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When the world was a bigger place by thefirstfleet When the world was a bigger place by thefirstfleet
This is how it all began, with a man who dared to dream big. His name was Robert April, and all he wanted is a tall ship... and a star to steer her by. These are the first voyages of the Starship Enterprise...





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:iconcentaur71:
Centaur71 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014
Don't forget Christopher Pike!
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014
But April designed the Constitution class and commanded the Enterprise as her first Captain.
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korblborp Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
and named by a Kirk...
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:iconthefirstfleet:
thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
:D
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Taranis69 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Still after almost 50 years this design still holds
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
No wonder, Matt Jeffries did tons of research to create the perfect shape.
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Taranis69 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You might enjoy this. I have it link on my blog
www.robotjackalope.com/?p=205
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master-ninjabear Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Gawd, do I miss Roddenberry.
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
His take on TNG was not too good. But with TOS, he was superb.
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master-ninjabear Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Sci-fi can be difficult, especially when you're breaking new ground.
The first two seasons were sort of a "shakedown cruise" but TNG really hit it's stride in season three.
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
The biggest problem with TNG was that it tried to be a family-friendly show. While TOS was almost hard-sci-fi by the day's standards, TNG often became a parody of itself, wich Picard ordering the children to safer decks, and so on. The arrival of the Borg changed things, and for the positive. What I missed in TNG was that they never continued the "Conspiracy" arc, with the alien parasites. That episode was freakin' scary!
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master-ninjabear Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
That was Roddenberry trying to appeal to a broader audience without compromising his storytelling.
Hard sci-fi makes most people feel a little stupid (because they are) and so does not sell as well but, by the end of season two, they were flying straight and level.
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WillCapers Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
Heavenly. 
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
Thank you :D
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WillCapers Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
You're welcome.
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TheLastCybertronian Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice to see the 1701 in it's original configuration Dave :D
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
I'm glad you like it!
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TheLastCybertronian Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :D
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Goppo713 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
to the infinite frontier ...
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
Yeah!
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cuddlesaurus21 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Was Robert April the real-life designer of the Enterprise for the show, or is he a character in Star Trek/the Enterprise's history? I hadn't heard the name before, I'm afraid, so I didn't know. :thanks: This is a beautiful tribute image either way!
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
In the Animated episode The Counter-Clock Incident, he was portrayed as the first Captain of the Enterprise. In the novels Final Frontier (not related to the fifth movie) and Best Destiny, he is shown to be the main designer of the Constitution class.
He was portrayed as a kind man who gave and earned respect, more an engineer and explorer than a Starship Captain at heart, and an old friend to Jim Kirk's dad. Also, he had a rare illenss that made him feel cold, so he always wore a cardigan. No kidding, this is how he was described in the book :D
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cuddlesaurus21 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooooh, I remember watching that TAS episode! I just had forgotten the character's name. Sorry! :thanks: I didn't know he had a cold illness! I'm sorry he had to deal with that, but that's rather cute about him wearing a cardigan all the time. :)
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angellis3 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
Nice...
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
Thank you!
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angellis3 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
np.
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MD5K Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow is all i have to say 
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
:D
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"This is how it all began, with a man who dared to dream big. His name was Robert April, and all he wanted is a tall ship... and a star to steer her by. These are the first voyages of the Starship Enterprise..."

Nuff said.

What a great image :D

This is quality at its best
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
Thank you very much!
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:iconienkoron:
Ienkoron Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
Those sleek lines make her look like a ship :)
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
Well, she is a starship :D
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Ienkoron Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
Aye, not a Star-hot-rod.... ;)
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kaisernathan1701 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
and lets not forget Gene Roddenberry :) they also used a pic of him as Robert April in the Chronology book i think
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
Yupp. That is how I always picture April in my mind.
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kaisernathan1701 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
Me too :)
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CRUMB662 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
Very elegant!
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
Thank you very much!
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CRUMB662 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
You are very welcome!
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Seanguy4 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wait, wasn't it Pike? Or is April a captain that came before or after Pike?
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
April is the very first Captain of the Enterprise. This was said in the TAS episode The counter-clock incident and several books and comics.
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Seanguy4 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh yeah, I remember that.
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DCJBeers Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
Very well done, so impressive.
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
Thank you very much!
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DCJBeers Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
Your very welcome.
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Phenometron Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
The Enterprise is brilliant!
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:iconthefirstfleet:
thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
Indeed she is :D
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DrOfDemonology Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Professional Writer
Complete and total coolness :D
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
Thank you very much :D
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SpiderTrekfan616 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Who knew that years later that dream would become a legend?
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