One of my followers, a guy called Ricky Wallace, was contacted and commissioned on an interesting new project by Rick Carthew. Rick wanted a studio quality model of his ideal starship Enterprise. The problem? He didn’t really know what it looked like.
So after 6 months of researching every known version of the Enterprise, and after a lot of hard work, Ricky managed to come up with this superb looking starship.
The elements of the various Enterprise’s include the saucer section from the refit Enterprise, the deflector dish from the original Enterprise, although recessed into the original series engineering hull, the warp nacelle grilles from the NX-01 and the impulse engines from the new JJ Abrams Enterprise.
Now, I am a Connie lover, the refit and Enterprise-A connie, but I have fallen for this ship alot. Using the best elements from all the ships is a great idea, and well executed.
Below is a few comparrison images, and a couple of the finished ship and her shuttle craft.
Design Concepts by Rick Carthew:
The Prime Alternative Design Concepts by Rick Carthew
> Designed by Rick Carthew & Ricky Wallace
> CG Model and Images all built by Ricky “Madman” WallaceMy Design Concept:
The original objectives for my TOSE was to keep all of the original proportions and original silhouette of Jeffries’s TOS E in place, (with only one “major” structural change to the silhouette, the pylons and their support attachments and some minor tweaking to the bridge) which is what we have done; and then simply re-skin this ICON.
I began with a straight line forward from the design language of the NX-01, and through the design language of the Kelvin to find “That Place” just prior to the more refined (art deco) language of the TMP Refit — and asked, what ADDITIONAL design elements would need to be infuse into the TOS E to make it fit seamlessly into the architecture of the Star Trek world as we know it today?
> Given the NX01 has Saucer bands, hull plating, docking ports, visible hatches, RCS thrusters and phaser arrays, as does the 23rd century Kelvin and TMP Refit — These design elements were incorporated into the Classic TOS E Saucer Shape of my model. (as well as throughout the ship)
> The deflector dish of the NX01 has the same TOS E deflector (radar) dish, but it has been squeezed on the ” Y ” access and then position closer to the deflector housing and back illuminated with blue lights. The TMP E has a complete redesigned dish which has been position within the deflector housing of the secondary hull and is illuminated with two different power setting reflected by an Amber/Gold light setting and a Blue light setting. My Deflector Dish, with backlit array of 3 gold & blue illuminated rings, attempts to strike a balance between the NX01 deflector and the TMP deflector— while still maintaining the original TOS architecture.
> Looking at the design shape of the NX01′s four impulse drive ports and the size/scale of the Kelvin’s impulse drive ports, and then looking at the shape of the TOS E “impulse drive housing”, it seemed to be a perfect fit, to insert the design shape of the four NX01 impulse drive ports into Jefferies elegant TOS E’s impulse drive housing; and then we increased the overall size of the TOS impulse drive housing by about 12%.
The end results created (for me) a look that is more consistent with a progression from the NX01— with a scale closer to the Kelvin’s and a possible predecessor to the shape and enlarged scale of theTMP Refit impulse drive ports.
-detail of NX01 impulse drive ports > http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20070318225144/memoryalpha/en/images/c/c8/NX_impulse_engines.jpg
We were moving through this design thesis when I realized that instead of just making an upgraded, or a refit forth season” type” version of the TOS E. I would take the re-skinning full circle and build the Enterprise that I (and maybe a few other “old” hard-core TOS trek fans) might have liked to see in the re-boot of the franchise in 09′.
So, I took my design concept one final step further and asked, since the TOS E and the TMP Refit were the bases for the design of the JJprise and the Kelvin — Why not also borrow some of the design cues from the Kelvin, the JJprise and a bit more from theTMPE and infused them onto Matt Jefferies original TOS E design architecture.
Four examples of design cues borrowed:
> The JJprise clear Nacelle Domes and Exposed Rotating Fan Blades and other mechanics behind the domes; which I believe help to bolster her sense of scale, were inspired by > http://thevirtuousrepublic.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/01/new-e.jpg
> The upgrade to my Aft Nacelles; the deep hooded shape and the circle of white lights surrounding a highly-reflective (dark silver-graphite, almost mirror finish) but transparent spheres, were inspired by the Aft Nacelle images of:
ST:09 Kelvin Shuttle here > http://movies.trekcore.com/gallery/albums/xihd/trekxihd0092.jpg:
ST:09′s Enterprise shuttle > http://movies.trekcore.com/gallery/albums/xihd/trekxihd0972.jpg
ST:09 JJprise, here > http://movies.trekcore.com/gallery/albums/xihd/trekxihd2374.jpg
… And even inspired by the lighting FX here > SW: Naboo Cruiser Aft Nacelles: (may have to cut and paste links into browser to view)
> My Shuttle Bay’s aft Lighting FX was inspired by both the Kelvin and JJprise
Kelvin Shuttle Bay Lights > http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3286/3100558825_cb59177f7f.jpg
JJprise Shuttle Bay Lights > http://www.ex-astris-scientia.org/articles/new_enterprise/enterprise-shuttlebay.jpg
> The Gold lighting FX inside my Nacelle Domes was inspired by Ryan Church’s rendering of the New Enterprise
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© Ricky Wallace, used with permission.