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Old April 11 2013, 11:26 AM   #1
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Making the Intepid Class Prototype (Sternbach)

Hi everyone,

Rick Sternbach designed this as a primary concept idea for the USS Voyager. He was later told to 'smooth' the design over and make it look a bit more like a Lexus, which he did.



This design, is a particular favourite of mine and has been ever since I first saw it when I was about 15 years old in the 'Art of Star Trek' book. Sternbach did other angled views of this concept, but changed the details whenever he did so, meaning that this picture is the ONLY existing image of this particular design. It was quite a challenge to build my Sketchup model to match, especially as I had never seen the navigational deflector array before, so essentially, I got to add my own flair to the design. Here's the back quarter view to match the original sketch. It's obviously not finished, so there's much more to follow!





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Old April 11 2013, 11:28 AM   #2
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Rick, I was wondering if I could get your opinon on the Navigational deflector area of the ship? I was wondering how this compared to your original vision of it...
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Old April 11 2013, 12:32 PM   #3
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The Fan Art forum is probably better for this. If you ask a mod, they can probably move it for you.
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Old April 13 2013, 06:57 AM   #4
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Rick, I was wondering if I could get your opinon on the Navigational deflector area of the ship? I was wondering how this compared to your original vision of it...
The preliminary model I built based on this design had the deflector area about like what it eventually turned out to be. There were photos of the model kicking around the web over the last couple of years, but I don't think there were decent shots of the engineering hull.

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Old April 13 2013, 09:56 AM   #5
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Re: Making the Intepid Class Prototype (Sternbach)

Ah Mr. Sternbach, you've made my year by replying, so thank you. I recall the photo you're referring to. I did my best to find it on the Web but to no avail. I know this version of the engineering hull is slightly different to your original concept but I'm trying to be as accurate as possible with the rest of the ship.

If any moderators are reading this, perhaps they could make the call of this thread is better suited to the artwork section? I will be posting more updates soon and Rick, many thanks again for your input. Please feel free to chime in again if you have any comments or critiques on this in the future.
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Old April 13 2013, 10:18 AM   #6
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Re: Making the Intepid Class Prototype (Sternbach)

i like this design a lot but and i know this sounds odd it looks a smaller ship then the intrepid almost defiant or even runabout size somehow.

not complaining though, in fact it has given me an idea

pity there isnt any other angles on this design about
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Old April 13 2013, 03:01 PM   #7
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Ok so here's an update. I've worked on adding some depth to the deflector array and some further hull detailing.


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Old April 13 2013, 07:28 PM   #8
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i like this design a lot but and i know this sounds odd it looks a smaller ship then the intrepid almost defiant or even runabout size somehow.
It's the runabout style nacelle pylons. You're used to seeing those things on small ships, so it makes you think this ship is small too.
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Old April 13 2013, 08:00 PM   #9
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I was never a good enough modeler to make accurate versions of conceptual or final canon ships. I usually wound up doing hypothetical designs that didn't fit the Trek universe and had improper scale.
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Old April 13 2013, 09:09 PM   #10
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If any moderators are reading this, perhaps they could make the call of this thread is better suited to the artwork section? I will be posting more updates soon and Rick, many thanks again for your input. Please feel free to chime in again if you have any comments or critiques on this in the future.
I never like to turn away cool Voyager topics, but you will probably get better feedback if I move it to Fan Art. So I will do so.
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Old April 16 2013, 07:34 AM   #11
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Here's a little update showing the detail to the saucer secton
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Old April 16 2013, 09:18 AM   #12
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Re: Making the Intepid Class Prototype (Sternbach)

Very cool.

Especially liking the nacelles (any pylons), they look like the ship was designed for speed.
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Old April 16 2013, 10:16 AM   #13
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Bry_Sinclair wrote: View Post
Very cool.

Especially liking the nacelles (any pylons), they look like the ship was designed for speed.
Thanks, I'll hazard a guess and say that was what Sternbach intended. I'm still not happy with those shield grid lines on the primary hull though. They still look too thick to me. I've been banned from working on this tonight so I'll have another go when I can.
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Old April 16 2013, 10:34 AM   #14
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Oh I like this - more than the one used.

I'd like to see this appear in Treklit, possibly as part of the 'Voyager' fleet...
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Old April 16 2013, 11:42 AM   #15
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Thanks! I guess she needs a name first...perhaps Mr.Sternbach could come up with a suggestion? Or perhaps it should really be called the Sternbach Class?

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