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Columbia Inbound by RobCaswell Columbia Inbound by RobCaswell
A Trek piece done using my new stock background [link] . Also using Greywolf-Starkiller's DEG-inspired Scout model and David Metlesits' G-Type starbase model.

DAz Studio render.
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Ships like this have never made sense to me.  Where do you fit the ship systems from the engineering hull?  That's bulky equipment.  Even worse, some classes just project the Nav Deflector out of the bottom of the disk.  It's a high-powered forcefield projector, not a radio antenna!
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
In the original Connies there isn't all that much unique engineering in the Engineering Hull, so it's pretty easy to imagine that they could make an independent saucer ship like this. As for the nav deflector, that technical rationale was a late arrival. When this ship was designed, that dish was understood to be the "Main Sensor". The nav deflector array was, I recall, the three white dots that appeared on the front of the primary hull. It was either something in later movies or TNG that reassigned this device's function.
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SoupNaziMark2 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
But the dish-as-deflector was then thoroughly retconned in... book authors and.Starship Creator saw to that.  And even accounting for TOS's odd M/ARA configuration, a warp core and fuel storage is bulky for the saucer to contain.
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Professional General Artist
The warp core was a TNG creation. Have you ever looked through the original, 70's Ballantine Enterprise blueprints? It wasn't until the Motion Picture Enterprise (several years after the design of the Scout/Destroyer) where we started to see power train integration between the two hulls.
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SoupNaziMark2 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014
The Classic warp reactor may not have been a 'core' in form, but it is a M/ARA power plant regardless.  Those still require plasma conduits, support machinery and fuel storage that would be difficult to fit into a Constitution-class primary hull.  I suspect that's the reason Miranda-class hulls are bulked up towards the stern.

Incidently, I did once see those plans when in middle school.  Even then, I got the sad impression that the writers were in way over their heads and just trying to bluff their way out. 
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crudedoodle Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
Your artwork, especially your Star Trek work, is beautiful. I've been seeing it on Tumblr and it's simply breathtaking. 
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dammit - always making masterpieces of the beauty of space and the joy of exploration combined with the humility the cosmos bestows on man.

Excellent :D
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
Well... thanks for clearly seeing the passion/spirit behind these pieces. Sure, playing chicken with Klingon D-7s was always kinda cool - especially in my younger days. But the REAL appeal for me has always been Trek (and all sci-fi's) exploration of the unknown... and the challenges that come with that experience. I suspect you know EXACTLY what I mean ;)
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Was not for me at first but as one gets older...I wish...who knows, one day someone may do a story about that - there is more awe in the cosmos than blasting Klingons...

Well said sir ;)
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superpic Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
It's the bloody unicycle of starships! O.o
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She is rather pretty though, in a peculier sorta way. :)
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
LOL! :lol:
"Unicycle"... perfect!
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Steve629 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow, that's great! I have a similar AMT 18" model in progress. Mine is the U.S.S Sacagawea NCC-1788. I think I've just struck "Trek Gold", here!
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
HA! Glad you're groovin' on my gallery, Steve! If it weren't such an expensive kit, it'd totally rock to see a Scout made from the new, 1/350th Polar Lights kits! :jawdrop:
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DrOfDemonology Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional Writer
Yet again, more awesomeness. Classic ship, classic station, and it don't get much better than gas giants when it comes to stellar eye candy. Damn fine job, good sir :clap:
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks. It's just the view I wish I could see out my window ;)
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DrOfDemonology Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Professional Writer
Ditto :thumbsup:
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Farwanderer Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
I cannot get enough of these classic FJ style ships. Always beautiful work.
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Well... as I may have said before, TOS (and FJ) are my favorite Trek era.
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LmAnt Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
A Trek-Starship without nacelles (or with just one?) looks a bit strange to me, because everytime I see an "UFO"-Section I expect an "Enterprise" hanging on it (silly me) :)
Though still the composition of colours and how everything is arranged here is still working better than normal :)
And it's a Lovely background too :)
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
Sorry to inflict nacelle confusion on you ;), but I'm pleased you find it visually happy-making :D
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SpiderTrekfan616 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This Starship was briefly Referenced in Star Trek The Motion Picture, during the first scene featuring the Communicatons station Epsilon XI.
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yep! It was a great nod to Franz Josef's effort :D
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Dibujantte Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
Great Job! Thanks so much for sharing. Joy!
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
Glad you like it! :D
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vatorx Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
I was wondering, are you using IBL like Uberenvironment for these ? or just regular DS lights ?
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Just the standard lights. Nothing fancy at all.
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vatorx Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
It looks better this way, I usually go crazy trying to get a mix between IBL and regular lights, and comes out weird :facepalm:
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Jim197 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oooooh, lovely picture :dalove:
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks!!!! :squee:
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Gorgeous color balancing act! You really draw the eye to all the right focus point. You've managed to give a real feeling of vista and wonder in what is ostensibly an average, slice-of-life scene.
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
Well... "average" in the 22nd century is almost certainly "jaw dropping" for us cave dwellers! ;)
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Squeakybuddha Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Love retro ST renderings. Great work!
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
TOS is my favorite playground :)
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AbaKon Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Professional Writer
I think we owe GS a dinner...
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
AND a foot massage!
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Zhaanman Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sweet love the point Of view a real creative Beauty!
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks, bud :)
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Zhaanman Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:bow: :D
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ThierryCravatte Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whoaw, impressive scene !
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
:D Glad ya dig it!
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selene-chekov Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
sweet, (where did the naccles go?)
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
The Scout's only got one.... poor lil' ship ;)
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vvvan Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
Magnificant! :salute:

I made this suggestion a looong time ago, but here it is again. How 'bout a 24th Century scout ship? Kit-bash a Voyager-type saucer with a single warp nacelle. Easy-peasy as the Kilingons say... after enough blood wine. :D
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Hm. It's gonna take a LOT of blood wine... ;)
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vvvan Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
Quch chech! :lolly:
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MetalSnail Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice!!!
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks, MS!
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vorphil Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
wow :jawdrop:
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
:) Glad you like!
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vorphil Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
;)
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