|Posted: 23 May 2010 at 10:47am | IP Logged | 4
You mean rotated? Yes, it struck me as odd that the Bridge would have to be turned a few degrees relative to the long axis of the the ship -- until I realized such configurations are meaningless in a vessel with artificial gravity and "inertial dampers". The Bridge could be UPSIDE-DOWN relative to the rest of the Enterprise, and it really wouldn't matter!
Yeah, rotated is what I meant.
For those who don't know...
Matt Jefferies originally designed the ship with an "on-center" bridge. The turbolift was directly behind the Captain's chair, and thus matched the cylindrical nubbin behind the bridge on the exterior of the Enterprise model.
However, before filming began, it was decided to rearrange the consoles so that the lift was to the Captain's left--this allowed for better camera angles in terms of people entering and exiting the set. Unfortunately, this modified Jefferies' original intent, and so (unless that exerior nubbin isn't the turbolift housing) the Captain's chair, helm, and viewscreen are all rotated about 37 degrees off-center.
It's one of those naggy little things--yeah, there's absolutely no reason that the Captain and Helm have to face directly ahead...but...it...just...doesn't...feel...right! Jefferies' design for the ship is very clean and symmetrical, for the most-part, and the rotated bridge has been a sticking point for many.
There have been insanely long discussions about this design aspect of the ship among hardcore TREK fans for many years.
I felt justified keeping my tiny decal on-center because:
A) The pilot bridge dome was larger, and so there's theoretically more room for the bridge to not be rotated off-center.
B) The matte shot that opens the pilot has a fairly on-center bridge.
C) People looking at the model might ask me why the bridge is "crooked", and it could negatively reflect on their perception of my skills!
Of course, if you push me, I'll defer to the evidence, which supports a rotated bridge on the "real" ship. As you said, JB, there's absolutely no reason for the bridge to have a given orientation--it can be sideways, upside-down, whatever.
My next two builds of the model will have an opaque dome, so this won't be an issue.
What was your reason for omitting the "PEZ dispenser" structures on the rear ends of the nacelles on this version?
The "PEZ" detail on the nacelle endcaps was exclusive to the 33" model (which was used for most shots of the ship in the pilot).
That design element was on the construction blueprints and the smaller model, yes, but it never made it onto the 11-footer, which is the version I was trying to replicate.
The 11-footer had featureless endcaps in the first pilot, the grille detail painted on in the second, and the spheres added for production.
I basically split the difference--I left the details on my Constitution, but removed them from my Enterprise.
Edited by Greg Kirkman on 23 May 2010 at 11:12am