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Fuzzy Modem December 1 2013 12:21 AM

Excelsior 3000
 
http://crossovercomic.com/media/extr...lsior_06sm.jpg
http://crossovercomic.com/media/extr...lsior_05sm.jpg
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Bigger pics: http://crossovercomic.com/index.php?...lder=excelsior

Re-christened version of my Enterprise F for the "Design the Next Enterprise" Contest.
Added an impulse engine and a couple more airlocks and removed a bunch of windows. Still working on retexturing. Suggestions welcome. When I'm done I'll post some fly-by animations.

Tech details:
http://crossovercomic.com/media/extr...r_lcars_sm.jpg

Saucer Separation and Impulse Maneuvering

Unlike traditional stardrive coupling the primary bridge is retained, releasing only the outer ring of the saucer. This removes the need for the Captain the move to a battle bridge, saving precious seconds in an emergency. Instead a secondary bridge in the saucer is crewed by third shift personnel.

The primary purpose of separation is to give non military crew and passengers a chance to escape while the stardrive engages an opponent. A disadvantage is the loss of two impulse engines in the process.

The Excelsior offers an alternative, with two tertiary impulse engines on either side of the secondary hull. Normally dormant, they can provide short boots in speed, or be used separately for dramatically improved banking. Trajectory is traditionally controlled by maneuvering thrusters alone with impulse engines providing only forward thrust due to the limitations of structural integrity fields. Thus these engines should only be engaged while the shield booster is in effect or the saucer is separated, as otherwise minor hull damage could prove catastrophic.

Anti-Protonic Shield Booster

Based on a technique provided to the USS Voyager by the Q Continuum, Beta-tachyon emitters in the neck flood the shield projectors on the ventral side of the saucer with anti-protons. The result is an annihilation barrier, providing enough protection to pass through a supernova unharmed.

Due to necessitated system coupling with the deflector dish, the booster can only be used with the saucer attached or in range of the emitters, and an extended cooldown is necessary to prevent ignition of the shields themselves, which would follow the projector to the hull and disintegrate the majority of the saucer.

Using an annihilation barrier as a battering ram is a violation of the Second Khitomer Accords.

surak-toc December 1 2013 12:44 AM

Re: Excelsior 3000
 
that's one beautiful ship

Kaiser December 1 2013 12:55 AM

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ship of epicness there :)

T'Girl December 1 2013 02:53 AM

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If you don't mind the smallest of suggestions, the portion of the saucer that separates might prosper by having petite warp nacelles that swing down to provide something like warp three or four.

The separated saucer might not be able to run from a fight, but it could walk away.

:)

reanimatedfish December 1 2013 10:45 AM

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Fantastic to see some additional work done on what was a fantastic concept!

Patrickivan December 1 2013 02:16 PM

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It's funny that the nacelles are my favorite feature in that they're so sleek and simple while still having that very cool bussard transition red to the warp coil blue...

SeerSGB December 1 2013 05:30 PM

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That is one sweet looking ship. She'd look amazing on screen.

BillJ December 1 2013 05:33 PM

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I think it would look better with a round instead of oval saucer section.

surak-toc December 1 2013 06:25 PM

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i think the oval saucer section is a good choice, but possibly make it a little wider, would be better.

SeerSGB December 1 2013 06:28 PM

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As is, I think the saucer flows naturally with the rest of the lines of the ship.

Fuzzy Modem December 1 2013 11:20 PM

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Quote:

T'Girl wrote: (Post 8960509)
If you don't mind the smallest of suggestions, the portion of the saucer that separates might prosper by having petite warp nacelles that swing down to provide something like warp three or four.

The separated saucer might not be able to run from a fight, but it could walk away.

:)

I really dig the idea of Defiant style nacelles descending from the bulbous area behind the saucer's impulse engines :)

There are already panels for landing gear, as the saucer is capable of atmospheric entry.

Fuzzy Modem December 1 2013 11:29 PM

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Someone else noted we're up above 75,000 in registry numbers as of DS9, and that vessel classes are named after the first in the series (and there has already been an Excelsior class.)

The USS Frontier was destroyed with all hands when attempting to activate the shield booster for the first time, when anti-protons back flowed to the beta-tachyon emitters in the saucer and ignited. This has been remedied by emitters on the neck, slaved to the main deflector for precision.

Perhaps the Excelsior's registry should be 300001?

Santaman December 1 2013 11:51 PM

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Nice to see this design again, always liked it a lot :cool:

Gojira December 2 2013 02:47 AM

Re: Excelsior 3000
 
Wow, that is a beautiful ship!!!

Avro Arrow December 2 2013 05:10 AM

Re: Excelsior 3000
 
Beautiful ship!

Quote:

Fuzzy Modem wrote: (Post 8963167)
Perhaps the Excelsior's registry should be 300001?

I think you could just put an '8' in front of the '3000', and you'd be good to go! :)


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