Good morning all, hope everyone’s weekend is going (or has gone) well so far.
I’ve finished describing the design/engineering aspects of both Knox and Miranda and have just started to describe the principal variants. At first I was going to keep things simple and basically make these two the same, differing only in armament. In getting started though, I leaned heavily on the excellent blueprints of both that were done up by Strategic Design.
The text/description on Miranda mentions how the design was stretched/lengthened a bit vis-a-vis Knox (just as Coventry was compared to Surya) and so I decided to go with that. Cargo capacity figures though, were borrowed from the series of reference manuals by Eric “Jackill” Kristiansen.
A point of contention throughout certain sectors of fandom and one I wanted to nail down sufficiently has been the location of the navigational deflector. Obviously there’s no dish like on Enterprise, so where is it here? The text/description from the above mentioned blueprints mentions how the deflector/sensor systems have been combined into multi-function emitters/arrays–those twin, low-profile bulges, one each on either side of the bridge module. Another set of blueprints from Federation Frontiers (link below) supports this and goes one step further–incorporating those exhaust vent-like appendages (on the ventral surface, far back on either side of the impulse deflection crystal) into the system as well.
Principal variants I’ll spend a bit of time discussing are Soyuz and Hensley. Comanche will get a mention as well, though right now, I’m leaning towards incorporating that as a design study that doesn’t make it to production. After this, I’ll get into the service history portion which, given the fact Miranda made it all the way up to DS9, will take some time. The route by which I’ll explain ships like Lantree and Saratoga comes by way of Knox. At some point during the later end of the 23rd Century, I’m thinking 2287-97 sometime, I’m going to have 2/3rds of the Knox class converted to Miranda class specs and leave the remaining 1/3rd un-touched for purposes of experimentation.
While browsing around looking for schematics on Hensley, I came upon a great looking TMP rendition and followed its trail straight back to the deviantART account of a great artist by the name of ‘adrasil’. Utilizing parts/components created by himself and others, he’s come up with some great looking TOS and TMP schematics. He’s also gotten into the blueprint game too, again, producing some top-quality stuff. Taken together, the sheer amount of material he’s produced already is staggering–I’d go so far as to say he’s just as prolific as the late Neale “Vance” Davidson.
Another goody I stumbled upon was some work by a user known as ‘Fesarius’/’Fesarius2271’. I found his stuff while browsing through Donny Versiga’s flickr albums (link). Fesarius has done a great model of the TMP era Enterprise and has gone on to do some amazing work on the interior, creating some amazing examples of the cargo/hangar deck, officer’s lounge, Kirk’s quarters, torpedo bay and even the hangar bay control room which I don’t think I’ve ever seen done before. Check out his site here and his flickr stream (with more work) here
Some RL stuff will interrupt my Saturday routine of sorts, so I’m not sure how much more productive I’ll be – definitely will be combing through adrasil’s stuff for sure.