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Old July 1 2009, 10:52 PM   #1
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Aurora Class Slipstream Prototype

This ship is an oldie; I stumbled upon her while searching for another design (there's like 100's of drawings scattered around two drawers), but when my eye fell upon her I just had the urge to do something with it. I could use some ideas in how to model the deflector housing, though. My vision for this prototype is that it's made from a Starfleet perspective, not Arturis' race: the energy for the slipstreamtunnel is channeled through four emitters on the nacelles, because afterall, Starfleet uses nacelles for their propulsion, not deflectors. That results in a fairly normal deflector, perhaps with a fallback system so that the deflector can aid in the stabilisation of the slipstreamtunnel, but it will most definitely not be the main source.




This is one big organic shape mess, so any help is appreciated
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Old July 1 2009, 10:56 PM   #2
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Nice so far, lets see some sketchupping!
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Old July 2 2009, 02:42 AM   #3
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Re: Aurora Class Slipstream Prototype

Nice sketch and 3D art so far
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Old July 2 2009, 03:54 AM   #4
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Re: Aurora Class Slipstream Prototype

Nice.

I've been working on something (all in my head at the moment) that would be a slipstream type of starship. My idea is similar to the general shape you've got going on here.

Anxious to see how yours turns out.
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Old July 2 2009, 03:57 AM   #5
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Re: Aurora Class Slipstream Prototype

The original sketch? Heh, I can't honestly say I care for it much. Posted alone, I'd find something nice to say, but it looks like just another overworked fanboy pic.




But, the 3-D model you've started, oh my! Without all that cluttering caused by panel lines, that primary hull just pops! It is wonderful! I like bold shapes and this one's got 'em. Keep the surface as clean and simple and elegant as possible, with just the faintest lines suggesting hull plates and panels.

I really don't have the words to say what I like about objects, so I just sketched some comments on the pic.
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Old July 2 2009, 09:03 AM   #6
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Hmm, you almost made me cry Efirah Actually you're right, it's got some traces of fanboyism but I'm planning on making this a serious project. I agree with your comments on the hull geometry, and the panelling will be much more subtle than on the sketch. I know what I'm doing (I think)
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Old July 2 2009, 09:03 AM   #7
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Old July 2 2009, 09:18 AM   #8
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I really like it, Its looks like voyager mixed with ENT-E but more advanced
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Old July 2 2009, 12:20 PM   #9
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Keep the sleek shape (don't botch it up with too much greebles, bevels and/or indentations) and you're set!
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Old July 2 2009, 02:37 PM   #10
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There we go: that secondary hull isn't exactly the way I want it, but to get it in such way I need a SketchUp plugin that's still in development. For now I like it, though
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Old July 2 2009, 03:05 PM   #11
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Re: Aurora Class Slipstream Prototype

I envy and loath you for having the skill to draw things that well.

Damn you.

That said, I'd smooth out where the lower-hull connects to the saucer. It's the only critique re: slipstream I can offer.
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Old July 9 2009, 01:47 PM   #12
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Re: Aurora Class Slipstream Prototype

Here's a render for the deflector area



I'm kind of wondering if this is the best way to go, but I really want to stay away from a Dauntless deflector as hard as possible. Suggestions, anyone?
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Old July 10 2009, 12:04 AM   #13
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Re: Aurora Class Slipstream Prototype

Maybe some sort of bulbous protruding deflector, to signify it's importance? Most deflectors are indented... so it'd be different.
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Old August 16 2009, 02:22 PM   #14
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Here's two shots from the cargo bay situated behind the shuttlebay:


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Old August 16 2009, 02:54 PM   #15
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Nice The teardrop shape will certainly do well in slipstream!

I like how you refreshed the older container setup of the tmp era. Make sure you design a small pivot system on the pulling mechanism of the workbee, so in case of a sleepy cargoloader, the bee's pilot can rotate the container to fit the free hole. (als in het spel: Hamertje tik...) :P
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