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Old September 6 2013, 04:35 PM   #1
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Pre TOS star cruiser....

So I'm thinking this could be my next 3D project: my pre TOS cruiser concept based on one of Matt Jefferies sketches.



I'm envisioning this as the previous major design before the Constitution-class Heavy Cruiser. I'm also imaging the Valiant (re: "A Taste Of Armageddon") and possibly the Republic (re: "Court Martial") being of this vintage.
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Old September 6 2013, 08:03 PM   #2
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Re: Pre TOS star cruiser....

It's the basically the cadet cruiser from the proposed animated series that didn't get made, isn't it? That would make it the Republic, yes?
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Old September 6 2013, 08:09 PM   #3
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It's the basically the cadet cruiser from the proposed animated series that didn't get made, isn't it? That would make it the Republic, yes?
I have no idea what you're referring to. I based this off one of MJ's concept sketches from when he was working out the design for the TOS Enterprise. I drew one up near twenty years ago, but now I'm updating it for 3D.

Presently I'm working on more precise linework in shapes and proportions in Illustrator. I'll probably call it the Valiant if I don't think of another name.
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Old September 6 2013, 09:03 PM   #4
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Re: Pre TOS star cruiser....

From Wikipedia: An early Filmation proposal for [the animated Star Trek] series had children assigned to each of the senior officers as cadets, including a young Vulcan for Mr. Spock. According to interviews with Norm Prescott, Paramount offered Roddenberry a substantial sum of money to abandon creative control of the project and let Filmation proceed with their "kiddy space cadet" idea. Roddenberry refused. Filmation would later develop the idea into its own original live action program, Space Academy, in 1977.

There's been some of the production art floating around with that particular ship design along with the original crew and their younger counterparts for some time now.

Here's the one with the kiddies: http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5161/...e391d5fb13.jpg
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Old September 7 2013, 12:18 AM   #5
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From Wikipedia: An early Filmation proposal for [the animated Star Trek] series had children assigned to each of the senior officers as cadets, including a young Vulcan for Mr. Spock. According to interviews with Norm Prescott, Paramount offered Roddenberry a substantial sum of money to abandon creative control of the project and let Filmation proceed with their "kiddy space cadet" idea. Roddenberry refused. Filmation would later develop the idea into its own original live action program, Space Academy, in 1977.

There's been some of the production art floating around with that particular ship design along with the original crew and their younger counterparts for some time now.

Here's the one with the kiddies: http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5161/...e391d5fb13.jpg
Oh, I remember that now. I also remember being deathly afraid they would actually make it. Thank God it never came to pass. I don't ever recall seeing any ship ideas, though.


Here's a better idea of developing shapes and proportions.

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Old September 7 2013, 02:03 AM   #6
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Is that the side and front elevations in one view?

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Old September 7 2013, 02:46 AM   #7
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Is that the side and front elevations in one view?

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Yes. I did it for simplicity's sake to get shapes right and lined up correctly. This is just a quick layout drawing.

Here is a little more.



Although it's more rudimentary and in a sense devolved from the design MJ finally arrived at you can see the familiar elements. And in roughly similar fashion as MJ worked through this to his final concept. The main difference is this idea was just a stepping stone to what MJ decided on while I'm working it as if this was the final concept to be fleshed out.

Some of these ships could still be in operation in Kirk's era. Perhaps the ship Pike was injured aboard was one of these.
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Old September 7 2013, 03:10 AM   #8
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Re: Pre TOS star cruiser....

This looks a LOT like your USS Farragut image from a few years ago.



You described that ship as being roughly between the Valiant/Republic and the Enterprise evolution-wise, circa 2225 or so. So is this that vessel, or are you fleshing out the earlier vessel design?
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Old September 7 2013, 04:11 AM   #9
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This design's evolution:

About twenty years ago I adapted one of MJ's sketches to design this.



Then some years ago (about five or so) I used Photoshop to fashion this, a slicker version of the previous design.



And now we are at my present stage which I will model in 3D. It's essentially the same thing, but at each stage I simply tried to improve on what I did before. The Photoshop version was a try at fixing things I felt I could do better than before and the 3D model will be a further refinement. One could make a case for it being the same class ship showing evolution in design over time. The Photoshop version is obviously closer to the final form although there obviously will be differences. And having a 3D model will make it much easier to view the ship from any angle.
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Old September 7 2013, 09:10 AM   #10
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Re: Pre TOS star cruiser....

Nice! This is one of my favorites of your work. I'll follow this one closely!

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Old September 7 2013, 08:00 PM   #11
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Ditto, looking very much forward to this.
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Old September 7 2013, 09:44 PM   #12
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I love it so far!
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Old September 7 2013, 11:34 PM   #13
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Re: Pre TOS star cruiser....

It starts with a saucer. Needless to say that I'm making running changes as I go forward. Depending on final scale the saucer will be 7-9 decks thick.

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Old September 8 2013, 03:34 AM   #14
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I like that your concept for this saucer appears to essentially be a series of nested, flattened hemispheres. Makes very much sense as an early vessel. Theoretically, it should be very structurally sound.
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Old September 8 2013, 03:10 PM   #15
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Very nice work.
I always liked the design of that NCC-809. This should look very good in 3D.
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