Thursday, January 28, 2010

Day 2 "Looking back at the TOS Enterprise."

This will be the beginning of creating the TOS Enterprise "Accurate" blueprints.
My goal is to put together a set of accurate prints that people can use to build their scale models and, or CG models. There is plenty of information out there these days and a great many have attempted this and have done quite well. So, why will I try the same thing again? Well, the short answer is that I feel that I can come up with something worthy and I feel that this is something I must do for myself. I'm always willing to hear from others and always open to positive and constructive input from those that speak with authority, but will do my best to confirm everything. I will be building a new physical model from these prints and will be attempting to build one in LightWave at the same time.

Before I begin, I want to make sure that I credit everyone I can and give a list of those who have inspired me. First off, I think Walter "Matt" Jeffries deserves the most credit for designing the original, followed closely by Richard C. Datin and staff for actually building the 11' model. I'll be relying on quotes from Jeffries and data that was originally supplied, more than anything. There have been so many that have put their spin on things, but I believe the original designer should have the final word. Since Matt is no longer with us, we can only go on his notes, statements and blueprints. I've been inspired by a lot of people to work on this project by many who have went before me, the list includes, but is not limited to Eric Fickas (KirkUnit), William Scott Gammans (Professor Moriarity), John Heileman, and many others. Having said all of that, I've been even more inspired by those who say it can't been done and by those that purposely put out false information to muddy the waters. These are the people that inspire me to move forward and do my own work.

I'll be going over every detail while working on this project. I've worked in engineering, fabrication, electrical and mechanical as well as the construction trades since I was a kid. I rebuilt my first carburetor when I was 16 and spent eight years in the U.S. Navy, I have a degree in Electrical Engineering and have taught school both in the service and out. I think all of this gives me a firm foundation for this project and lends me the talents to teach others in the process.

So, let's get on with it, shall we? ...................=/\=

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