I am always interested in checking out different Star Trek designs, especially of Original Series vehicles, those dearest to my memory. These guys treat the subject matter with consistency and project their designs forward quite logically and well…
…the stuff just looks COOL too…enough to satisfy even the most discriminating eye!
Let’s take a look now at two other gems in the Auxiliary Vehicles section of “The Prime Alternative” site:
The Class -F Shuttlecraft
True to form, she’s dubbed “Galileo – NCC-1701/7″ and bears the hallmarks of the iconic craft first introduced to fans in the Original Series episode, “The Galileo Seven.”
One look at this baby and I think Spock and Co. would have left the hairy giants of Taurus II in a cloud of dilithium dust much MUCH earlier!
As you can see, this updated version sports attitude control and reverse thrust ports for verisimilitude, something today’s more sophisticated sf fans have come to expect in their vehicles.
Still maintaining the overall 60s-era lines and design of Gene Whitfield, the ship has a sleeker look, incorporating some contemporary real-spacecraft detail on the nacelle and hull.
The illuminated hull markings give nod to ‘Star Trek: The Motion Picture’ (ST: TMP) model lighting conceits. I have to admit I wasn’t overjoyed with Paramount’s choice back then to do so, but it made sense when the light source was visible. It was post-production ‘sourceless’ hull illuminations that stretched my belief suspension beyond its tolerance.
Carthew and Wallace either think the same or by accident avoided overuse of that trick.
Here, in a closeup of the back of the craft, we see a beefed-up engineering section seemingly capable of housing the tech needed to power and propel the ship. I’ve never been sure if those inverted orange triangular ports are impulse engines but they’re reminiscent of the original craft but with more texture and warmth.
The business end of the nacelles are lit with the white ring of contained warp fire, a nice touch that doesn’t slide into cartoonery for the sake of adding detail. The blue light spilling from the ‘pre-stage flux tuners’ near the front of the nacelle break up the dark areas nicely and add a bit of drama.
The site has over a dozen views of this nicely-turned design update, so check it out!
Secondly, R-Squared (sorry guys, but I hope you don’t mind the nickname) took on a previously under-played bit of necessary infrastructure for starship construction:
The dry dock pictured above, designed by Ricky Wallace, is a heavier version of what we’ve seen before, with sturdier construction and even includes the ST: TMP-era office pods (to me, reminiscent of the Jupiter 2 of ‘Lost in Space.’ But I digress…)
This drydock seems capable of holding a variety of ship classes over a considerable amount of time. Durable. A symbol of the vast resources available to the Federation StarFleet.
One of the things that always nagged at my suspended disbelief in ST: TMP was that the spindly yet graceful orbital dry dock enclosing the newly refit Enterprise seemed strangely devoid of storage spaces for parts, sub-assemblies, crew accommodations, and the like.
Of course, one could rationalize that it had all been moved away in preparation for the starship’s maiden voyage, but wouldn’t they have to move it all back again when the keel-laying began for the next ship in line?
(Right. I should “get a life!”)
At any rate, do yourself a favor and check out another view of the assembly at The Prime Alternative galleries.
And if you click on the mad shipyard.com link at the page bottom, you’ll go to the parent site, where you’ll find plenty of J.J. Abrams-verse starships to browse through! The graphics are clean, hi-resolution, and sure to please.
I know my return trip was a blast! Thanks, guys!
Live long, and prosper