S.S. Valiant Appearance

Discussion in 'Fan Art' started by aridas sofia, Mar 16, 2013.

  1. aridas sofia

    aridas sofia Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    We know how Jein, Okuda et al came to think WNMHGB's Valiant appeared. But the ship was mentioned at the dawn of Trek, not long after Jefferies had designed the Enterprise itself. How do you think Jefferies imagined the ship to have appeared-or any ship from two centuries before his Enterprise design? Do you suspect he already dreamed of submarines in space? Would he have imagined such a ship to look like his ringship proposal for Enterprise? Something entirely different?

    I'm posting this question not so much as a call to design something - though feel free to do that if you like. Are there designs by Jefferies himself you think he'd have drawn upon, or designs by someone else you think capture that spirit and look he exemplified in his designs? In other words, what would have looked "right" to you if WNMHGB had started with a scene of Valiant itself being destroyed?
     
  2. Nightowl1701

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    Hmm. Maybe something like this, from a 1963 Douglas ad about a possible Mars spaceship:

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    At this early point (if I'm Jefferies), I still don't know how far in the future Star Trek is, but I've gotta figure the Valiant is much closer to our time than it is to Kirk's. The only clue I get on the ship's appearance is a reference to "old impulse engines," yet clearly some kind of FTL drive is also involved if we're going to the edge of the galaxy. (That rules out the later, pre-warp drive DY-100 'submarine' look.) This isn't the hero ship, it's a one-off that'll only be in one scene, viewed from a distance (one of the bridge monitors?) and on low-res mid 60's TV sets. It's gotta be designed fast and it's gotta be cheap.

    Since I've been gathering a ton of spaceship art from every available outlet to figure out the hero ship earlier in the year, I don't have to think too hard about it. Grab one off the shelf ("Projected designs by real spaceship companies" section), throw a primitive pair of my hero ship's engines on there somewhere, and off we go. (In the case of the image I linked to, attach the nacelles to the long stalk at the rear of the ship before the main 'rocket.') In keeping with Jefferies' philosophy, the engines are kept well clear of the crew and easy to jettison if need be. Plus it doesn't look like either a simple rocket or an airplane yet conveys size and power, as Roddenberry would want it.
     
  3. yenny

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    The Valiant is most likely re-usable delta shape spaceship.
     
  4. Bell'Orso

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    You know, I rather like the Jein/Okuda take on it without the added warp nacelles, as can be seen on Doug Drexler's blog.
     
  5. aridas sofia

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    Nightowl1701, I rather like your suggestion. It fits well with something I found a while back. The ship in the lower right corner:

    http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/wiredscience/2013/01/FAEMPIREh.gif

    I like the idea of building on Jefferies' ringship design, but if I were to do a ship with warp nacelles I think something along these lines could work as well. Sort of similar to what you are suggesting.
     
  6. Sarvek

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    I always thought that it would be some off-shoot or cousin in design to the SS Conestoga. My thoughts would be that it would be cylindrical in design with old impulse engines and a pair of nacelles of a similar or earlier era.
     
  7. Warped9

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    During the second pilot MJ might not have given any thought to what the Valiant looked like if it wasn't called for in the script. That could have been different if they had considered putting an image of the ship on one of Spock's overhead displays (something that could have been done in TOS-R).

    The only tiny visual clue we have about that era in TOS is the DY100 from "Space Seed." That design supposedly predates the Valiant by at least fifty years and maybe even seventy years. The DY100 design is obviously way more advanced than any real spacecraft we've ever had even presently. That speaks of space programs that didn't get derailed after Apollo.

    So, to me, that means the Valiant shouldn't look too much projected from what we have now. Rather I'd look at references like The Spaceship Handbook and The Saucer Fleet as well as other similar references and try to springboard a design from there. This material looks at the fictional and proposed designs for spacecraft from the 1920s to 1960s. The key difference, of course, is your design is meant to be an interstellar rather than strictly in-system vehicle and so you adapt with that in mind.

    You could also look at some of MJ's early sketches when he was trying to get a handle on a direction for the Enterprise. However, I don't know how much of that material survives or is available. I think I have seen some things online that weren't included in the Star Trek Sketchbook.

    I'd also be inclined to ignore most if not all references from post TOS in terms of distancing yourself from more contemporary Trek influences (particularly ENT). I think that's a more likely path to work out a design that looks and feels more consistent with TOS' style.

    My two cents.


    Oh, for what it's worth here's my offhand conception of the Valiant from some years ago.

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    I essentially took the hull of the spaceship Luna from the 1950 film Destination: Moon and started playing with it in Photoshop. At the time I didn't think too much about it beyond that. My basic idea was the Valiant was initially a fast relativistic ship that was fitted with an early form of space warp drive. I like the name used in the Trek novel Federation where it's referred to as a superimpeller. My thinking was that in the early years of interstellar starflight different configurations were experimented with to find an optimal design rather than assuming two nacelles were always there from the beginning and throughout until the (Trek) present.
     
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  8. aridas sofia

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    As you know, I really like your design, Warped. It is pure retro. I'm not sure if Jefferies would have gone with the chrome look (I'm sure it would have been the devil to film). But it conveys the pre-1960s point very well.
     
  9. Potemkin_Prod

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    Personally, I always saw the saucer design (a la Forbidden Planet) as the basis of most Federation ships. But I love the design, Warped9. Just don't think of that as the Valiant.
     
  10. Warped9

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    Well it was an off-the-cuff effort as I played with around with Photoshop. But it certainly isn't definitive. That said it is a general concept I like. If I were to start again I'd probably use something like the Spaceship Friede from 1929's Woman In The Moon as a starting point.
     
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  11. Potemkin_Prod

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    I think it's a fine design, but I think it would be more suited for space opera like Space Probe Taurus (which I enjoy from time to time on TCM): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059743/
     
  12. Warped9

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    The thing is that such a shape isn't alien to TOS. Recall Kara's ship in "Spock's Brain" which was something of a rocketship concept in form.
     
  13. Potemkin_Prod

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    Quite true.
     
  14. Wingsley

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    Hello! And thanks to Aridas for starting this new thread so relatively soon after I started my own "Earth ship Valiant" thread over in the TrekBBS Trek Tech forum.

    As I posted over in the Trek Tech forum, I have been very impressed with Warped 9's rendering of the Valiant. I followed up that post on page #2 of that same thread with my feelings on both Warped 9's rocket/ringship concept and some ideas of my own. (Specifically posting #27 in that thread.)

    In this thread, I want to tip my hat to both Warped 9 and Nightowl1701 for the concepts each has posted here. I also want to proposed a blending of the two concepts, loosely based on Jefferies' ringship sketches. Here's an excerpt from what I wrote over in the Trek Tech forum:

     
  15. aridas sofia

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    Jefferies appeared to consider the rings to be the warp drive. There is no other apparent drive on his various ringship designs. Also, it fits with modern conceptions of a hypothetical "Alcubiere" warp drive requiring a negative energy induction ring. Finally, we are told a nacelle is filled with multiple ring-like "warp coils". It would make sense that an early warp drive might consist of only one or two of those coils.
     
  16. Wingsley

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    While I have nothing against the concept of an "Earth ringship" with the ring actually being a warp engine (Warped 9's concept is really amazing), my take on the ringship concept is quite different. In my concept, the ship's warp engines are nacelle-based, directly related to Cochrane's Phoenix. The ring structure isn't an engine at all, but rather a framework to attach mission modules and engines to a multi-purpose spacecraft.
     
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  17. Mysterion

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    I've got to agree with Aridas on this one. In the illustrations I've seen of the "ringship enterprise", I've always had the sense that the ring was the warp/propulsion source for the craft, and the pod at the axist of the ring was the crew/payload module. The ring is away from the crew area in the same way that the nacelles are on later starfleet vessels.
     
  18. Warped9

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    This and the other thread has gotten me thinking...and sketching. And so I think I'm going to tackle a more serious effort to design this.

    My sources: TOS, TAS and TMP sources as well as period (1920s to 1970s) speculation of future spacecraft both real world and fictional. The key for me is trying to put my mindset back into the thinking of that era.

    The only concrete onscreen visual clues we have are the DY-100 class ships of Trek's 1990s and the ringship seen in TMP from approximately Trek's late 21st to early 22nd century.

    What we know is that sleeper ships were used for interplanetary travel (within the solar system) until 2018 when some sort of advanced propulsion became available and that most likely wasn't FTL. We know Zefram Cochrane developed a form of space warp sometime around Trek's mid 21st century.

    What we don't know---and it's rather irrelevant---is what kind of mission the Valiant was on, how long it was operational and how long it was contact with Earth, and finally how and when it ended up at the galaxy's edge. We do know the ship was classified as a "galactic survey cruiser." That does suggest extended range exploration, at least within limits of the era.

    Now on to the drawing board...

    Hmm...should I start a thread?
     
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  19. Wingsley

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    Was there actually some marking on the Valiant's recorder-marker that said "galactic survey cruiser"? I don't remember that.
     
  20. Warped9

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    My bad. I recall James Blish including that in his adaptation of the episode where he references the ship's name the words "galactic survey cruiser" on the outside of the recorder marker, and yet looking at screencaps you can't see anything other than S.S. Valiant on the top of the device. I'd always thought Blish was working from earlier script drafts that could have held information that didn't always make it onscreen. I and many other fans have thought this for so long we might have accepted it as self-evident.

    That said it does make a measure of sense given the Valiant being so far out in deep space and then eventually at the galaxy's edge even if it was an accident.