U.S.S. Neslon - NCC-2854

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  1. bgt01

    bgt01 Exemplary Confidant

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    This is another model I wasn’t going to post, but it was an interesting build so I thought I’d throw it out there. This is Paragon’s kit bash of the U.S.S. Nelson. It’s based off Makino’s Enterprise with customized parts. This was printed and cut out a long time ago and as such it didn’t really match how I build these models now. It also came off my old printer that had some color and registration issues. But, it was there and I had taken the time to redo the hull markings and registries, so I decided to slap it together. The only other extra steps I took was to do some raised details, recess the grills on the pylons, I had to create a piece to fill the hole between the impulse engines, and I had to use a PDMcCool pylon to attach the torpedo launcher as one wasn’t included. I only had one front view of the model to work from, so engine placement was a best guess. Later, I found some pics that show the engines are supposed to attach to the pylons on their bottoms instead of their sides.

    Overall, this is a bad build by me. The ship is badly skewed to the sides and the large “deck” on top came out twisted. Again, it laid on the desk for a long time and I would do a much better job if I were to build another, but I won’t because I’m not a fan of this design. I like the elongated Oberth-style engines, but I don’t get the rest of it. I’m not sure what its function would be. That’s not a knock on Paragon, that’s just a personal preference. Anyway, she makes for an interesting post. I won’t be posting build details, I’m just putting up the pictures.

    First up, the primary hull and neck

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  2. bgt01

    bgt01 Exemplary Confidant

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    Next up, the upper deck and secondary hull.

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    bgt01 Exemplary Confidant

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    Next up, Warp Drive!

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    bgt01 Exemplary Confidant

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    And, Final Assembly.

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    You are a Starship factory!! Excellent and interesting ship! :)
  6. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator Moderator

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    This does look rather interesting (to say the least).
    I am not quite certain as to what the intended purpose of this kind of ship is.
    The torpedo system looks like it is on backwards though (comparing it to the one that is on the Reliant).
    Other than that it looks good.
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    zathros -----SENIOR---- Administrator Moderator

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    That kind of rectangular hull would be perfect for hauling self contained pallets for structures, buildings, outpost materials, raw materials, movement of large amounts of people. A big blobby creature that is sentient but cannot be contained otherwise. Like "The Blob". Hm? :)
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    @Rhaven Blaack @zathros With that large deck on top it could be some kind of fighter/shuttle carrier, but it has no hanger doors. That would leave just cargo, but since it's designed with more more "advanced" engines than the TOS models, you'd think it would have some kind of high-profile purpose. And, it still wouldn't be as efficient as the old Tug and Pod design. The design is interesting, but from a real-world view it seems the stress of that top-heavy design on the old Constitution hull would make for some serious structural problems when this thing goes to warp. Maybe they use that big, flat area up top to transport Monoliths back and forth from Jupiter to the Moon.:wideyed:
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    From an aerodynamic perspective, in atmospheric flight, the saucer section would be providing most of the lift, so the pylons and main body are just hanging there. In space, the "Warp bubble' removes the relative nature of mass while at warp. Small time moving under High Impulse power would cause more problems, I believe, but what do I know. Maybe it had a huge beach inside and was a "secret party ship". :)
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    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator Moderator

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    Regardless of its purpose, it is a very interesting design.
    You did a GREAT JOB on it!!!