View Full Version : November Entry: Deep Space Scout Carrier

11-05-2011, 02:08 AM
It's been quite some time since I last participated in a challenge! But since I was going to make this deckplan, anyway…

At the moment, this is an 800-ton (Traveller tons) carrier designed to transport four S Class Scout ships. The carrier is Jump-3, but it can be refueled by the Scout ships, giving it an effective range of four parsecs, twice what a typical Scout is capable of. It was designed to rapidly survey relatively remote star clusters and serve as a mobile subsector IISS headquarters in areas outside of Imperial sovereignty. Since it often operates in potentially hostile space, the ship is more heavily armed than a typical Scout Service vessel

I have a rough little concept sketch so far. I've done some research on standard Traveller designs since then, and I'll certainly be trading out the space shuttle lookalikes for more traditional Scout hulls. I'll probably also include a deckplan of the Scout in the same style, but it will likely be derivative of existing plans of that ship.

11-07-2011, 03:48 PM
I got distracted by that scout ship, so work on the carrier hasn't yet begun. But here's what I've got at the moment:

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11-08-2011, 01:18 AM
Scout ship's probably done, and I'm starting in on the carrier. So far I've spent most of my time tweaking the numbers and size of the thing so that it fits within the rules, has the silhouette I want, and is close to the right size. As it is, I'm going to have to turn two of the scout ships around so that they're facing aft in order to fit them on there. I think it will make the ship more interesting to look at, though. Anyway, as a result of the tweaks, the vessel has grown to 1100 tons. The circular diagram in the upper left is a little reference for me to see approximately how much area each deck will have relative to the others.

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Steel General
11-08-2011, 12:05 PM
Looking good so far...

11-10-2011, 05:52 AM
Looking really cool although I can't see how you're going to fit 4 scout ships on it. Great to see some Traveller stuff being done!

11-10-2011, 08:58 AM
The same thought as ravells had, crossed my mind, too.
But as long as the bottom-side of the wing-tips are at least an additional 50% of the main-ships hull radius from the fixpoints than four ships with that wingspan could fit. If the underside of the wings is lower than ravell is right, either the connection points need to stretch out more - or you could put three shuttles onto it...

11-10-2011, 02:44 PM
I whipped up a quick 3d model to reality check myself and make sure that they'll actually fit. Looks like I'm okay.

11-10-2011, 04:52 PM
Thats an interesting solution :D - on the handdrawn sketch all four looked in flight direction...

11-11-2011, 04:08 AM
Very elegant solution....but with the space available you might need Pilot +4 to dock!

11-11-2011, 05:02 AM
Docking must be done with a margin of error within centimeters anyway, I do not see a reason for a Pilot +4 for that *g*

11-22-2011, 03:23 AM
I haven't abandoned this, but I got a commission, and then a huge freelance job (104 hours in the past nine days, plus ten more tomorrow probably). Needless to say, that curtailed my mapping a bit. Assuming I don't get hit by another big project, though, I think I can still get this done by the deadline. It might not be as refined as I'd like, though. Thanks for watching!

Oh, and in the unlikely event that one of you is a Lady Gaga fan, watch the Thanksgiving special on ABC this week—it will be my first screen credit!

11-22-2011, 03:53 AM
congrats on all of the above :) ... what is it you do? ;)

I do like Gaga, but can't watch US television :(

11-23-2011, 02:52 PM
Right now I'm a rotoscoper, but I'm working on moving up into compositing.

Now the translation: The rotoscoper creates animated masks on video footage in order to isolate areas for the purpose of treating them with visual effects or to put effects into the mid-ground of a shot. In the case of the Gaga special, I was mostly rotoscoping some areas on her face that needed some beauty treatment—one of her wigs caused a rash on her forehead, she had some lipstick on her teeth, that sort of thing. The special is an hour long, and almost every shot needed some touch-up.

The compositor usually takes different pieces of footage and imagery and combines them so that they all look like they were photographed at the same time. For this project, the compositors were carrying out the actual beauty touch-ups. I got to do a little bit of that, plus there were a couple of shots where ABC hadn't gotten talent releases from some people in the background, so I was asked to defocus the background, basically faking a stronger depth-of-field.

11-23-2011, 05:36 PM
wow, this takes the term "photoshopped" to a whole new level o.O

11-23-2011, 06:35 PM
Oh, and in the unlikely event that one of you is a Lady Gaga fan, watch the Thanksgiving special on ABC this week—it will be my first screen credit!

Congrats Mid! That's really cool! Like DJ, I'm stunned that they actually 'shop' their videos to that degree.

11-24-2011, 02:31 AM
Just goes to show, be careful what you wig for ...

11-27-2011, 01:47 PM
Gaah! Work is not progressing as I had hoped. I at least have the scout done, though, so here's that image:

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11-28-2011, 04:00 AM
cool and thanks for the follow up description of your work as Ravi I am amazed that they do as much for a tv-show ... :)