Set blueprint exchange

Discussion in 'Fan Art' started by Redgeneral, May 10, 2014.

  1. Rekkert

    Rekkert Fleet Captain Premium Member

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    Amazing update, thank you for all the work you're doing!

    Definitely wasn't used in TNG: 'Emissary'. I can't say for certain it, but I think it was used on the Qualor II Surplus Depot.

    Been trying to ID those for a while, thinking they were from Chakotay's Maquis raider. Today I realized they are from the Mirror Universe Terran raider from DS9: 'Through the Looking Glass'. They might have been reused from Chakotay's ship all the same, but that set appeared so briefly in Caretaker that it's really hard to tell.

    Some more IDs from that LCARS Movie Era folder:

    - The 'weather net' image is from the Caldos weather station from TNG: Sub Rosa.

    - And all images which start with the names 'Blue 052'; 'Blue graph A'; 'Red buttons A'; 'Wide A' and 'Wide B' are from Earth's Spacedock from The Voyage Home, so they should be moved to the 'Spacedock' folder. I have the original annotated designs from Mike Okuda, so while I can't share the rest I can at least confirm those. :)
     
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  2. Redgeneral

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    @Rekkert Thank you for the LCARS identifications
    The Mirror Terran Raider now has the folder "Mirror Universe Terran raider", "Weather Net" updated to "Weather net - TNG Sub Rosa", and spacedock LCARS moved to "Spacedock"

    I've been thinking of renaming the "LCARS - Movie Era" to "LCARS - Movie Style" as the folder covers this type of LCARS beyond the original cast movies.
     
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  3. Lt. Washburn

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    Once again, a crazy amount of work! Thanks so much!
     
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  4. Redgeneral

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    Lets talk about the Galaxy Project

    Its been a while since I stated my intent to redo the Galaxy Project from scratch. The original had become outdated with our new knowledge of the sets and improvements to my reverse engineering skills.

    Redoing the work of several years takes a long time…

    However the process has not been helped my my health issues. These caused the project to grind to a halt for a year. Although I am currently much better than I was a year ago, I’ve come to the conclusion that I have make changes to keep this hobby viable for me.

    Voyager Project
    A mistake I made early on was to try and keep the Voyager Project updated with the latest Galaxy Project pages. Although they do share elements, I was essentially doing twice the work, and any Galaxy alterations would have meant completely redoing the relevant Voyager Project pages.

    As a result, the Voyager Project will be on hiatus and I will focus on the Galaxy Project.

    Interconnected parts
    Sometimes sections are reliant on other sections and those may not be done yet. Before I would have to do both sections together, which would slow things down.
    Now a “Dimensions to be confirmed” box can be used instead to indicate that this is still in progress. This would allow me to release without having to entire sections as well.

    E.g. K-arch section gives the measurements for the K-arch overall and for the corridor, but the engineering arch is “Dimensions to be confirmed”. This means it can be released and later added when Engineering is completed separately.

    Formatting
    When I first started on the blueprinting projects, I reused a template that I had done for a previous collaboration. That project required portrait A4 pages, and a style of dimensions that required lots of manual altering,

    The format was a poor choice for the Trek projects – set elements are not tall and narrow, and so often individual diagrams would have to be split across several pages. This would slow down the whole process as I would have to repeatedly go back and forth.

    Also the time taken manually adjust every single dimension line length to fit the style, would have been better spent elsewhere.

    Finally altering or adding single pages required changing all the page numbers and contents pages.

    Lets fix that


    This is the new format for the Project:
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    New format:
    - A2 landscape page – much more space for diagrams. Also I get approximately 3-4 pages of the old A4 version onto a single sheet.
    - Dimensions can just be placed without alterations
    - New description box in corner – has sheet number for section (e.g. sheet 1 of 4 for warp core) and a version number. These let me revise and replace pages without having to alter the whole booklet.

    One downside that it is harder to print off a copy (now a print shop is needed), but the vast majority using the plans simply display them on computer as either PDF or images.

    Whilst redoing all the pages to the new style does consume time, the new workflow means that it takes far less time to build these pages than the originals.


    PDF workflow
    Before I was merge each of the pdf pages into a booklet using PDFmerge and then using scripts to strip out duplicated fonts and file headers.

    This has now been replaced with PDFsam Basic (free), which does all the merging and cleaning up. It also produces a smaller file without quality loss – 13Mb instead of 20Mb.

    One step instead of several with a better result.



    Galaxy Project Release

    So far I've been aiming to completely replace everything and than release it as a single block. This ends up pushing back releases again and again.

    It would have been better if I had instead released incrementally – the blueprints would be available and the project may not have been so overwhelming.

    From now on this project will be an incremental release – I’ll release the current version and go from there.

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    The Galaxy Project version 2023/10/07 release

    PDF and page images: http://archive.frogland.co.uk/Reverse Engineered Blueprints/Galaxy Project/index.html


    Current content:

    Done in new format:
    - Standard Doors
    - Turbolift Doors
    - Future Imperfect Doors
    - Panels
    - Straight Arch corridor section
    - K-Arch
    - Hathaway Warp Core and warp conduits
    - Button panels (long and small)
    - Small capsule Labels
    - Alcove Console (used in med lab, science lab and many other off-ship locations)

    Done but old format (latest version, but still in A4 format – included in plans):
    - Shuttlebay (series 1& 2)
    - Shuttlebay (series 3-7)
    - Holodeck and arch (now including arch panels and Control PADD)
    - Cargo Bay (cargo lifter and cargo transporter)
    - Jefferies Junction (need to alter light though)


    In progress:
    - K-arch corridor
    - Reinforced door
    - More button panels (door panel and 4 row panel)
    - Labels [ large and door ]


    Needs redoing (not included):
    - Turbolift – the pages were all done before I noticed a serious error.
    - Reference list of set appearances in episodes. Redoing the list for more detail / accuracy.


    Just going to highlight a couple of people:

    - Jeff_the_Sloth of Fleet Workshop Forum. We worked together on the Cargo Lifter, both working on and refining the 3D model. Jeff also helped with feedback and research

    - Caseytube of Twitter. We worked together to transcribe all the Small Capsule Labels we could identify. We located about 8 unique sheets of labels and many orphaned labels. The Galaxy Project lists the ones from TNG, but the wiki page has small labels from all shows and movies.

    Wiki page for label transcripts: https://replication-ops.com/wiki/Capsule_Labels/Known_Label_Text


    Additional thanks can be found on the blueprint booklet.
     
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  5. DEWLine

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    Looks like a good upgrade so far!
     
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  6. Nays

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    An amazing achievement! I'm extremely proud to have contributed to this project. You're doing amazing work and I can't wait to help contribute more to the Galaxy project.

    - Jeff_the_Sloth on the Fleet Workshop
     
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  7. Lt. Washburn

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    Awesome work on this project.
     
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  9. Redgeneral

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    I've let Caseytube know about the inactivity warning. I'm not sure why its still flagged as I've also additions to clear it.
    All the images and text are backed up, so it can be reconstructed if need be.
     
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  10. batboy853

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    I'm a fan of label 941.
     
  11. Redgeneral

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    I am fond of
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      • IF IT BREAKS, IT NEEDED REPLACING ANYWAY.
     
  12. FalTorPan

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    I have not followed this awesome thread as closely as I should have. I am super-impressed by everyone's resourcefulness and dedication to compiling information about Star Trek sets.

    This is a great resource, Redgeneral!
     
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  14. 137th Gebirg

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    Great place for it! I had forgotten how much work was put into those diagrams and just how damn good they look aesthetically, in addition to the practicality of it.
     
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  16. Redgeneral

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    The models and blueprints are made using Sketchup 8 pro and Layout.
    I also use Sketchup's "Match Photo" tool in the reverse engineering process.
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    The 2D logos are were first made with Inkscape, but now tend to be made in Affinity Designer.
     
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  17. Lt. Washburn

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    Voyager's science lab, which I'm pretty sure isn't in the archive yet
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