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USS Plaustrum
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Published: March 30, 2018
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The USS Plaustrum.  The Roman word for a horse drawn carriage.
And updated design from an old sketch of mine - the USS Outrider.
This ship is designed to be the first on the scene hence her class name 'Response Class'.
A more efficient use of warp design where the nacelles pull the vessel through space instead of pushing the ship.
A Weapons Pod can be mounted on the struts located behind the main bridge or for large engagements the lower nacelles can be removed and replaced with various pod configurations.
The warp core is located in the Saucer forward of the Main Bridge (indicated by 3 hatches).
No Saucer separation is available in the USS Plaustrum but the Main bridge is ejectable.
Slightly smaller to her cousin the Sovereign class starship but just as powerful with fore and aft quantum torpedo launchers and ablative generators.
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Emilion-3's avatar
Emilion-3Hobbyist Writer
A Very interesting class of ship.
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DonMeiklejohnHobbyist Traditional Artist

Thank you. Wanted to play around with having the nacelles located at the front so it has more of a Roman Chariot look to it

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Emilion-3Hobbyist Writer
Looks like a heavy saber class.
paladin49's avatar
i wish i could do art a quarter as good as you but i have a bad habit of messing up stick figures.
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DonMeiklejohnHobbyist Traditional Artist

Thanks for the compliment! Having your own idea is the first step...drawing it just helps get your idea across. Give it go and you cannot fail.

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GearChronicleFanHobbyist Interface Designer
Nice design. Reminds me of the Sabre somewhat XD
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DonMeiklejohnHobbyist Traditional Artist

Thanks GCF. I tried to come up with a different saucer shape but it has all been done before.

Endorfinator's avatar
This ship as incredible and unique design. While I know you didn't design it as such I think this would be an excellent starting base for designing a Federation fleet/supercarrier. It even has two raised areas at the back that can serve as flight control. Also for some reason, the top view reminds me of the Naboo Royal Cruiser from episode 2. 
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DonMeiklejohnHobbyist Traditional Artist

The design here came from another ship I designed called the USS Outrider where the nacelles sit forward on the ships hull and pulls the ship through space instead of pushing it. The two vertical fins behind the bridge are the supports for a mission specific pod with is not drawn in the pic. I started with the manta ray shape for the hull and worked from there.

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DonMeiklejohnHobbyist Traditional Artist

Thanks Batlestar - this ship has got a lot of positive and negative comments but I like her.

SajuukkuujaS's avatar
While i like that ship quite a lot the way the nacelle pylons 'bite' into the saucers rim 'against the flow' of the saucer is a bit of a negative eyecatcher. Minor cosmetic irritation.
Nice ship.
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Reactor-Axe-ManHobbyist Digital Artist
Probably one of the most interesting Trek layouts for a Fed ship that I've seen in a long time.
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DonMeiklejohnHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the feedback Axe-Man.  Glad you like it
ian-stewart's avatar
Now THAT is a very creative starfleet design! The heavy forward section with trailing engineering hull is absolutely stunning to look at!
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DonMeiklejohnHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks Ian for the compliment
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ChargeBetaGT4586Student General Artist
Looks fast!
LordadmiralDrake's avatar
I really like the design, especially as the canon Starfleet ship classes almost all share the same basic layout (and flaws)

Though, warp nacelle placement is actually quite arbitrary given the the warp drive doesn't actually move the ship by itself (it needs additional sublight engines to do so)
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kaisernathan1701Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome :)
FactionParadox's avatar
Cool and definitely "different", in a good way.
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