I thought I'd clarify what is happening with the project at this point. As stated above, the model you see here is the original Test Model. It is number one of four models. This one is in only a few instances, accurate, and only vaguely proportional. It is the correct length of 175' and most of the features are more or less close to their eventual location. The purpose of this model is to test various changes to the geometry, and relative placement of features. Notice in the image below, the abrupt angular changes to the curvature of the Bell Housing for the engines. In model two this will be a smooth curvature, beginning and ending in the same location, but all together redesigned.
Notice the Attitude Jets that encircle the hull at this point. While what you see here is still very defective, a few things have been corrected, such as, the extra set of jets has been removed, which you can see in all the earlier versions of this model, and the original model by B.J. West, as well as the drawings of Simon Atkinson, that all this was based on.
Early on, I stated that my main goal was to reproduce as accurately as possible, the original model used in the making of the movie, and that maybe
, I would produce a model without all the defects of the original they used. Now that "maybe" is definite. I will produce all of the versions, but now my primary goal is a final, scientifically accurate model as designed by the scientific consultants, and/or as would have been designed if that part was used in the film. This version will have landing gear that works in animation, and where necessary, I will design or adapt designs that exist, such as from the Shuttle. In the case of this version, there will be a definite separation between the Bell Housing of the engine, and the Bell of the Attitude Jet at the center of the ring of jets, as you see below, but not as extreme a separation. This ultimate version will be the 4th and final version.
Model 2 will be the accurate reproduction of the movie model, and as such, it will have the intersection of these two different parts as shown in the image on page 4 of the thread.
I hope that is clear. 4 types of model. 1= a working test model. 2=an accurate reproduction of the original. 3= same as 2 but with a few corrections for scientific accuracy but with no added features. 4=Like 3, only with added features such as landing gear, antenna, etc.
This is not the order I am modeling in. There already exists bits and pieces of all 4 versions. I will model what and when as inspiration strikes. Some features on each version are possible to do now, but some depend on information that will not become available for quite a while yet. The shape of the nose, or mouth of the ship is 98% accurate now, whereas it started about 75%.
Then there is the drawings, the blueprints. It is strange, but these are not likely to be finished till the very last, but to some extent, are necessary before I can start the accurate version of Orion. True. Each element that I figure out it's exact location, can be used to add that information to any of the final models, and the drawings. Keep in mind that I am still in the research phase of the project. There is information I should be getting in a month or so, while other, I know I won't have for 9 or 10 months. Fortunately, most of that is in the finest details that few of you will ever notice, unless you decide to model her yourself.
If anything here is confusing to you, please ask, and I'll make it clear.