This has been sitting on my computer for far too long. It started out as an experiment in how to design a ship around extruded hull plates. It worked really well and I learned quite a few things about simplifying models.
The other major improvement over my previous models is that the parts of the ship are spread out enough so that it isn't difficult to find good "beauty angles" to shoot the ship from.
I had gotten away from drawing this ship for a while (frankly, I got bored with it), so there are some parts where I had intended to add details that I just never got around to adding. I may come back in the future and add them, but I consider this model to be a success. Also, most of the nitty-gritty details are stolen from some of my other models (and one or two from other modelers on the Warehouse that I admire)
The ship is designed to be a support vessel for outlying starbases and serve alongside larger exploration ships on major excursions. It is highly customize-able and has a very large cargo/shuttle bay mounted in the center two decks of the saucer. The ship is capable of spending long periods of time in deep space as part of a larger exploration force, but is most frequently assigned as a workhorse for deep-space stations and research bases. In a pinch, it can be outfitted with four large phaser cannons and serve to break up skirmishes or as a fast destroyer in larger battles.
The original idea behind the turret mounts was that they would be hardpoints where different self-sufficient modules could be installed depending on the mission requirements. The phaser turret could be removed, leaving a circular void in the hull, and operate as a stationary turret separate from the ship. Other modules might be sensor packages, data storage, or cargo holds.
The name of this particular ship is based on it's role as a "sidekick" to other larger ships and stations. Other ships in it's line are named similarly. The U.S.S. Panza and the U.S.S. Watson are examples of other ships in this class.
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