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Ships Of The Line 2011 Gets Animated In Doug Drexler VideoBlog July 30, 2010

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The yearly Star Trek Ships of the Line calendar edited by Trek veteran designer Doug Drexler is a big fan favorite. And today Doug has posted a new video blog about Star Trek, including a series of animations from the ship on the 2011 Ships of the Line Calendar..


Doug Drexler TV – Starship Love and more

Go to The DrexFiles to see the new video (the animations from SOTL 2011 are at the end). The video also includes an interview with BarBara Luna, some behind the scenes video of Paramount construction crews, and an exploration of Andy Probert’s Sphinx Shuttle:

Click image to see video at DrexFiles

The new Ships of the Line calendar is available now at Amazon and book stores.

Note: cover shown at Amazon is not the final cover.


1. rm10019 - July 30, 2010


2. Doug Skywalker - July 30, 2010

did anyone else get the calendar and notice that the USS Aventine was missing? or did i get a different one?

3. Rich G - July 30, 2010

The Aventine is in this month’s calendar. Check October.

4. Rich G - July 30, 2010

^^^ make that this *year’s*.

5. CmdrR - July 30, 2010

Doug — beg them to release a 6″ edition of the calendar. I only own my own bathroom. That’s the only spot I can hang a Trek calendar. Sad, but true. My family invaded my life and now they have dominance.

6. Anthony Pascale - July 30, 2010

RE: Aventine
When we did our 2011 calendar preview we were sent various images from the publisher including the Aventine spread, After realizing it was actually from 2010 cal, it was removed from the article. Not sure why they dropped the Aventine image in with the other files they sent.

7. Doug Skywalker - July 30, 2010

@6: Thanks Mr. Pascale, it makes sense now.

8. MC1 Doug - July 30, 2010

The animated footage is awesome!!

A audible gasp escaped my lips when I saw the NC-01 refit leave drydock. The entire video on Drexler’s site is wellworth the time. It lasts nearly 10 minutes and it leaves you wanting much more!!!


9. I Dont Like Tennant - July 30, 2010


10. Jack Marshall - July 30, 2010

The construction video is from the NX Engineering build, NOT TNG

11. Captain Conrad - July 30, 2010

The calendar vid was awesome, except shouldn’t Enterprise J be flying in slipspace? Keep us posted on more vids like this Anthony.

12. MC1 Doug - July 30, 2010

It would be cool if the future calendars included a DVD of such stuff. I’d gladly pay extra for it!!! No questions asked. This is truly beautiful stuff,

How I wish I knew how to do this kind of animation myself. Does anyone know what software they utilize for such work?

13. OLLEY OLLEY OLLEY - July 30, 2010

Pure beauty!, thank you for posting this :)

14. RAMA - July 30, 2010


15. desertrat - July 30, 2010

NERDGASM!! I love it!

16. Dejan H - July 30, 2010

NX refit looks fantastic. Enterprise season 5 direct to DVD? :-)

17. Sid - July 30, 2010

I want more NX refit in action.

18. Valenti - July 30, 2010

I. Am. Amazed.

Seriously, seeing those ships take flight made me go “woah, that’s amazing!”.

19. allister gourlay - July 30, 2010

Just stunning work!

20. Phobos - July 30, 2010


21. Scott Gammans - July 30, 2010

Wow. Just… wow!

22. Captain Dunsel - July 30, 2010

I absolutely *loved* the shuttle doing evasive manuevers. Very cool!

23. Roger - July 30, 2010

My favorite was seeing the NCC-1701 in Spacedock. That was AWESOME.

24. Lancelot Narayan - July 30, 2010

Every part of me is covered with goose bumps!

25. Javier Lorenz Jr. - July 30, 2010

That was some truly awesome stuff!!!!!

26. Lord Garth, Formerly of Izar - July 30, 2010


Hope they get Andrew to do a few tweeks on the new Gigantaprise
Nothing major but she needs some belly on that too skinny secondary hull and the connecting dorsal needs to be moved forward a bit

27. Vultan - July 30, 2010

I wouldn’t mind seeing that shuttle/Klingon battlecruiser chase in the next movie. I mean, it’s just wild to finally see one of those old Starfleet birds taking evasive instead of traveling in a strait line like we saw so many times in TOS.

Truly awesome, Mr. Drexler!

28. CarlG - July 30, 2010

It is a well-known fact that Doug Drexler is made of concentrated awesome.

29. Richard the Lionhearted - July 30, 2010

Very very good .Second vote on a disk with video shots of the ships of the line included with the calendar.

30. Sci-Fi Guy - July 30, 2010

Beautiful work!

31. Richard the Lionhearted - July 30, 2010

You know those shuttle shots are from Star Trek Phase Two !!

32. Red Dead Ryan - July 30, 2010

AWESOME! You know what I would love? A whole two hours of Doug Drexler’s animation of various starships flying through space accompanied by various Trek themes on dvd. One could just sit back and enjoy the NX-01 refit leave spacedock or the shuttlecraft evading a Klingon Battlecruiser to the tune of the TMP, TWOK or FC themes.

33. YARN - July 30, 2010


34. THX-1138 - July 31, 2010

Even though the vid freezes up before all the ships are shown I am still gasping and out of breath (hyperbole much? probably).


More, Drex. You gotta give us more of that. Hours and hours if you like. With all that fantastic music. I’d pay good money for it. And I KNOW that I ‘aint the only one.

Now I’m going to back to your page to see if I can get the whole video to load this time.

35. DJT - July 31, 2010

I just soiled my Depends. That video was effing awesome.

36. Captain Rickover - July 31, 2010

That video was great! They should publish future SOTL-calenders with an extra DVD showing the calender motives in action!

37. Sxottlan - July 31, 2010

Finally! The Enterprise-J in motion!

38. LoyalStarTrekFan - July 31, 2010

I’ve been going to Drex Files for a while now and I too am impressed by his new video blog. Seeing the NX-01 Engine room being constructed and the SOTL: Active Duty segment were truly amazing to behold. I look forward to more in the future.

39. Philip Dunlop - July 31, 2010

Saw this vid as it was posted on facebook yesterday and I thought it was fantastic. I’d also throw my weight behind a DVD release with the calendar – a great idea. I’d actually imagine posting the video up might have been some way of testing the water among fans to see how popular such an idea might be.

Will the Ships of the Line book be getting an update any time soon? I’ve already got the one you can buy now, but there’s since been so much new work to add to it, I’d gladly buy another copy of it to ogle over for many hours.

40. Jerry Modene - July 31, 2010

Very interesting, although I didn’t see NX-01. I think that was the Enterprise-J with the indentation in the front? Or is Enterprise-J the ‘flying wing’ design?

The Klingon/shuttle stuff I remember seeing in the New Voyages/Phase II episode “To Serve All My Days”, their Chekov episode.

41. Hat Rick - July 31, 2010

The animation is simply epic. Great job!

Perhaps in some future life time, these beautiful ships that we create will be an actuality. That would be a kind of paradise, and if so, Drex has been a prophet!

42. cd - July 31, 2010

very very cool

43. Captain McColl - July 31, 2010

The thing with computer imaging is that sometimes it doesn’t seem real, for example the future Enterprise looked very animated. But the one scene that stands out is the Klingon ship versus the shuttlecraft, it looked fantastic!

44. Scott Gammans - July 31, 2010

@40: Jerry, Doug Drexler’s upgraded NX-01 was the very first animation in the “SOTL: Active Duty” sequence starting at 8:21. Doug has stated in numerous interviews that the modified starship would have been seen at the start of the fifth season of “Star Trek: Enterprise”, had the show not been canceled.

I just want to give another shout-out to Douglas “Deg3D” Graves on the excellent job he did with Andrew Probert’s Sphinx shuttle. I wish we could have seen her in action, but the 360 rotation was pretty cool.

45. Roger - July 31, 2010

@44: That info alone makes me wish “Enterprise” hadn’t been cancelled. Of course, if I’d have had my way, we would have had that upgraded NX-01 with Trip in command, because Archer would have been promoted into the Admiralty.

46. Michael Hall - July 31, 2010

“How I wish I knew how to do this kind of animation myself. Does anyone know what software they utilize for such work?”

Just about any high-end 3D package can deliver such results in the hands of someone with the essential technical skills and artistic talent: Maya, 3ds Max, Lightwave, Softimage, Cinema 3D, etc. I believe most of the artists who work on the SOTL calendar are Lightwave users–but again, it’s the artist, not so much the particular tool used.

That was great material on the video. Loved the Enterprise 1701 in Spacedock in particular, but even the designs from the 2009 movie were made to look wonderful: Tobias Richter really knows his stuff, and viewers of the forthcoming New Voyages episode “Kitumba” are in for a real treat.

47. Rocket Scientist - July 31, 2010

To quote George C. Scott’s Patton:

“I love it…God help me but I do love it so.”


48. Dr. Image - July 31, 2010

Geek heaven! I am in it!
Just fantastic work, guys.

49. MorbidGorn - July 31, 2010

Wow! Phenomenal.

Agreed about the DVD to go with the calendars even though it would have a greater cost. Totally worth it.

Hail Drexler.

50. smokingrobot - July 31, 2010

Building the NX01 was amazing. And the animated scenes from the calendar – WOW!!!

51. Simon - July 31, 2010

#37 – The footage of the Enterprise-J was actually a re-use of the CGI they rendered for the STAR TREK EVOLUTIONS Blu-ray bonus disc. She looks mighty purty in full 1080p/24. They also had some great footage of the other Enterprises except an all-too-fleeting glimpse of the Enterprise-C.

52. Red Dead Ryan - July 31, 2010

The Enterprise J was first seen in a third season episode of “Enterprise”.
Can’t remember which one, but it was seen in one of the last shows of that season.

53. Hat Rick - July 31, 2010

What is that ship that’s in the foreground in that scene with the Enterprise-D moving in the Z-axis? It looks semi-transparent to me.

54. Kirk's Girdle - July 31, 2010

The Klingon / Shuttle footage was done for “To Serve all My Days”, then discarded in favor of different effects (featuring a Klingon Bird of Prey), only to be returned in Cawley’s “1969” re-release of the episode.

55. Michael Hall - August 1, 2010


One small correction: while the footage in “A Night in 1969″ is largely the original FX sequence featured in this video, it features the small shuttlepod rather than the Galileo, since the ship used obviously had to match the original live photography. (“1969″ also restores Doug Drexler’s rendering of futurist Jacque Fresco’s design for an oceanic city as the site of the Babel conference–quite a personal kick for me, as Dr. Fresco is an old acquaintance of mine.)

56. jiat2001 - August 1, 2010

I went there and got this instead, “Error 404 – Not Found”. Did he pulled the video or was there something wrong with the link?

57. TMMW (formery TrekMadeMeWonder) - August 1, 2010

Here you go, Jiat.

Impressive ideed.
Really freaks me thatthe big E would ever let a Klingon Crusier get s-o-o-o close.

But, then I remember STVI and it seems real similar.

58. TMMW (formerly TrekMadeMeWonder) - August 1, 2010

Man. I just watched that again.

Those Ships of the Line animated shots (at the end of the video) looks SPECTACULAR!!!!! I bow to your greatness you SOTL animators.
That shuttle fleeing in front of the D-7 was awesome!
A must see. In HD it was beautiful.

Jial2001, the video is three-quarters of the way down the page.

Go there NOW!!!!


59. Damian - August 2, 2010

One thing Star Trek always excelled at since TMP was the special effects and the ship designs. From the Enterprises, to Klingon and Romulan battleships, to Borg cubes and Dominion warships, the ship designs have always been top notch. A lot of credit goes to Rick Sternbach, John Eaves and Doug Drexler, (as well as the production design of Herman Zimmerman) among many others. While many have complained about the Berman years, I rarely hear anyone complain about how the ships looked.

I tried watching the video, but they were choppy on my computer. I will try again to see if it is better.

60. jiat2001 - August 4, 2010

#57: Thank you very much. WOW! I was very impressed. Thanks again. is represented by Gorilla Nation. Please contact Gorilla Nation for ad rates, packages and general advertising information.