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.

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Star Trek: Federation Space-Dock P4

Star Ships

Docking & Powering Down


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.

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Star Trek: Federation Space-Dock P3

Federation Space-dock
Work in Progress


I made a few minor changes, I wanted the design to look taller and have some pylons of it own, I also have the lower section having a glowing reactor ,, not sure if I will keep it.

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Star Trek: Federation Space-Dock P2

Federation Space-dock


 Design slowly progressing,, I will have some fictional scales later

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Star Trek: Federation Space-Dock P1

 Federation Space-dock


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.

 

Star Trek: USS Enterprise & Work-bee

USS Enterprise & Work-bee


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..

Star Trek Bussard Test 2

Warp Bussard Test 2


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..

 

Star Trek Bussard Test 1

Constitution Warp Bussard Test

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.

Star Trek “Space-Tug or Work-Bee”

HUTZEL Class Space-Tug

Named in memory for Gary Hutzel


Some details: Early Work-Bee 2213 to 2270

Original design is Walter “Matt” Jefferies and I have added a few minor ideas of my own, mainly the hatch curves around to the right to allow the pilot enter and must have a Spacesuit.
Using telescopic arms (fore and aft) can attach too containers or other objects to manoeuvre orbiting installations such as Space-dock and Star-ships.
It also has powerful thrusters and can tow with the aid of tractor beams a medium size Ship a short distance if the need arises.
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Star Trek: Mix of Starships

A Mix of Starships

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.

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USS ENTERPRISE NCC – 1701 Version 2. p7

At last I have finished the building phase of the Constitution Class here named the USS ENTERPRISE. time for a short break before starting the Hangar bay and Shuttle craft Galileo.

 

USS ENTERPRISE NCC – 1701 Version 2. p6

First of its kind


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-
Lafayette NCC-1866
Tashik-Sotra NCC-1865
Ti-Ho
Bonhomme Richard NCC-1712
El Dorado NCC-1722
Hornet NCC-1714
Krieger NCC-1728
Merrimac NCC-1715
Monitor NCC-1713
Saratoga NCC 1724
Tori NCC-1725
Wasp NCC-1721
Columbia NCC-1707
Ajax NCC 1071
Challenger NCC-1729
Venture NCC-1730

Or other suggestions ?

USS ENTERPRISE NCC – 1701 Version 2. p5

Little more done on the model as time allows, windows and other details

USS ENTERPRISE NCC – 1701 Version 2. p4

Adding the hull trim and refining other details, I think I will be rebuilding this again in the future, at least once the Smithsonian has completed it’s restoration, I also want to add the Hangar bay, something I never got around to when I built this in 2011.

USS ENTERPRISE NCC – 1701 Version 2. p3

My latest Lightwave3d model of the USS ENTERPRISE continues

 

USS ENTERPRISE NCC – 1701 Version 2. p2

Building this without following a set of blueprints exactly is very difficult, so I am not 100% happy with the hangar bay area.. but we move on.

USS ENTERPRISE NCC – 1701 Version 2. p1

USS ENTERPRISE NCC-1701

Version 2

It has been a long time and a welcome return to Star Trek in it 50th year and I could not let this go without building my favourite design again.. has it been 4 years since I finished my first Enterprise build.. this is my all new Enterprise renamed Endeavour in future posts to save confusion, mainly my own confusion.

No tutorial for this, been there and still I don’t have a tee shirt.

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.

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BBC

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.
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BBC

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.

USS ENTERPRISE PORTSIDE

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)..
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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.

London

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.
Lost

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.
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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
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Liberator 780 m  London 55m Enterprise 288m pro1
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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

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

USS Enterprise NCC-1701
Lightwave 3D Tutorial 


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Introduction

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


 DEDICATED IN MEMORY
to
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.

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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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Starship Dimensions: Battlestar Galactica (TOS) Part 4

Battlestar Galactica


Space Ship Dimensions

or

“what size is your ship ?”

Continued 4

I located some more renders showing the scale of the Galactica against other designs, including a single image of the Galactica given the 2 mile scale with the 110 ft long shuttle along side near the exit tube for the 28 ft or 30 ft long vipers, which I think add up to 13 feet high in total.

I would love the Galactica too reach the 2 mile scale, it’s a great size but the that image dispels the 2 mile long scale for me.. it looks wrong.. also an image with a Nimitzclass super carriers along side at 1092 feet which is really inspiring

Anyway that is my view.

I plan on building my own Galactica model sometime in the future,  basing on the scale of the Vipers and  Shuttle been given consideration.

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What Size is your Ship 011

I was happier with this image showing a Viper entering a decent sized hangar bay entrance. It’s the only area I would redesign.

 

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What Size is your Ship 015

I recreated the often used scene where 2 Vipers (Starbuck and Boomer) over fly the superstructure of the Galactica in pursuit of a single Cylon Raiders from higher up

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I recreated the often used scene where 2 Vipers (Starbuck and Boomer) over fly the superstructure of the Galactica in pursuit of a single Cylon Raiders

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Galactica given the 2 mile treatment, note the 110ft long shuttle against the hangar bays/Launch tubes.

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Another recovered image with a 110ft shuttle entering a 2 mile Galactica

The Battlestar Galactica Scrapbook mentions that Dykstra’s team extrapolated the length of a the shuttle from the size of the windows to be around 110 feet. For practical purposes, the art director arbitrarily cut the scale in half and a 33 foot long section of the shuttle was built.

http://ravensbranch.allen.com/galacticasize.html