Alright, so Star Trek, a 50 year old franchise, recently got a reprise in 2009. With all new cast members (save for Mr. Nimoy, of course), and more importantly, an all new ship. The Enterprise is a legendary name, in Star Trek, and in the real world. So any redo of such a prestigious name will have its naysayers. And I used to be one of them. I used to say that the new Enterprise “wasn’t proportional and its nacelles were way to big and…” the list went on. But after seeing the 2013 movie, the Enterprise seemed much more appealing. Why?
Well, in the 60′s (I was not around haha) it seemed like the future was viewed as a lot of beeping, buttons, and knobs. Today, I personally view the future as a lot of touch screens,
holographic panels, a lot of glass (transparent aluminum anyone?), and hidden technology. The new Enterprise does this well. I mean, yes the bridge looks like an Apple store, sure, but it does convey the message of “new” and “modern”. In contrast, when I think engine room, I think
dirty, oily, steamy, hot, wet…(innuendo much?) and the new Enterprise does this. I don’t like the 30284930284032 different warp cores or the water pipes, but the idea of a slightly decentralized engine room and metal floors is appealing.
I used to think the engines were way to big, the stardrive section was way to small, and the ship was kinda funky looking, especially considering the original Enterprise. But after a second look, I really started liking the new design. (The Enterprise and the Kelvin to be honest) But I mean, the 23rd century isn’t too far off, and the engines would likely be rather large. And they work with the ship. I recently noticed there isn’t one “straight” part of the Enterprise, meaning everything has a curve. This bothers me a little, but again, it works with the ship. The Enterprise-D was an incredibly “organic” looking ship in terms of shape.
I can definitely say this is an Enterprise. The ship has the technology, the crew, and the balls. Live long and prosper.
I got bored and began to think “how did parts of the Enterprise come together?” so I drew a bunch of quick sketches.
Here is my model of the Refit-Constitution class USS Enterprise-A. The model, admittedly, looks a lot better in person. Seems like that with most paper models. The model itself is by Sunichi Maniko, I just printed, cut, glued and assembled it. : ) 1:1700 scale. Anyway, enjoy! Here’s the build thread on papermodelers.com:
I’m planning on building a paper USS Voyager model. It’ll be 1/800 scale. HUGE! So excited, this will be so cool!!!! It’s going to be a big project…
I’m 15 now! Yay! Lol today was my birthday, and my parents surprised me by getting the Aoshima 1/2000 Enterprise-D model. It is amazing! Here’s my review of it!
Great. It captures the ship perfectly. There are a few issues that only a serious trekker like me would pick up on, listed here.
- The big blue squares just aft of the main shuttle bay aren’t painted.
- The bridge doesn’t light up.
- The maneuvering thrusters flanking the deflector are decals that you have to apply
- The red light from the impulse engines leaks through the door for Shuttlebay 3
- The strip around the edge of the saucer and stardrive section is not detailed.
- The dorsal surface of the removable (!) captain’s yacht is not detailed
- The dorsal surface of the separated stardrive section is not painted.
- The underside of the separated saucer section where the “cobra head” attaches is not painted.
- The saucer deflector lights up red instead of white/blue
- The observation lounge windows do not light up.
- The magnet attaching the saucer and stardrive sections is pretty weak, but will hold the ship fine.
- The deflector only has one “rim” lighted, but this is the most minor of the issues.
That list seems like a deal breaker, but this seems better than the DST version, which is the only other pre-built, comparable version out there. Some cool features are a removable captain’s yacht, detachable saucer
section, a type 15 shuttle pod (El Baz, not to scale) and saucer impulse engine covers. The ship itself is a lot smaller that the DST version, at about 12 in., with the saucer width being 9 in. It’s pretty heavy for the size, especially the saucer section.
Eh. Okay. It will not take falls or rough handling at all. At all. It’s a model, not a toy, but a few adventures here and there won’t hurt. (red alert, Borg vessel detected.) The shuttle pod is strong, as is the yacht.
3) Lights/Surface Detail
This makes the $150 worth it. The lights and detail on the ship is off the charts. Aoshima probably got a board of Star Trekkers for quality control. I have the aztec-version, and it looks amazing. The color of the
lights is perfect. The plasma in the nacelles is a perfect blue (“helm, warp 1, engage!”), the bussard collectors are a nice red, and I half expect to see Captain Picard to be waving at me from his quarters on deck 8, lol. When you get the model, you’ll see a lot of screws exposed, but Aoshima takes care of this by including screw covers, most of which are in the form of escape pods. (which, btw, are individually etched!!!) Every one of the phaser arrays do include the ribbing, and make me nervous that a high energy beam is going to get me in the eye. The torpedo launchers are detailed to perfection, especially the aft one. The transporter pads are where they’re supposed to be and seem like they should actually function.
The base/plaque is pretty cool, but the part where the ship sits on sucks. There’re no pegs, so the ship rests on the tips of the clear plastic, in constant danger of
a warp core breach falling off. So don’t put it anywhere it has a remote chance of being touched without purpose.
Sorry about the crap pics, but I do plan on updating this soon! Live long and prosper.
Here are the pics of the finished Akira Class model. I christened it USS UNITED NCC-96630. It currently has only “one” shuttle, the Type 9 I posted a few days ago. The model itself is by Zosho.
I’ve recently made an Akira class starship which I’ve named USS United NCC-96630 which is actually just my first go. I’m redoing the model right now, it’ll have the same name though, XD. I seem to redo models a lot…
I’ll post pics when I’m done, but until then, here’s a shuttlecraft with United markings. The shuttle model is from Paragon Card Models, while the Akira class one is from Zosho. Live long and prosper!
I redid the Runabout model from a few days ago. This time I used magnets to make a removable cockpit. Here are some pics of the build and final model.
I recently started watching Star Trek:Deep Space Nine. I’ve already made a model of the shuttlepod Chaffee and the USS Defiant, so I had to make a Danube Class runabout, in this case USS Rubicon. This is only the first try, and I didn’t make it so I could disassemble it. I’m going to redo it soon. I got it from Paragon Cardmodels, which is actually a repaint of Ninjatoes’ model.
So the Enterprise-D, E, Voyager, Defiant…okay, so a Starfleet vessel is warping around the Alpha and Beta quadrants, poking your nacelles in every corner of the galaxy and you come across a pre-warp civilization. The Federation, in specific, Starfleet, has a main directive, called the Prime Directive.This statement mainly says that Starfleet officers cannot meddle in the affairs of pre-warp civilizations.
I think this is the core principle of Starfleet. Imagine the repercussions to that civilization if you introduced them to a 24th century subject like antimatter. Actually, in the Star Trek: Voyager episode “Friendship One”, USS Voyager and her crew discover a pre-warp planet that was introduced to antimatter by an Earth probe. The civilization had basically wiped itself out using antimatter war-fare, leading to a nuclear winter. This was before the Prime Directive was in place. In the first and second seasons of Star Trek: Voyager, the Kazon sects constantly tried to steal Voyager’s technology, which is far more advanced. A clause of the Prime Directive states that no technology, especially weapons, will be traded by Starfleet officers. Imagine this, the Kazon Nistrim (a sect) gets a transporter node. The balance of power in the Delta Quadrant would change drastically. Suddenly the Nistrim controls the entire Kazon race, as well as some other species such as the Trabe and Ocampan people. This can all happen from a piece of technology that the Federation, and other races in the Alpha and Beta quadrants, take for granted.
What about warp capability? This is a technology that most species judge progress by. The Borg don’t assimilate worlds that are pre-warp, the Federation doesn’t accept worlds that are pre-warp…or even make First Contact. The Vulcans didn’t make First Contact with Humans until April 4, 2063 when Cochrane made the first warp flight.
If someone gave say…us warp capability, transporters, or antimatter, imagine what we’d do. Maybe Trekkers say explore near by star systems, but the governments say…antimatter bombs (the new A-bombs), warping to Mars and taking it over in the name of [insert nation], or transporting troops to [insert nation]. So what if there were two M-class worlds in a star system? Give one of them advanced technology and BOOM. One’s a slave planet, one’s not. Here’s a video of Captain Picard and the senior staff of the Enterprise discussing the Prime Directive.
UPDATE 7/6/13: The video has been removed from this post because the original YouTube uploader removed it.
If you’ve watched Star Trek: The Next Generation, you should know the main ship is the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D. Galaxy class, the fifth ship to bear the name, flagship…etc etc. You should also know in the 7th Star Trek movie, Star Trek Generations, the Enterprise-D was destroyed by an outdated Klingon vessel. Already, I hate it. We’re talking about one of the most advanced vessels in the Federation. And it was destroyed. By an old, clanky, Klingon vessel.
For the record, the Klingon ship had the shield frequency of the Enterprise, but still! The Enterprise lasted against the Borg, Cardassians, Romulans…
Let’s go back to the destruction of the Enterprise-D. So the Duras sisters (who were captaining the Klingon ship) gained the shield frequency of the Galaxy class ship, rendering the deflector shield grid useless. A couple torpedoes hit the stardrive section, damaging the warp core and the ejection systems. People were evacuated to the Enterprise’s saucer section, which was then
separated from the lower section. The stardrive exploded, knocking the saucer into the atmosphere of Veridian III, a planet no one knew about until now, and frankly, no one cared about. The entire crew survived. Cool. But the Enterprise met an inglorious end on the surface of no-one-cared III.
Just a bad ending to a magnificent starship. A lot of people agree with me, I can assure you of that.
The Enterprise-C, which had been seen in one episode of TNG, met a better end. So I mean, one of the MOST seen ships in Star Trek should have had one too. So that was my nerd rant for now. Live long and prosper.
Do you know what is messed up about Star Trek’s transporters? Well, a lot of you already might know this… they kill you! To understand this, we have to back up and find out what transporters really do.
A transporter lock is first gained on the individual needing transport. Then they’re decompiled at the molecular level and that information is turned into computer signals. That signal, called a matter stream, is sent to the destination, where the molecules are put back together. Obviously, by taking someone apart like that, you kill them, and then put them back together from different molecules.
Admit it, it’s creepy, right? Sound almost like a torture device when you put it like that.
Guess what?! My dad and I are going to the 25th Anniversary Of Star Trek:TNG!! I’m so excited! I started TNG after 25 years…and apparently still going strong. The two episodes they’re showing are: “Where No One Has Gone Before” and “Datalore” as well as cast interviews. Live long and prosper.
UPDATE: Stardate blah-blah-blah I want my money back. Alright, so it wasn’t that bad, if the episode “Where No One Has Gone Before” had played properly. After the first warp-jump, we accelerated all the way to the end of the episode! Like, really?! I loved the cast interviews though. They showed bloopers and stuff…like Geordi’s:
“AH! I see what you’re doing! We drop…shit.” XD Win.
They were talking about the restoration of TNG, and wow the artists are going to so much trouble for that, and all the fans (including me) seem to appreciate it! Thanks guys! But the episode Datalore was nice to see. Live long and prosper.
The first thing someone (read: some idiot) says when I say “I like Star Trek” is “Star Wars is better.” Now, there’s nothing wrong with Star Wars, it’s a respectable series, as is Star Trek. I can’t argue because I’ve never seen Star Wars. (They haven’t seen Star Trek, not counting the 2009 reboot, but I guess I have morals)
Star Trek follows Humanity’s journey and paints a picture of peace and cooperation. The timeline of Star Trek is the same as the “real” timeline until about 1990. That makes sense because that’s when Star Trek: The Next Generation was in it’s prime. In the Star Trek universe, by 2151, hunger and disease was wiped out from Earth, the environment isn’t on the brink of disaster, and nuclear war isn’t a very real possibility. By the 24th century, money doesn’t exist, and the sole purpose of working was to better yourself and humanity as a whole. The fact that humanity doesn’t only have peace on their own world, but helps other species gain peace throughout the galaxy is a very appealing prospect in my eyes.
There is an abundance of resources. Thanks to a futuristic device called a “replicator”, most common materials such as metal (including gold), plastic and food items can be easily replicated. Due to this, there is no need to fight over resources. A simple voice command could give you anything you need. Energy requirements are easily and safely met. A device known as a “matter/antimatter reactor” could power an entire planet! The most appealing aspect of the m/a reactor is the fact there is little to no waste. Seeing as the coal/oil powered power plants of today are belching out ozone-depleting chemicals, this would be a welcome improvement.
Star Trek provides us certain morals. Humanity works for the betterment of itself within a set of guidelines. In the Star Trek: Voyager episode Caretaker Part II, captain Janeway destroys a powerful array to protect an innocent species, when she could have used the array to get home. In a selfless act, she stranded her ship 70,000 light years from home to save an innocent race from exploitation. The fact that the human race could change to a point where such an act could happen is a beautiful idea.
Star Trek gives us hope. Right now, it seems like one bad thing after another is happening in this world. But Star Trek shows us a future where everything is okay. It goes so far as to say that money doesn’t exist. People work for the betterment of themselves/the community, instead of material gain. Ensign Kim, an officer, finds it hard to believe his friend was pick pocketed on Earth. That’s an amazing thing that simple crimes like pick-pocketing aren’t around anymore.
Star Trek is my favorite series (followed by How I Met Your Mother XD). I’m disappointed it’s getting no (decent) reprise. Live long and prosper.
Sup guys. Being the star trek nerd I am, I decided to redo the USS Voyager paper model I did a few months ago. I tried a few new building tricks and it came out the best so far. Here are some pictures. It looks so much better in person, trust me.
I was working on a paper model of the USS Enterprise D from Star Trek: The Next Generation. Unfortunately, the saucer was much heavier than I anticipated because of some modifications I made and the secondary hull wouldn’t hold the weight. So the saucer is done, and I have to restart on the stardrive section. The model itself is by Clever Santoro: http://cleverpapermodel.com/
I’ve always wondered why Starfleet never had a warship. But then the USS Defiant was born. And well…I made a model of the USS Defiant NX-74205 from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
I created a paper model of the USS Voyager, and a USS Defiant shuttle-pod. The Voyager model took a few days, and I just could not figure out how to make the nacelles move, but that’s okay, I guess. The shuttle-pod was very easy to build, but like every model, had some problems to figure out. The link to the models: http://www.freewebs.com/paragon19/startrek.htm
Here are some pics:
Star Trek. A series that came to life in the 60′s, and still going strong with 12 movies…and still going…
I began to watch it in 2007…6 years ago. I came home one day from school and saw Star Trek: Enterprise running on Syfy. I watched it and I got hooked. Star Trek has been a big part of me, namely my ideas of ethics and morality. People aren’t nearly as familiar with this franchise as Star Wars, but if you ask me…Forever Star Trek.