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Nebula by thefirstfleet Nebula by thefirstfleet
I had a thought and kitbashed my Galaxy to the Nebula class. Why does she has impulse engines? Because the designers left it out from the original design and never mentioned why. So I rationalized the design a bit and I thought it's just logical to have the impulse engines on the same place as the Galaxy class.

So, introducing the USS Trafalgar. She didn't choose the thug life, the thug life chose her. She will be released when I finally pack up my next release spree's other models...





Models by me
Background elements by NASA
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:iconthessiansentinel:
ThessianSentinel Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015
Nebula class. Never got enough air time on the show. Tiny bits and pieces. Nicely done.
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:iconthefirstfleet:
thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015
Thank you!

Sadly, in the world of motion control models, working up new effect scenes was pretty hard. Thus, only some guest appearances for non-hero ships.
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ThessianSentinel Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015
Yeah, but that era is long over, since Voyager was still running.

And now we got Jar Jar Abrams horrific ideas. Praise science at least books are not affected.
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Garrett-Jax Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
Tis a thing of beauty!
:)
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:iconthefirstfleet:
thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
Thank you very much!
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:iconbogartrules:
BogarTRuleS Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
Awesome mate this is amazing. 
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:iconthefirstfleet:
thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
Thank you very much :D
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AresXVIII Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
one of my favorite ship classes... good work!
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:iconthefirstfleet:
thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Thank you very much!
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Nuclear-Fridge Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Maybe it's my increasingly decrepit eyesight, but I can't make out her registry number...

Whatever. The Nebula class is my favourite TNG-era ship, and you've done her justice here. I'm looking forward to more (hint!).
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:iconthefirstfleet:
thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
Her registry in NCC-62297.

And don't worry, you'll see her more :D
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Nuclear-Fridge Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad to hear it!
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Klingon8088 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
The Nebula is a gorgeous piece of work. She did not get near enough screen time.

Great work on a great ship!
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:iconthefirstfleet:
thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
Thank you very much!
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:icontuishimi:
Tuishimi Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
Looks good. Bugs me when there are logical inconsistencies in designs...
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:iconthefirstfleet:
thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
Design bugs us nerds can solve :D
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Hummakavuula Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012   Digital Artist
Nebula Class...My mostest favoritist-est ship. Has anyone ever imagined an original series version? I know they weren't around then....or were they? dun dun DUN!
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:iconthefirstfleet:
thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
I have seen an Ambassador variant of the same purpouse...
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Klingon8088 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
YES! Someone PLEASE design and draw a TOS Nebula! That would be a trekkie wet dream right there.
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Phenometron Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
The Trafalgar looks pretty boss.
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:iconthefirstfleet:
thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
Thank you very much!
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DalekOfBorg Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
:iconpicardplz: "Tough little ship!"
:iconworfplz: "Little?"
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:iconthefirstfleet:
thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
:D

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:iconthadeuce:
thadeuce Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome, the nebula class has always been my personal favorite because of its more compact design. Awesome attention to detial on the impulse engines!
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:iconthefirstfleet:
thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
Thank you very much!

The chubby lady is now part of my fleet :D
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Zhaanman Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cool look Amazing detail and design and awesome observation on the impulse engine issue!!
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:iconthefirstfleet:
thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
Thank you very much!
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Jimlogan1701 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sweet work, always liked this lil ship since TNG's The Wounded.

Chief Miles O'Brien: It's not you I hate, Cardassian. I hate what I became, *because* of you.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Take this message to your leaders, Gul Macet: we'll be watching.
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
This is why O'Brian was the best TNG character: the grunt, not the officer, especially not the Picard-like holier-than-thou superhuman. O'Brian doesn't care if the Feds are watching or going into an all-out war. He's been there, done that and was made wise enough to survive and not wanting to go back again.
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captainkehlan Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
OOh, you know I love the Nebula class.... well done, this is gorgeous, look forward to seeing more of her.
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:iconthefirstfleet:
thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
Thank you very much!

I knew I'll hit a soft spot with you here :D
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:iconcaptainkehlan:
captainkehlan Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
You know my weakness, lol
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dgspirit1991 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
too bad the nebula class wasnt shown much at all in any of the series
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
Indeed, although it was in awesome episodes.
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dgspirit1991 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that is for sure
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QPsychosis Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Always liked the Nebula, for a Star Trek ship. Beautifully done, as always!
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
Thank you very much!
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Athane Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There is a reason for the lack of impulse engines. The creator of the nebula class said "One of the rationalizations I imagined ages ago for having no obvious impulse grilles involved capturing and compressing the impulse fusion reaction exhaust and later releasing it from special non-propulsive ports. If the Nebula-class was employed in a stealthy surveillance mode, it would be smart to minimize all overboard emissions. Since most all 'modern' impulse engines involve little or no pure rocket thrust, but more of a sub-warp drive, one could say that the familiar orange Starfleet glowy exhausts could be modified or eliminated"

So the intention for the nebula was to be an Electronic warfare and countermeasure ship as well as fulfilling a stealth role. So instead of one big glowing red port, its several tiny ports.
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:iconthefirstfleet:
thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
I somehow fail to believe this. They simply forgot to build the impulse engines and came up with this cheesy explanation...
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Athane Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, but a really cool one. I mean come on, the nebula class has a giant sensor pod bigger than the Miranda class on its back, its possible they would also have some kind of features to reduce its own signature on said sensors. The notion that being unable to use cloaking technology without risking war with the klingons and Romulans they invent more advanced stealth tech like close to zero emission systems for their impulse engines. 1) it came from the mouth of the creator, 2) the first Nebula class you see is on a stealth mission behind enemy lines....it makes sense
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
I see, but I find it somewhat funny that they try to mask a thing that is bigger than a skyscraper just by reducing emission gasses.

The Polarisverse alternative: burn that dilithium and let the Phasers compensate :D
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Athane Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
At those ranges and considering the size of the ships....its not hard to hide a starship. Most engagments in the star trek universe took place 50-250 kilometers apart. Torpedo battles could be much farther away. So when you are scanning for a ship 650m long object 141,910,960,000,000km away...your bound to miss it if you don't have anything to look for. Mainly a large plasma trail or active EM emissions stuff like that. Take 2 rocks, one normal rock and one bright glowing rock with lights in it...go to a dark empty parking lot and throw them as far away as you can...tell me which one you find first without moving
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Athane Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Also another quote says not only did the model maker say "oh yeah stealth feature" the creator of the ship designed it that way. So i geuss although the impulse engine addition is cool, it wasn't there for a reason. ANYWAYS, back to buisness...love the model and the new one you have with the Trafalgar placed beside the damaged Enterprise
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brewski2444 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
but the impulse engines should be a FTL drive, or there would be no point on putting them on any starship...
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Ienkoron Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
Beaut mate, she looks absolutely brilliant :D
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
Thank you very much!
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Ienkoron Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
Always mate always :D
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justanewb42 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Student Photographer
Amazing as always.
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:iconthefirstfleet:
thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
Thank you very much!
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justanewb42 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Student Photographer
Your welcome.
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