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Liberty Class - Civilian Scout - Render Test 1

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Published: July 16, 2019
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I rebuilt the Impulse engines, making them about half the size that they were and beefing up the housing to better protect Engineering. Tossed her into DAZ to do up a properly lit render and got some weird mesh errors on the nacelles. I'm probably going to end up having to rebuild that section. I also need to go through and remove most of the guts of the nacelle and in Engineering where I'd built the insides as they're gumming up the works and making for a really unnecessarily large file. 

I'm not happy with the green lights. Need to up them. Also need to work on the materials for the domes on the nacelles as well as interior lighting there. The Deflector dish and the containment coils on the nacelles are WAY too reflective. Same with the metal bits on the rims of the saucer.  

I need to go in and grime her up a bit texture wise, but for a lighting/render test this didn't come out too bad. :)
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"I can see it being a 5 to 10 service life before you take her in for a full systems overhaul..."

Another twist on this whole story line that I don't think anybody has ventured into is the privateer side of it.
20 years after the Arbiter was decommissioned, it turns up mothballed in some little known, little advertised shipyard.
After several months of blood, sweat and tears, it's out making the Kessler run, or private policing or underworld criminal activity under a different flag than the Federation.
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Oh definitely. I'm sure many a Starfleet ship has made it's way out of the wrecking yards in some way, shape or form and ended up in a VERY different type of service. 
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Thank you!  She's come a long way. :)
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You've really made a lot of progress; she's shaping up to be spaceworthy!
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I hope so. Her crew would prefer it ;)
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How vacuumphobic of them. :-P
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Well there are two airlocks... 
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So there are. :-)

I do miss having a shuttle bay, though...
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I originally wanted to include that and a secondary cargo bay but it wasn't working for me with the look I wanted. 
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was this an old warship that was repurpose for civilian use. 
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Definitely not a warship. She's always been a scout/science type of vessel.  There are different pods that can be attached under the Engineering area that have weapon options along with the Deflector but were nothing significant for combat. She's built to get in, take some readings and get out or sit over a planet taking measurements and conducting experiments. This particular ship makes its time running personnel and cargo all over Federation space. 
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ah I see.
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I like the low profile appearance. Less reflective surface.
I also like the engineering pod. Good start on that but don't make it too small.
I'm curious about whats going on on the underside of the dish? Looks like a port or narrow hanger?
I might suggest less appearance and more power coming from the rear of the nacelles.

Looks good!!!
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Thanks!

Well she's not very large. Length: 414.2 ft, Width: 179.9 ft, Height: 57.95 ft compared to say, the Constitution class, Length: 946 ft, Width: 416 ft, Height: 238 ft.  She's also just 3 decks high. The Deflector Pod isn't habitable. She's definitely got engines to spare already ;)

The detailing on the side of the dish is supposed to kind of emulate the detailing on the TOS ship. The strips on the sides of that and on the saucer are gravity based maneuvering pads that take the place of chemical thrusters. While the bigger ships can't use them, they work on this size ship pretty decently. 

I originally planned a hangar and cargo bay for the secondary hull and for it to be slung below the saucer but it just wasn't working for my idea of a sleek little ship so they had to go. 

I'll definitely be kicking up the output on the rear of the nacelles. Even when she's not at warp, those are definitely working to help power the ship. 
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I love that deflector dish!  
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Thanks!  Based it around the one from the smaller TOS Enterprise model with a few embellishments. 
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Wow quite the difference from the last images I saw. Looks awesome
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Thanks! Yeah there's a big difference in a modeling program from the 90s rendering it to a program that came out a year or two ago. There's a reason I model in one and do all my rendering and stuff in another ;)
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This is what I pictured when they had advertised the old ENTERPRISE series, before we saw the ship.  This seems to be more in line with a pre-TOS ship in my mind at least.  Just excellent!  She looks Great!
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Exactly! closer to the Daedalus style than that Akira upside down NX-01 
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Thanks!  She's a fast little ship. ;)  She was definitely conceived of around or before the Enterprise and has been getting small upgrades and refits ever since to keep her space-worthy. Think of it like the fishing boats on Deadliest Catch. The Wizard was a World War II oil hauler built in 1945 then in the 70s she was fitted out to be a crab boat and is still on the seas fishing after being built 74 years ago. So say this one was built around 2195 or earlier and has been kicking around Federation space ever since for different purposes ever since ;)
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Back in the day when there were FASA Star Trek Models for the role playing game, they had stats on the ships and I found it funny because they listed a ship, for example, the RELIANT and said average service life of that class of ship was 5 to 10 years.  They were all about the same and it was funny that some continuities say a ship is designed to last like 10 years at most and others have the ships lasting over fifty years before being mothballed or sent to shipyards to be stripped for parts once decommissioned.  Even the original 1701 in TOS was supposed to be over 40 years old by the time the five-year mission was over and she was put in space dock for the refit that took some 18 months.  Depending on the continuity, Pike was the second captain of the 1701.  Before Pike was Captain Robert T. April, THEN after him it was Pike and finally 11 years after Pike first took command we then get Kirk.  Spock was onboard for about 1 year under Captain April, then the 11 years under Pike and then 5 under Kirk.  We never get an actual age for Spock in TOS but we know in JJ Trek he and Kirk are supposedly about the same age, give or take a few short years.  In JJ Trek, I would guess Spock is maybe 2 or 3 years older than Kirk as he had been in Starfleet for some time before Kirk reprograms the Kobyashi Maru Test.
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I can see it being a 5 to 10 service life before you take her in for a full systems overhaul and maintenance and then send them back out. But regular Navy ships are operating for DECADES before being put up for long term refits and overhauls. I mean the carrier Enterprise (CVN-65) was running for 55 years with 23 times she was down for work (roughly 19 years downtime, I counted the months, with 4 massive overhauls that took several years each and the rest of the time ranging 5 to 7 months for repairs or maintenance) before she was decommissioned. Granted, 5 of that she wasn't active. You can't tell me that Starfleet can't build a ship that can handle the equivalent of that. 

Sure, some classes are going to run into problems or face premature obsolescence as the political and technological climate changes, but building and designing a ship to last for just 5 to 10 years???  Oi. 
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