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Station Call by Drell-7 Station Call by Drell-7
At the beginning of the Enterprise's fourth year under Captain James T. Kirk, she calls at a Star Base for refitting of systems, crew transfers, and the delivery of a replacement shuttlecraft, ultimately to be named Galileo III.

Jaw-droppingly good Enterprise and Shuttlecraft by Raul Mamoru -
Equally cool starbase Vanguard by David Metlesits, all converted for Poser by mattymax.
Antares by Richmerk -
Background by arcas-art.
Done in Poser Pro 2012.Lighting and composition by drell-7
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templerman Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014
This is perhaps one of the best images of the Enterprise, or the Constitution Class, I have ever seen. Very well done. Re: the nomenclature for Shuttle-craft, it seems it would have followed that of the original Constitution Class ships. Each Shuttle had the registration number of its parent ship, and a numarical designation following a slash. I thought that there were other named Shuttles such as Columbus was #1, Copernicus was #3, Megellan was #5, and Galieo was #7. And I do not know this for a certanty, but I believe there was a set of names and numbers in the original decal set for the old AMT model kit of the Shuttle-Craft Galieo. Also, if memory serves POTEMKIN was one of the names mentioned in the book "The Making of Star Trek". Also, considering that they brought in Walter Koenig in as the Navigator Chekhov, (to George Takei's chagrin) there was not that much of a dust-up over Cold-War feelings on the part of the Network and fans. After all, we were very much involved in a war in Vietnam, which found its way into scripts. I suspect that Gene figured he would role the dice again.
Nuclear-Fridge Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

"Look, can't we at least try to come up with another name for the shuttle?!?":slow:


I really love how the differing angles of the shuttle and the Enterprise make them look like they're afloat, and not a pair of effects models mounted on armatures... and the freighter way off in the background gives the picture a feel of "working day at the Starbase".

Drell-7 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
I always figured each ship had a set of names assigned to it for shuttlecraft, so they HAD to use Galileo again if they were replacing one called Galileo. Incidentally, Galileo III was the last shuttlecraft we see in TOS, in "The Way to Eden"
Nuclear-Fridge Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

That hadn't occurred to me when I wrote... So, if Enterprise had astronomers (Galileo, etc.), another ship might have astronauts/cosmonauts (Gagarin, Leonov, Aldrin, Grissom, Glenn)?


Okay, I know that at the time TOS aired, the Cold War was still very much in force, and that the Moon landings had yet to happen, but still...


And the landed Galileo III on the 'poisoned chalice' world of Eden is possibly the only reason you could get me to ever watch "The Way to Eden"...

Drell-7 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
That sounds reasonable. I don't know that it was ever officially written down anywhere, but it would explain all the Galileos. (aside from the REAL explanation, of course, that they wanted to do a minimum to redress the full scale prop....)

Even though the Cold War was on, it wouldn't have surprised me to see a Gagarin, Titov, Leonov or Tereshkova. Roddenberry was very much about mankind eventually outgrowing nationalism.

And I'm with you on "Way to Eden". In the remastered version, we also have a rare look at a "civilian" Federation ship, the "Space Cruiser Aurora".
Nuclear-Fridge Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As long as the remastered Aurora looks better than the original episode - which stuck a couple of engine pods onto the Tholian ship and turned the thing backwards....
Drell-7 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
I thought it did--kind of reminiscent of Matt Jeffries original Shuttlecraft design, scaled up. I know some people do prefer the original, but I liked the remastered Aurora if for no other reason, that it gave us a rare look at Federation civilian design.
Nuclear-Fridge Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm. Never made the connection with the Jeffries 'pod' design before -- and I'm pretty damned anal when it comes to "pre-JJ" Trek designs! Now that you've mentioned it, the similarity jumps out at me.
AbaKon Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Professional Writer
I should have fav'd this long ago...
Steve629 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Beautiful detail!
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