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Old November 4 2011, 09:17 PM   #1
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TOS Shuttlecraft Herschel

I started this shuttlecraft model for an monthly challenge a while back ( thread here). It's designed to be a smaller (four-seater) contemporary to the Galileo-type shuttles.


It seems I'm finally getting somewhere with it:





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I'm thinking about internals now. I'm not sure whether to model them or not, but since it has all those windows I guess I should.
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Old November 4 2011, 10:24 PM   #2
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I like it. Seems to fit seamlessly into the TOS universe. Sort of an economy class shuttlecraft. :-) Nicely done.
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Old November 5 2011, 12:02 AM   #3
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Re: TOS Shuttlecraft Herschel

I might just have to bribe you for the mesh when you're finished!

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Old November 5 2011, 12:06 AM   #4
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I like it! Bridges TOS and TAS nicely, good job.
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Old November 5 2011, 12:28 AM   #5
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Re: TOS Shuttlecraft Herschel

Fits in more or less seamlessly in the TOS/TAS style timeline of design elements.
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Old November 5 2011, 12:32 AM   #6
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Re: TOS Shuttlecraft Herschel

I like it cus it fits very well with the TAS
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Old November 5 2011, 10:36 PM   #7
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Re: TOS Shuttlecraft Herschel

Thanks, everyone!


I've been tweaking the materials, although probably not so much as you'd notice.


Oh, and just in case you were wondering about it, here's the landing-gear:

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Old November 5 2011, 11:40 PM   #8
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Thanks, everyone!


I've been tweaking the materials, although probably not so much as you'd notice.


Oh, and just in case you were wondering about it, here's the landing-gear:

I think one in front two in back would be better. You have a disproportionate amount of mass on the single pad in the back. You could even have them come down out of the side to have a wider foot print.
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Old November 6 2011, 05:17 AM   #9
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^Ah, but one in back is the tradition for TOS shuttles.
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Old November 6 2011, 06:57 AM   #10
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^Ah, but one in back is the tradition for TOS shuttles.
Is one example a tradition?
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Old November 6 2011, 01:37 PM   #11
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Extend the nacelles a little up so they have some line of sight with each other. Other then that, I like it.
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Old November 6 2011, 02:20 PM   #12
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... I think one in front two in back would be better. You have a disproportionate amount of mass on the single pad in the back. You could even have them come down out of the side to have a wider foot print.
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^Ah, but one in back is the tradition for TOS shuttles.
Is one example a tradition?
Well, it does set a precedent. But you make a good point... I was more concerned with how much internal space the landing gear would take up (and where) than weight distribution.

I'll keep it in mind, but I'm not sure I can face all the re-jigging changing the landing-gear would require.

One solution, however, would be that the pads are only used for landing and then the shuttle settles down onto the chassis once it's parked. I'd say that the Galileo does something similar too (if it lands on it's nacelles why have the landing-gear at all ).


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Extend the nacelles a little up so they have some line of sight with each other. Other then that, I like it.
Thanks. I did think about the nacelle line-of-sight issue and there is a little at the back of the shuttle. I'd have to double the height of the supports to get any l-o-s over the top of the shuttle - that would look awkward, I think.
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Old November 7 2011, 04:26 PM   #13
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Re: TOS Shuttlecraft Herschel

I've always thought the line-of-sight rule was silly. The looks-cool rule should always take precedence.
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Old November 7 2011, 05:45 PM   #14
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^Indeed. GR came up with the rule out of spite. Ignore it.
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Old November 7 2011, 05:51 PM   #15
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... I think one in front two in back would be better. You have a disproportionate amount of mass on the single pad in the back. You could even have them come down out of the side to have a wider foot print.
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Is one example a tradition?
Well, it does set a precedent. But you make a good point... I was more concerned with how much internal space the landing gear would take up (and where) than weight distribution.

I'll keep it in mind, but I'm not sure I can face all the re-jigging changing the landing-gear would require.

One solution, however, would be that the pads are only used for landing and then the shuttle settles down onto the chassis once it's parked. I'd say that the Galileo does something similar too (if it lands on it's nacelles why have the landing-gear at all ).


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Extend the nacelles a little up so they have some line of sight with each other. Other then that, I like it.
Thanks. I did think about the nacelle line-of-sight issue and there is a little at the back of the shuttle. I'd have to double the height of the supports to get any l-o-s over the top of the shuttle - that would look awkward, I think.
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I've always thought the line-of-sight rule was silly. The looks-cool rule should always take precedence.
Fair enough.

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^Indeed. GR came up with the rule out of spite. Ignore it.
Ignore, "Ignore it"... Oh damn, that makes for a bit of an issue then.
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