This was my first experience at actual cad based, 3D creation.
Below are the star ships I started building after I learn how to basically, manipulate Hexagon.
Each vessel represents a growing familiarity and ease of use of the program. The total time involved in each vessel, reduced substantially as I advanced in understanding and experience.
The vessels are listed here in their chronological order of learning.
The first in the Perimeter Action class of vessels was the Akyazi sub-class, the USS Akyazi being the first in the commissioned line followed by the Astura, the Akitsu, and the Braga commanded by Cpt. Janet Garrett, mother of Rachel Garrett who would later command and disappear in the Enterprise 1701-C lost in action.
These vessels were first commissioned in late, 2286, constructed just after the Enterprise 1701, commanded by J.T. Kirk's first 5 year mission from 2265 to 2270 ended.
I had always wondered how the Federation came to be and what things and politics might have been like prior to Kirk and the TOS productions.
I started writing the Garrett series novel in 2012 and I played with it with little seriousness for short writing periods over the years since.
Late 2017 I stumbled upon the Axanar Trailer production and loved the concept so much that it renewed my interest in the time period and I started altering the original book to fit it.
Early 2018 I ran across the book, Ships of the Starfleet and loved Guenthers renditions of what he considered the early editions of the paramilitary policing force would have appeared and began adding new tweaks to Garrett based on those vessels.
In mid 2018 I stumbled across Daz Studios 3D software and and their Hexagon 3D engineering software and with my modest Cad background experience, it fit into my abilities well and I began "self taught", learning how to develop 3D models.
I started this 3D ship project because I liked the design and imagined use of this vessel as depicted in Guenthers book and because I was amazed at the lack of any other 3D versions on the Internet (including the McCook version. Kudos Sir).
It took me nearly two months (well over 200 hrs) to create it considering I was still fresh in the 3D learning curve, as well as adding several tweaks and alterations to the Guenther drawings that reflect my own sense of intended design and engineering needs and I have loved every minute of the frustrations and triumphs in creating it.
Additional mention and appreciation goes to the numerous people on Daz blog site that at first, tolerated my early, self inclusion to the PDA ranks and later aided with helpful comments and suggestions.
These vessels were first commissioned in 2287, constructed just after the Enterprise 1701, commanded by J.T. Kirk's first 5 year mission from 2265 to 2270 ended.
Notable improvements to the Arbiter class over the Akyazi class were changes made to the Dome to add another deck for additional science and military use, the Engineering pod and struts were reshaped to add new curves in order to soften the appearance of the sharp, angular edges and reduce her long range scan, sensor profile, the pod itself was reduced in size due in large to improvements in the Warp Technology making older equipment obsolete, the warp drive pylons were reduced in size to reduce the profile, another cannon was added to the rear arms hardpoint and a defensive grid consisting of a new technology, PEG system (protective envelope generator), a predecessor of the current energy shields and a newly, redesigned and improved emergency impulse engine system.
The new bridge is not shown here.
Her warp engines were scheduled for upfit as well and are now fitted in place.
At a new warp drive speed increase they are slimmer and 30% larger than her sister Akyazi class engines.
The new PEG system is also shown here.
This Arbiter Sub-Class vessel shown here is my second major project.
Utilizing many of the previously designed Akyazi ship I created my version of the Arbiter Series vessel.
Design time was vastly reduced to a mere two weeks.
When I've mastered the meshes, then I'll create the third sub-class, Akula.
[You can adjust the zoom and rotation of this model on your desktop using your mouse and Alt/Ctrl keys or your fingers on your touch screen device]
Assault & Delivery Group
Her limited warp capabilities gave her the ability totravel short duration, interstellar jumps limited only by fuel and lifesupport dynamics.
Note from the Author:
The Kinsu Sub-Class vessel shown here is my third major project.
I'm tiring of the over designed, saucer and nacelle look and wanted a more personal, combat vehicle that combined the Harrier VTOL abilities, Chinook cargo delivery and Cobra attack helicopter aspects.