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Old 12-09-2013, 06:58 PM
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U.S.S. Essex NCC-173

This build is taking a slingshot maneuver into the past (or is it the future since their past is our...oh forget it) to build a ship from the early days of Star Trek - the Daedalus class U.S.S. Essex by Diego Cortez. The Daedalus class has never been seen onscreen, so there is no "canon" version of the ship. This model is based off the model of the U.S.S. Horizon seen on Deep Space Nine and the model built by Greg Jein for the Star Trek Encyclopedia. I made further alterations by redrawing the windows, hull markings and warp drive ends.

The secondary hull is a simple cylinder. I glued the ends to 1mm chipboard for strength and used a dowel to press the tabs flat against the rear end. Then added the cone and what I assume is the navigational deflector to the front. When I redid the hull markings I changed the "United Federation" to "United Earth Space Probe Agency." UF sounded strange and has never been used onscreen. Since this supposed to be one of the oldest spaceship designs and likely pre-UFP and pre-Starfleet, it made sense to me that Essex would fall under the original governing body of Starfleet - the UESPA.
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Old 12-09-2013, 06:59 PM
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The neck is another simple tube. The pylons are designed with inner and outer sections that slide together. I built them that way, but they didn't go together. So, I cut the inner sleeves so they would, glued the tabs to the inside of the neck, and added a craft stick to each pylon for stability.
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Old 12-09-2013, 07:02 PM
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The warp engines are also simple cylinders. I didn't like the plain red bussard collectors, so I modified them by cloning a design by Spaceagent 9 onto them using Photoshop. I redrew the rear ends of the engines in Illustrator to look cleaner and more like they are glowing. I substituted toothpicks painted with gold Sharpie for the engine points that came with the model. I pushed them clear through the reinforced end cap. Once the engines were in place I put brush on super glue around the seams to further stabilize them.
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Old 12-09-2013, 07:03 PM
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I've never made a paper sphere, and I really don't want to ever do it again. This design is a pain, which I'm sure all spheres are. If I had to do it again, I'd build the sphere in strips and then join the halves. This one's definitely not great, but it's what I wound up with. I had some gaps so I glued small pieces of paper to the inside to plug them. Added the bridge module and closed it up.
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Old 12-09-2013, 07:05 PM
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Final result is a unique looking ship. I like this design because it's retro and it actually seems logical to me - the secondary hull looks like it evolved out of an actual rocket stage and one of our first interstellar ships would have a simple design. Time to sail the spaceways of the 22nd century.
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Old 12-09-2013, 07:13 PM
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Old 12-09-2013, 08:45 PM
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Captain Shoemar would be proud
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Old 12-09-2013, 09:11 PM
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I love this little model, though I shrunk it a bit when I built it.
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Old 12-09-2013, 09:13 PM
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about 3 inches long
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Old 12-09-2013, 10:47 PM
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