Well folks, it’s been a while hasn’t it? Thinking back to when I last posted something (mid-November), I had a lot of RL stuff on my plate and was battling a lack of motivation in general.
About a month later, my main external hard drive crashed and threw me for a loop. Last April when I upgraded to an iMac, I elected to maintain as much of my day-to-day stuff as I could either in the cloud or on a 1TB Seagate HD as I didn’t want to bog my new machine down too much (a mid-2015 27″ Retina model w/o a SSD). My music, movies, photos and the primary repository for all my blog stuff (containing document drafts, images and PDFs) went up in virtual smoke. Luckily for me, a pair of utilities helped rectify the situation. DiskDrill helped recover most of my files (including some rare renders of all of Sean Robertson’s/seanr’s bridge sets that have seemingly disappeared from the web) while DriveDx gave me a comprehensive look at the health of all my internal/external drives, including the damaged Seagate. Now understand, I’m not one to pay for/buy utilities like this on either my Macs or my PC, but given this doomsday scenario and how well both of these have worked, I’d highly recommend both.
With nearly all of my files that I was able to recover (particularly the video & photo files), the file names were all scrambled, so the bulk of my time was spent renaming and reorganizing everything again. One thing I will not do going forward is buy another Seagate drive. I’ve had trouble with them before (a portable version used as a Time Machine backup failing in a similar manner) but this was the last straw. Western Digital (WD) isn’t perfect either, but in my case, they’ve never let me down (I’ve got a full size 1TB drive that’s still chugging along after 8-1/2 years). My backup/storage setup now consists exclusively of the small ‘My Passport’ drives–a 1TB drive for Time Machine backups, a main 4TB drive to replace the Seagate that failed and then another 4TB drive to act as a redundant “backup of backups”. No matter the method you end up choosing, I’d implore anyone who doesn’t currently have a backup plan to learn from my experience and at least give it some thought.
All that aside, I do have something for you all, my revised take on the Santee class Shuttlecarrier (CVS).
Given the time I spent re-crafting FASA’s Four Years War narrative into something of my liking, I’m not going to muddy those waters by adding in un-neccessary exposition regarding Santee’s possible wartime exploits. Instead, I opted to focus on another common thread existing during this period–Starfleet’s logistical problems. Basically, they spent far too much time and effort on front-line classes and by the time they finally got around to addressing their logistical issues, their solutions still fell short. Despite what I’ve already written about the Saladin and Loknar classes being pulled from the front lines, I felt something larger and a bit more imposing was needed to protect the fleet’s logistical lines and supply convoys, so I elected to go the ‘Escort Carrier’ route.
Also, as I mentioned in the annotations, thanks to the original schematic of Santee, I elected to extend the class’ service history well into the Linear Warp era, the escort carrier idea blending in well with the ‘Tal Taan Offensive’ (against Federation merchant shipping, another FASA construct).
Harry Doddema has done some great schematics (including one of Santee as a neutronic fuel carrier) while Henry Gibbens has put together a great model/some great orthos. Check them out here and here, respectively.
Aside from that, Donny Versiga (amazing artist who has put together some incredible TOS/TWOK interiors) has gone on to do a similarly mind-blowing job on the Class F shuttlecraft and is currently doing a similar take on a TOS version of Main Engineering. Check out his thread on TrekBBS here.
Going forward, I’ve started a re-vamp of the Independence class Light Carrier (CVL) that actually did see combat as I have it. I also have to go back and take another look at the Akula (DH) class, if only to conclusively determine whether the class entered service during the war or afterwards (as I think I’ve mentioned it both ways in different writeups).