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Old March 4 2010, 12:36 AM   #1
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Stellarford class

A long time ago I started this project. Last week I remembered it and decided to finish it.

The USS King Charles, Stellarford class, from the old Spaceflight Chronology book.



Here is my take:



As usual, I've tried to package things up and offer them for download. Carrara 5+ and Poser 4+ versions this time. OBJ in the works.

http://3d.merknet.com/free/stellarford/stellarford.html

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Old March 4 2010, 02:57 AM   #2
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Well done. Nice work, I like.

Are you working with other ships from the SFC? That books tops my list of just about anything. If you've got other work, or even ideas, about ships in there...lay it on me.
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Old March 4 2010, 02:59 AM   #3
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I checked your website...I like, I like!
Keep up the super work. And post it here, too. Gotta spread the SFC word.
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Old March 4 2010, 03:12 AM   #4
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Oh yes - nicely done! I like how you've cleaned up the lines of the original. Excellent work. Looks like a fine ship for cruising about the galaxy in style.
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Old March 4 2010, 05:01 AM   #5
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That's awesome! I just got that book out the other day. Great work!
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Old March 4 2010, 08:32 AM   #6
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Thanks, guys.
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Old March 4 2010, 10:27 AM   #7
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Re: Stellarford class

now thats just awesome
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Old March 4 2010, 11:44 AM   #8
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Re: Stellarford class

While the original drawing is a bit rough, I like the width and proportions of the ship. The newer version, while cleaner, is also more rounded and not as nicely proportioned for my liking. The glass forest sections are very well realised.
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Old March 5 2010, 04:19 AM   #9
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Re: Stellarford class

Thanks, Axeman. Part of the issue is deliberate. I made the ship "taller" so I could add lots of windows on the sides like a modern day cruise ship. It just didn't look like a passenger liner to me flat like in the original picture.
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Old March 5 2010, 10:35 AM   #10
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Your design changes make more sense than in the original, people would want a window if they were going on a cruise like that. More windows = more customers paying for a cabin with a window. Then again, they have those large glass areas for seeing the stars as well. I still prefer the wide look though, it looks more Star Destroyer than submarine.
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Old March 5 2010, 10:44 AM   #11
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Re: Stellarford class

Heh. The original color scheme was gray. My first reaction was that it looked like the Red October, especially with that red White Star Line emblem on the side. It was only then that I decided to go with the gold paint.

I appreciate your feedback. If this had been a WIP and not just finishing up loose ends, I might have tried the flat look.

I've started a new ship. You can pester me with suggestions on that one.

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Old March 5 2010, 12:47 PM   #12
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Re: Stellarford class

RichMerk wrote: View Post
Thanks, Axeman. Part of the issue is deliberate. I made the ship "taller" so I could add lots of windows on the sides like a modern day cruise ship. It just didn't look like a passenger liner to me flat like in the original picture.
I wanted to weigh in on this, as well, as a lover of the original Space Flight Chronology book and as an avid cruiser. My thoughts when I first viewed this were: 1) I'm so happy to see someone rendering this idea in 3D; and 2) though I somewhat prefer the original rounder design, as a cruise ship aficionado I completely appreciate the alterations you've made and think they make a lot of sense. I also really like the "glass" arboretum and other areas you've added.

All in all, a big
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Old March 6 2010, 08:05 AM   #13
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Thank you.
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Old March 12 2010, 09:10 PM   #14
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That is an interesting design. Any sense of how large this ship is supposed to be?
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Old March 12 2010, 11:45 PM   #15
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From the SFC book:

length: 264 meters, beam: 105.6 meters, draught: 96.8 meters
mass: 34 million kg
cruising velocity, warp 3.5
(launched 44 years before the Constitution class)
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