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  1. Michael

    Michael Good Bad Influence Moderator

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    The Oberheim DMX, by the way, is not a mixer, but a drum machine. ;)

    Unless I'm missing another part of the console you are talking about.
     
  2. Michael

    Michael Good Bad Influence Moderator

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    I hope this is not too confusing, but to start you off I moved the whole console side discussion from @Donny's thread into the lounge thread …
     
  3. K1productions

    K1productions Commander Red Shirt

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    If it was that way from the start, it wouldn't have been a problem. But "saving budget" is less of a factor when you throw away something that was already made in order to build something new, only to be cheap with it in the process.... that kinda rubs me the wrong way. It also makes an additional rub when we get a super close up in ST6, but never get a good closeup shot of the aforementioned Okudagram panel in ST5. Its like the only one that "deserves" to be seen close-up is the one they ripped off of something else. Unless it was product placement or something, though I see no commercial evidence of that.
     
  4. Tomalak

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    Thanks @Michael much appreciated!

    I guess the decision was taken to move it more in-line with Meyer's take on the Trek universe, and that was a cost-effective way to do it. It obviously wasn't product placement as no logos are visible - it's just use of a found object. Also remember that TNG was airing at the time and was very popular, with ubiquitous touchscreens. Physical switches is an easy design cue that the Enterprise-A is an older ship.

    I think it's the case that the Excelsior bridge is entirely Okudagrams, which is a nice way of showing it's a more advanced ship, and closer to the TNG Enterprise-D.
     
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    It's probably just that Meyer liked insert shots of people doing things more than Shatner did, and most of the clicky buttons were on the helm (though some of the touch-screen panels make clicky-button sound effects), plus it increases verisimilitude when the buttons react; the toggles toggle, the buttons depress, where, even with sound effects, it wouldn't sell the same way if some just poked a static picture of a button. Also, a lot of the TFF/TUC touchscreen panels look less usable than the TNG versions, or the push-buttons of the TMP version, being just long fields of identical square buttons, a la TOS. Especially nowadays, when people use fields of identical square touch-screen buttons all the time and we have a sense of how that sort of an interface should work.
     
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  6. cardinal biggles

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    Wow, you're assuming quite a lot of things there. There's no obvious product placement, since there's no Oberheim logos visible, nor is anything listed in the credits (like it was for Kraft and Levi-Strauss in Final Frontier or Pfaltzgraff in Undiscovered Country). And even if it were a product placement, Oberheim stopped making the DMX in the mid-80s, so that would be the worst product placement ever. More likely, a bunch of DMXs were being, or had already been replaced in various recording studios at Paramount in favor of newer drum machines, so these were up for grabs, they fit the aesthetic Meyer wanted, problem solved. But you seem determined to ride this hobby horse until it collapses, so again, we'll just have to agree to disagree on the aesthetics.
    Bingo!
    It isn't.

    extended portion of science station (lower left of frame)
    helm console

    Though all the physical controls are gone when the set is redressed to serve as the bridge of the Enterprise-B:

    EAS: photos of the science station and the helm & nav consoles
    Now that you point it out, Meyer did like his insert shots of people working the controls. And you're right about not just the verisimilitude, but also the drama of it, particularly Chekov stabbing the button on his console when Kirk orders him to fire.

    "Fire!"
    ooh, here's some buttons...
    let's see what this one does...
    oh, hey, a torpedo!
     
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  7. K1productions

    K1productions Commander Red Shirt

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    You missed the second half of that sentence where I said "... though I see no commercial evidence of that." making it less of an assumption and just a possible explanation.


    He may have been thinking about the Enterprise-B Excelsior bridge, which was entirely Okudagrams, AND entirely physical screens instead of intermittent backlit plexis. Talk about a waste of budget for such a small segment of the film. Plus, not only were Okudagrams relatively cheap to make, BUT you also have layouts that are every bit as blocky and functional looking as in TUC
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    But again, that's Nick Meyer, who was on record as saying "I went in with the intention of changing everything I possibly could"
    Something many JJ Abrams haters totally forget when they prop Wrath of Khan on such a high pedestal. Star Trek has always tried to make the future look bright, sleek, and advanced,... so if anyone didn't understand Star Trek (visually), it was Nick Meyer. You notice I don't complain about the redesign of the Bird of Prey bridge, as once again the redesign showed effort and care, same goes for the completely different Enterprise-A bridge layout between Voyage Home and Final Frontier.

    That's the other issue... the Enterprise-A was not an older ship, it was a brand new ship. Granted it was "put together my monkeys" as Scotty would say, BUT it was of modern build at the time, with more advanced engines and electronics. It should have at the very least been as advanced as the NCC-2000 Excelsior, and moreso than its NX-2000 version (as they clearly changed some things over those few years). Why would we treat the Enterprise-A as old and obsolete in only its second film?
     
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  8. BorgMan

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    Alright, so I'm working on a hospital module that can be deployed during crisis situations. I'm in a bit of a pickle: I can let the underside of the module be flat, so that it just lands on dampening feet and there's that. However, I also have the option of letting a little bit of the structure jut out on the underside. Doing this requires that on the other side of it, stabilizer feet will need to extend from the main fuselage, or it would topple over.

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    Adding something like that, in my head, means extra stuff that needs to work in order for the module to be functional. If the feet fail to extend, it's bye bye emergency hospital, stranding those poor Federation citizens because a machine did an oopsie. But it has its advantages, mainly creating an overhang under which people can gather as well. Any insights?
     
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  9. Tomalak

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    Ah thanks - I did have a quick look at Trek Core but didn't immediately see any physical switches. I assumed there would be some on the science station, as it was a straight reuse of the Enterprise set. I was 50/50 on the helm console - this shot makes it look like it's all touchscreen. I'm very likely thinking more of the Enterprise-B.

    "Put together" from spare parts and scrap perhaps! Everyone knows the Enterprise-A was originally the Yorktown. Or the Ti-Ho. Or something.

    In any case, there's the best part of a decade between the two films.
     
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  10. cardinal biggles

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    Going off what we can see from those screencaps, it looks like the inner half of each console was all Okudagrams, and the outer half had a small row of Okudagrams across the top, with the DMX panel in the bottom corner. Since Chekov also had the DMX on his side of the panel on the Enterprise, it's logical to assume the Excelsior's nav console was arranged similarly.

    I think I like it better with the overhang; I'm also thinking the columns could extend to different lengths assuming that they had to place the hospital in an area that isn't entirely level, and someone forgot their little wooden shim to keep the hospital from wobbling. ;)
     
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  11. K1productions

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    That was really just a fan theory created to explain how they had a brand new starship ready to go so fast. What the "Yorktown" folks forget is, we also see the Yorktown on active duty during the movie, the captain speaking on the screen to Starfleet Command about deploying a makeshift solar sail to generate power to keep the crew alive.

    The ship wouldn't be falling apart if it were rechristened from an already active starship. Though I have my own theory regarding that issue, which would also explain why we never see any Connies after the 23rd Century. I still plan on making a video about that, rather than spreading out a massive wall of text on a subject we weren't already talking about here, lol.


    What you could do is have the lower section lift up inside the main structure. After landing, it extends down to allow access to the surface, but during landing it would be recessed so if anything goes wrong, it won't crush on a bad landing. You would also need additional emergency egress in case of such failure. I would imagine a hangar deck topside. After all, you'd need a place for medical shuttles to land, so it would have multiple levels of functionality.
     
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  12. Michael

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    Purely from a design perspective the one with the feet and the overhang looks much more interesting to me. No idea about the practicality of it. :lol:

    Cool concept! :bolian:
     
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  13. Maurice

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    Here's an idea: how about crediting the flickr members you're linking this stuff from? I drew those an eon ago. :D


    Another reason they change stuff on sets is because sometimes elements on the set get damaged, ripped out and repurposed, or outright stolen. It's not impossible that a chunk of the helm was missing and someone said, "put some physical switches there."
     
  14. K1productions

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    Oh, since I did not claim they were mine, I didn't think of crediting. Plus the image links should go to that same flickr anyway, I believe. Either way, I apologize.

    As for these particular panels, they remained the same between TMP and TWoK, but were just operated differently as they were just backlit to begin with. I thought about making a video showing the proper operation of said panels, but I since decided against it.
     
  15. BorgMan

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    Thanx for the advice guys. Overhang is a go, that much is for sure. Since we're talking modules here, I might incorporate a landing deck in one variant, but probably not all. Then again, these structures are pretty massive, so it could be a possibility to just give them all hangars without too much of a space penalty...
     
  16. K1productions

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    No, it most certainly is not, LOL
     
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    - I'm too late, but agree with the reasons for landing legs - particularly @cardinal biggles' "bumpy ground" and @Michael's "more interesting look" :)
     
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    Admiring Donny's efforts with Star Wars modeling, specifically his TIE Fighters...

    https://www.trekbbs.com/threads/donnys-non-trek-stuff.304702/page-5#post-13441933

    ...makes me think about a discussion at DAZ, an online store for 3D assets...that drove home the point I'm getting old.

    In short, somebody asked about a model used in a promotional render not realizing it was the EVA Pod from "2001: a Space Odyssey. The poster simply did not know what it was. That, in turn reminded me of another incident elsewhere. Somebody saw the 2001 EVA Pod and assumed , "Hey, whoever made that is ripping off Star Wars! They simply took a TIE Fighter and tore off the solar panels!" I could have cried! I mean, Kubrick's seminal work is only 9 years older than the original "Star Wars". Can it be so thoroughly forgotten already? If nothing else, the numerous memes it has generated should keep it in the public eye. A "TIE fighter" with missing panels, indeed!
     
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  19. Christopher

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    Good grief. How dumb does someone have to be to think that Star Wars invented the sphere??
     
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    Did the folks at 3D Gladiators all go to sci-go meshes?