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Star Trek



Above: John Eaves' sketches of the 'retro' Klingon Battlecruiser for 'Enterprise.'

...Another featured element of the show will be Klingon vessels and the challenge there will be to make them look like something that might develop into the original series' Klingon Battlecruiser designed by Matt Jefferies. "I'm trying to retro the old Klingon battlecruiser," Eaves says. "I took the old battlecruiser and took it back in time to the point where it's kind of held together by wires— kind of like the Golden Gate Bridge's technology. That long neck I thought at that time might be unstable so l got kind of a 3-piece pipe neck with heavy cables attached to the ship. Same with the engine— I didn't want framework because you see that so much so I went with cables: I thought this might be a neat thing and it has kind of a prehistory look to it, a real architecture that doesn't say framework. I just turned in the first pass on that and I'm waiting to see about it."

In the script they kept calling for a retro warbird and we worked on that and it looked really good: it had a lot of motion on it. With the computer world now you can do all sorts of movement on a model which was discouraged before because to do motion control just required too much engineering to build into a model."

One major challenge for Eaves is to do something that doesn't resemble the retooled Klingon ship as depicted in Star Trek: The Motion Picture and Star Trek Vl: The Undiscovered Country. "You don't want to detail it like they did on The Motion Picture which was easy to do to bring it forward," Eaves says "It almost seems like that would have come before the smooth design–if you think about the whole series of the TV shows and movies you'd think that the really heavy detail look would be prior to the smooth look (of the '60s TV show ships). I tried to keep it smooth but segment the pieces so they're definite – this wing is a piece and this engine strut is a piece – as opposed to coming up with detail lines that went across the top. You see where this section is attached to that section and you see how these cables are designed to hold the piece together so it won't break off. So without going too heavy on the line work l changed the look of the engines and the way they work so it looks more industrial and there are more exposed pieces which you could easily cowl over later and you'd have the TV version."


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