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    Springfield Class Starship in Blender

    Okay. With the paint of my last project still drying in spacedock, I am looking around for my next fix... er, I mean my next build. I have decided to have a go at the Springfield Class. Mostly, because I already have constructed meshes of the other "Wold 359" ships, such as the Freedom, Cheyenne, and New Orleans Classes. After this build, the only Wolf 359 ship I would have left would be the Niagra Class, and I don't think I am ever going to go there... Blech.

    On the other hand, I wasn't ever going to build the Springfield Class either... I had thought it sorta dull and flat looking. But I was perusing the schematics, and I think I'm starting to see its appeal. So... here we go...

    I'm starting in with the basic shapes. I don't see anything very difficult, this should be a pretty simple build.





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    Last edited by Polaris 004; 9th Feb 2018 at 02:29.
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    Nice start. After this, you'll have all of the Galaxy kitbashes from that episode.

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    The Cheyenne class nacelles are frumpy... but they're also quite versatile. Looking forward to your project!
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    Quote Originally Posted by evil_genius_180 View Post
    Nice start. After this, you'll have all of the Galaxy kitbashes from that episode.
    Exactly. My life is going to be that much more awesome!

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    The Cheyenne class nacelles are frumpy... but they're also quite versatile. Looking forward to your project!
    Thanks! I like the nacelle design too. They seem like they may be a slightly more basic design, something that can be deployed with less resources, but still might be very solid and effective?

    I'm still working on the basic shapes. I think I like the secondary hull shape I have here. I'm putting it up against my New Orleans Class Saucer to give a better sense of the effect.






    I did some work on the weapon pod and then realized that the sensor strip is blocked by the nacelles. D'OH! That will have to be changed.

    Last edited by Polaris 004; 24th Jan 2018 at 21:14.
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    Depends on what you want to sense, I suppose.
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    Looking great so far.

    The Cheyenne and Springfield nacelles are highlighters.

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    I don't think I've ever really looked to close at the Springfield-class. I like it. It's a simple design that could be quite elegant if the nacelles were closer to what the Galaxy-class used. Instead it just looks like a no nonsense ship that's economical and useful.

    Would you be open to changing the registry on the underside of the saucer to place it within the arc of phaser array and maybe slim it down a bit?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Schimpfy View Post
    I don't think I've ever really looked to close at the Springfield-class. I like it. It's a simple design that could be quite elegant if the nacelles were closer to what the Galaxy-class used. Instead it just looks like a no nonsense ship that's economical and useful.

    Would you be open to changing the registry on the underside of the saucer to place it within the arc of phaser array and maybe slim it down a bit?
    Yeah, that's how i think of this class already. Very simple, paired down, but economical to field. I think she may even be a Cargo Carrier or a Tanker. The pod system on the top or and bottom may have originally been designed for hauling modular pods about. The weapons and deflector pods were perhaps an afterthought for wartime mustering. I think that's what I am going to go with, because I don't have a tanker or cargo carrier mesh in the Galaxy family, and it would be nice to have one.

    Yeah, when I build the actual saucer I will most likely make the regs at least a bit smaller. Also, the phaser placements will be rather different as well. Don't know exactly the placements yet, but that will be happening soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by evil_genius_180 View Post
    Looking great so far.

    The Cheyenne and Springfield nacelles are highlighters.

    Yeah, I used to make them look more like the original shape in the front, but I never did find a bussard collector design that looked good on the front of that shape, when taken literally. I saw someone of the boards use a configuration like this one and instantly wanted to monkey-do them that way myself. I don't remember who it was now, but I did get his permission.

    Design and raw imnagination is not my strong suit. (Actually, when it comes to this hobby, I don't really have a strong suit.)
    "Of course the Neverlands vary a great deal. John's, for instance, had a lagoon with flamingoes flying over it at which he was shooting, while Michael, who was very small, had a flamingo with lagoons flying over it." --Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

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    For a background ship, it's pretty cool. I like your build, it looks great. Kinda wish the ship had a proper secondary hull on the underside, though.

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