My Thoughts on ST: Beyond *(no spoilers)*

Hey all……..hope everybody’s been having a great weekend so far.  In my portion of the U.S., we’re getting fried at the moment.  To escape the heat though, I made it over to my local cinema and caught the newest Star Trek installment.

I honestly had my reservations given how much I love the ‘Prime’ timeline (the TOS and TMP eras in particular), but I walked away pleasantly surprised.  For all those who are reading this and are skeptical or otherwise on the fence……….go see it!  This is easily the best entrant in the ‘Kelvin Timeline’ by far.  To be fair, the plot is a bit simplistic (though no more so than Nemesis….) and director Justin Lin’s fast pacing doesn’t help.  Viewed overall though, it’s a solid picture.  There are some great easter eggs too – if they don’t elicit a ‘warm, fuzzy’ feeling from longtime fans, they should at least be good for a small chuckle/smirk 🙂

I for one can’t wait until it hits Netflix and then DVD/BluRay.


Jolan Tru

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While doing some research………..

……….I unearthed some great art finds 😉   Hello again all.  While jotting down some random thoughts on Saladin this morning, I got hung up while trying to describe her engineering section, so I went looking for some blueprints (mainly, to find out just exactly where the fusion reactors were located and whether or not they were accessible at all).

The old 1981 Blueprints I’ve been looking to don’t show them at all (link).  I did however find two somewhat primative looking 3D renders of a TOS style impulse deck here and here.  Given that on a Constitution, this would seem to duplicate many, if not all functions controlled at/by/from Main Engineering, then on Saladin, this space would work perfectly for a combined Engineering section.  Besides, I could envision that upper level (the second link) as home to additional control consoles/stations as well as other machinery and miscellany.


I found the real gem though in the comments of the larger article (link), which pointed me to a thread over at TrekBBS where an artist/designer (Donny Versiga) doing various Enterprise interiors from both TOS and TMP.  Like Basill from Starstation Computer Art (link), Donny has some incredible talent and his work has an insane level of detail that really brings the 23rd Century to life.

The thread (link) is currently 116pgs long at the moment, but in between WIP and finished renders, there’s lots of good behind the scenes discussion/debate/trivia.  Check out his blog (link) or flickr stream (link) if you want to skip the discussion & up-to-date news and jump straight to the renders.



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A New Renaissance….??

Sorry to interrupt things folks, but I was just about to turn in for the night when I scrolled through ‘admiral-horton’s’ DeviantART gallery (link) and among other things, I saw a full ortho views of the USS Balmung from the 2012 Ships of the Line Calendar.  Given my recent penchant for going back through and really tightening up things (cutting down/simplifying classes etc), I had another revionist thought…….


Up to now, I’ve had Bernd Schneider’s Renaissance class from the ‘Advanced Starship Design Bureau’ (link) as the class that bridged the gap between the Excelsior and Ambassador classes and the TMP and TNG eras respectively.  You can find my take on the class right here, though it is six years old and little more than a high level overview.

There’s also the Korolev class, a Heavy Cruiser from the aforementioned site (link) that I pegged as a general purpose replacement for the ‘Exeter Class’ I featured (link) that itself, I had pegged for a replacement for the various Dreadnought & Strike Cruiser classes of the 2270’s and 80’s.

This all led up to the Ambassador class and then the NebulaGalaxy and other classes from TNG as we know them.  I did however do a take on the Rigel class found at the ‘Journal of Advanced Treknology’ (link) and our good ‘admiral-horton’ recently did orthos of that as well……*(I can’t for the life of me find that PDF…..think it might have been one of those that I purged a few months ago).  Looking through my backups here, I described Renaissance and Ambassador as being too large, complex and otherwise focused on exploration.  I lumped Korolev in with those two as well – obviously this was long before I paid attention to my own continuity issues.

Wanting to keep things as simple and as logical as possible, I’m going to make a bit of a change here.  For the ‘Lost Era’ and into TNG, I’m going to disgard Bernd’s representation of Renaissance and use the Balmung design as the new Renaissance instead.  That will occupy the light/medium (CL/CA) end of the Cruiser bracket while Korolev will come online as a Heavy Cruiser (and spiritual progenitor to the Akira class) and Ambassador will do so as well (leading the way towards the Galaxy and later, the Sovereign classes).

The Intrepid class will come online as a bleeding edge replacement for Renaissance and also the overtaxed/overused Miranda and Excelsior classes (pulled from the Reserves due to wartime needs, but sorely outdated and not fit for modern use after the Dominion War’s conclusion).  This cuts out the Rigel class I mentioned, keeping the starship evolution smooth and logical.


I’m just getting some errant thoughts out here and as I’m stuck rewriting the Saladin class, with other TOS classes ahead of me, it will be a while before I get to this.


Peace and Long Life.


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Saladin/Class I Musings

Good morning all, hope everyone here is having/has had a good weekend 🙂


I’ve started my examination of the Saladin (DD 500) class and was about to start discussing the interior arrangement, but I wanted to get a better understanding of just exactly where certain components were located/how they were arranged and so I started doing some research.


I found the old Starcraft Blueprints (link), but I was specifically looking for where exactly the warp core/M-AM reactor was located and didn’t see it.  That’s when I stumbled on this thread right here and read a post describing how the nacelles were basically self contained, housing the M/AM reactors (plural), matter and anti-matter storage and everything else associated. Referring back to the blueprints, I found that the poster who laid all that out was correct.


I then went looking for someplace where I could find out the difference between ‘circumferential’ (TOS) and ‘linear’ (TMP forward pretty much) warp engines and stumbled upon a 12 year old discussion thread (link) where Timo Saloniemi postulated that ‘circumferential’ referred to plasma being fed to the circumference of each warp coil while ‘linear’ referred to plasma flowing through the whole stack of coils along the centerline. *(if anyone has seen/read/come across anything to the contrary, feel free to correct me)*  How the plasma is fed/flows through the warp coils then directly translates into how much power is able to be generated apparently.


While this up-ends my (basic) understanding of FTL propulsion, I’m not too sure it will have much of an impact on work I’ve done as I don’t think I’ve delved too deep into that aspect of starship operation (and with this in mind now, my discussion in this area will probably remain general).

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Pyotr Velikiy

Good morning (or evening) all, I finally have something for you 🙂


Finishing up Pyotr Velikiy, the writing wasn’t so much the problem as were inserting the specs – because that’s on a page with a schematic and I arrange them in 3 columns roughly, I use text boxes.  Doesn’t sound too complicated does it?  Well I recently upgrade my Office suite from Office ’11 to Office ’16 (for Mac – I use the PC equivalent at work and love Outlook and Word) and the new version of Word dispenses with the old ‘Publisher’ view which made manipulation of graphics, text boxes and the like a bit easier (InDesign or something similar would be overkill for what I do).  Hopefully I can figure things out in time, but who knows.


That has me a bit irritated at the moment, so I’m going to dispense with all the pleasantries and just let you have at it.

Pyotr Velikiy/Kirov Class


As always, I’d recommend reading my annotations at the end as well as visiting the Masao Okazaki’s Pyotr Velikiy page at The Starfleet Museum (link).  When it comes to what’s next, looking at my long master list brings up Saladin.  Since I went with a combined format here, describing two classes, I’m still on the fence about whether to combine Saladin and Hermes or just leave them separate (will have to do some digging/reading and see how much info I can dig up).  Aside from that, there are the Cahuya and Antares class Surveyors, which again, could be combined into one piece.  All the others in my list have been done already, it’s just a matter of incorporating them and editing/revising their histories to fit my common overall narrative and make sure all my plot points are straight.



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