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Old April 29 2009, 06:53 PM   #1
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USS DRAKE - My own design!

This ship fills the gap in the market in the movie era, a small science ship, smaller than the Miranda class, but more oriented toward stellar research.
The design influences are from the Akira class and NX class. obviously based on the constitution class, so technology is compatible and swappable. The warp core is horizontal in one of the secondary hulls. and the other one is mainly research labs.

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Old April 29 2009, 07:34 PM   #2
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Nice. Personally, I would fair the curves a bit more in the top view, or make them straighter.

One thing I've wondered about catamaran-style designs like this, is wouldn't it be an enormous pain in the butt to get from one catamaran/secondary hull to the other?
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Old April 30 2009, 06:34 PM   #3
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Re: USS DRAKE - My own design!

Ummm...that's just a Loknar-Class variant.
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Old April 30 2009, 06:44 PM   #4
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Re: USS DRAKE - My own design!

No, http://memory-beta.wikia.com/wiki/Fi..._schematic.jpg , no it's not.
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Old April 30 2009, 06:54 PM   #5
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But it's ugly.
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Old May 1 2009, 05:11 PM   #6
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Re: USS DRAKE - My own design!

So is the oberth class, and the nebula class, and the ambassador class. its all opinion... and i respect your opinion. how can i make it better then?
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Old May 1 2009, 06:06 PM   #7
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Ummm...that's just a Loknar-Class variant.
That would be a No.
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Old May 1 2009, 06:07 PM   #8
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But it's ugly.
Depends on your point of view, it was also very effective in the game it came from.

But then again I LIKE little ships.
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Old May 1 2009, 07:00 PM   #9
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Re: USS DRAKE - My own design!

must admit i kinda like the loknar myself almost as good as the constitutions

as for your drake ncc1701-b it's pretty good though id have probaly made the catamaran hulls horizontial myself
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Old May 1 2009, 08:58 PM   #10
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From a design perspective, the catamarans are much too organic when compared to the art deco style of the other pieces. The tmp designs use lots of straight lines with curves limited to rounding corners or capping the straight pieces.
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Old May 1 2009, 09:40 PM   #11
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i like it. the drake is a nice looking ship.
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Old May 2 2009, 08:31 PM   #12
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Thanks. i will make a version with Straight parts and see how that turns out.
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Old May 2 2009, 09:23 PM   #13
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Here it is!
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Old May 2 2009, 10:48 PM   #14
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OK, that is definitely and improvement!
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Old May 2 2009, 11:03 PM   #15
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Here it is!
Okay, let me play "professor" here. Note that, obviously, all this is made-up (from ANY of us) so there's no "right" or "wrong" way to do it, really. But I hope that you'll take this as what it's intended to be... helpful.

As I look at this ship, the first thing that comes to my mind is "what makes it a science vessel?" I see some general shapes, but nothing that says "this is a vessel with a specific purpose."

So, what, exactly, is this ship supposed to be able to do? What specializations does it have that makes it more capable of doing that than a ship of some other class might be able to do? Does it have some form of specialized sensors? If so, would we be able to see this on the exterior of the ship? Does it have lots of internal laboratory space? If so, are these just "regular cabins" which are converted into labs, or are these big specialized spaces (like they had on Regula One, for instance?)

As I look at this ship, I get a very FASA-like feel (and unlike with some folks around here, that's not necessarily a negative when I say it!).

But... for me, when I see a ship with a specific purpose, I'd like to think that I could guess that purpose without being told. A ship with lots of torpedo tubes and phasers is probably a battleship. A ship with a small crew hull, relatively large powerplant and engine set, is most likely a fast scout or a courier. A ship with big "warehouse spaces" evident is most likely a cargo carrier. A ship with lots of high-powered sensor emplacements is most likely a science vessel or a surveillance vessel. And so on and so on.

So... what makes this a science vessel?
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