Dstahl mentioned in another post that the winner is being created now. However, they will be slight changes to it then that picture there. So, lets wait and see what the design team can do with it.It may look more pleasing when the time has been taken to make it look good from all sides.
Agreed .... A finished model always looks different than the pen and ink drawings. --- more detail ... 3-D, etc.
I'd like to give a sporting 'congratulations' to the winner and be happy about this (since I was looking forward to seeing this contest resolved).
But... I can't. I'm totally aghast here. I just can't get past the Oberth-like support of the saucer section instead of the neck or lack of neck It screams 'stupid' and 'not respecting design lineage' to me. Enough so for me to blink incredulously and think that a giant mistake must have happened somewhere.
I would've been totally fine with the Second and Third place ships (in fact, D. Shick's was my favorite). But not the first.
For what it's worth, Adam Ihle, I apologize for the harsh criticism. I think it's an interesting concept piece... but at this time I believe it is also what it should've remained: conceptual. I hope the ShipDev(s) may be able to change my mind.
I agree to entertaining hopes that some of the other entries may see use in the game as well. C. Calloway's Second place is what I believe should've been the Imperial-class, and D.Shick's Third Place was the ship I felt respected the design lienage between the E and the J the most.