“To Boldly Go Where No One Has Gone Before!” (Except nebulae, because they really mess with the equipment). With four, yes, four, warp nacelles, Ben Smith’s USS Jefferies can navigate the nastiest nebula. Since transporters can be a bit dicey in there, too, he’s got the Mary-Ann landing ship which slips snugly onto the dorsal hull just above the shuttle bay. Well, Ben, that’s some serious three-dimensional thinking!
Builder Ben Smith is back with another stellar Starfleet build. Welcome aboard NCC 1503, The USS Fontana. Seeing this ship, especially these well crafted composite shots of it, immediately puts me in a Star Trek mood. I can hear the music, sound effects. I can see the motion in my imagination, they’re right out of a movie, and I want to be in a darkened theater right now watching it.
Every good story needs a good villain, and the Klingons have always been pretty good villains. While the Federation may be only interested in exploring strange new worlds (and hooking up with the local babes, let’s face it), the Klingon Empire is having none of that. Just try to enter the neutral zone and you’ll be staring down a few of these bad boys. This is the Klingon Battle Cruiser, by builder Ben "Spaceship!" Smith, it’s here to blow you up. Qapla'!
Where Star Trek shines is in how Gene Roddenberry reflected humanity back through the other races: Vulcans and pure logic, the conflict driven Klingons, the military industrial complex of the Romulans, the greed of the Ferengi, the techno hive zombies that are the Borg. So many good philosophical questions are explored with each race, but I especially enjoy the Borg. Some Borg themes I see are the meaning of individuality, the good of the many vs the few, the cost of war, and the need for hope. Martin Latta captures a Borg vs the Enterprise D encounter in a small vignette. The shape of Federation vessels is challenging to capture at any scale, but he nails the NCC-1701-D and the repetitive use of grille plates, jumpers, and single studs captures the super greebled Borg cube exterior without overdoing it at this scale. Well done, Mr. Latta, set course for Wolf 359 warp 9. Engage.
While on your five year mission to explore strange new worlds and seek out new life and new civilizations, occasionally you're going to have to make an away trip. The shuttle, like this one from builder stephann001, is the perfect craft for this. It's your transportation, your shelter and your communications center all in one. We must caution you on jersey color selection though, we highly recommend NOT wearing red.
Since I haven't seen the new Star Trek series (because CBS sucks and only has it on their own awful online service) I have to admit I didn't know if this was an official design when I first saw it. After reading Ben "Spaceship!" Smith's description I see it's an entirely original design, but the fact that I couldn't tell just says how good this is. The presentation is stellar too (see what I did there?).