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Filming the Aquashuttle by thefirstfleet Filming the Aquashuttle by thefirstfleet
It's the year 1970, but a bit different than the way we know it. After a successful write-in campaign, Star Trek is renewed for a fourth season. With an expanded budget thanks to a viewership hooked on advancements of real-life space exploration (Apollo 13's successful moon landing in April and the Venus fly-around mission announced last year helped a lot), all-new effect shots could be made. This included the multi-purpouse Aquashuttle, whose filming was captured in this old photo I managed to dig up from the vaults.



If only, if only...
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Battleground Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2018
I have to wonder if some of the things we saw in the animated series were originally intended for the live-action series.
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2018

Some ideas, I think they were. Roddenberry and the staff really planned for five seasons, one for each of the Five-Year Mission.


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llewellynX Featured By Owner May 30, 2017
Hmm... I knew something was off when you mentioned Apollo 13 landing on the moon. That's the one that had a malfunction and barely made it back. I mean, come on! They made a huge Hollywood block buster movie about it staring Tom Hanks. Really great image though. You had me fooled until I read the posts.
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner May 31, 2017
:D Thank you :D
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Richard67915 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is INCREDIBLE!
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2017
Thank you very much :D
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BobBobson38 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2017
What happened to the shuttle? How did this turn into a cartoon?
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017
This is a CGI image. There was never a physical model of it. The original aquashuttle featured in an animated Star Trek episode only.
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BobBobson38 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2017
You tricked me!
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:iconthefirstfleet:
thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2017
That was my goal. I wanted to make this piece as realistic as possible.
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MirrorKhaos Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed if only...
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:iconthefirstfleet:
thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2016
Yeah...
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kelloggs2066 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well Done!

I've been noodling with the Aquashuttle's design.

It occurs to me that she should have a fold down ramp or dive platform on her aft end to allow divers to enter and egress easily when she's on the surface.

There also may be a dive hatch on the underside of the ship, for access while the ship's underwater.

I'm working on a shot to showcase the features.

Anyway, glad to see someone else playing with it!
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2016
I needed to build it. Gotta love these TAS designs.
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Phenometron Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016
The Aquashuttle is a very pretty ship.
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016
Indeed it is :D
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Goppo713 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016
nice
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016
Thank you!
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Jack-Abbott Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016
You had me going there! This looks real! I was thinking for a moment that they actually built this model for the show, but got canceled before they could use it.
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016
It would have geen great...
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Timberwolf1969 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
There must have been a rift to another timeline in those vaults...
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016
Yupp :D
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Timberwolf1969 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I knew it.
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Traeumer1981 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2016
Good one! It was seen in the animated series right?
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016
Yes.
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Wortel123 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2016
Thing would make a better transport shuttle than the standard ones. This thing looks shweet
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016
Thank you :D
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TrekkieGal Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
OUTSTANDING!
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016
Thank you very much!
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TrekkieGal Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
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LordTigeron Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2016
I want the model :(
Thanks for sharing
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2016
You can get the model here:

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Stargazzer811 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
If only. Dont worry Dave, we have fan fiction for that. At least, we have written fan fiction for that.
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2016
Indeed!
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Drakohahn Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2016
How sleek!
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2016
Thank you :D
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