Been awhile since I last did a Black and white Picture.
Tried a few new things and I am happy with the way this has turned out.
Started work on the Nacelles, I must have built about six different version and was not happy with any of them.
I finally settled on a design I am happy with, but I think it is lacking a bit of details.
These a another version that it a little different and I am not sure which one to go wit.
I have also add a some martials to it but these are just temporary before I actually get down and start Texturing the whole ship.
The second version.
I am getting the itch to go back to doing painting so I am thinking about tacking a break from this so I can some ideas where to work next on the ship.
Not a lot done on the ship this week. Two reason for this. 1st I was trying to cut panel lines into the primary and secondary hull, but I could not get them all to be same width when cutting them in and felt like banging my head against a wall.
2nd reason was due to the 1st I was starting to loose my Mojo on this. Luckily I just looked at the Builds Madkoifish does and I get it back again.
So for the time being I have given up on the panel until I can figure out how to get the cuts all to be the same size.
So what I been doing, Well I have cut in the windows into the secondary hull and started work on the rear strut that the nacelle pylon attach too and the Nacelle pylons.
I have put in an extra set of torpedoed tube and more phaser strips as this area was lacking coverage for the Phasers.
Add in some details and cut some vents into the pylons. Just need to cut in the panels now.
I will next be moving onto Nacelles.
I have just notice that I have forgot to put in the RCS into the secondary hull so that also needs to be some. I won’t be putting them into the section that I have just done as I will be adding them into the Nacelles.
I been scratching my head on what to do with the underside of the saucer, as I need to add in some windows. So while I have been thinking about that I have moved onto the secondary hull.
I have added the main tracker beam emitter at the font bottom of it. It’s the same on found on the Akira Class. I have also modelled the warp core ejection hatch and another ejection hatch right next to it. (what that will be ejecting I have idea but not going to state just yet as it’s an idea I am playing around with.)
Rear torpedo launcher have been put in and an airlock has also been added. The airlock needs to be detailed up so no close up picture on that just that.
I have also cut in the hanger again this needs to be detailed up.
Lastly, when putting in the lifeboat hatch’s I had created I was not liking the looks of it. So I have remodelled these to look closer to what has been seen in Cannon.
This has also meant that I have replaced the ones on the top of the saucer and I need to add some to the bottom. (they are also smaller than the last ones so this mean that I have had to add a few more.) I have kept the old lifeboats on the spin for the time being but might change them later.
With adding the new lifeboat hatch’s to the secondary hull I finally figured out how get a “Hard Meshes” to go onto curved surface. With this it meant that I had to clean-up the top half of the secondary hull. This was because it was causing deformity with the lifeboats.
So with that I am going to have to go back and re-add the Phaser to the saucer using this process as it fixes the issue I was having when I first put them in.
Windows are now cut in. I thought the gap between deck was too big, but after checking to make sure everything was in the right place I found the reason the gap between decks is big is due to the curve and shape of the hull.
Panelling is such a pain in the arse. I started panelling on the top of the saucer and I was finding that the cuts between platting was too small or too big. so I nipped that in the butt for the moment and will come back to it.
Started work on the underside of the saucer. Due to the curve of the hull placement of windows are not ideal as the cuts would have to go deep into the hull for it to reach a room a member of the crew would be. At the moment I have only added one sit of windows at the font. I am in two minds about adding another set.
I have modelled the Navigation lights and put them in place. I not to sure on the design as it not jut a light dome. I had have add two railing for a crew member to hold and connect a safety line when working on it. So I might go back and just do the basic dome.
Transporter Emitter have been modelled. They where twice the size they current are but I think they look better this way. I have also modelled the Torpedoes launcher I am happy with the over all look to it, but I added a TOS style sensor dome. But that’s not really sitting with the rest of the design so I am going to have to pull that and put something else in it place.
Last but not least I have added in a two hatches under the saucer. Not sure what they will be for a they are two big for an standard airlock and too small to get a Workbee in and out. I am open to ideas on what it could be for or change it to something else.
Still need to add more details to the lower section of the saucer but I am getting a bit brunt out on it.
With that I am going to move onto work on the Secondary hull. Still need to work out where the main hanger is going to go as the pylon for nacelles is sits where it would normally go.
This week I have re-modelled the Saucer and Secondary hull, I have started to add details with the second deck, and the raised section that runs down the spin of the Saucer section.
No major changes to the Saucer I just reworked the section that meets with the secondary hull and plan to work on this section next with details.
With the Secondary Hull the top half is still the same but I have now re-modelled the lower half giving it a slight curve towards the back when looking from the side. I also cleaned a bunch of vectors so that it will be easier to work with when it comes time to start cutting in windows and adding details.
The major work was done to the second deck and the raised section that runs down to spin of the saucer. This I fully re-modelled and adding lots of details.
Windows have been cut in and a small airlock for crew to get out and about when needing to do repairs on the outside of the ship is on one side. Not to happy with the front windows on the second deck at the front, I was going for something in a similar style to Madkoifish, but I would say that I failed at this big time. So will need to take another look at that.
I have added a four lifeboats and hull panels. (I plan to build the lifeboats at a later date and use them for a picture I got in mind.)
I worked out that lifeboats can hold 8 but this can be pushed up to 12.
Towards the back half of the spin is a section that sticks out with a bunch of windows looking out the back of the ship and one large window on top. I see this as being the ship “Ten Forward” area of the ship.
After playing around with a few design Ideas, I decided to go with Idea 4.
she a little smaller than the Intrepid Class by a deck or two but she will have between 13 and 14 decks, this is going of the scale of a deck being 4 meters high.
This is ship is to big to be a Escort ship but too small to be a Frigate. With that in mind I see her having both role.
I am playing around with the idea of calling her a Stirling Class, after David Stirling the man that created Special Air Service during the Second World War. I not yet come up with a back story behind the ship creation but I’ll do that once I have finished building her as her role might change during the build process. 😉
With that I have add a A & B decks to the saucer. As Idea 4 was bit of kit-bash using other peoples models to get the idea out.
I have now got rid of those parts and built them all myself. Getting the secondary hull shape was a right pain the arse and will needs a full clean up.
I also need to figure out how to merge the secondary hull to the Primary as I not really liking the way it is a the moment.