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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Variations On A Theme...

More work on the remastered Ajax. Finished off the majority of the re-detailing. Played around with a few ideas for the shuttle bays but eventually came back to having them at the rear of the saucer - I have made the doors a little more obvious and detailed them as well.





Over at TrekBBS there has been a discussion with regards to the deflector dish placement on the Saladin class. Some argue that the protruding dish is unsightly while others point out that it blocks the bussard collector on the warp nacelle which could impair its efficiency. One other writer pointed out that when viewing the orbital test of the Ajax posted earlier, the way the dish obscured the nacelle made it look as if the Ajax consisted of only a primary hull. Some of the classic viewing angles for the Enterprise may prove problematic when applied to the Ajax, it seems.
Checking through my reference library I came across a variant for the Saladin which relocates the dish to a mini deflector assembly on the neck.






I thought it might be interesting to see how this version panned out when modeled...





It certainly looks a bit sleeker and less ungainly compared to the original - could be interesting to see if this version does look better in that orbital test shot. Will be intrigued to see what the producers and potential viewers think of this version...



Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Ajax - Remastered...

You may be experiencing a sense of 'deja vu' - hasn't H already built this model? Yes I have, but now I am rebuilding it. Truth be told, the original version of the Ajax had a number of inaccuracies - well, at least a few details that did not tally up with my references of the 11 foot TOS miniature, which was driving my inner geek batty - as well as a few problems with the 3D mesh itself, which was irritating my inner modeler. So, it was a case of back to Modo to start again. OK maybe not entirely again - I have been able to re-use some parts of the original but at least 75% of this model is new.
The saucer outline has been tweaked to accurise it, all the windows are slightly smaller to match the photo reference I have, the inset hatches on the top of the saucer have been corrected, the connecting dorsal is a more accurate shape, details on the warp nacelle have been corrected... I think you begin to get the picture.
Click on the images for higher rez pixel candy.





I have stripped off all the textures and markings for the moment - I originally had the markings as 3D elements cut in to the geometry but I'm looking at incorporating them in to the texture maps for maximum tweakability.
More to follow...