I've wanted to design a minifig-scale Star Trek starship with a full interior for some time, but naturally that's an epic project. I had tried to do the Constitution-class Enterprise, based on my interior set designs, but that turned out to be far too complicated. So I settled on a ship that would lend itself to a different approach, one with a modular design and simpler hull shapes – the little-known Daedalus class. This is a ship for which there are very few canon references. We know that it has a crew of 229, that it is 140-150m in length, and that it was in service from 2161-2196. This coincides with the founding of the Federation, places it ten years after the beginning of Star Trek: Enterprise, and ends about 30 years before the Constitution class. The design is based on concept art done by Matt Jeffries for the original Enterprise, and features a spherical forward section. His argument was that a sphere would be the most logical shape for a pressure-containing hull, but he decided to go for the more recognizable saucer shape. Still, it stuck in the imagination, and we eventually see it as a prop built by Greg Jein in Sisko's office on DS9.
Internal schematics are harder to come by. Most fans give it 10 decks, which I think limits the internal volume far too much. I did find one that gave it 15, based on the window placement, and that seemed to work a lot better. It also gave many nods to the NX-01, for example by using the same shuttlepods, which I have also elected to do. http://lcarsgfx.wordpress.com/2011/12/10/daedalus-father-of-icarus/
Other reference includes Doug Drexler's 3D rendering for Star Trek: Phase II, which is the first picture, and an excellent fan-made resin model kit with lighting: http://www.therpf.com/f11/kit-uss-daedalus-ncc-129-a-114026/index12.html Finally, a detailed article on Daedalus design issues can be found on Bernd Schneider's website: http://www.ex-astris-scientia.org/articles/daedalus-problems.htm
One significant problem that has cropped up is that this ship looks less advanced than the earlier NX-01. To address this, someone wrote a novel that suggests these were actually older ships, retrofitted with the technology tested by the NX series, and rushed to completion to serve the new Federation mandate. But this definitely isn't canon and anyways I don't see the design as a problem. Starfleet would probably want to simplify its design to build ships more quickly, and resorting to simpler hull shapes and modularity would do that. In space, it doesn't matter what shape your ship is.
On to my own efforts. My goal here was to have a deck-by-deck plan with stairs and turbo lift access, working doors, furnished cabins, and all the equipment I could muster. Let me just say that I will never attempt anything so foolish again! Also, this model would be so heavy to build that I can't see any amount of technic framework supporting those engines. It would have to be displayed on glass shelves or something. And I'm still toying with the idea of fitting the engines out with warp coils, for the sole purpose of including a picture of it here.
The Bridge had to be pretty small to accommodate the turbolift. Any attempt to push it further aft or off to the side resulted in the roof getting too high. But we've seen Starfleet bridges before with only a few stations (the Grissom, the Enterprise-C) so I tried to put in just what was necessary. The alcove to the right is the Master Systems Display. To the left is an emergency access trapdoor with a drop-down ladder, and beneath that is a staircase with free corridor access all the way down to level 12. The turboshaft is strictly vertical, as in the aft section, as the deck plans are not big enough to justify horizontal tubes.
Helm and Navigation look pretty close to the main viewer, but there are actually 4 studs between them. To the left is science, to the right is tactical/communications (like Worf on the the D handled comm from the tactical station). The other stations are unmanned, one is Environmental Subsystems and the other is Damage Control.
Deck 2 contains the senior officer's quarters and VIP lounge. Directly in front of the turbo lift is the Captain's Ready Room, which then leads to his cabin. From there he also has a private bathroom and corridor access. There are three other cabins with similar accoutrements, and they each have a unique armchair (one of which is the Eames Lounge chair). The Ready Room also features a couch, and you can see the Briefing Room with the round table.
The lounge has a cooler stocked from the main mess hall on Deck 3, which will also have the kitchen. I imagine meals could be sent up the way Archer would have chef serve him on the NX-01. I also hid some walls so you could see a typical toilet. Brown doors indicate private rooms, blue are for science, medical, and public areas, red for command and everything else.
The interconnecting tube is three decks in height. The upper two are mostly single-occupant cabins, with bathrooms accessible from the corridor. I tried to ensure that there would be enough facilities for everyone, since that seems to be something that gets harped on occasionally. The lower level is full height but is a service deck, and there is ladder or staircase access at several points. I couldn't justify a horizontal turboshaft here, it's really not that far to walk and it introduced too many design problems. But I did want to build a separation feature, which I placed mid-way along the Tube for evacuation purposes. The two sections are held together with connector bricks and there are double doors that close on each level.
Looking down the corridors you can see where the main plasma conduit comes up from the warp core. On the upper level it splits off into the engine pylons. On the lower deck there are conduits, plumbing, tanks, and recycling equipment, but there is room to move along the entire way.
The forward section features a couple of small impulse engines, just enough to get the ship to a safe blast radius or maintain orbit until rescue. I figure that fusion reactors would be miniaturized enough to fit in that space, and without them there would only be manoeuvering thrusters, which wouldn't be much good in an emergency.
This is a rough cutaway of the tube. Main Engineering will be directly beneath where the pylons are, and I've established the length and diameter of the aft section.
I will post part 2 when I finish the command module. Deck 3 is crew quarters and the mess hall, Deck 4 is only quarters. There is also sickbay, the transporter room, computer core, and navigation deflector to fit in the forward section. The aft section has a 2-level engineering, 3-level hangar bay, a cargo bay, and the main impulse engines. I will also design an NX-style armoury fore and aft. Right now the project is over 38,000 bricks, and I'd say I'm not half done yet. I've certainly learned the value of hiding whatever you're not working on, and a valuable lesson besides: don't press the explode button in view mode unless you enjoy waiting!
I remember seeing this ship, although I can't remember where, and I just passed it by as being so entirely different from what I was used to in the ST universe. I recall thinking that the design was overly goofy and not suited for a second glance. You, I am pleased to say, have proven my wrong. This thing is wonderful and unbelievably practical. I can see this as the true workhorse of Starfleet. Fabulous work, can't wait to see the complete file.
I always loved star trek, but, tng really had me hooked, it was so sophisticated and structured, it was realistic, and the ship interior design was a dream, I understand that you can t afford a real brick made ship, but, just for curiosity s sake, I d love to know how expensive your models would cost, at each stage, as for the construction, I built Cybercity with all details, exept toilets, so I support electricity, elevators ect. it s a real challenge in space management, I m curious on how you will do it, your experience will not go to waste, as, I have a superstar destroyer in the box, wich I will combine with a classic pirate galleon, and I will use your prototype as guide for this, [turboshaft, engines] they re already bought, I ll finish my last 3 buildings, then, I ll start building the ship, please comment my work once in awhile so I have an easy link to your page and progress, some of your concepts will surely end up in it, as, I never built any ship that size, thanks!
Quoting Achintya Prasad
Love seeing things like this come together, and it looks excellent! Will this become real bricks?
Unfortunately no, not only would that be horrendously expensive, I'm not really designing it to come apart. Only the bridge and hangar deck will open up, although it could be modified to open deck by deck. But that's not on the cards for now. In future I will restrict myself to just those interiors that are close to the hull.