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Join Date: Jun 2012
01-21-2013, 05:11 PM
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I agree. The indents in the rear of the saucer look like they are intended to be the engines, not the thin pylons. Since when in Star Trek is the impulse engines IN the pylons?
(Intrepid doesn't count. The impulse engines are built ON the pylons)
I fully agree with you, in fact after reading your post I went and did some research in game and other places and found that with certain exceptions (which I'll list below)
Federation ships have their impulse drives placed on either the saucer section or the neck/hull. The few exceptions that have their impulse engines on the pylons its extremely obvious that they were built as either a secondary drive or as an addition to the pylon.
Lets examine these impulse pylons;
Regent - Obviously meant as a secondary drive system as the primary is located on the saucer section.
Odyssey - Same as Regent
Intrepid - Impulse built into pylons as an addition not integrally.
Intrepid Variants - Primaries on saucer section, secondaries built into pylons as an addition not integrally.
Chimera - Primaries on saucer section, secondaries built integrally.
Vesta (and its variants) - Primaries on saucer section, secondaries built into pylons as an addition not integrally.
So there seems to be a very defining building principle here thats not being followed with the Steamrunner model.
Looking at her original model from the back (even though the texturing is horribly stretched from the rear) you can see NO cutouts or additions to the pylons that would suggest either a primary or secondary impulse drive placement.
Looking at her from the top once again shows no additions to the modeling or texturing that would suggest impulse drives in the pylons. However from the top we do see clearly in the texturing on the rear of the saucer section on either side of the shuttlebay the fluting into the impulse engines. Which fits squarely into Federation design philosophies.
For those, who like me, are extremely big fans of the Steamrunner class check out this complete super high detail 3D model of the her.
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