quote:Originally posted by Dukhat: [QB]However, I'm wondering: Is that picture in last year's calendar an actual CGI model, or is it just a matte painting? If so, then the only "CGI" involved for the Ent-J would be that itty-bitty chunk of saucer underside; no top view, no nacelles, no secondary hull. Why create them, if they wouldn't be seen out of that window?
Well, there was that MSD type display as well, although they could've gone to the trouble of making a complete CGI model because they were expecting the Ent-J to turn up in later episodes.
Rob doesn't say either way if the whole vessel was constructed, but I got the impression from his post that it was a complete model, only not very detailed.
Well, the Raptor seems to roughly be the same length as the Bird of Prey, in relation to the Enterprise's saucer (which seems a bit big, but oh well). But the D5 should be at least twice as long as it's depicted.
Unless we want to accept that Klingons began scaling even in this early era.
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All values are +/- a pixel or two . . . I didn't zoom in or anything.
Whatever the case, though, I love that man.
(Incidentally, the large pill-shaped bronze part on the top view of the Kumari (which IIRC is the shuttlebay where they put the Xindi prototype) is only 16 pixels wide . . . or almost exactly 10 meters.)
If it weren't for the obvious tanks along the neck, I would've sworn that the D5 was actually the old Bird-of-Prey... Hmm...
Otherwise, those dimensions were roughly what the general consensus seemed to be (at least based on EAS stats and the like). The Kumari seemed a bit larger, at least in some of the scenes that I remember, but I can certainly accept the figures (other than the D5).
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You know, this comparison really drives home the "futuristic" look of the Romulan vessel...
...If the ships of "Minefield" did come from the future, say, from the TNG era, their looks and cloaks would no longer directly threaten continuity. The role of the Romulans in the episode was never quite clear; it would do a world of good if they were made part of the otherwise-accursed Temporal Cold War.
Of course, the discontinuity of invisibility devices in ENT does not hinge on the Romulan cloaks only. A separate fix would be needed for that. But a novel that explains the "Minefield" vessels as temporal visitors would help not only in tying up loose ends, but in actually giving some dramatic content to that episode.
But there's the (admittedly unspoken onscreen) fact that the TOS Romulan BoP it was based on was supposed to be reverse-engineered from the design of the Consitution-class starships for that era...
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