The USS Enterprise has inspired so many artists to do their own version of it. As a Star Trek fan who has been so influenced by it in my own work, I offer this tribute to the vision of Matt Jefferies, Andrew Probert, and Ryan Church. None of my designs are meant to be part of the canon Star Trek universe. They are merely expressions of how I would like Federation ship designs to look.
Constitution Class Explorer – 2018 Project
The Constitution Class Explorer is my latest, and hopefully final version of an USS Enterprise design. It has been an interesting challenge taking details from the various incarnations of the USS Enterprise and integrating them into a design aesthetic that reflects my personal tastes. It is a low-key, somewhat retro, and almost abstract design whose main influence is the USS Enterprise from the original TV series. I am proud to say that I modeled the entire hull myself and used just a few detailing parts from other artists. A set of deck plans has been started that I hope to finish by the end of 2018.
I envision the Constitution Class Explorer as the largest example of long-range, long-duration exploration vessels that form the core of Star Fleet. In the era of the Constitution class, they are the flagships of the fleet. In this alternate Star Fleet, ship types do not use the naval inspired categories that most fan artists employ. The bulk of the fleet is composed of various classes of small Surveyors performing scouting missions supplemented by a modest number of Patrollers serving on military missions.
Constitution Class Heavy Cruiser – 2013 Project
Constitution Class Heavy Cruiser: This design represents my idea of an alternate USS Enterprise. While it draws heavily on the Enterprise designs by Andrew Probert from the early Star Trek movies and Ryan Church from JJ Abrams version of Star Trek, it also attempts to include a few more features from the Enterprise of the original TV series from the 1960’s. The 3D CGI model is heavily modified from the JJ Abrams Enterprise model done by Ricky (Madman) Wallace. You can see his wonderful starship art on his website at http://www.madshipyard.com. The design also features many elements of an alternate USS Enterprise design done by Jude Xavier.
Constitution II Class Heavy Cruiser – 2013 Project
Constitution II Class Heavy Cruiser: This design is meant to follow my USS Constitution alternate USS Enterprise design by about half a century. Much of this design is based on the USS Dedication alternate USS Enterprise design by Chris Madden and Mark Kingsnorth. A number of detailing parts come from the JJ Abrams Enterprise model done by Ricky (Madman) Wallace. The design also features elements of the USS Council design done by Jeff Robb.
Venerable Class Long Range Explorer – 2014 Project
Venerable Class Long Range Explorer: This design is my response to the Star Trek deck plans of the original USS Enterprise by Franz Joseph, the USS Enterprise-A deck plans by Shane Johnson and David Schmidt, and the USS Enterprise-D deck plans by Rick Sternbach. I hope my deck plans evoke for the viewer the same sense of wonder that I experienced looking at those by these other artists. As my personal, and no doubt eccentric, vision of what a Star Trek Federation starship could be, the viewer will discover many features that differ from that of the canon Star Trek universe. For example, my alternative design is part of less militarized exploration fleet than Starfleet. Another major difference is my use of a modified warp-jump technology in place of the canon warp cruising drive. Finally, I do not have transporter technology as part of this particular alternative version of the Star Trek universe.
Titania Class Star Cruiser – 2017 Project
Titania Class Star Cruiser:
The Titania Class Star Cruiser is the flagship class of the United Star Systems exploration fleet. Obviously inspired by Star Trek, the Titania is my version of a starship that has roughly the same capabilities as the Constitution class in the Star Trek universe. The main differences are that the United Star Systems exploration fleet is much smaller than Star Fleet in Star Trek, has no transporter technology, and makes much greater user of robots. Also, in the United Star Systems universe, humans do not develop starships until the late 23rd century.
Even though the Titania is larger than the Constitution, I have given it a noticeably smaller crew in order to devote more ship volume to food production. Supplementing the eight Titania class starships in the United Star Systems exploration fleet are sixteen smaller Constellation class star cruisers. The design of the Constellation class consists of the same components as the Titania class, but had no middle hull and only a single connecting hull. It has a much smaller crew, small hangar bay located in the connecting hull, and more limited recreation facilities.