This is looking terrific - I'm really hoping it won't lose its sleek purposefulness being freckled with portals and escape pods.
I've become increasingly concerned about that myself. The Citizen
and I are just beginning to hash out surface details, windows, panel lines, escape pods, etc, but I would like to find a way to reduce the usual "clutter" and maintain more of TMP-era sleekness.
This has to be the most beautiful Starfleet ship, bar none; I think you've really shown the 'authorized' designs a thing or two, Vektor (no offense intended, Rick Sternbach - there's nothing that says something has to be 'beautiful' to be a great design!).
That's some seriously high praise Ptrope
and I thank you for it, but I'm gonna have to go with the TMP refit myself. Of course, the Grandeur
takes a lot of inspiration from the refit, as well as the Ent-D, the Ent-E and even a smattering of Voyager
. Standing on the shoulders of giants.