Star Trek The Cage

“She has an illusion and you have reality”

Something I have never done before, not that not true I tried years ago before getting into modelling, I created this image but first with my “series” version of the USS Enterprise, it was commented and criticise, so I adjusted my model to better show the first pilot look, but I consider that had Jeffery Hunter had remained with Star Trek for the series, the Enterprise would have looked like Kirk’s, it was a pilot just as “Where no man has gone before” is the unheard of second pilot.

It gave me great pleasure to know that Jeffery Hunter son enjoyed the one of my test images and used it on his Facebook page, I made another image that would work better, but I had a lot of fun doing something slightly different with my models, I hope you like them.

“The Cage” is the first pilot episode It was completed in early 1965
“She has an illusion and you have reality”
Jeffrey Hunter as Captain Christopher Pike
Susan Oliver as Vina
Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock
Majel Barrett as Number One
John Hoyt as Dr. Phillip Boyce
Peter Duryea as Lieutenant José Tyler
Laurel Goodwin as Yeoman J. M. Colt

The background art Rapid Nebula by Ali Ries Casperium


Constitution Class Reworked

Last renders until the new year, I realized I never rendered this in a scene?  time to change that and see how it looked. I am pleased it it, and find I want to add some new subtle details. but that will be in the new year, so until then happy holidays and prosperous new year in 2018.


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Constitution Rebuild Continued

Its has been a few weeks since my last post, I was on my holidays, arrived back a few days ago, and as it takes me a few days to even return to 3D and remembering my plans for this design to find to my mild annoyance that I was not paying as much attention to the results as I should have, so I had to go in and clean up parts of the model, esp around the hangar bay.

I have placed all the windows and are arranged as I like them the most and I think retains a lot of the original look..


Constitution Rebuild

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 1311’1.8 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 favorite 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 dollys 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 Search

Here is another Nebula scene has been brought to you by the creative art of Casperium aka Ali Ries and mucked about a little by me for the final effect. I must thank Ali for allowing me to play in this neck of the universe.

Star Trek Voyage into discovery

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

Background used with permission

The Enterprise Departs the Crown Nebula