Thursday, June 09, 2011
This is a quick and dirty 3D sketch of the general shape of the starship Enterprise with a ring-type warp drive instead of the traditional nacelles.
Nothing major here, I was messing around in Blender 2.57 and wondered how the starship Enterprise would look with "ringship" warp drive instead of the traditional nacelles. The warp drive attaches to the bottom of the secondary hull with a single pylon that is supposed to look like a continuation of the pylon connecting the saucer to the secondary hull. The primary-to-secondary pylon is a bit wider than the original and now connects with the center of the primary hull. If you look closely, you'll also see that the lower bulge on the primary hull is missing; in this version, a wider pylon now supports the functions that were formerly housed in this space.
This ship is also a bit larger than the original, with more volume in both the primary and secondary hulls.
This is only a crude representation, intended only to see how the different pieces fit together. If (when) I get back to actually work on this ship, I'll re-build it from scratch to allow more careful construction.
Some later studies: