Four years ago, I decided to take on the task of translating one of my favorite Trek ship into a set of working deck plans and schematics. Originally it was started as a lark. Someone was chatting here in this forum about the lack of NX-01 schematics and I started tinkering with a few things just to see what would happen. At the time, I had no clue that it would grow into what it has. What started out as a few plans attached to my website has now become a complete website all its own. If I had known the path this would take, I would have prepared things a little better than I did. To be honest, the original full deck plans are crude and really nothing more than “digital sketches”. I am a little embarrassed that so many people have seen them. It also really pains me to think that people are looking at these drawings and thinking that this is my best work. Trust me. It isn’t. So I have started upgrading my plans to a higher resolution and correcting a few things that have been bugging me. One of the biggest fixes is a miscalculation I made when I was blowing up the original CG renders for the ship. I had accidentally made then about four meters bigger than they needed to be. I also wasn’t happy with some of the details. Last summer, I did the first major upgrade and I chose the Escape Pods. I needed something small and easy to deal with and they seemed like the logical choice. (I have since flipped the way they dock in the saucer. Instead of facing in they now face out. This will be corrected soon on the published plans.) I did figure out very quickly that certain things did not work very well. For example, rather than fully detailing the consoles I have simplified them. The full detailed versions turned into color blobs when you shrink them down to web resolution. I also found that I needed to keep things simple. Last month I started on a new schematic for A deck, or more specifically, the bridge. I have over hauled almost everything while keeping in mind what I had learned from the Escape Pod schematic. Here are a few images from the latest versions. The Bridge. The Escape Pods. This is side view of the Escape Pod’s enhanced details. A view of the front of the Escape Pod featuring the umbilical connection ports, RCS thruster and identification marker. This is the aft view showing off the pod's entrance hatch and engine nozzles. I even fully detailed the consoles... which I have to admit turned out really well even though you can’t see them in the published plans. The Airlock Vestibule featuring the airlock controls... and stuff that no one will be able to really see. If you would like to see the full size versions… The Bridge and the Escape Pods. Be sure to drag your mouse over the schematic to activate the labels. If you want to check out the entire website start here. What do you think? Questions? Suggestions? And I have more on the way.