Saturday, January 30, 2010

Day 4 "Learning From Others"

I've been researching this ship for years and I've seen a lot of really good work. So many people have done so many different versions of the Grey Lady that it's almost impossible to name them all. When researching any subject in depth, you have to amass as much information as possible and then start weeding through the errors, or incorrect information. Included in this post are some nice works of others that have went down this path. All credit goes to the original authors and the subject material is only used to learn from.

Dave Shaw did a great job of reviewing the various examples of the Enterprise, in his attempt to come up with a workable draft of the 33" version that was owned by Gene Roddenberry and lost later on. In the process Dave came up to some interesting conclusions. Let's go over some of his work below.

One of the things that Dave came up with is a pretty good example of the different primarily hull layouts, as shown in various publications. He also extrapolated from that info and came up with his version of the primary hull profile.

Dave did comparisons of Alan Sinclair's prints as well as Charles Casimiro's. He did this for every aspect of the ship. I wont show all of the work here, but will show the highlights. Below we can see where he also compared them to the "Polar Lights" 1:1000 instructions. As you can see Alan's prints were pretty close, despite what many may have said.

As stated before, Charles Casimiro's call outs give us a lot of information in one sheet.

One of my favorite representations of this ship was done by Jon Heilman. Something about his version really calls to me. For one thing he actually shows some of the details that I had not noticed before, in particualr the color of a few of the windows. Add this to Charles's call outs and we've got even more details that you don't see elsewhere.

Jon gave me permission to use his orthos years ago and I like to show off his work every chance I get. Here's an awesome profile shot.

Our next step is going to be to start drafting the engineering hull and going over some basic drafting techniques. Before we begin, let's look at a few more representations of the actual ship. Here's a decent shot of the rear shuttlebay sans clam shell doors and observation booth.

Let's also have a look at the details on the forward section of the Engineering hull as well. Later we'll get into all of the details of every section. There are 12 of these grills on each side of the engineering hull and none on the bottom. You barely see the last grill, but it's there. I'll have to come up with a better reference at a later date.

Armed with what we have now, I'm sure that we can move forward with the drafting part of this.

Stay Tuned........ =/\=

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