The appearance of a redesigned USS Enterprise in the season one finale of Star Trek: Discovery lasted only a few seconds, but it has spawned much discussion and analysis since. A single image of concept art in an upcoming calendar made news, and even sparked a controversy. With just those brief looks so far, it is no surprise that some fans have taken it upon themselves to bring this new version of the USS Enterprise to life.
A few days ago on Facebook, 3D modeler Chris Kuhn posted his own version Discovery’s take on the USS Enterprise.
In addition to a very nice render of the ship, Kuhn also released the 3D modeling files into the wild. These files have allowed other members of the sci-fi rendering community to create their own versions of the iconic ship in various new scenes. Even with his model only being available for about 3 days, there’s already a number of nice shots that have been posted to the 3D Sci-Fi Renders group on Facebook and we have selected a few to share.
One of the first folks to jump in and play with it is Marc Bell, who was a VFX supervisor for Star Trek Continues, who has shared a number of shots:
Artist Glenn Gagnon places the new Enterprise at the edge of the galactic barrier, as seen in the second TOS pilot episode “Where No Man Has Gone Before.”
And on imgur today, Daniel Broadway released a series of photos of his render of Kuhn’s Enterprise model, giving a good look at the ship from a number of angles.
It seems the 3D modeling community is just getting started, and until we get another glimpse of the real thing from the second season of Star Trek: Discovery, their work is a great way to keep fans going.
Star Trek: Discovery is available exclusively in the USA on CBS All Access. It airs in Canada on Space and streams on CraveTV. It is available on Netflix everywhere else.
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