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3DS.S. Overture

rojrenrojren979 Louisville, Kentucky USAPosts: 1,639Member
edited December 2020 in Work in Progress #1
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This is the S.S. Overture. It's Federation, but not Starfleet. She and her sister ships Anthem and Canticle are proofs of concept for various drive, weapons and material technologies.


When I worked on the Anthem, one of the problems I had was that while AutoCAD could produce an elliptical saucer, it wouldn't allow me to edit it. I had to stick with a circle.

I finally figured out how to do it (it was much easier than I would have thought) so (despite not being really happy with my prior attempts) I thought I'd try another Federation ship.

Then I made a mistake. I worked on the drawing in AutoCAD 2018, which seems to still have a bug that messes with image output. Until I can figure out how to fix that I have to use a more hand-drawn visual style.




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  • evil_genius_180evil_genius_1801854 Posts: 9,999Member
    That's pretty cool so far. It's nice seeing a non Starfleet Federation ship for a change. :)
  • rojrenrojren979 Louisville, Kentucky USAPosts: 1,639Member
    Found out the problem. The video card drivers didn't like the last Hotfixes from Autodesk.



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  • NevetsNevets190 EarthPosts: 115Member
    Nice concept.
  • rojrenrojren979 Louisville, Kentucky USAPosts: 1,639Member
    Thanks.;)

    I figure the primary mission on this one is to test various drive systems that were featured on the various series: advanced warp drives, soliton drives, quantum slipstream drives, and that subspace folding (?) thing the Cytherians used. I've probably missed ome.


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  • NevetsNevets190 EarthPosts: 115Member
    Just a thought. Perhaps it's a Section 31 starship. With it not being Starfleet but still Federation.
  • rojrenrojren979 Louisville, Kentucky USAPosts: 1,639Member
    Sure. That'll work. I was thinking something like a few universities, and research centers collaborating on the project. Section 31 could be managing the project in secret.

    I'm trying out a more rounded look for the features at front of the engines. As usual with my attempts at Star Trek designs - I mostly keep trying things, and then undoing them.

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  • rojrenrojren979 Louisville, Kentucky USAPosts: 1,639Member
    Worked some on the drive units.



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  • rojrenrojren979 Louisville, Kentucky USAPosts: 1,639Member
    Ellipses and AutoCAD don't mix well. It's difficult to find centers. I've done a bunch of work, and ended up with nothing to show for it.


    While I'm fighting with that, I set the scale for the ship.


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  • rojrenrojren979 Louisville, Kentucky USAPosts: 1,639Member
    Added stuff. Deleted stuff. Added more stuff. Deleted that too.

    (The red cylinder is 3 meters tall.)


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  • rojrenrojren979 Louisville, Kentucky USAPosts: 1,639Member
    Added the hangar bays, undid some bits of the hull, and spent most of a day getting all the pieces on the same centerline.

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  • rojrenrojren979 Louisville, Kentucky USAPosts: 1,639Member
    Okay. This is weird. I took a break from this to redo my website again. (www.rogerrenfrow.com if you'd like to look.) Now that I'm back at this, something funky is going on. It looks like watercolors.


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  • evil_genius_180evil_genius_1801854 Posts: 9,999Member
    It looks kind of cool. On the other hand, that would totally freak me out if one of my projects looked like that all of a sudden.
  • komarokomaro340 CanadaPosts: 750Member
    Intriguing design. I like some areas more then others. Those engines/nacelles are fun and slick. The bottom part is maybe something I am not sure...Keep it on.
  • rojrenrojren979 Louisville, Kentucky USAPosts: 1,639Member
    Yeah, I've never really liked the secondary hull. It's one of several things about this ship I keep staring at, trying to figure what to do about it, and then keep staring.

    I tried opening the file on a CAD workstation today. The file is corrupt. I'll have to try and salvage it.
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  • rojrenrojren979 Louisville, Kentucky USAPosts: 1,639Member
    I split the different sections of the ship (drive, deflector, saucer, etc.) off into separate files and externally referenced them all to the base file. Looks like that fixed the problem.

    Fiddled with a new secondary hull. Reminds me of a banana.



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  • evil_genius_180evil_genius_1801854 Posts: 9,999Member
    Interesting shape, though it's hard to say from that one angle.
  • rojrenrojren979 Louisville, Kentucky USAPosts: 1,639Member
    Four quick views of the engineering hull (with changes). The deflector is going to change.


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  • evil_genius_180evil_genius_1801854 Posts: 9,999Member
    I like the shape.
  • komarokomaro340 CanadaPosts: 750Member
    Ah! I find that solution more elegant. Nice shape and it follows more the angles of the saucer. I know that sometimes I try to imagine how the aerodynamic would influence the shape, and I think you got it right that way. Keep it up, and do incremental saves! I got burned once and twice...;)
  • rojrenrojren979 Louisville, Kentucky USAPosts: 1,639Member
    Added hangar doors, an impulse drive, a new navigational deflector and some text.

    I tend to back up every day I work on a ship, and do sub-saves for every major change to the shape.




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  • evil_genius_180evil_genius_1801854 Posts: 9,999Member
    It's looking really good. I like how the secondary hull is shaping up.
    rojren wrote: »
    I tend to back up every day I work on a ship, and do sub-saves for every major change to the shape.

    I like those sub-saves too. If you mess up or want to change it, it's better than starting at the beginning.
  • rojrenrojren979 Louisville, Kentucky USAPosts: 1,639Member
    Back at it. Top view.


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    Plodding along.


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  • rojrenrojren979 Louisville, Kentucky USAPosts: 1,639Member
    Added some stuff. The file is getting jittery again.



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  • rojrenrojren979 Louisville, Kentucky USAPosts: 1,639Member
    Okay. Back at this one.

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  • rojrenrojren979 Louisville, Kentucky USAPosts: 1,639Member
    I really hope I'm done with this.

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  • DarkoneDarkone177 Posts: 258Member
    That's an interesting design you got their!
    I like what I see so far!:thumb:
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  • rojrenrojren979 Louisville, Kentucky USAPosts: 1,639Member
    Thanks. I really have a hard time with Star Trek ship designs. I am comforted by the fact that the people making the Star Trek movies and series also seem to have a hard time with Star Trek ship designs. :p
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  • SAMSABER_2012SAMSABER_201267 Posts: 107Member
    rojren wrote: »
    Worked some on the drive units.



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    These organic engines look fabulous.

  • rojrenrojren979 Louisville, Kentucky USAPosts: 1,639Member
    edited September 2020 #31
    Thank you. They started as a way to combine the pylons and nacelles.

    I had forgotten about this thread. I've been posting updates to my catch-all thread.
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