Just a late night update on some 3D modeling I have been doing on some warp nacelle flux chiller grills. I have been focusing the past several weeks, when I can, on working out the very subtle compound curves for the chiller grills.
Trying to learn the modeling software in order to generate the right surfaces and subtle arcs that make up these warp engine components and getting them to be shaped properly (and down the millimeter at full scale) has not been as easy as you would think.
It also involved doing some more deep-dives into the exact dimensions from the various photos on the web of the original filming miniature. As well as digging into how it was constructed in order to recreate the sub-assemblies in a more precise manner.
On that front, I hope to have a discussion with someone who knows exactly how the model was made. I connected with Richard Taylor, the art director for Star Trek: The Motion Picture via social media, and he was very generous in agreeing to have a phone conversation to go over the down-in-the-weeds aspects of his warp engine design work (which he personally did).
I am very excited to talk to him next week, which should hopefully help solve many of the open questions on how the model was built, so that hyper accurate cross section drawings can be generated.
More on that when the conversation takes place.
And for any of you fellow modelers and/or Trekkers out there, who might have a boring question about the filming miniature of the USS Enterprise as seen in the first Star Trek movie, shoot me a message and I will see if I can ask him.