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Old October 15 2006, 04:55 PM   #211
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Re: USS Grandeur - One... More... Time!

That is some outstanding work as always.

The only thing I can spot that doesn't seem just right are those gold circular tube things that are connected to the photon torpedo launchers. They just don't seem right to me. Perhaps some kind of targeting sensors could take their place.
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Old October 15 2006, 05:12 PM   #212
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Anybody happen to know the proper width and height of a typical photon/quantum torpedo launch tube? I suspect mine are a bit too large.
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Old October 16 2006, 02:19 AM   #213
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I thought a scale reference might be useful for evaluating the size of the torpedo launch tubes as well as other parts of the ship...



Sure enough, those things are big enough to launch a Peugeot!

By the way, the car model was an uncredited freebie I downloaded off some 3D Website or other a while back.
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Old October 16 2006, 02:23 AM   #214
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I'd pay good money for a shot of the Peugeot being fired out of that tube ... . Of course, it would need a good 'speed streak' behind it as it shot out ...
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Old October 16 2006, 02:36 AM   #215
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I recommend leaving the car there... it makes for good detail...

I'm curious what the funky gold-black double-column under the torpedo launcher is s'posed to be. Mind sharing your intention?
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Old October 16 2006, 03:03 AM   #216
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It's only a single column (the lighting is playing tricks on us ).

I'm guessing it's some sort of shock absorption unit; perhaps the photorp launcher recoils like a gun barrel.
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Old October 16 2006, 03:09 AM   #217
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It almost looks retractable.
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Old October 16 2006, 04:16 AM   #218
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Cary L. Brown said:
I'm curious what the funky gold-black double-column under the torpedo launcher is s'posed to be. Mind sharing your intention?
It's a single "column," if you want to call it that. I don't really have a purpose for it other than to fill the space below the launcher. I have a few ideas for a different structural arrangement under there, though, so it really isn't final.
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Old October 16 2006, 05:16 AM   #219
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I thought a scale reference might be useful for evaluating the size of the torpedo launch tubes as well as other parts of the ship...



Sure enough, those things are big enough to launch a Peugeot!

By the way, the car model was an uncredited freebie I downloaded off some 3D Website or other a while back.
The car is fun... and it would even be more fun if the car were a photon torPinto.
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Old October 16 2006, 05:28 AM   #220
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Good one!

So, they just line the torPinto up in the tube, and a large firing pin hits it in the rear end, right?
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Old October 16 2006, 10:38 AM   #221
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It almost looks retractable.
That's what I thought too. It might be kinda cool if the torpedo tubes remained retracted during regular operations and only came out when needed.
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Old October 16 2006, 02:06 PM   #222
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I love how the torpedo launchers seem to "float" free of the surrounding hull structure. Very nice. :thumbsup:
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Old October 16 2006, 04:24 PM   #223
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Sure enough, those things are big enough to launch a Peugeot!
that's one way to win Monaco, i guess.
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Old October 16 2006, 05:47 PM   #224
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Now that I look at it a bit more closely, it looks like the torpedo launcher assembly is suspended on top of a huge freakin' spring... Wonder what the "K" value for that thing would be? A few hundred tons per meter? DAMN...

Seriously, I originally thought "tractor beam" (as in the TMP Enterprise in about that location). Then I thought "top end of the reactor assembly," but now I'm just totally stumped...
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Old October 16 2006, 07:44 PM   #225
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Ptrope said:
Good one!

So, they just line the torPinto up in the tube, and a large firing pin hits it in the rear end, right?
Alternately, they load the torPinto rear-first into the tube, launch it, and it explodes on impact.
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