I redid the details on the bridge module. What I had before was too busy and hectic looking. I went back to a more simple design. The lines also aren’t as deep and wide as before. Also, I nixed one of the windows for the observation lounge.
I added windows today. I only planned to do some on the saucer rim, but then I felt the center section needed a few. Not many, though, as that would most likely be where the deuterium and water tanks, cargo bays, etc. would go. Remember, this isn’t a long range ship, so it wouldn’t need all of the space for that stuff that a big starship would. Also, since there clearly was one in Kirk’s quarters in Star Trek 6, I think it can be safely assumed that replicators were invented by the time this ship was launched. So, there’s not as much need for food storage, etc. I did add a few Enterprise refit style arboretum windows. But, that only makes sense as the ship does scientific missions and would need a botany section. Besides, plants are natural air purifiers.
I added a docking port. I meant to get more done today, but the day really got away from me. Between watching NASCAR and the Academy Awards, I had a lot of distractions. Plus, I spent way too much time looking for references for the TMP docking port when I could have just scanned the schematic from Mr. Scott’s Guide to the Enterprise, which is what I wound up doing. It’s not 100% accurate, but it doesn’t need to be, and it was the best reference I have besides a nice photo from Memory Alpha. Besides, I’m sure these things vary just like any other Trek bits do.
I started on the vertical pylons. The pylon and nacelle arrangement is one of my favorite parts about this ship. Instead of having the nacelles being “held up” or “suspended from” pylons, they have this cool cross-pylon arrangement that reminds me of the tail fins on a C-5 Galaxy. Then the nacelles are attached to those and hang horizontally. It’s an arrangement unlike any other canon Star Trek ship. (the closest is the Cheyenne class, but that’s not quite the same) So, this is always fun to build. I thought about greebling the pylon, but decided instead to turn my attention to the main hull (or saucer, if you prefer.) I got the main part started, but no much more done today.
As anybody who is familiar with my work knows, I love the Constellation-class. I was a kid when TNG aired and I first got a look at the ship in the episode Peak Performance. Funny side note: since I saw that episode before The Battle, I thought Picard had a model of the Hathaway in his ready room. It’s been one of my favorite ships since then. I’ve built a couple CGI models of the ship, first a few years ago and then a couple more models after getting more references. Anywho, since I’ve switched CGI programs since I last built one, it’s time for a new model.
I did the grid lines for the saucer section the other day, but I didn’t want to render on my slow laptop. Now that I have my desktop back and I’m back to sub-two minute renders, here they are.
The good news is, my replacement hard drive for my desktop has been ordered. The bad news is, it probably won’t be here before sometime next week. Today was a holiday here in the US, so the mail didn’t run. (and, by extension, neither did companies like UPS, I’m sure) Plus, I refuse to pay for shipping if I don’t have to, and I didn’t have to, so I didn’t. That means I’ll get it when I get it.
Anywho, working from the laptop right now. Modeling on it isn’t bad, but rendering sucks. I went from a 3.0 GHz 8-core processor down to a 1.0 GHz dual-core processor and less than half of the RAM of my desktop. So, rendering is the slowest I’ve had to put up with in a long time. But, I’ve used worse.
I worked on the grid lines for the center section yesterday and today. I’ve got them pretty much done.
Working on the nacelles today. Obviously, the idea here is to do a bit of a blend of Enterprise refit and Excelsior, though I also put kind of a TNG-style bussard on there. I prefer bussard collectors that glow over the non-glowing vent things that the Enterprise refit had.
This is something I started yesterday. The idea here is to build a small Federation scout ship/science ship from the late 23rd to early 24th century. While it’s mostly my design, I am using a few other Starfleet ships as inspiration, most notably the Intrepid from Enterprise, the Nova-class and the Bonaventure (fan design.) I’m still in the very early stages, but this is what I have so far. Needless to say, the central section (which includes the warp pylons) took a while to get how I wanted it to be. I had to lay out everything perfectly so that, when I subdivided, things went where I wanted them. Then there was some work to get the back section how it looks. That took even longer than it should have because, the first time, I cut the lower groove too high, leaving not enough space for the “shelf” for the shuttlebay landing area. So, I had to redo that. But, I’m pretty happy with how that’s coming along, especially since I’m not devoting as much time as normal to this project, since the Olympics are on. So, this is what I have so far:
Well, here she is in all her dirty glory. I’ve never done textures quite this weathered before, but it was fun. The textures were all created in Inkscape and Gimp, as always. (who says you need to pay hundreds of dollars for software? )