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3DU.S.S. Trafalgar, Ambassador Class Starship

McCMcC214 Posts: 675Member
edited February 2014 in Finished Work #1
Finally, after a year and a half, I'm calling her done. :runs:


Addendum, 2014-02-13 (details here):

WIP thread here.
Post edited by McC on


  • SchimpfySchimpfy171 Posts: 0Member
    Yay! Beautiful work. I've really enjoyed following the build. :thumb:
  • AresiusAresius347 Posts: 4,145Member
    Congrats and nice work! :)
  • Vortex5972Vortex5972173 Posts: 1,058Member
    Amazing work. She looks great.
  • evil_genius_180evil_genius_1801829 Posts: 9,995Member
    She came out beautiful, dude. Congrats on getting her finished.
  • RekkertRekkert1742 Buenos Aires, ArgentinaPosts: 1,982Member
    Really a beautiful model man, it came out great! :thumb:
    For my finished Trek bridges and other works of mine, visit my portfolio
    Feel free to contact me if you're interested in commissions!​
  • nightfevernightfever258 Posts: 554Member
    No rant againts your work, it's GREAT, but I wish the original designer/s would have had more time to create the Enterprise C. The Ambassador seems clumsy to me.
  • McCMcC214 Posts: 675Member
    Thanks, everyone! :D
    nightfever wrote: »
    No rant againts your work, it's GREAT, but I wish the original designer/s would have had more time to create the Enterprise C. The Ambassador seems clumsy to me.
    She does and she doesn't to me. On the one hand, I 100% understand why you feel that way, but having spent a loooooong time staring at every little bit of her ( ;) ), I've actually come to really appreciate what Sternbach and Jein ended up producing from Probert's original design. It actually marries the Excelsior and Galaxy really well and I think a lot of the goofiness simply comes from the fact that the two designs it sits between are just so radically different from one another. A bunch of little decisions, though, factor into the ultimate shape of the Ambassador and aside from a few things (like poorly thought-out window placement on the saucer), there's quite a bit of thought and consideration evident in the design...despite its goofiness. ;)
  • evil_genius_180evil_genius_1801829 Posts: 9,995Member
    It is what it is. The Ambassador is one of my favorite Starfleet designs. Having said that, I think I'd have preferred Andy Probert's design for the Ambassador. That's not to say I don't like Rick Sternbach's design, but Probert's was closer to the Galaxy. Though, logistically, Probert's design couldn't be done in time, so they had to go with Sternbach's less detailed and less curvy design. Still, given the time and what they had to accomplish with the fusion of designs, I think they did a fantastic job. She's still on my "to model" list, I'll get around to her someday. :D
  • spacefighterspacefighter0 Posts: 0Member
    nice work, i particularly like what you did to the top of the nacelles.
  • TrekMDTrekMD188 Posts: 625Member
    Gorgeous! Just Gorgeous!
  • McCMcC214 Posts: 675Member
    I can't leave well enough alone! :D


    Revised the lighting so that all scene light is coming from a single unidirectional sun lamp ("distant" or "infinite" light in other programs) and the ship itself. Then futzed around with the compositing network a ton in order to try to smooth out the remaining "fireflies" in each of the direct and indirect channel passes. Added some more bloom and glare stuff. Tone mapped the whole render. Compare with the second render in the original post.
  • evil_genius_180evil_genius_1801829 Posts: 9,995Member
    That looks great. Single source lighting is definitely the way to go. It gives a more realistic "sun" look.
  • admiral hortonadmiral horton181 Posts: 105Member
    Please do an orthographic schematic
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