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Brian Smaka
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http://www.shapeways.com/model/649184/8da1c55faf486a5fe49e2a...

This link will show the designed model and I would like to know your opinion about the model. Please also post the whys for your reaction.
On a scale of 1 to 10 (1=hate it to 10=love it) what do you think of this model?
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Paul DeStefano
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Which is the front, and what is it for? Space? Atmosphere? Sea?
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The ribbed/jagged portion would be the rear of the craft and it is for a sci-fi space setting.
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Donnie Clark
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The ribbed portion seems unnecessary. Makes it look more like a bug.
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Melody
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I like parts of it but find the flat jagged part a little off putting, I think it needs more vertical height to match the nose, sorry.
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Richard Marshall
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It looks like the "ribbed/jagged" portion allows for some repositioning of the engine nacelle pieces...???
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Engine "nacelles" are too Star Trek-y.
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Shawn Larson
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If the ship is facing to the left, then engineering-wise, the struts supporting the engine nacelles are backward. You want the diagonal struts on the leading edge, where the engine thrust will exert a compressive force, instead of on the trailing edge, where they exert a tensile force that requires much stronger materials.

I do like the shape of the nacelles, though. They could be interstellar ramjets.
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Rear end looks more like a postage stamp and less like a trilobite. Flying trilobite in space = cool. Flying postage stamp in space = not so cool.

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You want the diagonal struts on the leading edge, where the engine thrust will exert a compressive force, instead of on the trailing edge, where they exert a tensile force that requires much stronger materials.


That was about my third thought. :)

I was looking at those pods as huge fantastic beam weapons that exert an extraordinarily large recoil force on the space ship for no apparent reason--yet don't drive the ship backwards when they fire yet still knock other ships around. Or huge rocket launchers that produce Venturi effect for no adequately explained reason.

Don't know why everyone's insisting they're engines when clearly the lobes I don't like are spatial distortion generators that set up a pulsed rhythmic spatial distortion that drives that ship forward in the same manner as magnetic fields drive a projectile in a linear Gauss cannon. This means the stresses on the trusses are in the right direction to compensate for the high forward acceleration of the vessel and the pods' inertia.

But back onto design: the trusses and pods look round and utilitarian where the body looks angular and ornate. Maybe if the cross sections of the trusses and pods were not round they'd fit together more in my mind.
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spitefuldice wrote:
...You want the diagonal struts on the leading edge, where the engine thrust will exert a compressive force, instead of on the trailing edge, where they exert a tensile force that requires much stronger materials.


Tensile forces allow material to be used much more efficiently than if they were in compression; see suspension bridges and tow cables. Thus I find the above questionable; though it's possible I'm misinterpreting it.

I think the body, truss work, and engines seem like they are parts off of different ships. Reworking one (engines seem the best choice IMO) of them to incorporate elements from the others would make it better; but as-is I like it well enough.
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Vincent Glaza
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Too flat, the body Is too flat compared to engines.
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Tension elements are more stable, possibly allowing more efficient use of materials.

Compression elements require a lower safety factor, possible allowing a more efficient use of materials.

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