Good morning, Trek Artists. Your challenge for the month of May, should you choose to accept it, is to design a ship, vehicle, prop or some other physical element of the Trek universe. It can belong to any established Trek race and be set in any era of Trek history. Here's the catch: Whatever you design needs to be inspired by something from the real world. A classic car, a power tool, a piece of unique architecture, a chandelier, one of those cool executive desk toys, a kitchen appliance, whatever. The only restriction is that it has to be something that actually exists in the real world. In other words, you can't just grab one of John Eaves' unused starship concept sketches and build a 3D model of it. As part of this requirement, all entries must include an inset photo or other representation of the inspiration piece as part of the final image. I realize not all of you have access to digital cameras but it shouldn't be all that hard to find a picture somewhere of whatever it was that inspired you. Put some real thought into this one. Look around for a couple of days at all the interesting stuff that surrounds you and consider the possibilities. Don't discount the unusual or bizarre as inspiration can be found almost anywhere. My own U.S.S. Kiaga model, originally designed by aridas sofia, was inspired by a hand-held duster. Think outside the box and try to exercise some uniqueness and originality here. Don't just take a picture of an F-117 stealth fighter and stick some warp engines on it. By the same token, the inspiration for your design should be clearly visible in the end result. I would also encourage you to post concept sketches or WIP images, if you are so inclined, so we can all see how you progressed from point A to point B. This is not a requirement, however. As usual, all mediums are acceptable and final entries must be submitted to Ptrope by the end of the month. If you have any questions about the requirements for this challenge, post them here and I will respond directly. Have fun and be inspired!