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    Jeffries concept shuttle

    Modeled in Blender. Rendered in Cycles.



    Here's a project I've been dabling with for a few months now. Since I'm wrapping up the Federation I figured I'd give you a sneak peak. This is based on Matt Jeffries' original shuttle design before he moved in a more cost-conscious direction and gave us the Galileo that we all know and adore.

    I've attempted this ship before and was never really happy with it. When I went back to it this time I realized how much more like conventional aircraft some (not all) of his original sketches were.

    Actually this is kind of cheating since I've decided to scap the current mesh and try and get something a lot cleaner.

    Here's the progress so far:



    I redid the base mesh with bsurfaces. And boy howdy am I loving B-mesh! Between that and vertex slide I got this far MUCH faster than I would have the last time. It makes adding control loops and moving stuff around SO much easier. So far it's still all quads.
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    Last edited by Tallguy; 30th May 2012 at 21:22.
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    Seems a little thin compared to the original drawings. You might want to widen it just a tad.
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    Depends on the drawing. Jeffries did cross sections that are a little skinnier than what I have here. But yes, he did some double-wides as well.
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    As you can see in the attachment, pretty skinny.
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    Judging by those pictures that might refer to the other shuttle, the fighter looking one.
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    Oh, he was definitely going that route again in the 70's for Phase II (the drawing you posted). But all the sketches I posted are from TOS, not Phase II.

    I decided to go with the skinnier cross section after I looked at the sketches I posted, put that together with Jeffries' passion for aviation, and considered the fact that he tried to drag the design back to that for Phase II. I've done some tests with the "wings" and I think it looks much better than the "wide-body" that you usually see.
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    Great start! I don't think I ever saw this skinnier version in 3D, this would be interesting.
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    Cool. This was a very nice design that Jeffries came up with. It's unfortunate they couldn't build it.
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    Did the cutout on the top and added the forward window. I hate adding windows. I had tried adding three ports like on the Galileo but it was a little boring. Plus Jeffries drew the cyclops version in several of his drawings.
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    Looks great Tallguy. I tackled this shuttle a few years ago but went with the "wide" version, HERE. I can't wait to see what it looks like more aircraft like fuselage.

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