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Old December 6 2013, 10:00 PM   #16
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Re: U.S.S. Hecla - a TOS destroyer???

I still really like that secondary hull. And it just dawned on me that the secondary hull reminds me a little bit of the Olympic class, with its "rounded rectangle" hull.
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Old December 9 2013, 07:16 PM   #17
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Re: U.S.S. Hecla - a TOS destroyer???

Thanks. I'd originally plan for the secondary hull to have an egg-shaped cross-section, but it didn't work well with the shape of the primary hull at the join.
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Old December 15 2013, 09:19 PM   #18
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Re: U.S.S. Hecla - a TOS destroyer???

I've been tweaking the model and preparing a starfield background, but I keep getting distracted by trying different things, like this...

A 3D image from a 3D model, why didn't I think about it before - does anybody have a pair of those red/cyan 3D glasses?


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Warning: If you suffer from Computer Eye Strain, don't look at it for too long using the glasses - my eyes are certainly feeling the effects.
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Old December 16 2013, 05:29 PM   #19
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Re: U.S.S. Hecla - a TOS destroyer???

This is really awesome, both in it's final execution and in the originality of the concept.
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Old December 16 2013, 11:08 PM   #20
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Re: U.S.S. Hecla - a TOS destroyer???

whens 3-4 view ortho and stats?
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Old December 19 2013, 09:44 PM   #21
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Thanks, Lego Thrawn.

You'd think making orthos would be fairly straightforward. Well, it was until I discovered the ortho angles showed that there was far too much specularity in the textures. So, I've re-worked those and here's the orthos:



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And as for stats... well I can give you some specs.

Decks: 12
Length: 191 m
Width: 100 m
Height: 39 m


If anyone has ideas for stats or mission profiles for the ship, I'd be interested to hear them.
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Old December 20 2013, 12:01 AM   #22
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Re: U.S.S. Hecla - a TOS destroyer???

Maybe a followup exploration ship?

like after say ship like Enterprise Discovers something it does a followup visit to get more details?
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Old January 9 2014, 07:30 PM   #23
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Yeah, could be. Although I don't see her having much in the way of science labs, but there's a lot of room in the 2ndary hull for the installation of mission specific modules.

Perhaps, the Hecla would be better as a supplementary explorer. The Enterprise and other Heavy Cruisers get assigned the most demanding and resource heavy (A) missions for a sector, Cruisers get the B missions and the Hecla and her sister ships get to tidy up the loose-end C missions.


Well, I almost had this done before Christmas, but came across a couple of things I had to tidy up with the mesh. Finally, an "in-action" shot:


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Old January 10 2014, 12:59 AM   #24
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looks awesome
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Old January 10 2014, 05:43 PM   #25
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Nice design. I like that the impulse engine vents are not directly in front of the warp nacelle bussards.
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Old January 11 2014, 07:50 PM   #26
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Thanks, Kaiser, Trekriffic.

Impulse vents directly in front of the nacelle bussards??? Surely, no-one would do such a thing!
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Old January 11 2014, 09:57 PM   #27
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Old January 13 2014, 01:57 PM   #28
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Re: U.S.S. Hecla - a TOS destroyer???

It´s a fine work, and fits very well in TOS.
Excuse me if it was already answered before, but... she was built in lightwave, max, sketchup, or other package?
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Old January 14 2014, 07:45 PM   #29
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Thanks, Starship!

I don't believe I mentioned it earlier, she's built using Blender.
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Old January 17 2014, 06:02 AM   #30
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Thanks, Lego Thrawn.

You'd think making orthos would be fairly straightforward. Well, it was until I discovered the ortho angles showed that there was far too much specularity in the textures. So, I've re-worked those and here's the orthos:



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And as for stats... well I can give you some specs.

Decks: 12
Length: 191 m
Width: 100 m
Height: 39 m


If anyone has ideas for stats or mission profiles for the ship, I'd be interested to hear them.
Nice design! I just got Blender and am intending on teaching myself to use it. Never done any 3-D modeling before, and I'd like to work on some ship ideas I've been turning about in my mind. Anyways, let me see if I can figure out what your ship could be...

The small primary hull suggests a small crew, and the large secondary hull suggests lots of room dedicated to engineering machinery and/or cargo space.

If this was a warship, it would make sense that the secondary hull would be filled with larger and more numerous reactors to support stronger shields and higher phaser output. But the nacelles kind of kill that idea for me. The point of a small battleship is to be fast, and those small nacelles suggest to me that this ship is slower than, say, the Constitution-class.

With that in mind, I'm inclined to think that the extra room in the secondary hull is used for cargo space. So I would guess that it's a mid-range supply ship. Likely transporting supplies and personnel between various starbases and outposts in it's particular AoR. It might also be used to take preliminary settlement infrastructure to planets that have been deemed as candidates for colonization by exploration vessels.
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