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Old April 10 2010, 06:43 AM   #1
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USS Defiant, NCC-1764-A

Well, I figured this one could have a thread to it's own, now.

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While you're getting started on the saucer... may I reccomend you move the arboretum up there? It could free up some room in the engineering hull for... engineering stuff. And there's already plenty of space to spare for the crew in the saucer as is, as many posters here could likely attest.

I'd reccomend the saucer rim, the B/C deck bulge or the spot originally indicated for the rec room by The Probert (LINK).
I think I might just add a second set of big square windows on the back rim of the saucer, like where the rec room is located on the right side. I can texture one set as the rec room, and the other as an arboretum.

Here's where I am as of tonight...









I think it's coming along nicely. I was able to stick the torpedo bays above the nav dome, where one of the old spotlights would have been.

More to come...
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Old April 10 2010, 01:37 PM   #2
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Re: USS Defiant, NCC-1764-A

Nice. I know it's just a WIP stage, but I always found this smooth semi-gloss base texture look attractive!
I was curious as to what you have in mind for that forward vertical portion of the dorsal, where the torpedo housing was originally?

Here's what I think you should do:

>Make the nacelles much bigger, and the accentuate cowlings...perhaps add some dramatic "shark-gill-slits" to their lower edge.
>Move the secondary hull radically forward, flatten it, and build a long, continuous curve from the saucer to the shuttle bay. Also,
radically increase the size of the ventral cut-out.
>Move the pylons back to the extreme rear, and give them a dramatic sweep and arch profile.
>Make the ship larger
>Use the TMP saucer

OK, I'm joking I have to work today unexpectedly, so I'm trying to build up a sense of humor and good attitude

Anyway, as always, great work, can't wait to see more.
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Old April 10 2010, 01:40 PM   #3
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Very nice Looking foward to the final results
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Old April 10 2010, 04:06 PM   #4
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Great work as usual! I just can't get over one thing. The nacelles um, er, look un-circumsized.
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Old April 10 2010, 04:58 PM   #5
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Re: USS Defiant, NCC-1764-A

judexavier wrote: View Post
Nice. I know it's just a WIP stage, but I always found this smooth semi-gloss base texture look attractive!
I was curious as to what you have in mind for that forward vertical portion of the dorsal, where the torpedo housing was originally?

Here's what I think you should do:

>Make the nacelles much bigger, and the accentuate cowlings...perhaps add some dramatic "shark-gill-slits" to their lower edge.
>Move the secondary hull radically forward, flatten it, and build a long, continuous curve from the saucer to the shuttle bay. Also,
radically increase the size of the ventral cut-out.
>Move the pylons back to the extreme rear, and give them a dramatic sweep and arch profile.
>Make the ship larger
>Use the TMP saucer

OK, I'm joking I have to work today unexpectedly, so I'm trying to build up a sense of humor and good attitude

Anyway, as always, great work, can't wait to see more.
Good one. I was waiting for that. Thinking of the secondary hull "jutting out radically forward" on the new Enterprise, it really doesn't, if you use the TOS E for reference. I think the Original TOS E sticks out farther, including the dish...

I haven't decided yet if I will have a physical dish on this one, or the glowing area like the TMP ship. I'm leaning towards a dish...

About the vertical spot on the Neck... It'll probably go away. I was just using stand-ins from my original Refit Enterprise I built, about 6 years ago. It looks better in green.

Have fun at work.

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Very nice Looking foward to the final results
Thanks.

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Great work as usual! I just can't get over one thing. The nacelles um, er, look un-circumsized.
Well, there were complaints before, in the other direction. Personal preference, I guess.
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Old April 10 2010, 05:13 PM   #6
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Great work as usual! I just can't get over one thing. The nacelles um, er, look un-circumsized.


See, Madman, I'm not crazy.

To me, this version looks less ... phallic ... than the previous version, but I still see the point.

I definitely like the overall size and shape of the nacelles; the cowling is definitely a matter of personal preference.
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Old April 10 2010, 06:26 PM   #7
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Well, it's hard to make a cylinder with a round ball out it, not look phallic.
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Old April 10 2010, 07:42 PM   #8
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Re: USS Defiant, NCC-1764-A

judexavier wrote: View Post
Nice. I know it's just a WIP stage, but I always found this smooth semi-gloss base texture look attractive!
I was curious as to what you have in mind for that forward vertical portion of the dorsal, where the torpedo housing was originally?

Here's what I think you should do:

>Make the nacelles much bigger, and the accentuate cowlings...perhaps add some dramatic "shark-gill-slits" to their lower edge.
>Move the secondary hull radically forward, flatten it, and build a long, continuous curve from the saucer to the shuttle bay. Also,
radically increase the size of the ventral cut-out.
>Move the pylons back to the extreme rear, and give them a dramatic sweep and arch profile.
>Make the ship larger
>Use the TMP saucer

OK, I'm joking I have to work today unexpectedly, so I'm trying to build up a sense of humor and good attitude

Anyway, as always, great work, can't wait to see more.

Needs more lens-flare.
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Old April 11 2010, 12:39 AM   #9
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Re: USS Defiant, NCC-1764-A

Another idea when you start detailing - TOS-style landing lights under the shuttlebay?
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Old April 11 2010, 02:57 AM   #10
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Sure, I can do that. Might tweak them a little, though.
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Old April 11 2010, 06:24 AM   #11
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I haven't decided yet if I will have a physical dish on this one, or the glowing area like the TMP ship. I'm leaning towards a dish...
Somewhere I saw one that "split the difference" - recess the TOS style dish into the secondary like TMP but keep the center spike, then illuminate behind the dish blue similar to the NX.
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Old April 11 2010, 06:34 AM   #12
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MadMan1701A wrote: View Post
I haven't decided yet if I will have a physical dish on this one, or the glowing area like the TMP ship. I'm leaning towards a dish...
Somewhere I saw one that "split the difference" - recess the TOS style dish into the secondary like TMP but keep the center spike, then illuminate behind the dish blue similar to the NX.
Yeah, that's kind of what I'm leaning towards... good idea.

Here's tonight's update... I did something I think is neat with the phaser banks... I get tired of the usual rectangular base with balls on it...



And the rest of my progress... it looks a little strange without the torpedo launcher in the neck.









Any suggestions about the neck? Have fun guys...
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Old April 11 2010, 07:24 AM   #13
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That's a really nice take on the Connie!

As for the neck, I prefer the movie version, with the torp launcher at the base.
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Old April 11 2010, 09:53 AM   #14
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Looks great so far. Can't wait til your finished. But I do love the influence of old and new in your design.
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Old April 11 2010, 04:33 PM   #15
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You could do a single torp launcher in the neck. That way you'll have the tube jutting out in the profile like on the Refit but not the protrusions from the side.
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