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It's Been a Long Road by trekmodeler It's Been a Long Road by trekmodeler
The NX-Refit is completed.

Official Description from Ships of the Line Calendar 2011:
The original NX-class Enterprise design was a spectacular success by most measures. Henry Archer's revolutionary warp 5 engine proved its value as an enabler for deep space operations across a multisector range. Still, postmission analysis after the costly Xindi conflict of 2153 revealed the engine's original matter/antimatter reactor core to be underpowered in combat situations. Starfleet quickly determined that retrofitting the core would be necessary, given the ship's ongoing role in Earth's exploration of deep space and its value in planetary defense. This proved problematic in that installing a larger core in the ship's primary hull would have entailed rebuilding most of the saucer section. Fortunately, Starfleet engineers devised a radical solution: Adding an outboard module specifically designed to house an uprated reactor core and related engineering systems. This engineering module would be designed to occupy the secondary lobe of the ship's subspace field during warp flight. In this way, the existing warp nacelles could be fed by a greatly uprated reactor, while avoiding a time-consuming reconstruction of the primary hull. Additionally, the ship's original main deflector had been found to be inadequate during warp travel through regions of dense interstellar particulates, so a second, larger dish was incorporated into the design. Installation of the new engineering hull was surprisingly straightforward, and the NX-class Enterprise was returned to service after only 180 days in spacedock, resuming its historic mission to boldly go where no man had gone before.

NX-Refit by :icontrekmodeler:
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:iconanno78:
anno78 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014
Nice design (and art).  Unfortunately it has now been established in the Rise of the Federation novels that the NX-01 was retired from service by the new Federation President before getting the refit (others in the class recived the upgrade).  It is now a museum visited often by Admiral Archer.

We can but dream of what might have been.
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ggctuk Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
It's a pity Paramount wanted Enterprise dead: this could have been used in a standalone movie that truly tied the show to a close without the TNG nonsense. Don't get me wrong, I love TNG, but if I want to watch it I'll watch TNG, not Enterprise.
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Keiichi-K1 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014
enterprise was cancelled when it started getting good.  But the, the only thing the networks care about is ratings.  Any wonder FOX cancelled Firefly in its first season.
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Zucca-Xerfantes Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I don't care what anyone says...

Enterprise was a great show!
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VeiledInShadow Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
i really like the blend of "enterprise" and "tos" styles in this craft. very well done
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:icontrekmodeler:
trekmodeler Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank Doug Drexler-- it's his design.
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:icondinobatfan:
dinobatfan Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013
This is a very grand looking piece and a wonderful tribute to "Enterprise".
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:iconmygoditsfullofponies:
This is great, though I have seen versions of this design where the original deflector is removed and the space filled in.
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:iconjandreau:
Jandreau Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
will this be available for Bridge Commander?
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:icontrekmodeler:
trekmodeler Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's already available:
• on Filefront: bridgecommander.filefront.com/…
• on my website (more reliable): michaelwileyart.com/pages/ship…
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:iconjandreau:
Jandreau Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
oh very nice! thanks :)
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:iconergomex:
Ergomex Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
Awesome guys!
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:iconrevfitz:
RevFitz Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Professional Artist
MUCH sexier now! Love this refit.
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:icontrekmodeler:
trekmodeler Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, but thank Doug Drexler for the design!
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:iconstarsatyr:
starsatyr Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
Beautiful, and an excellent way to explain the transition from NX-01's lack of a secondary hull to NCC-1701's layout in TOS and beyond. It certainly makes sense from an engineering standpoint, and gives a possible path for starship design evolution. She's great!
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mbnn1079 Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
Gorgeous rendering of the NX!
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:icontrekmodeler:
trekmodeler Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you.
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:icontuskin38:
Tuskin38 Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
My new Desktop wallpaper :D
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:iconenterprisedavid:
enterprisedavid Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
will this be for download for Bridge Commander?
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:icontrekmodeler:
trekmodeler Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes in the coming weeks.
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enterprisedavid Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:dance:
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:icontuskin38:
Tuskin38 Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
Beautiful ship.
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celticarchie Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
AWESMONESS MAXIMUS!!!! :D
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Jandreau Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
truly an awesome pic. I'm LOVING the Earth backdrop. if you're interested, I just finished reading an ENT book series (non-canon) that covers the Earth-Romulan war from 2155-2160. it's a series of 4 books starting with "The Good that Men Do", Kobayashi Maru", "The Romulan War: Beneath The Raptor'sWing", and "The Romulan War: To Brave the Storm". all are extremely well written, made me feel like I was watching lost episodes in my mind.
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admiral-horton Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
beautiful
I am out.
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HeatResin Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Why does this ship have two nav deflectors? Was the one on the front of the saucer just left there from the normal NX-01?
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:icontrekmodeler:
trekmodeler Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Please read the official description above.
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:iconheatresin:
HeatResin Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I understand why they added the new one I'm wondering why they kept the old one.
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:iconstarsatyr:
starsatyr Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
I can think of a couple of reasons right off the bat:
(1) With a refit time of only 180 days, anything that didn't have top priority might well have been, as the old saying goes, "put on the back burner." The designers and powers-that-be might well have agreed to let replacing the original nav deflector wait for her next refit.
(2) They might not be altogether sure that the old deflector couldn't prove useful as an auxiliary unit, and/or elements of the improved dish in the secondary hull might not be completely debugged. They may well have a 'wait-and-see' attitude with regard to relying entirely on the main deflector, and will decide after trials with the new unit before replacing the old one with additional cabin space (maybe even a precursor to Ten-Forward =)). Naval architects tend to be a rather conservative lot, generally preferring to stick with what they know works, and I don't think a couple of centuries is going to change that.
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gazzatrek Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
fantastic. *LOVE* this design!

'is the mesh going to be available?
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unusualsuspex Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe! Was just about to ask the same question! :) She looks beautiful Michael
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trekmodeler Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This mesh is originally built for Star Trek: Bridge Commander, but as you can see, it is also great for rendering. The mesh will be released in the coming weeks.
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gazzatrek Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
great news! 'can't wait!!
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unusualsuspex Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Brilliant! Thanks for sharing Michael :salute:
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trekmodeler Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem.
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