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Yes, this stunning diagram was done in Microsoft Paint! It’s my take on USS Inaieu, from Diane Duane’s excellent Trek novel My Enemy, My Ally. Duane described Inaieu in relation to the Constitution-class Enterprise (naturally), with a primary hull three times as large, four double-sized nacelles, and a secondary hull a mile long and a quarter-mile in diameter.  My drawing tries to be faithful to that, but the mile-long secondary hull really throws off the proportions to which I’d become accustomed. Thus, the “fantail” cuts, which preserve diameter and length requirements without just making the secondary hull a big cylinder.
Ultimately I’d like to turn this into a 1/2500 model kit, which is about as small as I could go and still have it fit reasonably on my shelf. Even at 1/2500 scale, an Inaieu model would be over two feet long, which would make it the Super Star Destroyer of the Federation, almost regardless of era. (At 2250 feet long, the Sovereign-class Enterprise is less than half of Inaieu's length.)
There’s a lot more to do. The bridge is only a little bigger than its Constitution-class counterpart, in order to make the scale more apparent. Likewise, the other elements of a Federation starship probably won’t be super-sized — there just may be more of them. These include shuttlebays, navigational deflector(s), and windows for about 100 decks.
One other design element has to do with nacelle placement. I decided to put the nacelles in the middle of the ship both to break it up horizontally and so that an enemy couldn’t just blast through whatever hardware was connecting it to the stern. However, I’m also concerned about the effects of those intersecting warp fields. I’ll probably end up putting a big open space between the two sets of nacelles, so the nacelle pylons help connect the forward secondary hull to the aft secondary hull, but I may need to get out some paper and a pencil to see how that will look.

Yes, this stunning diagram was done in Microsoft Paint! It’s my take on USS Inaieu, from Diane Duane’s excellent Trek novel My Enemy, My Ally. Duane described Inaieu in relation to the Constitution-class Enterprise (naturally), with a primary hull three times as large, four double-sized nacelles, and a secondary hull a mile long and a quarter-mile in diameter.  My drawing tries to be faithful to that, but the mile-long secondary hull really throws off the proportions to which I’d become accustomed. Thus, the “fantail” cuts, which preserve diameter and length requirements without just making the secondary hull a big cylinder.

Ultimately I’d like to turn this into a 1/2500 model kit, which is about as small as I could go and still have it fit reasonably on my shelf. Even at 1/2500 scale, an Inaieu model would be over two feet long, which would make it the Super Star Destroyer of the Federation, almost regardless of era. (At 2250 feet long, the Sovereign-class Enterprise is less than half of Inaieu's length.)

There’s a lot more to do. The bridge is only a little bigger than its Constitution-class counterpart, in order to make the scale more apparent. Likewise, the other elements of a Federation starship probably won’t be super-sized — there just may be more of them. These include shuttlebays, navigational deflector(s), and windows for about 100 decks.

One other design element has to do with nacelle placement. I decided to put the nacelles in the middle of the ship both to break it up horizontally and so that an enemy couldn’t just blast through whatever hardware was connecting it to the stern. However, I’m also concerned about the effects of those intersecting warp fields. I’ll probably end up putting a big open space between the two sets of nacelles, so the nacelle pylons help connect the forward secondary hull to the aft secondary hull, but I may need to get out some paper and a pencil to see how that will look.

Brief update

Thanks to the intervention of Real Life, things have been a little quiet on the modeling front. In fact, I am trying to figure out the next model to finish.  Here’s what’s currently in progress:

— 1/24 Horizon Whirly-Bats! These shouldn’t take long, once they’re cleaned up and assembled.  There are no decals and the painting is pretty straightforward.  I have one each for Batman and Robin.

— 1/1000 USS Columbia, NCC-621.  This requires a little more painting, but it’s almost ready for the decals.  The problem will be printing my own decals, which will be a first for me.

— 1/650 USS Constitution, NCC-1700.  This still needs some assembly, and it’ll also require printing some custom decals.  However, I may do it first, because its decals won’t be as specialized as Columbia's.

— 1/1400 Enterprise, NCC-1701-E.  This is Alliance’s resin kit, bought to replace my AMT/ERTL kit which was critically damaged in a display-case accident.  It needs to be painted and decaled.

There are some others, but those are at the head of the line.  In the meantime, I will try to get some other photos up soon.  Thanks for your patience.

Round 2/Polar Lights’ 1/1000 refit Enterprise, done in Motion Picture style. This is a pretty great kit. I built it with no aftermarket parts, and used Aztek Dummy paint masks (flat white over gloss white) and some aftermarket Acreation decals. The kit came with “aztec” decals, but I decided to use those on the inevitable NCC- 1701-A. Excelsior is also 1/1000, and is included just for kicks.

Shockingly accurate

Shockingly accurate

Moebius Models’ Green Lantern. I painted the robot in Manhunter red and blue, figuring it served some auxiliary support-type purpose. Also, I wanted a little more color on the base. The kit was designed by veteran comics artist Terry Beatty and went together very well — boots, gloves, and head were all separate pieces. It would probably be very easy to do alternate heads, or even a Guy Gardner jacket….

The “Starfleet History” display, all in 1/1000 scale. From oldest to newest, there’s Enterprise NX-01, followed by the Daedalus-class Horizon (NCC-176), the Baton Rouge-class Republic (NCC-1371), and the Constitution-class Yorktown (NCC-1717) and Lexington (NCC-1709). I don’t remember who produced the Horizon and Republic models, but I bought ‘em from Starship Modeler several years ago.  The Daedalus class is based on Matt Jeffries’ original Enterprise designs, and the Baton Rouge class comes out of the 1979 Star Trek Spaceflight Chronology, where it immediately predates the Constitution class.

About the names: Republic is listed as one of the 13 Constitution-class ships, but it was also one of James Kirk’s earliest assignments, and at least one source (an old Marvel Trek comic) made it a Baton Rouge-class ship which was apparently refitted. Because Star Trek's starship was originally called Yorktown, I built this one in the style of “The Cage.”  Also, since I’d built Lexington when I lived in Lexington, KY, I built Yorktown after we moved to Williamsburg, VA (close enough).

Finally, I used a JT Graphics “fleet sheet” for some names and registry decals, and (except for NX-01) built my own wire stands.

USS Constellation, built from the “classic” AMT/ERTL 18” (1/650) kit.  Specifically, I used a later version of the kit, which went through its own set of revisions over the years. The most noticeable difference between this kit and the Enterprise studio model is the more rounded and flattened B/C deck atop the saucer, but apparently if you want to be more accurate, this kit requires a lot of work. 

Thus, because the original kit was used as Constellation in “The Doomsday Machine,” that’s how I built this one.  Many modelers choose to duplicate the battle damage, but not me.  For one thing, I’m not that good; and for another, I was simply more interested to see the ship in a better condition, since we never see it undamaged in the episode.  (Same reasoning goes for my Enterprise-C models.)  I sanded off all the raised panel lines and used aftermarket decals (from JT Graphics) and an aftermarket deflector dish (I think from Federation Models).  Otherwise, it’s built from the box, including leaving in place the concave phaser dimples on the lower saucer.

Almost done, just waiting for some glue to dry (and to touch up the nameplate) before final assembly.

Almost done, just waiting for some glue to dry (and to touch up the nameplate) before final assembly.

Couple of notes about spoilerish Trinity War theories

Prevailing theory seems to be that TW is [SPOILER, PERHAPS] an invasion from Earth-3. This week’s JL Dark reveals that the Outsider has a mole (someone on the “inside,” ha ha) in one of the Justice Leagues. At first glance this might well be Dr. Light, since traditionally he’s been a bad guy but now is “good” — and because alignments are reversed on Earth-3, he’d be a hero there.

Likewise, the Outsider is widely thought to be the Earth-3 Alfred Pennyworth, since “the Outsider” was a criminal identity Alfred once had after being thought dead during the otherwise bright and cheery mid-1960s.  So, the Outsider was a bad guy on Earth-One.  That would make him a good guy on the evil Earth.  Therefore — and this is where it gets tricky —if the TW Outsider is really an evil Alfred, he can’t be the Outsider on Earth-3, because then he’d be good.  He has to be the unadulterated Earth-3 Alfred, evil butler to evil Batman (who’s actually called Owlman on Earth-3).  Got it?

Ah, comics….