CDR Thom Shartle, QMB wrote: ↑
Sat Apr 25, 2020 5:50 pm
Beautiful Model! My only quibble would be to get rid of what looks like a windshield on the bridge? Given the scale they would be huge and compromise the integrity of the hull and one of it's most important locations. Plus what would there be to see?
The design of the bridge is one of the areas I decided to let being evocative of real world passenger ships be an influence, inspired by the fact that the canon warship designs have a superstructure with forward facing windows that could best be described as a "false bridge" that seems to serve no functional purpose but is rather there to be evocative of a bridge and give a visual reference for "up" and "forward".
In that spirit I designed the bridge to be evocative of real world passenger ship bridges . So it has a hood extending over some of the windows as a sun shade to give an overall profile similar to real ships, but with gaps that have upward facing windows as a nod to the 3D nature of spacecraft movement, even though looking out a window is in general not useful for spacecraft navigation.
If you mean having the windows in general then yes, there isn't much to see except when in orbit but if warships can have them without structural integrity being a problem, I don't see how it would be a problem for passenger ships. If windows were a problem, the rest of the ship would have even bigger problems. As long as the inertial compensator is working, the only stress on the windows should be the weight of the artificial gravity and the bridge is comparable in size to that of a real life passenger ship that we can build without any advanced scifi materials. This has to be pressurized but
So yes, it's an affectation, but I think it's one that matches the degree to which such affectations are present in canon designs, which is what I was aiming for.
Close up attached, although it has had some changes to the structure underneath it since those last images