Here’s a little shuttle porn for the Trekkies in the audience. Unfortunately, I found that the shuttle has its good and bad angles. More bad than good, at least as far as doing dynamic angles with planets and whatnot. And, alas, I still suck at making planets in 3D. After working an hour or so on a planet in Lightwave, I finally threw my hands up in disgust and just used one of my GIMP planets. I altered the color and a few other things to try and make it look like Vulcan. (Vulcan has an inconsistent look between the series, which helps) I probably overdid the city lights, since I don’t think Vulcan is that densely populated, but oh well. 😉
For the second one, I put the shuttle in against a NASA photo of Earth. I figure ships like this would ferry Vulcans to and from the planet. Really, with the size of the shuttle (35 meters) and assuming the ring is a warp nacelle, this type of shuttle may even make routine trips between Earth and Vulcan.