Recently, I have had the desire to flesh out some of the New Federation Starfleet designs from my "Star Trek: United We Stand"
fanfic. This is the first of the ships I've decided to work on - the Sedna-Class starship. This is just my first pass at the top profile, establishing the general shape and general placement of major details on the hull. She's a small border patrol scout, roughly the same size as a Springfield-Class starship.
The NCC number with the letter prefix is not an error... it is very much intentional, and there is a reason for it. All New Federation ships have an "A" prefix preceding the numeral, indicating that it belongs to the Andromedan, or "New" Federation.
As you can see, the Sedna is a very small vessel. I'm still working out the window and lifeboat placement for the upper saucer. The upper "hood" containing the bridge module and leading to the downswept warp pylons also acts as the "roof" to the secondary hull, which is tucked underneath it. You can see the shuttlebay poking out from below it at the rear. I am thinking most likely she won't have a full deflector dish, like on large starships, but will rather have the smaller lower saucer deflector array, like that on the saucer section of the Galaxy and Nebula-Class ships.
Overall, the design looks quite nice.
Yeah, the bottom profile will be a tad tricky. The side profile, I have a fairly clear image of what it should look like, but the bottom, or secondary hull, will be a bit of a challenge.
One thing I am thinking of doing, if I go with a full-sized deflector dish proper, is to have the secondary hull (from the side profile) taper up to merge with the saucer, and hide/enclose the deflector dish within a recessed alcove, similar to the Akira or Sovereign-Class ships. But in all honesty, I think I like the idea of the Galaxy/Nebula-style saucer deflector array best... not every ship has to have a huge deflector dish, and it would drive home how small a ship this is.
I'm not convinced that I can draw it correctly. Can anyone kind of help me out in this area?
Okay, folks... at this point, I am going to say I feel I NEED some 3D help here.
Would someone be willing to take all these views I have of the ship, and just do a VERY BASIC 3D model of the SHAPE of the ship itself... NO details... just the shape? I just need to be sure that this can or will work the way I have it laid out so far in 2D. Any help is appreciated.
In the meantime, I've started trying to clean up the top view a bit.
When he showed me his version, I saw what I had originally done wrong on my own pencil and paper sketch, with that fold/contour area I mentioned... there was no need to show the crease closest to the windows on the side walls of the secondary hull, as THAT part of the hull never folds... only the crease of the pylons proper folds, so I should have always had only ONE crease showing.
He's working on a final version that he'll share with me later, which will include the forward torpedo launchers.
Not that your version wasn't looking good so far, but that's really hot. He did a great job on this.
Yeah, I have simplified the bottom view, which he has also started on. It might be revised even more. I will likely also scale down the torp launchers a bit, too.
Frederik posted a size comparison of the ship based on the figure Atolm gave for her length, and it does NOT work at all... at the scale that was suggested (40 meters), the bridge would be about the size of the driver's seat of a bus, and there would be NO way I could realistically have or use a shuttlebay on a ship that small... so there were some severe scaling errors with the Sedna as she was originally conceived.
So, I am making a size change, and am also going to be making some changes to her bottom profile. She's still gonna be a VERY small ship... no larger than a Nova-Class ship. But she will be big enough for a shuttlebay to serve a purpose, and will be big enough to hold two, maybe even three Type-17 shuttlepods.
So, here is the start of the new saucer for the Sedna, complete with proper cutouts for the impulse engines. More to come soon.