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post Feb 19 2009, 01:30 PM
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Here we go again:

The Gallant is another Scout recently assigned to Cadet training at the Frontier Guard Academy. She's just come off of active duty as a Combat Scout. While not currently top-of-the-line, she's the best Scout at the Academy and will reflect the sleeker design and palette of the Trident we just finished. Gallant will be one of the other more-prominent ships seen in the show.

I don't believe we've decided on a class name for the Gallant. So it might be a fun exercise as construction takes place to name the class.

Here are the sketches:

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(perspective)

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Rather than mess around with nurbs again, I decided to go with spline modeling which worked reasonably well on the Trident. It just means a few hours of cursing and cleaning up points and polygons all over the place.

First half of the top forward section modeled:
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Bottom section modeled. I bolean subtracted a cutout at the back which will be built back up as different levels as seen in the bottom view. (this stuff was missing from the perspective shot, so I decided to go with the bottom view).

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Looks very Trek at the moment, but that'll change pretty soon with the addition of the rear module, engine area, etc.

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post Feb 19 2009, 03:10 PM
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I was thinking the other day about the rings (or eggbeaters as I Rick likes to call them) and wondering about them.

Could they be detachable. From what I have gleaned from things those rings are needed for FTL travel, but not sub light travel.

I was wonder if they could detach when in sub light mode or going into battle.

I am thinking of some Star Wars Ships that come out of hyperspace and detache from their hyperdrive to then land on a planet, etc.

First it would be a cool look to see the ship detach. Second, I love some of the lines on these shipes and would love to see them in space without their rings.
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post Feb 19 2009, 03:12 PM
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Interesting. icon_smile.gif
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post Feb 20 2009, 12:56 PM
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Slow progress before lunch.

Looks like I made some interpretation errors in the initial meshing that are going to be a problem. I still have a few ideas, but I did consider starting over.

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post Feb 20 2009, 01:29 PM
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No matter. They look stunning nonetheless.
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post Feb 20 2009, 02:45 PM
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Sometimes "errors" turn out to be good things and as they say, "it's not over...". icon_wink.gif

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I built up some rings that are designed to be an intermediary between the ones seen on Polaris and the Trident. So they are less angular and more squat like Polaris, but have the more advanced cutouts and glow bits. Also added the keel.

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Lots more to do!

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post Feb 20 2009, 03:16 PM
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Built up a little more and playing with engines.

Can't decide if I like the Mk. 5 from the Hercules, or the Mk. 7 from the transport and Trident better...

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post Feb 20 2009, 03:58 PM
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Leaning towards the Mk. 5's though having some variants for other ships is not a bad thing.

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Also added deflector and conning tower.

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I believe that is all the main hull components, now it's time to start detailing them one by one.

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post Feb 20 2009, 04:24 PM
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I agree, MK5 looks better.
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post Feb 20 2009, 05:29 PM
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Added windows and a few other bits and bobs on the saucer.

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post Feb 20 2009, 06:31 PM
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Probably last one for the day, finished off the window placement. Ready to start hull plating and other details.

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Still need some class name ideas.

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post Feb 21 2009, 06:22 PM
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Spent most of the day unsuccessfully playing around with a Greeble plugin for 9X. There is just no way to mass replicate panels that need to look like they *fit* where they were put. (or at least sorta). So I did some more paneling, a lot places you might never see, and the boxy engineering section.

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post Feb 22 2009, 12:17 PM
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A few more panels this morning before we get setup for auditions.

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post Feb 23 2009, 04:05 PM
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Some more hull plating and then it's time to begin some texturing I think. More details can always be added later. icon_smile.gif

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post Feb 23 2009, 04:11 PM
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How many decks does this have?

By county the rectangles as windows I count 6 decks on the top half and four on the bottom. So around 10?
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post Feb 24 2009, 09:28 AM
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Yeah, that sounds about right. I'll do an accurate count in a few.

Texturing in progress:

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post Feb 24 2009, 10:32 AM
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QUOTE (Rob_C @ Feb 24 2009, 05:28 PM) *
Yeah, that sounds about right. I'll do an accurate count in a few.

Texturing in progress:

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Coming together very nicely.
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post Feb 24 2009, 11:51 AM
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When I saw the first pics of its shape, I thought "that's cute". Now I'm stunned, because it's looking so awesome!




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post Feb 24 2009, 12:11 PM
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Like the USS Trident I find this ship interesting as well. i like the idea that someone mentioned earlier of the rings detaching. I think it would be better if the rings retracted into the ship when in sub speeds? Thats if you get what I mean?
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post Feb 24 2009, 12:18 PM
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Yeah, as technology moves to a more elliptical ring it would be easier to design a ship where the rings could fully retract. I definitely like the idea that we're seeing (and will see) an evolution of ship design over the course of the series.

More surfacing:

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Self Illumination test:

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Polaris size comparison: (Gallant's rings have to be about the same diameter as Polaris' to fit in the Academy berths!)

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And engine illumination test:

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