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Old March 11 2009, 12:53 AM   #7
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Re: Long-Winded Treknology: The Original Series

Comparative and Hybrid Plan Study: Matt Jefferies 33" and Alan Sinclair's Revision-D port-side diagram

--- Purpose

To compare the differences between the 11' and 33" versions of the Production studio models and to see how feasible it is to convert the former to the latter with a minimum of modifications. Concept derived from ideas presented by Warped9

--- Process

Did an standard articulation comparison. The diagram demonstrates the results.

Did a rearticulated comparison. The diagram demonstrates the results.

Made preparations to make a hybrid version:

Started with unarticulated versions of each diagram, each as their own layer.
Followed the following procedures on the Alan Sinclair diagram.

Removed command pod.
Trimmed excess top of saucer.
Repasted and repositioned command pod as new layer.

Removed bottom of primary hull.
Repasted and repositioned as new layer.
Trimmed excess and overlap.

Removed lower sensor dome & housing.
Repasted and repositioned as new layer.
Removed lower sensor dome.
Repasted portion stretch horizontal 33% and shrunk vertically to 40% as new sensor dome.

Removed Secondary hull and lower part of the interconnecting dorsal and nacelle pylons.
Repasted and repositioned as new layer, matching the forward part of the hull.
Removed fantail, hanger bay entrance, and aft dome.
Repasted and repositioned as new layer.
Removed and repositioned the aft dome.
Trimmed excess from secondary hull and dorsal.

Removed nacelles and remainder of pylons.
Repasted as new layer and positioned to match original attachment point.

--- Analysis

Perhaps a deck is lost beneath the command pod.
Another deck or so is lost above the lower sensor dome.
Probably the lowest deck of the interconnecting dorsal is lost.
Some aft hanger bay space is lost, and this would effect the topology of the hanger entrance and fantail peripherally.
Further conversion could be done by removing a couple meters from the outer ring of the primary hull dish, making it less than two full decks.
The interconnecting dorsal could be refashioned but that would be considerable work for little benefit, as would be adjusting the nacelles.
Shrinking all of the secondary hull is also possible, but would make a logical, easy conversion to "The Cage" version of the ship difficult to imagine (a major conversion or replacement of the secondary hull might be required).

--- Conclusions

I'm not sure what changes (other than those shared with the 11' model) were made in converting the first Pilot version of the 33" to the Production version, but hopefully other experts could suggest any omissions or errors that have occurred by not being aware of these (i.e., differences between the Pilot 33" and 11' models). And frankly those details are beyond this brief study. Overall a some moderate changes to the design produced results with the key differences that the 33" model possesses. Furthermore, conversion to the Production version of the ship could be seen as adding or modifying existing modules to the 33" design without making widespread alterations. Furthermore, all these alterations would increase space available in the ship. Presumably these modifications would have taken place after the first five year voyage.

Unfortunately, using this scheme contravenes pretty much everyone's conceptions about the nature of the evolution of 1701's design, whether they are inside the franchise or amateur Treknologists. But it is within the realm of possibility.

Last edited by Whorfin; March 11 2009 at 01:04 AM.
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