Journey-Class Multi-Mission Cruiser USS Endeavour NCC-74724
Hi all! Long time lurker here. I’ve been so inspired by many of you here and your amazing models that I decided it was finally time to join in. I’m a pretty intermediate 3Der. With my day job in video production, editing, mograph, etc I’ve used 3D modeling sparingly myself and usually have had others work on that portion for me. But in the past few months I’ve been trying to increase my modeling skills and I think I’m finally at a place where I can (at least) start to model a Star Trek starship. I have a long way to go and I’ll be learning much on the fly and asking for advice. Suffice it to say, this will be a long term project. And I'll continue to use this thread for all things related to the USS Endeavour, not just the exterior model.
This is something that I’ve wanted to do since I was a teenager back 1996 when rumors started to float around about what the “new” Enterprise-E was going to look like. Man I’m feeling old!! Back then I sketched a starboard orthographic view of a ship in a school notebook and the design has stuck with me all these years. It’s nothing radical for sure, but it’s something I’ve always liked.
In a nutshell, she's a mid-size cruiser about the size of an Excelsior (currently at about 490m long), yet with the long lines of the Sovereign. I'm very much going for the Intrepid aesthetic overall though. So right now the saucer section in particular looks a lot like it. As I continue to add details it shouldn't come off like a kitbash. Her secondary hull is very Galaxy-Class inspired and I'm a huge fan of Star Trek Online's Regent-Class, so I borrowed a little from that ship as well. But this ship would fit nicely in the early 2370's of Trek.
So far I’ve spent a ton of time working out the base overall shape of the ship. Trying to get the lines and proportions just right to my eye and trying my darnest to keep the typology as clean as possible (something I'm still learning to do). The warp nacelles are just stand-ins right now, aside for their general size, nothing is going be kept.
Oh, I'm also a sucker for involved backstories for things I create that can fit neatly inside of Trek cannon. If anyone has an interest in that story, ship specs, etc I’ll gladly post that wall of text. (So cannonistas I do have a head-cannon reason how she can be called Endeavour in this era of Trek ;-) )
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated! Thanks so much!!!