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Old October 18 2010, 11:56 AM   #871
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Re: USS Grandeur - One... More... Time!

So, this one has two navigational deflectors?
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Old October 18 2010, 03:55 PM   #872
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Re: USS Grandeur - One... More... Time!

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By request of The Commander, a new wallpaper image for your desktp pleasure.



^^Click for full-size version.
She looks so buetiful there i bet Doug Dexler and John Eaves and Andrew Probert are green with envy
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Old October 18 2010, 04:04 PM   #873
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Re: USS Grandeur - One... More... Time!

It has the usual main navigational deflector on the front of the engineering hull and an auxiliary deflector on the front of the saucer similar to the USS Voyager or the lesser-known Nova class. For the Grandeur the aux deflector has slightly greater significance for reasons that have not yet been revealed.

There is also some debate about whether the aux deflector would be powered under normal circumstances. If I'm not mistaken, I think Voyager's was rarely, if ever, lit. But we'll have to see how that one shakes itself out.
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Old October 18 2010, 04:32 PM   #874
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Some of you awhile back may have taken the Grandeur Model Poll. That was back when Vektor was no where close to being finished, now things are a bit closer. If you will please take a moment and take the new Grandeur Model Poll, from our website so we can get new updated figures, that would be appreciated.
I visited the Grandeur website for the first time, ever, to participate in the poll.

When I did so - once - it informed me that I wasn't allowed to "vote repeatedly."

Still a few bugs in the system.

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Old October 18 2010, 04:43 PM   #875
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Not my department, but I'll pass it along.
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Old October 18 2010, 06:37 PM   #876
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I'm at a loss for words here. She looks breathtaking.
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Old October 18 2010, 08:13 PM   #877
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Okay, somebody help me out here. How big is a standard escape pod like the ones used on the Enterprise-E? I could scale one off a Sovereign class schematic but, well, I'm lazy. Surely somebody has had to dig this up before.

Also, anybody know how many people they're supposed to hold?
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Old October 19 2010, 07:01 PM   #878
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Some of you awhile back may have taken the Grandeur Model Poll. That was back when Vektor was no where close to being finished, now things are a bit closer. If you will please take a moment and take the new Grandeur Model Poll, from our website so we can get new updated figures, that would be appreciated.
I visited the Grandeur website for the first time, ever, to participate in the poll.

When I did so - once - it informed me that I wasn't allowed to "vote repeatedly."

Still a few bugs in the system.
I changed it using the same wording in the poll but went with a different free poll site. It should be working now, but if it is not I am at lost as to what the problem may be.
The old poll seemed to work OK, let me know if you have any more problems. You can click on a e-mail link on the poll page and just let me know which way you would like to vote if nothing else.
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Old November 1 2010, 07:25 PM   #879
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First pass on the upper primary hull escape pods. This is pretty much the standard Sovereign class configuration.



Honestly, I can't decide about these. I'm torn between what has become the traditional barnacle encrustation of escape pods or sticking with a nice, clean, uncluttered hull. I'm thinking about a compromise where the pods are concealed beneath hinged or blow-away hull plates.

I've also been tinkering with the hull textures, trying to develop a final look instead of just recycling the generic scattered plate maps I've been using for years. This is getting there but I'm not totally happy with it yet.



Thoughts and opinions appreciated as always.
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Old November 1 2010, 07:56 PM   #880
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i've never liked the escape pod greebles. my 2cp.
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Old November 1 2010, 08:02 PM   #881
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Let's say the escape pods are concealed beneath a tear-away skin, just for kicks and giggles - it looks like the rest of the hull, and doesn't scream "target" to an enemy who decides if they disable the pods first, the crew is frakked .
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Old November 1 2010, 10:46 PM   #882
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Vektor, it looks SO much better without the visible escape pods breaking up the ship's lines. But if you feel you have to have them visible I suggest you think about a an alternate design, perhaps one that is less angular.
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Old November 1 2010, 11:35 PM   #883
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Personally, I'd put the escape pods behind panels. The Defiant pretty much proved that it looks cool in action. And it's slicker.I'd reccomend a "minivan-style" panel that pops out slightly and slides back, or a hinged panel. I think while blow-aways are cool, they pose a potential hazard to escaping pods.
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Old November 2 2010, 02:16 AM   #884
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Personally, I'd put the escape pods behind panels. The Defiant pretty much proved that it looks cool in action. And it's slicker.I'd reccomend a "minivan-style" panel that pops out slightly and slides back, or a hinged panel. I think while blow-aways are cool, they pose a potential hazard to escaping pods.
Yeah, but when do you use escape pods? When the ship's systems are failing and the ship has been battered. A complex cover mechanism might jam if there has been a battle. Why not just use a thin paper-like plastic or ceramic that looks nice but lets ejecting escape pods punch through without impediment?

EDIT TO ADD:

Vektor, there's something about this texturing that I don't like. Maybe it's the way the panels appear to radiate outwards from the center, it just makes the ship look a lot smaller and toy-like. Is it my imagination that the panels look smaller the closer they get to the bridge? I think each of the modeled segments on the saucer needs a unique texture with slight "weather" streaking running from stem to stern to unify the overall look.
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Old November 2 2010, 07:32 PM   #885
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Bah! this starship ain't so great. It'll NEVER fly.

Sure, it's a great, new, innovative design, and it executed flawlessly with GRACE, STYLE, FLAIR and ÉLAN...

But it was designed to be crewed by super-advanced penguins... and everyone knows penguins can't fly.
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