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BorgMan July 1 2009 10:52 PM

Aurora Class Slipstream Prototype
 
This ship is an oldie; I stumbled upon her while searching for another design (there's like 100's of drawings scattered around two drawers), but when my eye fell upon her I just had the urge to do something with it. I could use some ideas in how to model the deflector housing, though. My vision for this prototype is that it's made from a Starfleet perspective, not Arturis' race: the energy for the slipstreamtunnel is channeled through four emitters on the nacelles, because afterall, Starfleet uses nacelles for their propulsion, not deflectors. That results in a fairly normal deflector, perhaps with a fallback system so that the deflector can aid in the stabilisation of the slipstreamtunnel, but it will most definitely not be the main source.

http://img269.imageshack.us/img269/2...rorazkx.th.jpg
http://img38.imageshack.us/img38/8463/aurora1q.th.jpg

This is one big organic shape mess, so any help is appreciated :)

Plecostomus July 1 2009 10:56 PM

Re: Aurora Class Slipstream Prototype
 
Nice so far, lets see some sketchupping!

Kaiser July 2 2009 02:42 AM

Re: Aurora Class Slipstream Prototype
 
Nice sketch and 3D art so far :)

Shawnster July 2 2009 03:54 AM

Re: Aurora Class Slipstream Prototype
 
Nice.

I've been working on something (all in my head at the moment) that would be a slipstream type of starship. My idea is similar to the general shape you've got going on here.

Anxious to see how yours turns out.

erifah July 2 2009 03:57 AM

Re: Aurora Class Slipstream Prototype
 
The original sketch? Heh, I can't honestly say I care for it much. Posted alone, I'd find something nice to say, but it looks like just another overworked fanboy pic.

http://img269.imageshack.us/img269/2...rorazkx.th.jpg


But, the 3-D model you've started, oh my! Without all that cluttering caused by panel lines, that primary hull just pops! It is wonderful! I like bold shapes and this one's got 'em. Keep the surface as clean and simple and elegant as possible, with just the faintest lines suggesting hull plates and panels.

I really don't have the words to say what I like about objects, so I just sketched some comments on the pic.
http://bisbeetimespicayune.files.wor.../image0041.jpg

BorgMan July 2 2009 09:03 AM

Re: Aurora Class Slipstream Prototype
 
Hmm, you almost made me cry Efirah ;) Actually you're right, it's got some traces of fanboyism but I'm planning on making this a serious project. I agree with your comments on the hull geometry, and the panelling will be much more subtle than on the sketch. I know what I'm doing (I think) ;)

BorgMan July 2 2009 09:03 AM

Re: Aurora Class Slipstream Prototype
 
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Klondike307 July 2 2009 09:18 AM

Re: Aurora Class Slipstream Prototype
 
I really like it, Its looks like voyager mixed with ENT-E but more advanced

DiSiLLUSiON July 2 2009 12:20 PM

Re: Aurora Class Slipstream Prototype
 
Keep the sleek shape (don't botch it up with too much greebles, bevels and/or indentations) and you're set!

BorgMan July 2 2009 02:37 PM

Re: Aurora Class Slipstream Prototype
 
http://img232.imageshack.us/img232/3667/aurora2c.th.jpg
http://img196.imageshack.us/img196/1005/aurora3.th.jpg
http://img196.imageshack.us/img196/4056/aurora4.th.jpg

There we go: that secondary hull isn't exactly the way I want it, but to get it in such way I need a SketchUp plugin that's still in development. For now I like it, though :)

Frontier July 2 2009 03:05 PM

Re: Aurora Class Slipstream Prototype
 
I envy and loath you for having the skill to draw things that well.

Damn you. :p

That said, I'd smooth out where the lower-hull connects to the saucer. It's the only critique re: slipstream I can offer.

BorgMan July 9 2009 01:47 PM

Re: Aurora Class Slipstream Prototype
 
Here's a render for the deflector area

http://img43.imageshack.us/img43/3933/aurora5.th.jpg

I'm kind of wondering if this is the best way to go, but I really want to stay away from a Dauntless deflector as hard as possible. Suggestions, anyone?

Frontier July 10 2009 12:04 AM

Re: Aurora Class Slipstream Prototype
 
Maybe some sort of bulbous protruding deflector, to signify it's importance? Most deflectors are indented... so it'd be different.

BorgMan August 16 2009 02:22 PM

Re: Aurora Class Slipstream Prototype
 
Here's two shots from the cargo bay situated behind the shuttlebay:

http://img30.imageshack.us/img30/416...rgobay2.th.jpg
http://img34.imageshack.us/img34/932...rgobay1.th.jpg

Clawhammer August 16 2009 02:54 PM

Re: Aurora Class Slipstream Prototype
 
Nice :) The teardrop shape will certainly do well in slipstream!

I like how you refreshed the older container setup of the tmp era. Make sure you design a small pivot system on the pulling mechanism of the workbee, so in case of a sleepy cargoloader, the bee's pilot can rotate the container to fit the free hole. (als in het spel: Hamertje tik...) :P


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