One More Slow Dance...

Discussion in 'Fan Art' started by BolianAuthor, Sep 21, 2010.

  1. BolianAuthor

    BolianAuthor Writer, Battlestar Urantia Rear Admiral

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    Aye, the Loknar is the one with the spiky-ended saucer section. I don't know why it's shaped that way, other than to say it's a purely aesthetic choice on the part of the designers. I can envision having lots of fun playing with this one... once I get off my duff and finish up the Gemini's exterior plans, lol.
     
  2. kkozoriz1

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    You could lose the spiky bits. Perhaps square off the saucer or blend it into the aft hull somehow.

    There were some interesting ships from FASA but the execution was a bit, shall we say, odd at times.
     
  3. BolianAuthor

    BolianAuthor Writer, Battlestar Urantia Rear Admiral

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    Just thought I'd have a bit of fun... so I stuck the Bridge set into the Bridge module. :D

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    I think this time, if we assume a top dome like on the pilot version, everything ought fit right.
     
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    BolianAuthor Writer, Battlestar Urantia Rear Admiral

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    I am revisiting the entire bridge, from actual design layout, to orientation, so I will get back to that a bit later.

    In the meantime, I added the outer edge of the upper saucer profile, and after consideration, have decided to omit the triangle shapes, red quarter-circles, and cluster of three lights/circles. Why? Well... I am one of the people who follows the theory that those triangles are landing pads for the saucer or some type of landing mechanism. Following that line of reasoning, I am thinking the reason that those three circles are so close together is that maybe they are actually landing thrusters... to make sure the vehicle comes down soft, and can align itself, if need be, and that the red quarter-circles are either some kind of "keep clear of blast" warning markers, since they're near the "thrusters", or they may even be smaller landing mechanisms, to stabilize the aft part of the Connie's saucer.

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    So, since the Gemini cannot land, I am going to omit those, UNLESS someone here has actual proof that those features mean something else, be it from dialogue from the show, or some behind the scenes info from a production book or TV special interview.
     
  5. BolianAuthor

    BolianAuthor Writer, Battlestar Urantia Rear Admiral

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    YES!!! I finally got the bottom profile starting to look right! I finally realized what was missing... that subtle edge that is right before the "dishing effect"... so I included that, and low and behold, it looks right! Now I just need to figure out how much of the aft to show on the bottom profile, since it too, is at a slight angle, and also at what angle the bottom aft should join to the sides.

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  6. BolianAuthor

    BolianAuthor Writer, Battlestar Urantia Rear Admiral

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    And, slowly getting there...

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    BolianAuthor Writer, Battlestar Urantia Rear Admiral

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    Here's a little "x-ray vision" shot I threw together of the top and bottom profiles, superimposed on top of one another, just so you can see where both views stand, ATM.

    The top view is done, and the bottom view still needs the warp pylons, impulse engine, and the "aft wall".

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    BolianAuthor Writer, Battlestar Urantia Rear Admiral

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    I really don't think I'm gonna bother with lining up the turbolift to the "nub" behind the bridge... from the looks of it, there is plenty clearance for the turbolift car and the Captain's office as-is, as seen in these shots from "Starship Exeter"... so I will just go with the idea that the "nub" is some sort of docking connection or airlock type of room.

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    Oh, sure. DON'T open that can of worms.
     
  10. BolianAuthor

    BolianAuthor Writer, Battlestar Urantia Rear Admiral

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    I began work on the new side view...

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  11. BolianAuthor

    BolianAuthor Writer, Battlestar Urantia Rear Admiral

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    I made the inboard profile for the warp nacelle...

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  12. MadMan1701A

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    Looking great. You know you're going to have to make up a pre-refit Reliant out of this, too. :)

    Wasn't there a deleted scene from TWOK where McCoy calls the Reliant an "old" ship?
     
  13. BolianAuthor

    BolianAuthor Writer, Battlestar Urantia Rear Admiral

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    Thanks. :)

    I'm not planning on doing anything post-TOS-wise with the ship... I know a lot of people like to generalize that the Miranda/Reliant is a TMP-era Surya, but really, if you examine the Reliant model, you will see that the Miranda is just TOO physically large to be even a refitted Surya... the difference is far greater than the TOS to TMP Enterprise refit... so I can't justify linking the Surya with the Miranda.

    Then again... that's not to say you can't. :)

    I know a lot of people would like to see me do a TMP-era ship. IF I do decide to... there's really only one ship I would want to make plans for... the Chandley-Class. IMO, the TMP version of the Chandley looks the best.

    This is what I would LIKE to do, in order:

    - TOS Surya/U.S.S. Gemini plans

    - TOS Larson-Class

    - TOS Loknar-Class

    - TOS Ireland-Class

    - Daedalus-Class

    - "Captain April-era" U.S.S. Enterprise
     
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    I see what you're saying... I was actually meaning, use the same set of Gemini plans, just add a simple roll-bar and change the name markings. Just for grins, you know? :) Who's to say that Reliant wasn't out there during TOS, somewhere, getting into trouble?
     
  15. BolianAuthor

    BolianAuthor Writer, Battlestar Urantia Rear Admiral

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    I suppose I could try and design a TOS-era rollbar... just for you. :)

    If I design one, would you build it? :D Just kidding... unless you'd actually want to, lol.
     
  16. MadMan1701A

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    Cool. :)

    Sure, why not? I need to finish my TOS Enterprise anyway... then I could use it for parts. :)
     
  17. BolianAuthor

    BolianAuthor Writer, Battlestar Urantia Rear Admiral

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    Some more refinement to the front profile...

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  18. kkozoriz1

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    Have you considered making minor changes to the window/port placement? In TOS-R they modified one of the ships to have two round ports on the bow for instance.
     
  19. BolianAuthor

    BolianAuthor Writer, Battlestar Urantia Rear Admiral

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    I suppose I could do that. :)
     
  20. kkozoriz1

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    Nothing big, just avoids the cookie cutter appearance of some of the TOS designs.