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Starship 01 SolidGround
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I finally graduated from spaceship to starship!
About this creation







SolidGround class starship with black number 4 paint job


Color Scheme: Merchant Marine


Color Scheme: Police


Color Scheme: Space Navy






This is my first starship and I'm kind of excited about it. Yes, I have made spaceships before but this is a starship. I have made the SolidGround in 4 different color schemes. It has 9 crew members, 2 decks, 2 full bathrooms, 1 half-bath, armory, size1 docking port (armored), workshop, 48 guns on 12 turrets, 2 artillery canons, bridge (of course), infirmary (sick-bay), and 2 mess-halls. It also has more than 21 thousand bricks!



Crew: 9 total
  • Pilots: 3

  • Attack Turret AI Supervisors (gunners): 3

  • Captain: 1

  • Doctor: 1

  • Engineer: 1


It has enough crew to be battle-ready 24-7. It needs 1 pilot (who also controls the artillery canons), and one turret supervisor. The SolidGround has 3 of each. That's 1 of each, for 3 shifts per day. At any given moment, 2 shift personell are on-duty, 2 shift personell are off-duty, and 2 are asleep. That's 6 crew members.



The captain is expected to be on the bridge during battle but otherwise serves as H.R. department and hopper.

The doctor is rarely busy and mostly serves as a hopper.

The engineer and captain share the duty of "ship ops" on the bridge.





















inside from the port side


inside from the starboard side






A SolidGround class starship has a size1 docking port. This is the same docking standard as the CrazyFrog, MiniFrog MK1, MiniFrog MK2, and Courier.



















SolidGround and Courier, docked




inside







Here is the map for the top deck.








Here is the bridge, cut away on the starboard side.


Now you can see inside the armory. It has 12 guns, of 3 types, on 2 racks, with a stack of ammo between them.


When you exit the bridge, you see something like this. In case of emergency evacuation, your helmet and oxygen tanks are on your left. A replicator is on your right. Down the hall, sleep chambers are to the left, replicators and bathrooms are to the right. A mess hall and stair well are at the end of the hall.






The ship has 3 shared sleep chambers. (A.K.A. "shift bunks") Each shared sleep chamber has a bunk bed with 2 bunks. The top bunk has a bungee cord, so you don't fall-off in your sleep. These are for the turret-supervisor and the pilot for each shift. The crew works in 3 shifts per 24 hours. Thus, 3 shared sleep chambers.





This is the pilot and gunner for second shift. Other planets don' have a 24 hour orbit. So, not many aliens can tolerate a 3x8 work schedule.






The ship has 3 private sleep chambers. These are for the captain, doctor, and engineer. These three jobs don't have shifts or schedules. Instead, they are available on an as-needed basis. Therefore, sharing a sleep chamber wouldn't work very well for them.





The sink has a soap dispenser and hand dryer. The toliet has T.P. Both have a floor-drain.






The ship has 2 shower stalls. Each is divided into a washing area and dressing area.












This is the stair well. The inner door of the air-lock is at the top of the picture. On either side of the air-lock are 6 helmets and oxygen tanks. The other 3 helmets and oxygen tanks are near the bridge. Stairs between the air-lock and upper-deck are on the left of the picture. Stairs for the lower deck are on the right. In the middle, is a mess hall. The engineer is playing cards with the pilot and gunner of 3rd shift. I don't know what game they are playing but I hope joker is the high card. 3rd shift will be going to bed soon.







map of lower deck







The operating room is part of the infirmary. It has an operating table, along with the usual, blinding, overhead, lights. It also has the only janitor's closet.













Forward of the operating room, is the lab, which is another part of the infirmary.

You enter the infirmary through the double doors. The first thing you see is a sink with soap dispenser and hand dryer. This is used to prep for surgery and clean up after surgery. To the right is the operating room, through twin curtains. To the left is the lab.

At the far end of the lab, is the doctor's office. This is a desk and computer terminal. Also, the far wall has sanitary hoses which can be attached to the numerous nozzles in the operating room and laboratory.












The workshop includes a workbench, over-sized vice, drill press, dual wheel grinder, 2 chests-of-drawers, a bucket (near the drain), and a wall of hand-tools.











These pictures show the rest-room and mess-hall, of the lower deck.


























Problems:
  • I redid the vertical part of the tail but I still don't like it. I'm not going to make a 3rd version of the tail.

  • The lights and ceiling tiles around the toilet stall on the lower deck, these are not consistent with the style throughout the rest of the ship. Frankly, the bathroom downstairs is an after-thought and it looks like one.

  • Why does this ship have 2 mess-halls? It would be better off with a single larger mess-hall. There is no place large enough for everyone to gather.

  • Nobody has a closet. Everyone has drawers and boxes. Even the lowest ranking sailors on a American nuclear submarine have small closets. Why did I give mine drawers?

  • The halls and stairs are too narrow for a gurney to turn the corners. This is exactly why the ship doesn't have a gurney.

  • The only janitor's closet is in the operating room. There has got to be something wrong with that.

  • The infirmary lacks a CT Scanner and MRI.

  • I'd really prefer that everyone have a private sleep chamber.

  • no brig

  • no cryo-stasis chambers

  • no defensive turrets (Yes, it has offensive turrets but I want it to have smaller defensive turrets as well.)

  • no shuttle bay

  • no size2 docking port

  • O.K., you tell me. What else is wrong?








Well, that's a lot of pictures! I hope you clicked on a few to get a closer look. Thanks for stopping by!





Update (10April2017): 100 views in 21 days, That's not bad, considering that I didn't add content until roughly the 16th day. Thanks for your interest!
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Update (05April2017): I'm tire of this. So, I'm posting the model.
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Update (26March2017): Rendering with both POV-Ray and Bluerender is now working, slowly. The times are roughly 1 day per image for POV-Ray and 4 minutes per image for Bluerender.
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Update (25March2017): I don't think rendering with POV-Ray is going to work. I will try Bluerender.
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Update (23March2017): I asked for advice and refused to allow comments. That makes a lot of sense. :( The comments are turned on now. Also, rendering is now expected to require !!6 days per image!!, not 16 hours. The process slowed down a lot after reaching 43% on the second step.
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I don't want to give away much info right now. I just wanted to say that I am still a part of Moc-Pages. I have finished my largest model yet and plan to put it here on Moc-Pages. However, I can't because I plan to use POV-Ray to render it. The first image took 2 hours to parse and is now rendering. It is expected to take roughly 14 hours to do the rendering. That's 16 hours total. If anyone can tell me how to speed-up the process, then please do. Otherwise, it will be about a month before I finish rendering all the pictures.



Comments

 I like it 
  February 26, 2018
INtense!
 I made it 
  September 23, 2017
Quoting Titus D. a fast renderer I use is blue render, its free and can render large models in minutes rather than days https://www.eurobricks.com/forum/index.php?/forums/topic/109972-software-bluerender-a-rendering-engine-for-ldd/ I really like the ship design although the turrents don't seem to be as up to par as the the rest of the ships curves
-||- Thanks, I use BlueRender sometimes. It didn't do transparent bricks correctly but I still use it occasionally.
 I like it 
  September 22, 2017
a fast renderer I use is blue render, its free and can render large models in minutes rather than days https://www.eurobricks.com/forum/index.php?/forums/topic/109972-software-bluerender-a-rendering-engine-for-ldd/ I really like the ship design although the turrents don't seem to be as up to par as the the rest of the ships curves
 I made it 
  August 28, 2017
Quoting High Emperor Duckie I think it's awesome! That list of cons I suppose is accurate, but a couple of them are super minor and don't matter too much. Excellent ship!
Thank you! Some day I will post the file for this. Then you can get a better look at the pros and cons. Until then, which problems are "super minor"? Which problems are the most important? Thanks!
 I made it 
  August 28, 2017
Quoting Minh-Kha N. This deserves so many more likes! I think a possible reason it might not have them is the choice of title picture, though; I think if you tried to repost it, but with the second to fourth picture as the first, you'd get a lot more attention. Also, the Merchant is my favorite color scheme! Cheers!
Thank you for the encouragement. -||- It's awesome that you prefer the MerchantMarine color scheme. That one was invented on accident when I was building the ~Buster~. -||- I have changed the first picture.
 I like it 
  August 26, 2017
I think it's awesome! That list of cons I suppose is accurate, but a couple of them are super minor and don't matter too much. Excellent ship!
 I like it 
  August 26, 2017
This deserves so many more likes! I think a possible reason it might not have them is the choice of title picture, though; I think if you tried to repost it, but with the second to fourth picture as the first, you'd get a lot more attention. Also, the Merchant is my favorite color scheme! Cheers!
 I made it 
  August 5, 2017
Quoting J Raab It's insane how much detail you packed inside this! Looks good in all 4 colors, but the black one is my favorite as well.
Thanks! Yes, I like to furnish-and-finish the interior of my models. If you like details, then you might like the starship ~DSN Vigilant~ by ~Doug Hughes~.
 I like it 
  August 5, 2017
It's insane how much detail you packed inside this! Looks good in all 4 colors, but the black one is my favorite as well.
 I made it 
  July 31, 2017
Quoting James Y. You asked about color scheme, and while I'm normally partial to blue's, it's the red and black that I feel has the best look to it.
Thanks! I was hoping to get an opinion on the color. Yea, I kinda like the black best, on this model. I wonder what everyone else thinks?
 I like it 
  July 31, 2017
You asked about color scheme, and while I'm normally partial to blue's, it's the red and black that I feel has the best look to it.
 I made it 
  July 30, 2017
Quoting Builder Allan Awesome! I was surprised to see how big this thing really is. Original design and nice color scheme :-)
Thanks! Which color scheme is best? Which is worst?
 I made it 
  July 30, 2017
Quoting Seaman SPb Excellent work!
Thanks!
 I made it 
  July 30, 2017
Quoting James Y. I think Killswitch95 put it right. It's not until you grasp the scale that you really understand how good this is. It's very hard to work in LDD particularly on anything over a few thousand parts, something a lot of physical builders don't appreciate some days.
Yes, people say the look is unique and that feels good. Unfortunately, it might be a polite way of saying "ugly". Either way, I should probably use a different first image.
 I like it 
  July 30, 2017
Awesome! I was surprised to see how big this thing really is. Original design and nice color scheme :-)
 I like it 
  July 30, 2017
I think Killswitch95 put it right. It's not until you grasp the scale that you really understand how good this is. It's very hard to work in LDD particularly on anything over a few thousand parts, something a lot of physical builders don't appreciate some days.
 I like it 
  July 30, 2017
Excellent work!
 I made it 
  June 14, 2017
Quoting killswitch95 (Last Name is Dank AF) At first glance it doesn't look like much, but when you see the first diagonal PoV shot and you see the scale of the build one can really appreciate the attention to sloping you put into it along with the detail... Very nice, and very odd shape...
Why thank you! I thought the shape was a little too familiar, a little too generic, like a jet fighter. My very first MOC displays several smaller ships which follow a similar design as this one. I call it the "Rothchild Longneck" style.
 I like it 
  June 14, 2017
At first glance it doesn't look like much, but when you see the first diagonal PoV shot and you see the scale of the build one can really appreciate the attention to sloping you put into it along with the detail... Very nice, and very odd shape...
 
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