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    How to Build the USS Enterprise in Blender 3D

    Hello everyone!

    A long, LONG time ago, I made a tutorial on How to Build the USS Enterprise in TrueSpace 3D. Now here are the first seven videos in How to Build the USS Enterprise in Blender 3D:

    *Edited*

    01 Intro to Tutorial
    https://youtu.be/apgTyq89zKs

    02 Saucer Tutorial: Splines, Curves, and the Spin Tool
    https://youtu.be/YVzgrYd8gy4

    03 Saucer Windows and the Mirror Tool
    https://youtu.be/P0Lr8-Z4Xgc

    04 Making the Lower Saucer Windows
    https://youtu.be/1sgmz4qpzPY

    05 Making the Lower Saucer "Triangles"
    https://youtu.be/7ubQTX_WEr4

    06 Making the BC Deck (two ways!) and the Bridge
    https://youtu.be/uShcbOWt6Jc

    07 Making the Lower Saucer Sensor and Platform
    https://youtu.be/aoKki_C21Mo

    08 Linear Accelerator
    https://youtu.be/AxwxECvixTo

    09 Impulse Engines
    https://youtu.be/Zx6prW26qZI

    10 Forward Cutout and Running Lights
    https://youtu.be/VFTdpW4rq9c

    *End of Edit*

    These first seven cover the saucer section, bridge, BC deck, windows, and lower saucer sensor and the sensor platform.

    Later videos will also cover the impulse engines and the linear accelerator before moving on to the neck, the engineering section, the warp engines and the warp engine pylons.

    This is not for someone who wants something done quickly. I show examples, sometimes multiple ways of doing something, reference images, and talk about the series and the models.

    The first seven alone are well over five hours of video. But you will learn how to create a spline using verts, extrusions, and curves. You'll learn how to convert a mesh to a curve and a curve to a mesh. You'll learn how to create "drill plugs" for windows and how to use booleans.

    I show you how to set up your environment inside Blender 3D, where to get blueprints and how to set them up inside your work area.

    We modify UV spheres to create the BC deck and then I also show you how to "box model" a better BC Deck.

    I talk about quads, tri's, verts, edges, origins, and faces.

    This tutorial does not cover optimization of models. This is only to show the rudimentary tools and skills necessary to make a model that you can render that looks vaguely like the USS Enterprise from the original television series.

    This is really for the beginner in Blender, or maybe someone who hasn't modeled anything before, or of course, for anyone who wants to learn how to make their own USS Enterprise!

    Thanks for looking in. (I know, these are LONG videos!)

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    I have heard from some that the Playlist Link doesn't work. Here are the individual links and titles for the first seven videos:

    01 Intro to Tutorial
    https://youtu.be/apgTyq89zKs

    02 Saucer Tutorial: Splines, Curves, and the Spin Tool
    https://youtu.be/YVzgrYd8gy4

    03 Saucer Windows and the Mirror Tool
    https://youtu.be/P0Lr8-Z4Xgc

    04 Making the Lower Saucer Windows
    https://youtu.be/1sgmz4qpzPY

    05 Making the Lower Saucer "Triangles"
    https://youtu.be/7ubQTX_WEr4

    06 Making the BC Deck (two ways!) and the Bridge
    https://youtu.be/uShcbOWt6Jc

    07 Making the Lower Saucer Sensor and Platform
    https://youtu.be/aoKki_C21Mo

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    We are now up to 10 individual lessons ... and have only just finished the saucer section!

    01 Intro to Tutorial
    https://youtu.be/apgTyq89zKs

    02 Saucer Tutorial: Splines, Curves, and the Spin Tool
    https://youtu.be/YVzgrYd8gy4

    03 Saucer Windows and the Mirror Tool
    https://youtu.be/P0Lr8-Z4Xgc

    04 Making the Lower Saucer Windows
    https://youtu.be/1sgmz4qpzPY

    05 Making the Lower Saucer "Triangles"
    https://youtu.be/7ubQTX_WEr4

    06 Making the BC Deck (two ways!) and the Bridge
    https://youtu.be/uShcbOWt6Jc

    07 Making the Lower Saucer Sensor and Platform
    https://youtu.be/aoKki_C21Mo

    08 Linear Accelerator
    https://youtu.be/AxwxECvixTo

    09 Impulse Engines
    https://youtu.be/Zx6prW26qZI

    10 Forward Cutout and Running Lights
    https://youtu.be/VFTdpW4rq9c

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    11 Tutorials now and I PROMISE the next one will be something other than the saucer section! LOL!


    01 Intro to Tutorial
    https://youtu.be/apgTyq89zKs

    02 Saucer Tutorial: Splines, Curves, and the Spin Tool
    https://youtu.be/YVzgrYd8gy4

    03 Saucer Windows and the Mirror Tool
    https://youtu.be/P0Lr8-Z4Xgc

    04 Making the Lower Saucer Windows
    https://youtu.be/1sgmz4qpzPY

    05 Making the Lower Saucer "Triangles"
    https://youtu.be/7ubQTX_WEr4

    06 Making the BC Deck (two ways!) and the Bridge
    https://youtu.be/uShcbOWt6Jc

    07 Making the Lower Saucer Sensor and Platform
    https://youtu.be/aoKki_C21Mo

    08 Linear Accelerator
    https://youtu.be/AxwxECvixTo

    09 Impulse Engines
    https://youtu.be/Zx6prW26qZI

    10 Forward Cutout and Running Lights
    https://youtu.be/VFTdpW4rq9c

    11 BC Deck Windows
    https://youtu.be/DVSj-slowb4

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    Well, up to twelve video tutorials. I think this is about 8 hours of content. Finally made it past the saucer section and got into the neck!

    01 Intro to Tutorial
    https://youtu.be/apgTyq89zKs

    02 Saucer Tutorial: Splines, Curves, and the Spin Tool
    https://youtu.be/YVzgrYd8gy4

    03 Saucer Windows and the Mirror Tool
    https://youtu.be/P0Lr8-Z4Xgc

    04 Making the Lower Saucer Windows
    https://youtu.be/1sgmz4qpzPY

    05 Making the Lower Saucer "Triangles"
    https://youtu.be/7ubQTX_WEr4

    06 Making the BC Deck (two ways!) and the Bridge
    https://youtu.be/uShcbOWt6Jc

    07 Making the Lower Saucer Sensor and Platform
    https://youtu.be/aoKki_C21Mo

    08 Linear Accelerator
    https://youtu.be/AxwxECvixTo

    09 Impulse Engines
    https://youtu.be/Zx6prW26qZI

    10 Forward Cutout and Running Lights
    https://youtu.be/VFTdpW4rq9c

    11 BC Deck Windows
    https://youtu.be/DVSj-slowb4

    12 Neck
    https://youtu.be/wc0O1r8U5TY

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    Shout out to Oovebei for pointing out that the audio on my 12th video cut out 2/3rds of the way through. I re-recorded the audio and republished the video under another link. Now up to starting on the engineering hull.

    01 Intro to Tutorial
    https://youtu.be/apgTyq89zKs

    02 Saucer Tutorial: Splines, Curves, and the Spin Tool
    https://youtu.be/YVzgrYd8gy4

    03 Saucer Windows and the Mirror Tool
    https://youtu.be/P0Lr8-Z4Xgc

    04 Making the Lower Saucer Windows
    https://youtu.be/1sgmz4qpzPY

    05 Making the Lower Saucer "Triangles"
    https://youtu.be/7ubQTX_WEr4

    06 Making the BC Deck (two ways!) and the Bridge
    https://youtu.be/uShcbOWt6Jc

    07 Making the Lower Saucer Sensor and Platform
    https://youtu.be/aoKki_C21Mo

    08 Linear Accelerator
    https://youtu.be/AxwxECvixTo

    09 Impulse Engines
    https://youtu.be/Zx6prW26qZI

    10 Forward Cutout and Running Lights
    https://youtu.be/VFTdpW4rq9c

    11 BC Deck Windows
    https://youtu.be/DVSj-slowb4

    12 Neck with Audio
    https://youtu.be/YmR9ZFnxjoQ

    Pre 13 Engineering References
    https://youtu.be/6wrgr73gDlc

    13 Engineering Hull and Port Arm
    https://youtu.be/US_jZdDzuMs

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    Now we are well into the Engineering Hull build.

    01 Intro to Tutorial
    https://youtu.be/apgTyq89zKs

    02 Saucer Tutorial: Splines, Curves, and the Spin Tool
    https://youtu.be/YVzgrYd8gy4

    03 Saucer Windows and the Mirror Tool
    https://youtu.be/P0Lr8-Z4Xgc

    04 Making the Lower Saucer Windows
    https://youtu.be/1sgmz4qpzPY

    05 Making the Lower Saucer "Triangles"
    https://youtu.be/7ubQTX_WEr4

    06 Making the BC Deck (two ways!) and the Bridge
    https://youtu.be/uShcbOWt6Jc

    07 Making the Lower Saucer Sensor and Platform
    https://youtu.be/aoKki_C21Mo

    08 Linear Accelerator
    https://youtu.be/AxwxECvixTo

    09 Impulse Engines
    https://youtu.be/Zx6prW26qZI

    10 Forward Cutout and Running Lights
    https://youtu.be/VFTdpW4rq9c

    11 BC Deck Windows
    https://youtu.be/DVSj-slowb4

    12 Neck with Audio
    https://youtu.be/YmR9ZFnxjoQ

    Pre 13 Engineering References
    https://youtu.be/6wrgr73gDlc

    13 Engineering Hull and Port Arm
    https://youtu.be/US_jZdDzuMs

    14 Engineering Hull Arms
    https://youtu.be/mTPZk414x_c

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    Eric, thanks for sharing these. I'm going to re-download Blender and have a go at following along.

    I've been playing off and on with Blender for a little while now, and struggle hugely with the interface- it doesn't seem to have any logical purpose (to my eye/mind). I've been out of the loop 3D-wise for some time, and although I'd like to pick it up again, I'm yet to find tutorials that are at the "not quite beginner, not advanced" level I need currently, that also incorporate a familiar subject matter that holds my interest. Hoping yours do the trick!

    Will share any feedback with you directly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Samurai View Post
    Eric, thanks for sharing these. I'm going to re-download Blender and have a go at following along.

    I've been playing off and on with Blender for a little while now, and struggle hugely with the interface- it doesn't seem to have any logical purpose (to my eye/mind). I've been out of the loop 3D-wise for some time, and although I'd like to pick it up again, I'm yet to find tutorials that are at the "not quite beginner, not advanced" level I need currently, that also incorporate a familiar subject matter that holds my interest. Hoping yours do the trick!

    Will share any feedback with you directly.
    Thank you very much! I hope that they aren't too rambling for you! LOL!

    Yes, I tend to ramble. But I also include a bit of history of Star Trek, a bit of history for the models, and so forth. I also show where to get reference images, software, videos, and other such tools in the description of every tutorial.

    I look forward to your feedback.

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    Okay, we've added the hull outline for the Engineering section. Added the three forward arms and the flat-faced cutouts, the cowl, the three spiral sections at the fore, and the Deflector Dish.

    01 Intro to Tutorial
    https://youtu.be/apgTyq89zKs

    02 Saucer Tutorial: Splines, Curves, and the Spin Tool
    https://youtu.be/YVzgrYd8gy4

    03 Saucer Windows and the Mirror Tool
    https://youtu.be/P0Lr8-Z4Xgc

    04 Making the Lower Saucer Windows
    https://youtu.be/1sgmz4qpzPY

    05 Making the Lower Saucer "Triangles"
    https://youtu.be/7ubQTX_WEr4

    06 Making the BC Deck (two ways!) and the Bridge
    https://youtu.be/uShcbOWt6Jc

    07 Making the Lower Saucer Sensor and Platform
    https://youtu.be/aoKki_C21Mo

    08 Linear Accelerator
    https://youtu.be/AxwxECvixTo

    09 Impulse Engines
    https://youtu.be/Zx6prW26qZI

    10 Forward Cutout and Running Lights
    https://youtu.be/VFTdpW4rq9c

    11 BC Deck Windows
    https://youtu.be/DVSj-slowb4

    12 Neck with Audio
    https://youtu.be/YmR9ZFnxjoQ

    Pre 13 Engineering References
    https://youtu.be/6wrgr73gDlc

    13 Engineering Hull and Port Arm
    https://youtu.be/US_jZdDzuMs

    14 Engineering Hull Arms
    https://youtu.be/mTPZk414x_c

    15 Engineering Hull Cowl and Deflector Dish
    https://youtu.be/YGtyAGI5pKU

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