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Old October 22 2008, 06:52 PM   #1
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USS Kelvin - examination and theories (large images)

At this time we have only one decent view of the USS Kelvin.


By baxart at 2008-10-22

I've been looking at this image and I think I've about got it figured out.
I don't think the Kelvin has over/under nacelles.

I think what we're seeing at the top of the image is the secondary hull's deflector dish. Notice it's blue/white which is consistent with TOS movie-era designs which it looks like the design team is sticking with. Also notice that the blue area is turned like an eye looking at the right side of the image. Why would a nacelle look like that?

Below the saucer we can see a yellow/orange glow which would be consistent with TOS warp nacelles. Also note the black fin shape within the yellow/orange, I think that is one of the rotating fins we saw within the nacelle cap in the trailer. We also see what may be a nacelle cowling, also consistent with what we saw in the trailer.

So these observations lead to to think the Kelvin may look something like this:

By baxart at 2008-10-22

I pieced this together with Vance's toolkit:
http://www.pixelsagas.com/gallery/vi...ry.php?album=5

and let the debate begin.
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Old October 22 2008, 08:00 PM   #2
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There's a similar design being worked on, over at the Art forum... And yes, that looks like the most pleasing putative configuration.

Although I'd argue that both the dorsal pod and the nacelle are actually fairly long, and that the image here hides the length through perspective. What we see is very close to a dead-on bow shot, giving the maximum perspective taper for things extending aft.

Also, I'd argue that this is essentially the Franz Joseph Saladin destroyer restyled: the dimensions are largely the same, but the nacelle is an "older model" and so is the saucer. Change the former to a newer one in a refit, and then expand the saucer by giving it a top bulge, and you get the Saladin. Plus the extra pod on top, of course - perhaps an optional extra?

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Old October 22 2008, 08:11 PM   #3
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Re: USS Kelvin - examination and theories

I lightened the pic to give us a better look.


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Old October 22 2008, 08:51 PM   #4
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There's a similar design being worked on, over at the Art forum... And yes, that looks like the most pleasing putative configuration.

Although I'd argue that both the dorsal pod and the nacelle are actually fairly long, and that the image here hides the length through perspective. What we see is very close to a dead-on bow shot, giving the maximum perspective taper for things extending aft.

Also, I'd argue that this is essentially the Franz Joseph Saladin destroyer restyled: the dimensions are largely the same, but the nacelle is an "older model" and so is the saucer. Change the former to a newer one in a refit, and then expand the saucer by giving it a top bulge, and you get the Saladin. Plus the extra pod on top, of course - perhaps an optional extra?

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Yep, that's me. Apparently, I totally forgot about a shuttlebay! I guess the consensus is that it should be on the back of the pod? I was wondering about incorporating them into the back of the saucer...

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Old October 22 2008, 08:52 PM   #5
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Couldn't it be just like the USS Stargazer and have a warp nacelle on top and one on the bottom?

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Old October 22 2008, 08:57 PM   #6
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Couldn't it be just like the USS Stargazer and have a warp nacelle on top and one on the bottom?

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I don't think so... Someone in the trek tech area said he had it on good authority that it's a deflector up top. It looks concave, too, so that kind of makes me think that way.

Unless, maybe they re-imagined Impulse Engines into fancy space jet engines! Maybe that's what's going on up there.

I hope not!

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Old October 22 2008, 08:59 PM   #7
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MadMan1701A wrote: View Post
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Couldn't it be just like the USS Stargazer and have a warp nacelle on top and one on the bottom?

~String
I don't think so... Someone in the trek tech area said he had it on good authority that it's a deflector up top. It looks concave, too, so that kind of makes me think that way.

Unless, maybe they re-imagined Impulse Engines into fancy space jet engines! Maybe that's what's going on up there.

I hope not!

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Couldn't there be a deflector on both or one of the nacelles?

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Old October 22 2008, 09:34 PM   #8
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superstring01 wrote: View Post
MadMan1701A wrote: View Post
superstring01 wrote: View Post
Couldn't it be just like the USS Stargazer and have a warp nacelle on top and one on the bottom?

~String
I don't think so... Someone in the trek tech area said he had it on good authority that it's a deflector up top. It looks concave, too, so that kind of makes me think that way.

Unless, maybe they re-imagined Impulse Engines into fancy space jet engines! Maybe that's what's going on up there.

I hope not!

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Couldn't there be a deflector on both or one of the nacelles?

~String
I suppose they could stick one there, but that would mess up the whole "bussard ramscoop" idea that the fronts of the nacelles need to be open to scoop up interstellar hydrogen and whatnot.

It is an interesting idea, though, even if I hope they don't do something like that.

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Old October 22 2008, 09:41 PM   #9
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MadMan1701A wrote: View Post
I suppose they could stick one there, but that would mess up the whole "bussard ramscoop" idea that the fronts of the nacelles need to be open to scoop up interstellar hydrogen and whatnot.

It is an interesting idea, though, even if I hope they don't do something like that.

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The Bussard Collectors are a TNG era invention, from my understanding.

Damn... I used to have a wonderful copy of "Mr Scott's Guide to the Enterprise" along with the "ED's" blueprints and a few other books from TOS, with all sorts of starships and whatnot.

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Old October 22 2008, 09:46 PM   #10
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superstring01 wrote: View Post
MadMan1701A wrote: View Post
I suppose they could stick one there, but that would mess up the whole "bussard ramscoop" idea that the fronts of the nacelles need to be open to scoop up interstellar hydrogen and whatnot.

It is an interesting idea, though, even if I hope they don't do something like that.

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The Bussard Collectors are a TNG era invention, from my understanding.

Damn... I used to have a wonderful copy of "Mr Scott's Guide to the Enterprise" along with the "ED's" blueprints and a few other books from TOS, with all sorts of starships and whatnot.

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No, bussard collectors have always been around. That's always been what the front part of the nacelles are.
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Old October 22 2008, 09:52 PM   #11
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MadMan1701A wrote: View Post
superstring01 wrote: View Post
Couldn't it be just like the USS Stargazer and have a warp nacelle on top and one on the bottom?

~String
I don't think so... Someone in the trek tech area said he had it on good authority that it's a deflector up top. It looks concave, too, so that kind of makes me think that way.

Unless, maybe they re-imagined Impulse Engines into fancy space jet engines! Maybe that's what's going on up there.

I hope not!

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Is there a WEEEEE chance that this is a shot of the ship flying upside down? It's possible.
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Old October 22 2008, 09:54 PM   #12
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MadMan1701A wrote: View Post
superstring01 wrote: View Post
Couldn't it be just like the USS Stargazer and have a warp nacelle on top and one on the bottom?

~String
I don't think so... Someone in the trek tech area said he had it on good authority that it's a deflector up top. It looks concave, too, so that kind of makes me think that way.

Unless, maybe they re-imagined Impulse Engines into fancy space jet engines! Maybe that's what's going on up there.

I hope not!

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Is there a WEEEEE chance that this is a shot of the ship flying upside down? It's possible.
Nah. the lettering would be inverted, then.

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Old October 22 2008, 09:54 PM   #13
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Dismembered Picard wrote: View Post
MadMan1701A wrote: View Post
superstring01 wrote: View Post
Couldn't it be just like the USS Stargazer and have a warp nacelle on top and one on the bottom?

~String
I don't think so... Someone in the trek tech area said he had it on good authority that it's a deflector up top. It looks concave, too, so that kind of makes me think that way.

Unless, maybe they re-imagined Impulse Engines into fancy space jet engines! Maybe that's what's going on up there.

I hope not!

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Is there a WEEEEE chance that this is a shot of the ship flying upside down? It's possible.
I don't think so, as the bridge is clearly seen on top.
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Old October 22 2008, 10:07 PM   #14
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^^ Hmmm. I couldn't see that. Oh well. It's just a funky design.
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No, bussard collectors have always been around. That's always been what the front part of the nacelles are.
Actually, no. The big, glowy, spinning things on the fronts of the nacelles were never identified by name or function as bussard collectors until TNG, and technically by that time they were just big glowy things that may or may not have even served the same function. It's generally assumed that they did, but nobody ever got that detailed or specific during TOS.
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