Way back when I first started building all my Constitution class starships (based on Rawen's files,) I started kicking around ideas for how to display them. My first idea was to recreate the docking bay from Franz Joseph's StarFleet Technical Manual and use it as a flat background. It looks good, but I wanted something unique and more like a diorama. I always like to see things from those lost corners of Star Trek (concept art, study models, etc.) come to life. So I've started what is basically my first attempt at building a model. I am making a display stand based off of Mike Minor's painting of the Orbital Office (pic attached). It's tubular design is simple enough for me to design in Illustrator without worrying about unfolding. I don't have any of the design programs most of you use, or any of the skills. I do have some ideas and material that I think will make this a sturdy build. I was going to wait until it was completely finished and then just post a pic, but what fun is that. So, I'm posting thumbnails of my first two parts. The first is the cylindrical office that comes off the main "trunk." This will be the main design for all 16 office areas. Each one will have slightly altered markings. The second piece is the office end that faces out into space and where the ships will dock. Each will be slightly altered as well. I'm using Mike's paintings as the base for the features, but I'm adding things that fit what I want to see (registries, tractor beam mounting points, phasers, lifeboats, etc...) as I go. Also, I'm altering things for scale. Mike's scale would not be in scale with my ships. So, I'm scaling it up and showing that by adding windows and details that match the scale on my ships. I still have a lot to work out, including whether or not I'm going to try and add lights to this thing. Stay tuned.