Another fan attempt at TOS deck plans

Discussion in 'Fan Art' started by Shaw, Feb 11, 2008.

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  1. Captain Robert April

    Captain Robert April Vice Admiral Admiral

    I think I'll be sticking with the dorsal being mostly structural bracing, conduits, and turbolift maintenance, with a small breakroom for the crewmembers that are stuck there.

    Not every part of the ship has to look like a Holiday Inn....
     
  2. Warped9

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    The 1701D does that well enough with its overly beige colour scheme.

    I posted this in another thread, but I think it's relevant here. I've emboldened the most relevant part.
     
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  3. Captain X

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    I was pretty sad to see the E-D go, personally. Not only was she my favorite out of all the Big E's, but the writers made her go out like a bitch, and all for an excuse to design a new ship for the TNG movies.
     
  4. Captain Robert April

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    That was one of the most offensive aspects of Generations for me.

    They destroyed the E-D, not for a plot point, but because they were bored with her.
     
  5. EliyahuQeoni

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    And none of the crew seems to care. "She can't be salvaged, Number One, but I'm sure they'll build another one. No Biggie" seemed to be the attitude.

    When the 1701 was destroyed not only was it a plot point but it had a noticeable and acknowledged effect on the characters. As a viewer I felt the impact as much as I had the death of Spock in the previous movie. In Gen its hard to feel that way because nobody in the film seems to care about it at all. The sequence was well done on a technical level, but there was zero emotion involved in it.
     
  6. Maurice

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    Yes, I realize these are rough sketches, and this is far from final, and perhaps I shouldn't have used the word "issue", but that doesn't mean I can't or shouldn't make an observation about the wall thicknesses in the show sets, because while it may not be germane to your sketch at this point, it would eventually be something to consider (and I'm sure you are) when plunking the sets into a more finished version.
     
  7. Captain Robert April

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    It probably all stems from the fact that Shaw's sketches look better than some of our finished works. ;)
     
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  8. Shaw

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    I think the thing that makes me a little defensive on this issue is that the final wall thickness on this design is directly related to the fact that I'm basically assembling this ship as individual compartments. Each of these compartments has it's own outer hull, and they all exist within the ship's outer hull.

    I'm illustrating this in this image (with absolutely nothing to scale)...

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    Not only is there a double hull between the living environment and space, there is also a double hull between each and every compartment on board.

    I, personally, have never seen anyone else take this part of TOS and run with it to it's logical conclusion... which is not all that different from how the space shuttle is designed (crew compartment is separate from the shuttle's outer hull).

    Further, the fact that there is sometimes two to three feet between a corridor wall and the inner wall of a room is space used for infrastructure (wiring, plumbing, etc). Throughout the ship there are cavities off the corridors leading to ladders which give the crew direct access to these areas. So these ladders are quite different in nature from the triangle ladders which allow someone to move throughout the Enterprise without using turbolifts (and I would even go as far as to assume that those ladder-ways have less than 1 g of gravity making it easy to move from the lowest deck to the highest without working up a sweat).

    For me all this stuff is interconnected. One aspect leads directly to another and then another. And as long as they don't require 23rd century technology (black box stuff) to be valid, I don't ignore any of them.
     
  9. Arlo

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    Do you know how thick the walls of the Apollo CSM were? It varies, but on average about 2".

    Shaw's wall are just fine, imo.
     
  10. ancient

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    Seems about the same as my own general idea.

    Woo jeeze old man, wound a bit tightly are we? Of course everyone will be throwing a billion comments at you. That's what happens when you choose to do a blueprint for THE ship. Most of us that've tried have been brow-beaten at least a few times over it.

    Well, you were the one who made the thread title...Maybe you should've called it "There are no plans". :techman:

    You got the colors all wrong though.

    ...Whoops, nevermind.

    ...They are wrong though.

    It's fine, but remember that when it comes to real ships, weight is a bitch. Such concerns are probably over with by trekkian times.
     
  11. judexavier

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    Just a quick question, what are currently the most accurate specs for the "actual" exterior form of the TOS Enterprise? Just wondering what you guys base your (very detailed and precise BTW) interior conjecture from.
    I've always (well since the early 70's anyway) been very curious about the insides of the E, and trust your opinions as to what the ship actually looks like.

    Great work, and frankly I'm really blown away by the attention to detail.
    Can't wait to see more.
     
  12. ancient

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  13. Shaw

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    I'm temperamental... it is who I am and nothing is going to change that at my age. But here is the thing, I don't force anyone to spend time around me, so my presence must provide some amount of benefit to others that off-sets my off-puttingness.

    But hey, I also don't stick around where I'm not welcome either. If I get the idea that my presence isn't enhancing the lives of others around me, then maybe it is time for me to move on. There are enough places in the world that would welcome my presence that I really don't need to waste any time where it isn't appreciated. :D

    Well, in the first post I talk about the fact that I'm only to the point of brainstorming, and on the first page I said that I wouldn't have any real time until April (which has been pushed even further off at this point), so it isn't like I've been hiding the fact that this isn't the final product.

    Further, I figured that my use of the word attempt conveyed the fact that this is an active process verses a final product... but maybe I should wait and only share the work when it is done. I just thought that people would enjoy seeing the process I was using to figure this stuff out.

    But what is more amazing is that no set of real plans I've ever seen included all of the information about the subject in every drawing. What you would end up with is information overload and you end up losing the forrest behind all the trees.

    Maybe we are dealing with people who assume that the absence of information in a drawing must be taken as the absence of that information in the over all project. Frankly though, there is 10 times the amount of information collected for this project than I've displayed here. And there will be many times the amount of information used in creating these plans than will actually be in the plans themselves. Why? Because that information is needed to make sure that everything fits together logically, but isn't needed (and would distract from) the overall final plans.

    Again, maybe it is my age, but plans that attempt to put all the details in with tons of "life like" colors and the like generally make stuff that (I find) are too cluttered to really make sense of. I'm of the less is more crowd, so once a logical order to things has been achieved, I'll be shedding a lot of the excess information.
     
  14. Shaw

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    Currently I'm in the process of applying the same techniques to reverse engineer the 11 foot model that I used on the 33 inch model. As I started this originally to put the deck plans within a representation of Jefferies original construction plans, but later (at the request of Cary) put this into the 11 foot model exterior, I started using my unfinished 11 foot plans (and elements from my 33 inch plans to fill in gaps).

    Other than photo's and dimensions of the original 11 foot model, I've been attempting to stay away from other people's illustrations of the 11 foot Enterprise.
     
  15. judexavier

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    Thanks Shaw

    Yeah, I just started to wonder after seeing, lately, so many variations...
    one recently I came across was this http://home.earthlink.net/~casimiro/
    was very impressed with the amout of research etc.

    Off topic, I thought I was likely the only "old guy" here.:)
    "I'm temperamental... it is who I am and nothing is going to change that at my age. "

    ...yep, me too.:)

    Great work, looking forward to seeing more.

     
  16. Cary L. Brown

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    Some of the more interesting debates I've seen over the past two years have been over the VERY FINE differences between the Sinclaire and Casimiro plans. The two are NOT identical, and there have been some extensive analyses which have broken down things like "well, the impulse deck in this one is more accurate, but the topside "impulse fin" is better on the other one" and so forth. Shame that most of that has now been "pruned" from TrekBBS... but all this really means is that there's still room for (1) interpretation, and (2) someone to try to develop the DEFINITIVE print set!
    Actually, there are a LOT of "old guys" on here... a couple who are in their 60s, more in their 50s, a LOT in their 40s... me, I'm 42, so I call myself "old" sometimes, but mainly when I've just had some 18-year-old kid try to talk down to me. ;)

    You'll also find that this is a very SMART place. The average IQ here is quite a bit higher than what you'll find in most "places" on the 'net. Occasionally, in Trek Tech, I've had conversations that went over MY head... which is something I'm not used to. But that's part of why I come here! If I wanted to hear about Brittney's latest rehab adventure, I'd be elsewhere!

    You'll find that people tend to be critical, because we all care about this stuff, but MOST of us are critical of ideas and work, but don't engage in personal attacks. (Unfortunately, I've noticed that there's a bit of a "clique" on here that does engage in territorial sniping, too... which is unfortunate, but it's not as bad as you're likely to find in many other websites.)

    We also are all used to being "the authority" on these matters in our real lives, and so when you find someone who has a different opinion and actually GIVES A DAMN about it, this can lead to "bumping egos." The trick is to keep it "professional" and not personal. We all get a bit "sensitive" when someone is critical of one of our labors of love! ;)
     
  17. aridas sofia

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    Credit to MGagen for pointing out that even better than the two stalwart 1701 plans is that done by Thomas Sasser for the Polar Lights 1/1000 kit. I went over all three with hundreds of photos of the 11 foot model and various photo orthographic tools, and can say that I agree with MGagen -- Sasser got the details right where the others differed.

    I've had my problems with him but that aside, Sasser has a damned keen eye.

    To really "get" this ship right, you need the eye of Sasser, the conceptual skills displayed by Shaw, the detective mind of MGagen, and the humble imagination of Jefferies himself. That last bit -- humility and imagination -- is the toughest to find.
     
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  18. Arlo

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    Exactly. So big thick-ass walls aren't necessary (which seems to be the complaint, that Shaw's walls are too thin).
     
  19. ancient

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    Too thick or thin is entirely subjective. The hangar viewing area isn't near any sort of important structural components, so having a thick hull there isn't needed. Same goes for the quarters.

    The neck on the other hand, kind of holds the entire fricking ship together, so I'd say it should be as thick as possible there.

    That's just my opinion.

    ...

    Now Shaw's going to start yelling at us, thanks a lot.
     
  20. Reverend

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    I imagine the major vertical structural members run through those for and aft semi-circular cavities. any cross pieces would most likely be between the decks themselves, so the outer walls would just be a skin attached to minor crosspieces. Either way, you're not looking at much in the way of hull thickness and if you want to take Shaw's sketches at face value then that black outer line probably scales to something like six inches anyway.
     
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