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Warped9 July 11 2013 03:12 AM

22nd century star clipper...
 
I'm taking a little break from shuttlecraft to try my hand at a design I conjured up about fifteen or so years ago. It's my idea of a mid to late 22nd century starship or what I call a Hercules-class star clipper. This design is meant to be an adaptable platform for a number of variants configured for distinctly different mission profiles.

Here's the beginning.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...psc65cbb93.gif

sojourner July 11 2013 04:26 AM

Re: 22nd century star clipper...
 
I think I remember some of your 2d images of this ship. My recommendation would be to not tie yourself too closely to the design you came up with then based on the limitations you were working under with that old software.

Warped9 July 11 2013 04:46 AM

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sojourner wrote: (Post 8363032)
I think I remember some of your 2d images of this ship. My recommendation would be to not tie yourself too closely to the design you came up with then based on the limitations you were working under with that old software.

The original design was drawn by hand and I already plan to make some changes although those are mostly in terms of detail. I still quite like the essential concept.

surak-toc July 11 2013 01:53 PM

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its a good basic design, cannot wait to see what evolves from it.

Warped9 July 11 2013 08:46 PM

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Making some decent progress here. I'm not going to slavishly follow my original drawings except for the overall major components in terms of general shape and proportions. I'm going to depart mostly in terms of detailing.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...ps2a3db8af.gif

Avon July 11 2013 09:14 PM

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i like it. looks good from that rear angle.

Warped9 July 12 2013 12:49 AM

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This is the essential design. Now it's a matter of detailing and colour and all the rest.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...psf5cee5e0.gif

I'm still trying to flesh out the backstory for this puppy. I will say that if I had seen something more like this, more rudimentary, in ENT I might have found it more convincing. The general idea here is that it's meant to be one of the first ships with a saucer configuration and successful. Variants of the design have been in operation since its introduction and variants of it continue in service presently. The 23rd century destroyers and scouts could owe their existence to these ships proving a single nacelle configuration viable.

Colonel Midnight July 12 2013 04:06 PM

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Well, the "clippers" at sea were known for their speed, so maybe something along those lines? Perhaps this new configuration allowed for better (Insert warpy fluxy field technobabble here) (;)), and broke the "Warp 3 threshold", etc.?

(Since NX-01 broke the Warp 5 barrier, IIRC from ENT, and it had a saucer, that's why I came up with the "Warp 3 threshold".)

Cheers & TGIF,
-CM-

Warped9 July 12 2013 05:08 PM

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Colonel Midnight wrote: (Post 8369032)
Well, the "clippers" at sea were known for their speed, so maybe something along those lines? Perhaps this new configuration allowed for better (Insert warpy fluxy field technobabble here) (;)), and broke the "Warp 3 threshold", etc.?

(Since NX-01 broke the Warp 5 barrier, IIRC from ENT, and it had a saucer, that's why I came up with the "Warp 3 threshold".)

Cheers & TGIF,
-CM-

Well in my continuity ENT doesn't exist anyway, but about Warp 3 is what I was thinking.

publiusr July 13 2013 09:29 PM

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Ah! The designs from "The Best of Trek" and cover art.

I like the antennae on the naceles. You might want to do a nacelle with clusters of different antenna lengths coming out the back one day.

Warped9 July 14 2013 03:43 PM

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publiusr wrote: (Post 8374753)
I like the antennae on the naceles.

That spar on the nacelle dome is actually part of the nav deflector as is the dome itself, The space warp engine is most of the rest of the cylinder behind that. At least that's how I initially conceived it but, of course, I can change my mind.

My original concept was that the basic design served as a platform for different variants and I think I'd like to explore that a bit more by modelling some of them: sentry, science survey, transport and medical support.

Warped9 July 14 2013 11:47 PM

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Incremental progress.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...ps59db514b.gif

Jiangnan Freak July 18 2013 10:37 AM

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What is that spike on the front?

sojourner July 18 2013 04:11 PM

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^Answered 2 posts up.

Colonel Midnight July 18 2013 04:56 PM

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Warped9 ~

Out of curiosity, what is your reasoning for/behind the stepped portion on top of the stern hull structure? Is is a connection point perhaps for the variant pods?

Cheers,
-CM-


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