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Star Trek U.S.S. Grissom WIP Part 2
Hermann Oberth was a German physicist and pioneer of rocket science. In fact he was once the instructor of the better-known Werner von Braun, who led America’s early space program.
About this creation


Deck 4 is mostly an engineering deck. The warp core is right in the middle, and not very well protected from a strategic point of view. It’s close to the outer hull and this is why a single torpedo could take out the unarmed Grissom. Oberth-class ships in the Next Gen era would probably have to be refitted to remain in service that long, which means they could relocate the core to a fully-habitable lower hull. Other machinery (like the mystery yellow structures) would also be miniaturized or redundant, freeing up even more deck space. This would make the 80 member crew of the Vico feasible (unlike the 24-member crew of the Grissom), and would also explain why such a small class of ship could help evacuate the crew of the Enterprise-D from Veridian III.



At the forward part of the deck is the sensor monitoring room, which also has access to Deck 3. The computer core in the centre continues down to the lower sensor platform. Just behind is the turboshaft, with the fourth and final access point.



Near the sensor room is the transporter buffer and monitoring room. Opposite from here is a 4-stall washroom, and additional enclosed areas contain automated recycling equipment.



At each end of the long transverse corridor is a deuterium shunt room. These are mirrored towards the aft but for anti-deuterium, while smaller tanks at the very back hold plasma for the maneuvering thrusters.



There are two science labs, filled with equipment modelled after the lab on Space Station Regula 1.



Whatever that thing with the red tubes is, it must be invaluable because it appears so frequently in Star Trek.



Main engineering has a custom Master Systems Display (aka the “pool table”). Some of the staff are wearing their protective Rad suits.



The Chief Engineer’s office is to one side. Behind it is one of two auxiliary battery rooms.



Opposite the office is a tool and work room.



The warp core is behind the emergency doors. Because of the matter/antimatter lines and plasma conduits, access past this point is by ducking under the conduits and going through the Jeffries tubes at floor level.



A view looking starboard from the warp core. The ladder goes up to the warp engine, and just to the right of it (behind the conduit) is the Jeffries tube going down the pylon.



The Impulse Deflection Crystals are a common component of Starfleet vessels in this era. Here it is directly above the warp core. This is where Kruge’s torpedo hit, the “lucky shot” that caused a core breach.



The 6 central thrusters provide forward momentum at low sublight speeds. On each side are vectored thrusters that control roll, pitch and yaw. Since the ship has no RCS thrusters like we see distributed around the circumference of larger Trek ships, all the maneuvring thrusters are located here. This system works much like the sublight drive of the Millennium Falcon (though with less dramatic piloting). But how does the ship cancel its forward momentum? You got me.



The impulse engine is suspended below the thruster assembly.



The pylons contain deuterium lines coming up from the main holding tank in the secondary hull (blue). There is also a plasma conduit running down to provide power (yellow). Structural frame members are mostly in orange, and in the middle is the Jeffries tube.



The Jeffries tubes in the pylons permit crew access between the upper and lower hull. It’s a cramped and strenuous climb up or down, definitely not for the claustrophobic. It seems the new recruit isn’t too thrilled about his assignment!



Finally, there have been some embellishments in the warp engines. I’m gonna call the green thing a Field Impeller.

Thanks for reading and don’t forget to check back for details on the secondary hull!


Building instructions
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Comments

 I like it 
  May 17, 2014
Wow can't wait to see when it's done!
 I like it 
  May 17, 2014
Nice work! The project keeps moving along! I cannot wait to see the end result. Keep us all posted on your progress!
 I made it 
  April 27, 2014
Quoting Jorge Lockwood so this question has been bothering me for a while now. say in theory you were able to build this, how big would it be? also if it were a real set, how much do you think it would cost. i have a idea of my own but i wanted to know what you would think. asside from the questions the detail on this has me taken away. this it truly a master build. good job and keep up the good work. :D
Tough questions! The finished length will be 454 studs, which is just over 3.54m. Piece count will probably be around 50,000, so if the average price of a new brick is 12¢ US <http://geekmom.com/2011/12/does-it-feel-like-lego-bricks-just-keep-getting-more-expensive/ > then it would cost about $6000. Naturally you could probably find lots of bricks more cheaply, but there are other problems to consider. Although I've made a much better effort at building a stiff internal frame, there's no telling if it would actually support the weight involved. Also, this is not a ship designed for landing; since it has a round bottom and no legs it would need a custom stand. Believe me, I would love to see something like this IRL (like this guy's fully-realized Tantive IV: <http://flickriver.com/photos/12871619@N03/sets/72157618324571209/ > but I get enough of a kick grappling with the design.
  April 20, 2014
Quoting Jorge Lockwood so this question...
Who cares? I see it like Science Fiction. It is impossible, but what a great fantasy. Be very happy we have LDD! :) Go on, Misa!
 I like it 
  April 20, 2014
Awesome! The red tubes are like the red shirts, during battle there expendable ha ha ha! This is looking great!
 I like it 
  April 20, 2014
impressive concept and design, bravo!
 I like it 
  April 20, 2014
so this question has been bothering me for a while now. say in theory you were able to build this, how big would it be? also if it were a real set, how much do you think it would cost. i have a idea of my own but i wanted to know what you would think. asside from the questions the detail on this has me taken away. this it truly a master build. good job and keep up the good work. :D
 I like it 
  April 20, 2014
Awesome!!!
 I like it 
  April 20, 2014
Impressive! Keep it up!
 
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