Miranda class: Star Trek starship parts kit expansion #1
[The project can also be found on my Google Drive mirror ] This is the first expansion parts kit meant to complement my Star Trek Constitution Class Parts Kit, adding parts to support the Miranda class and its major canon variants. All parts are meant to be cross-compatible between parts kits. Update 2023-03-12: Following on the heels of my recent update to the Constitution class kit, I’ve made a pass on the Miranda, resulting in an almost completely remastered set of files. In addition to the enhanced Saucer and Nacelle details inherited from the Constitution, this revision includes substantially improved hull details intended to better match the original studio filming model. A note that the higher mesh density of these new files results in much larger file sizes. If you’re still interested in the previous version of this kit, it can be found at this location. Update 2021-03-13: Added support for the original Reliant concept design. Update 2021-03-10: I created the original version of this kit hot off the release of my Constitution class kit, which was my first major 3d modelling project. As a result of my inexperience this kit suffered from a number of issues. While I still don’t claim to be an expert, I’ve learned a lot in the almost 2 years since then. After remastering the Constitution kit, I’m now releasing a corresponding update to the Miranda kit. This includes improved details and closer accuracy to filming models, mesh quality cleanup and improvements, and support for additional ship variants. This is a major update and basically all of the parts have been rebuilt. If you’re looking for the old version, it’s been archived at the old Google drive location. Contents of this kit are broken into three zip files: MirandaV2-blender-files.zip - The Blender source files used to generate all STL files. MirandaV2-parts-stls.zip - All individual part STL files. MirandaV2-ship-stls.zip - All combined ship STL files. This kit supports most screen-canon variants of the Miranda class, as well as several fanon ships and a couple quick kitbashes I came up with as examples. Supported ships Screen-canon ships: Miranda class First seen as the USS Reliant in Star Trek II. FASA game stats Lantree variant First seen in the TNG episode Unnatural Selection. Soyuz class First seen in the TNG episode Cause and Effect. FASA game stats Saratoga variant First seen in the DS9 pilot. Antares variant First seen in the DS9 episode Favor the Bold. Reliant concept In the initial art design for the Reliant in Star Trek 2, the ship was meant to have an inverted layout, with the nacelles on the top and weapons pods mounted below. This sketch got approved upside down, resulting in the Miranda we know today. Fanon ships: Knox class light frigate Originally from Calon Riel & Mastercom Data Center’s (Todd Guenther & co.) Ships of the Star Fleet. Also see the detailed Strategic Design (David Schmidt) plans. FASA game stats Also included in this kit is a command module with integrated Torpedo tubes, with a Knox variant demonstrating this option. Brownwood class assault transport / tug Originally from Jackill’s (Eric Kristiansen) Starfleet Reference Manual: Ships of the Fleet Volume 1 FASA game stats Hensley class heavy transport / tug Originally from Jackill’s (Eric Kristiansen) Starfleet Reference Manual: Ships of the Fleet Volume 1 Random example kitbashes: Goofy double rollbar with repositioned nacelles Example of combining parts with the Constitution class kit Notes on scaling and working with Blender My target scale for all source files and output STL files is 1:1000. Although these files have not been extensively tested through printing, they are intended to be resized to match common modelling and miniatures scales. Target scale - Scale STL files to: - Notes 1/3900 - 0.25641026 (25.6%) - FASA miniature scale 1/3788 - 0.26399155 (26.4%) - ADB Starline 2400 scale 1/3125 - 0.32 (32%) - ADB Starline 2500 scale 1/2500 - 0.4 (40%) - The Trek modelers "Golden scale" 1/1600 - 0.625 (62.5%) - TOS 3-Ship Set scale 1/1400 - 0.714285714 (71.4%) - Common resin model scale 1/650 - 1.538461538 (153.8%) - Modelling scale 1/537 - 1.862197393 (186.2%) - Common scale for TMP models 1/350 - 2.857142857 (285.7%) - Large scale Note: This kit was built using Blender 3.1. Blender is free, which to be honest was the primary factor in my decision to learn it. There are many fine video and text tutorials available online if you're interested in learning more. See the Blender fundamentals tutorials playlist to get started. You can use File -> Import -> Stl (.stl) and File -> Export -> Stl (.stl) to load or save STL files in blender. Post-processing STL output Although all of the STL files included have been tested as valid watertight meshes, joining the parts together and exporting new STL files can introduce small errors that may cause issues with slicing programs. I recommend any STL files you create are checked using a program like Netfabb Basic free edition. Doing a simple "Close All Holes" repair has fixed all of the issues I've run into so far. If you do run into issues with mesh quality, please let me know.
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