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USS Grandeur – Early Concepts

Probably my best known Trek design project on sites like TrekBBS.com, Scifi-Meshes.com and elsewhere is the USS Grandeur.

USS Grandeur Wallpaper #4

USS Grandeur Wallpaper #4

I started working on this project way back around 2004, I think. Might have been even earlier than that. I’m sure someone will set me straight if I’m wrong. Point is, it’s been a really long time. It was based on a design by a friend named Darren Sexton for his starship-themed Trek fan club:

USS Grandeur - Original Concept by Darren Sexton

USS Grandeur - Original Concept by Darren Sexton

I’m preparing to resume work on the Grandeur in the near future and thought I’d start with a series of retrospectives on where it all began and some of the stages it’s gone through along the way. After the jump, I’ll show you a few of the very early concept sketches that were used to coordinate changes to the design.

USS Grandeur - Concept Sketch

USS Grandeur - Concept Sketch

USS Grandeur - Concept Sketch

USS Grandeur - Concept Sketch

USS Grandeur - Concept Sketch

USS Grandeur - Concept Sketch

USS Grandeur - Concept Sketch

USS Grandeur - Concept Sketch

USS Grandeur - Concept Sketch

USS Grandeur - Concept Sketch

USS Grandeur - Concept Sketch

USS Grandeur - Concept Sketch

These were for the first iteration of the redesign. Next time I’ll post a few of the early 3D renderings based on these concepts.

1 comment to USS Grandeur – Early Concepts

  • Daniel Brongers

    Awesome design! However, the registry number on the hull reads NFC, while it is more common to use the NCC prefix; other than that, TOP NOTCH!

    Say, I just happen to be in the process of making a Star Trek fan series called Star Trek: Guardian. Star Trek: Guardian follows the exploits of an Akira class starship, the USS Guardian (NCC-75457).

    I was wondering if you would like to make the ship for me. I could pay you for it, if you like :)

    If you have any questions, just let me know.

    In any case, great work!

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