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Civilian Scout - Liberty Class

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Liberty Class
Scout/Research
Designed by Starfleet Core of Engineers 2195
First ship completed 2200
Production run ends 2245

Decks: 3
Crew: minimum 3 standard 6
Passengers: 6 to 12
Cargo: up to 100 metric tons depending on configuration
Regular Operating Capacity: 6 months, cargo can increase this to 18 months

Length: 414.2 ft (126m)

Width: 179.9 ft (54.83m)
Height: 57.95 ft (17.66m)

Cruising Speed: Warp 3
Maximum Speed: Warp 6.7 (up to 12 hours)

Designed primarily as a long term but small staffed research vessel and scout, the Liberty, was at the time, extremely fast and agile for her size. With an advanced scanner suite she was able to get accurate and quick scans and get out of a system quickly. As technology advanced, she began to be relegated into more of a research role and eventually began being used exclusively by civilians in the Federation. With large cabins, reliable propulsion and low maintenance, she became a favorite and still finds widespread use almost 75 years after her initial design and launch.

While most civilian versions only have the Deflector pod slung underneath the Engineering deck, options had been created that contained not only a Deflector but a probe launcher, or with some modifications, a proper photon torpedo launcher.  These are a bit harder to come by as Starfleet dismantled those decades ago for use elsewhere.  One popular modification is a cargo claw and a Deflector attachment on the lower saucer sensor dome allowing the Liberty to act as a light freighter by hauling cargo containers and cargo trains underneath the Engineering hull and out behind her.

The Liberty's warp nacelles house the M/AM reaction chambers as well as the Anitmatter pods which is reclaimed from the Fusion engines and processes involved in powering the ship.  While the Liberty will have to re-fuel it's Dueterium after a stretch of long use, the Anti-Dueterium rarely, if ever, has to be replenished. It's Emergency systems include the ability to discard the nacelles as well as the standard emergency buoy and two life rafts that are integrated into the lift system and launch from behind the bridge on top of the saucer. 

Equipped with a science suite, a 2 person sickbay, a 3 person transporter, and a large cargo bay for it's size as well as accommodations for the crew and several passengers, the Liberty has found service in recent years as a limited cargo and personnel transport. 

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I ended up putting a bunch of light weathering on her as well as some very faint grid lines on the saucer, almost like they were penciled on, much like the TOS Connie. It's all really subtle, but I didn't want to mark the ship up too much.  I also ended up gutting the vents on the sides and re-doing them entirely with a different approach. The circular holes in the side vents were the issue causing mesh errors before and after re-building it twice that way I went another route entirely. I also managed to tone down the reflections on the gold and copper on the nacelles and deflector as well as give them some rougher parts so they look a bit more used. 

So we went from fav.me/dbkfwtx to what's up above. :)

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ColourbrandHobbyist Digital Artist
Superb design, excellent back story and good control over the detailing - one can get carried away - I tend to :D

Well done :)
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ashleytingerHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much!  One of my few ship exteriors that panned out lol
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ColourbrandHobbyist Digital Artist
Did a damn good job :)
Spino2Earth's avatar
I like the design of this class :)
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ashleytingerHobbyist Digital Artist

Thank you! :) It was a fun build.

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You are welcome fellow Starfleet officer!
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BuffyFosterStudent Digital Artist
So cool and a nice size, too! :)
FactionParadox's avatar
Looking even better.  Does she have any shuttlebays?!
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ashleytingerHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!  This particular version does not. I'm thinking I'll end up making up a bunch of swappable add-ons later for it where the Deflector connects to Engineering.  There'd be a ladder down for that version instead of an accessway to get to the shuttle. It probably wouldn't be a full blown bay, maybe something like the Nostromo in Alien or the Captain's Yacht where it connects through a housing and then that detaches so the shuttle can move free. 

I'd planned a shuttlebay and small cargobay when i first laid it all out but it just never worked for me visually that way. I'd be a terrible engineer. ;)
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Even if you made a very small bay, like for those two-seaters (types) seen on TNG.  Or maybe a bay just large enough for two 'worker-bee' type units.  The 'bees' may not be actual shuttles but they would allow for touring the exterior of the ship to check for damage or make subtle repairs.  
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ashleytingerHobbyist Digital Artist
I do have a plan for a few different 'pod' options for her but I don't know when I'll get to them.

1) Deflector and torpedo launcher
2) Deflector and small shuttle dock
3) Docking claw to attach to larger cargo containers or to cargo trains - requires a deflector mount on the saucer
4) Larger shuttle deck and cargo storage - requires a deflector mount on the saucer
5) Deflector with high-powered tow package tractor system (physical or beam)
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Are you familiar with W.A.D.E.s?!  (*Wide Angle Deflector Emitters).  They are like rectangular deflector alternatives.  They usually look like a wide line of blue light, often in pairs used on the front of Saucer sections beginning in the late "A" era.  Instead of round deflectors, you could use a WADE or two instead.
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ashleytingerHobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not familiar with them.  Any examples?
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I am trying to paste a saved example but this thing won't let me do it.  There is an artist on here named Adrasil, who has several star trek ships with examples of them.  They are like rectangular strips, usually in blue on the edge of the saucer section, usually up front, in singles or in twos with one on either side of the front.  I am terrible at trying to paste on here.  He has one, an ASTON class refit with a single WADE on the front edge of the saucer as it has no secondary hull.
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ashleytingerHobbyist Digital Artist
So it's kind of a built in Deflector like Voyager had on the front of the saucer?
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Your ship renders never cease to amaze me! They look better than many of the promotional renders I've seen for some of the Star Trek video games over the years.

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ashleytingerHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!  Learning as I go. :)
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I like it!
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ashleytingerHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :)
Bluecruiser's avatar
Very nice design. I could see Starfleet having a hand in the design if these could be called up for service like the us navy and Royal Navy did with liners between the two world wars.
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ashleytingerHobbyist Digital Artist
Exactly my thought. That and it gives civilians a craft with all of Starfleet's Engineering history to that point behind it making it really solid. 
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Nice design
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ashleytingerHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! 
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ClockworkErosHobbyist Digital Artist
Looks very good! I wonder if the nacelles struts should be angled up a bit to move the nacelles out of the shadow of the saucer? That seems to be the canon way of doing it?  Would a version be possible having the engineering section extended downward to both include the deflector dish and provide space for probes and a small shuttle bay?

Very nice little ship! :thumbsup:
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