Apathetic me: That title can only mean that James has lost it.
Sports Fanatic me: Oh, he lost it long ago.
Apathetic me: Good point.
Normal me: Well, it does include the subject of this post…kind of.
Artistic me: And that is?
Nerdy me: Do you remember the Daedalus Class Retrofit James was working on the last time we met here?
Artistic me: Yes, yes I do.
Nerdy me: It’s pretty much done.
Artistic me: Oh good, might we see?
Nerdy me: Let’s go in order of progress, shall we? First update occurred on the 12th. The dorsal portion of the primary hull was the first piece completed.
Sports Fanatic me: Fancy. What’s with all the little rectangles on the panels, though?
Nerdy me: James thinks they’re probably some sort of access things which can be used to remove the hull plating. He’s at a loss for a specific term. There’s a lot of smaller hatches for access to other components like comms and sensors. The phasers are also hidden behind the gray panels between decks three and four.
Normal me: Surely there must be more phasers than just those two
Nerdy me: Of course there are, and don’t call me Shirley.
Apathetic: I fear the collective wit of this group has diminished if we’re referencing Airplane.
Sports Fanatic me: Yeah, that just…that quote…yeah, I’m going to go back and watch the Penguins. Good news, they just took a 5-3 lead over the Flyers.
Normal me: Outstanding, now back to the business at hand.
Nerdy me: Sorry, yes, the following day, James added a significant amount of structure to the ship.
Artistic me: Oh good, it’s not just a ball.
Nerdy me: No, it’s not. The main drive section is still present. You’ll notice the impulse deflection crystal in the aft end of the neck extension (that blue glowy thing). There’s a glass housing over it, but it keeps making it look strange in renders due to the reflection, so James is probably going to remove that.
Normal me: Do I spy landing gear?
Nerdy me: Yes, you do. James hasn’t done much work with it yet. He may not. He’s cooled off a bit in terms of that idea.
Sports Fanatic me: (James Neal just scored his 30th goal of the year to put the Penguins up 6-3)
Artistic me: Maybe he should revisit it. It could make for some nifty scenes.
Nerdy me: Perhaps. Anyway, it took a while before he could post another update, and by the time he did, he’d started on the rest of the main drive section and even included a mess hall.
Artistic me: So, he can have scenes where you just look straight through the ship?
Nerdy me: Yes.
Artistic me: Gear fab…
Nerdy me: Indeed. The biggest problem was coming up with a good design for the nacelles, though. So naturally, James went back to the source from which he was deriving most of his design features from in the first place, the NX Class Enterprise. You’ll see in the next image just how much inspiration he drew from the nacelles on that ship.
Normal me: I see what you mean. For those who don’t know what he means, here’s the NX Class (designed by the inimitable Doug Drexler) from which James drew a lot of inspiration: http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/NX_class
Nerdy me: Indeed. The Polar Lights renders were seriously the most helpful thing he found when it came to detailing. Unfortunately, that’s the final update. The ship is currently being rendered for its first real test run. After that, James may go back and add a few details, but that remains to be seen. We’d post a sneak peek at what’s in the works, but it’s so deep in the works that there’s too little to see. Perhaps an update.
Sports Fanatic me: Oh, and the Penguins held on to beat the Flyers, 6-4. About time, too.
Normal me: Yeah really, seems like the Flyers had their number this year. Anyway, stay tuned for more work. Until later, stay cool, okay?