ideal adult in poser is around 5’10” add boots roughly 6 foot

Concept Design: Ranger Part 3

Concept Design: Ranger Part 3

Part Three

For the first part of the film/story we wanted a design where the crew had a lot of places to go and for that we needed corridors, for this I wanted to have more than straight lines, I wanted to have a few curved corridors.
As I was not going to be going any animating as this was Dan Baran aka Fretslayer department apart from providing my PC to help render out scenes, we would spend hours on Skype chatting over the finer points and his needs to help speed up the process, there was a lot of files exchanged to see if the sets I made would hold up with his animating program.

Here is the corridor network I made, it would have been animated in smaller sections as was needed.

These images are still in a Work in Progress status until I can find an animator.

Concept Design: Ranger Part 2

Concept Design: Ranger Part 2

Part 2

The is as far as I got in the design process for the bridge, like most designs took time and while I worked on this, I would also be working and helping to develop the larger story (plot) with Dan and we would spend time with other members of the project, David, Laura, Todd, Robert, Lisa working out a number of ideas and possibilities, while remembering to keep it within the expectations of a small project and not to become too ambitious, which finishes a lot of fan films before they have even started

I really enjoy the creative process at this stage, it’s a lot of fun developing something like this, if only we were paid for it.



Concept Design: Ranger Part 1

Concept Design: Ranger Part 1

Part One

This is the Pathfinder and it has been built for a project I was working on with Dan Baran or Fretslayer who sadly passed away some time ago so this project is for sometime going to stay on the shelf, but I will share the designs we where working on over a year and a half period.

The story we where working on was a mix of 2 concepts, first was mine, called Lightspeed as a working title and Dan’s was called Legacy and both stories would have tied in together to make a greater and more complex story.

Below are the images of the concept design of the ship called the Pathfinder and the bridge





Star Trek Romulan CGI set

First post for 2015

Star Trek
The Armageddon Clock


Dan Baran and Gerard Duffy
other wise known as
The fan film that never happened!!

A few years ago I got to know Dan Baran aka Fretslayer when he was looking for a Klingon set for a fan animation short he was working on, I offered to help and you can see the results on the blog here in the Klingon models, look for the Klingon Bird of Prey bridge. I found it was fun to work on internal designs and sets and that set my course for designing for a long while, none the less as Dan work on his animation we starting taking about doing a Star Trek animated story together, selecting the story was no problem as Dan already had worked on one and had a good basic outline to build on, I thought it was a good starting point and we both agreed to develop it.

One of the problems I had early on was what period to set it in, Dan wanted to base it outside what was Star Trek normal canon universe making changes to the ship designs “basically kit-bashing the design”, I thought this was the wrong direction and mentioned it to Dan and I  became a real pain in the neck about it, I thought it best to base it within Star Trek universe canon proper, it was the only area where we disagreed on at he beginning, for my point of view for working in the canon universe was that Star Trek fans watching would understand references we made without a lot of exposition,  Dan’s idea was a great one and I won’t go into all aspects of his over all story idea at this time, as it was his and would not do it justice, but I will now go into what I suggested and wrote for the project, I structured a background story on too his concept and suggested the villein.

First of all, I suggested the story take place in the years between the end of captain Kirk’s era and the start of captain Picard’s era, we quickly agreed and it is territory not really covered, then we went on to select a ship design, first of Dan wanted something that was a behind the lines design, not the ship of the line at all but a rear echelon ship well past its useful service basically a bucket of bolts that was nearing its end of use as was its captain, so we set the time around the Khitomer Massacre and the Enterprise C destruction and we could tack our story around that, giving us some room to develop the story and create a cast of characters and the all important enemy, more on the enemy later.

OK the ship, not an Ambassador class, nor a Excelsior class, Oberth was to small and under powered I had just completed the USS ARIES around that time and while the ship would feature as captured starship commanded by Romulans, we both wanted to steer clear of the Enterprise Refit, that was a something we both agreed on. so what to use, what ship would give us the look and feel we wanted.

The Constitution Class or the USS Stargazer design commended by Captain Picard, Dan changed the name to USS Harkness and next we had to go and look for the model, I did not want to make on myself as I had enough on with the internal sets for the Romulan ship (more on that later).

stargazerdocked01USS Stargazer by Chris Martin in a very nice space dock scene, not the same model but a second run at the design by Chris Martin, you never really finish a mesh and all modellers
I know feel this way.

Chris Martin aka EG180 had just completed the USS Stargazer in TrueSpace and if you have not seen his work I highly recommend you check out his Blog and all the Star Trek designs he has produced over the last few years, here I will show his work on the Stargazer in all its well-lit glory and not the test shots I am going to show.

The Stargazer now renamed USS Harkness after been converted from Truespace to LightwaveThe Stargazer by Chris Martin
USS Harkness by Dan Baran for the Film
My Shuttle bay built and scaled to EG180s USS Stargazer modelMy Shuttle bay built and scaled to EG180s USS Stargazer model
External view of both meshes combined. it is a very large bay to have to fill
External view of both meshes combined. it is a very large bay to have to fill

Next up was the Romulan ship, we did not want to use the Warbird as seen in the Next Generation, the design reveal in STAR TREK TNG series episode where the Romulan reappear after decades of seclusion was a clear moment we though should remain in TNG era, the Warbird was of a class not seen before as I remember the episode, so we went back and remembered a fan design by atolm and modelled by Sean Kennedy aka treybor. We both liked this design and thought it would suit our enemy commander, yes more on this individual later and it looked like the original series Romulan ship.

treybor atolm design of a Romulan Warship
Treybor atolm design of a Romulan Warship

So now I had to create some sets for this design, we both chatted over this for some time and the final look of the sets would be mine so if they look less than stellar is down to my views and modelling / designing approach to this.

Romulan Bridge looking to a central corridor and side elevator
Romulan Bridge looking to a central corridor and side elevator
Captain view of the viewscreen with the helm and navigator to each side
Captain view of the view-screen with the helm and navigator to each side
Outer Corridor
Outer Corridor curve
Inner Corridor
Inner Corridor
Intersection corridor
Intersection corridor
Corridor layout
Corridor layout, sorry it’s not the best quality as it was only for us too have a basic idea

Keep in mind that these where in work in process status when I took these images, but again we wanted to keep the sets Spartan and just fill it with controls and so forth. why the need to build all the corridors, we where planing a scene at the end where our Harkness Captain transports over to meet their enemy.

USS Harkness Crew

Richard Vaughan
Species: Terrain

First Officer / Science Officer Commander:
Robert Shaw
Species: Terrain

Chief Medical Officer Commander:
Mr Selar
Species: Vulcan

Chief Engineering Officer Lt Commander:
Pavel Preminin
Species: Terrain

Security / Tactical Officer: Lieutenant
Species: Caitian

Communications Officer Lieutenant:
Marina Barrett
Species: Terrain
Helm Officer Lieutenant:
Danial Branch
Species: Terrain
Navigation Officer Ensign:
Claire Warner
Species: Terrain

Now for the enemy commander and why, Dan had no firm idea who the Romulan commander was going to be, it was going to be just some generic character that we would make up and build on. For me this was a wasted opportunity to go back into the history of Star Trek and make some good use of it, and again I suggested this course and I had a character in mind. Dan agreed to it and I was both delighted and thought we had a good Romulan commander for our Captain Vaughan to deal with, The Romulan Captain for the crew to deal with is the one that appeared in Star Trek TOS “The Enterprise Incident”, one of my favourite episodes.

Commander Dion Charvon
Commander Dion Charvon
Commander Tal
Commander Tal,

She was a great character played by Joanne Linville,  Romulan Commander is given the name Dion Charvon in a 1977 Star Trek novel called The Price of the Phoenix, by Myrna Culbreath and Sondra Marshak. In the 1999 novel Vulcan’s Heart by Josepha Sherman, her name is given as Liviana Charvanek. I did not care for the name in Vulcan’s Heart we both thought Dion Charvon was far more interesting.  The Armageddon Clock story would also reintroduce Tal to the story but to mix it up a little I thought that over the intervening years since she ended up by her own actions ended up on the USS Enterprise essentially captured.

For readers that are not aware of the Star Trek Episode “The Enterprise Incident,”

In 2268 a female Romulan commander led a three ship squadron that captured the USS Enterprise after it illegally entered Romulan space. An ambitious officer, she felt that the achievement of her lifetime would be to bring the Enterprise back to Romulus intact. She saw that it would broaden the scope of her power greatly.

She has a romantic interest in Spock, She invited him to dinner and went so far as to tell him that, unlike Vulcan women, Romulan women were passionate. She wanted Spock to serve at her side and take the Enterprise to Romulus. Spock reacted favourably to her advances.

After she believed Kirk was killed by Spock, she expected Spock to agree to her wishes. In reality, Kirk and Spock were working under Federation orders to steal the cloaking device, Kirk was successful and transported back to the Enterprise with the cloaking device.

The Romulan Commander Dion Charvon orders that Spock is to be executed but to buy the Enterprise time He asks for twenty minutes to exercise the Romulan Right of Statement. nearing the end of the 20 minute Spock asks for the Enterprise beams him back, in an act of desperation and surprise Charvon leaps to Spock and grabbing hold of him is herself beamed aboard the Enterprise.

On the Enterprise bridge as more guest then prisoner Charvon orders her flagship to destroy the Enterprise while Kirk is negotiating for time, but this failed and the Enterprise makes a rapid escape by cloaking, and she is later turned over to Star Fleet along with her ship’s cloaking device.

This officer is later identified as Commander Dion Charvon, while she was debriefed at Star-fleet command. After a few months Dion Charvon is returned to the Romulan Empire only to fined that her scope of her powers are reduced greatly. In fact she finds herself standing before the council and the Praetor and is striped of her position and property for the loss of the cloaking device to the Federation and her capture.

Rather than asking for her execution the council asks that she is allowed to live and to live with the shame of her loss within the Romulan society. People that once called her friend now spurned her. Now homeless and destitute she saw no way forward only to take her own life in shame.

It’s about this time that her former Sub-Commander Tal returned from his patrol, now a full commander after her capture discovers her faith and seeks her out and intervenes in her attempted suicide. Commander Tal now takes her into his house-hold and against all acceptable tradition and public option, he give´s her a position of authority.

It is said he takes her into space on assignments with him, finding that her skills are unequalled in command and exploration matters. But her position was purely advisory, as no other Romulan officer acknowledge her as a commander. Commander Tal is in love with Dion Charvon and has always been so, beyond his stern looks he will always be lost to her.

It cannot be said that she feels the same. Her heart was filled with vengeance against the Vulcan that spurned her, and Human that shamed her name. She never knew why she grabbed hold of Spock on her ship when he has been transported to the Enterprise. In her mind it was for the Cloaking Device, But in her heart was captured by this Vulcan. But her position was gone, and her chances of revenge was impossible.

For long years they served together this way, Dion Charvon never again returned to Romulus and found that their association had not gone unnoticed!!. The élite Romulan intelligence agency the Tal Shiar, was interested in using them for some covert work. So they approached them with an offer to Charvon and an offer she would not refuse.

Dion Charvon readily agreed only if she would resume command of a ship and after some hesitation she got a ship and with her goes Sub Commander Tal, who lose his position over his ship Charvon focused as she was on a deep plan of revenge against the federation. But deep down Tal knew she was always his commander and a better officer.

For many years serving on the opposite side of the Romulan Empire Charvon slowly attains the rank of Admiral. During this period never she forgot the Enterprise or its deceptive captain and first officer Spock. She would later hear of Kirk’s death on-board the Enterprise-B, where she screamed in anger robbed of her revenge.

Still there was Spock, now an ambassador for the Federation and the Federation itself. All she needed was the opportunity, the means to fulfill her personal revenge on the Federation and if possible somehow on Ambassador Spock. Around 2333: (when Jean-Luc Picard assumes command of the USS Stargazer) Admiral Charvon and her new squadron begins a period of exploration on a region of Space beyond the star know as Talvath when they make a discovery that could change her position and power.

Here a plan of revenge formed in her mind, a revenge long thought beyond her, but now could implement due to her reinstatement to Romulan command, She never forgot the treatment at the hands of Captain Kirk (decease) and Commander Spock (now a Federation Ambassador) and the U.S.S Enterprise NCC-1701 (decommissioned) for so long she has hated the very names of these people and ship.

Even in the Romulan Empire the USS Enterprise and Captain Kirk is regarded with
a grudging respect.

Around 2341 she approaches the top ranking officers of the Tal Shiar with plan to attack the Klingon Empire (the truce between both Empires was long past and an aggressive stance between them has been going on for some years. Romulan High Command knows its only a matter of time before open conflict starts) The High Command later approve the clandestine operation conceived by Admiral Dion Charvon, Who have for long a time wanted to strike at their former allies with the help of the Klingon traitor Ja’rod of the House of Duras

The first planned attack is on Narendra 3, a Klingon outpost on a M-class world Narendra III is the third planet in the Narendra system. In the attack 4 Romulan Warbirds are used, this much is well documented.

During the attack on Narendra 3 there is one vessel not expected to aid the Klingon’s was another federation ship and to Admiral Charvon dismay it was the U.S.S Enterprise NCC-1701-C, in her heart Charvon was delighted. This was a glorious moment for personal revenge, if not against the ship that caused her loss of honour but it illustrious name sake.

In the ensuing battle with the Enterprise-C, an unforeseen element took place the Enterprise vanishes for a few moments the detonation of a photon torpedo created a temporal rift, It was our idea to use the alien device discovered by Charvon when activated weakens the area where the photon torpedo detonated an unforeseen result, before the Enterprise C reappeared before it was destroyed and not before Admiral Charvon orders some of the Enterprise-C crew to be taken captive.

Lt Natasha Yar is one of the crew to be taken captive who is from an alternative time line where the Enterprise C was transported into the future time line where it will meet the Enterprise D.

The Romulan´s then retreating back too their boarders to see what the federation will do next Charvon moves forward with her next plan. The Romulan High council are completely unaware what is about to happen!

This then leads into Dan story and I won’t go into that yet, but what I will say it would have dealt with the story of to ships, both commanders who for one reason or another felt lost and betrayed by the service they gave their lives too. It was also going to be a love story between Charvon and Tal, unrequited love, until the end for both characters, a bitter-sweet end. Dan liked the idea and the ending which he improved on later.

It was going to be our version of The Wrath of Khan, we where hoping to even arrange the appearance of Ambassador Spock and Dan had poser / daz morphs that would have worked for the needs of animation..

USS Enterprise Lightwave 3d Tutorial: Second Edit / Printable Copies

USS Enterprise NCC-1701
Lightwave 3D Tutorial 

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This is my first tutorial using Newtek´s award winning 3D modelling program called Lightwave and I have chosen the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701, for my first tutorial design subject, I selected the famous USS Enterprise seen in the classic TV series Star Trek created and developed by Gene Roddenberry in 1964 with Desilu Productions studios and reached it audience in 1966 after its first pilot was considered too cerebral by NBC.

USS Enterprise 006

The Enterprise was designed by Walter “Matt” Jefferies, and has gone on to become a hugely popular design, for over 40 years it has inspired generations of dreamers and designers in many fields from the plastic model hobbyist to the newer field of CGI 3D modelling.

The Enterprise is one of the most popular models to build and almost every modeller I know has built it or would like to build it, this tutorial started out as a record of how I build this model adding images of what I did as I went, so I could come back to it at any time and update my approach to building this or any model,

I also used Charles Casimiro`s excellent Enterprise blueprints for this build.
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The Tutorial
01 How to Build the U.S.S. ENTERPRISE Part 1
02 How to Build the U.S.S. ENTERPRISE Part 2
03 How to Build the U.S.S. ENTERPRISE Part 3
04 How to Build the U.S.S. ENTERPRISE Part 4
05 How to Build the U.S.S. ENTERPRISE Part 5
06 How to Build the U.S.S. ENTERPRISE Part 6
07 How to Build the U.S.S. ENTERPRISE Part 7
08 How to Build the U.S.S. ENTERPRISE Part 8
09 How to Build the U.S.S. ENTERPRISE Part 9
10 How to Build the U.S.S. ENTERPRISE Part 10

John A. Duffy
Dan Baran

I will also remind users that I created this tutorial in Lightwave 9.6 But should still be useful in earlier and later version of Lightwave, This tutorial only deals with the modelling aspect of the design and textures are not covered at this time.

Let me know how you get on with this Tutorial so please add a comment when you can.

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U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701

Model Specifications
Length, overall: 3.3 m (11 ft)
Diameter, Saucer: 152 cm (60 in)
Length, Engine pods: 185 cm (72.25 in)
Length, Secondary hull: 135 cm (53.5 in)
Height: 80 cm (32 in) Weight: 90 kg (200 lb)

Fictional Specifications

Length: 288 m (947 ft)
Diameter, Saucer: 127 m (417 ft)
Length, Engine pods: 153 m (504 ft)
Diameter, Engine pods: 18 m (60 ft)
Length, Secondary hull: 103 m (340 ft)
Weight, gross: 172,368,000 kg (190,000 tons)

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Concept Design: Space Cargo Ship

Concept Design: Space Cargo Ship

I have used Lightwave for around 6 years, and I don´t consider myself an expert, perhaps well-informed would be better way to describe myself in this, there are a lot of great modellers I know and they have been very generous with their time, knowledge and skill. Some work in the film or TV, others are not working in it but they are as good and as quick to give advice, suggestions and above all help.( they are in my Blogroll area) VK08 and Mikala to name but two of the best modellers I know.

Sometime ago on one 3D forum (now closed) we held a design contest, to build a cargo ship or anything that is connected with cargo, this design was my submission for it. (I did not win but the one that did was well deserved).

but it was liked it a lot, and some members who have complemented on it, which is always great and a reward in itself for a modeller or designer.

(I think I can call myself a designer now).

Alas I lost this model in a PC crash before I could finish it, but it’s not the end of the design. As I am coming to the end of a (year-long) project, which is my first training manual for building a model in lightwave which is the USS Enterprise from the original TV show 1960s and it’s aimed at new modeller using Lightwave.

But more on that later. I will be returning to this design and rework it for an other exciting project with my cgi partner by the name of Dan Baran aka Fretslayer, there will be more on that in the future.