Swing-Wing concept

Discussion in 'Fan Art' started by erifah, Mar 6, 2013.

  1. erifah

    erifah Captain Captain

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    A little something that I tossed off last night.

    (Nope - no other views. Sorry. Feel free to have at it and make them yourselves. I'd love to see the way y'all imagine the front and side views look to YOU!)

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  2. Savage Dragon

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    Interesting concept. Have you thought about taking it a step further and having the nacelles fold all the way back so that they are flush with each other?
     
  3. The Castellan

    The Castellan Commodore Commodore

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    Good when in a tight spot.
     
  4. Tiberius

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    Maybe they could fold forwards as well to lie flush with the sides of the saucer.
     
  5. Avon

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    do they flap like bird wings? :D
     
  6. Savage Dragon

    Savage Dragon TheSeeker Premium Member

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    That might actually look pretty cool.
     
  7. publiusr

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    That would be the bird of prey--good stop motion idea.

    This design is more F-14.
     
  8. erifah

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    Or B-1B.
     
  9. scotpens

    scotpens Vice Admiral Admiral

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    How would that affect the warp field?

    For that matter, what was the in-universe explanation for Voyager's moveable nacelles?
     
  10. Tiberius

    Tiberius Commodore Commodore

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    It was supposed to fix the subspace damage they discovered in "Force of Nature." A crappy idea that quickly got ignored.
     
  11. Savage Dragon

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    I was just assuming that when they are folded back they are not engaged, kind of like when Voyager's nacelles were not swung up.

    I think the explanation of voyager's swinging nacelles had something to do with lining up with different power conduits, but I am far from certain of that.
     
  12. Tiberius

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    It was never adequately explained. After all, if the nacelles have to be up for warp travel, why not just leave them up the whole time? What benefit do you get from having them down? The only way it would work is if they swung progressively higher as you increased speed, but this was never shown on screen.
     
  13. Herkimer Jitty

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    Magnets!

    Anyways, liking the idea so far.
     
  14. erifah

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    Still tinkering with it. Momma sez, if I keep tinkering with it, I'll go blind & grow hair on my palms. So I think I'll work on my ship instead.

    Why have the swing wings? Let me take a swing at it and try to concoct some plausible technobabble: The swing wings, ah, allow for the adjustment of the warp field bubble geometry. Or something.

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  15. USS Triumphant

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    I like the design with both sets of wings - extended AND not. I realize that isn't what you were going for, but I'm a four nacelle kind of guy. (Actually, my fan design has *six* - but two are inboard style like on the Defiant, on my saucer section.)
     
  16. Colonel Midnight

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    I like it -- it has promise, that's for sure.

    But... I think the mid-section (where the hinge joints are, for want of a term) needs to be a fair bit beefier/thicker. Granted we're in the 24/25th/whatever century with the design, but still -- you're trying to move a LOT of mass on either side.

    Also, to move it into the 3rd dimension -- how about making the wings move down (or up) when they move forward (or back)? There's your bird-flappy-ism. ;)

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  17. scotpens

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    I like what you've done so far. Looks pretty cool.

    I see outlined panels on the trailing edges of the pylons that look like ailerons. That's not what they are, right?
     
  18. Starship

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    it´s an interesting design.
    The moveable pylons and naceles´ design makes me remember a ballerina.
    What do you think about to name her Ballerina Class? :)
     
  19. erifah

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    She's a work in progress. The layers I'm working on today have replaced the original lines.

    That's a spaceship, so ailerons would be silly. THOSE a spacelerons. Or ailertooters
     
  20. erifah

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    You know, I thought about that, but I still remember what was said about Matt Jefferies' design of the original Enterprise: that these massive engines stuck on the ends of impossibly thin struts were... impossible... by our standards - thus, they suggest some fantastic future technology that MAKES them possible.
     

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