So, it looks like Star Trek: Discovery‘s featured ship (NCC-1031) took as it’s starting point the original Planet of the Titans design by sci-fi concept artist and legend, Ralph McQuarrie.
I’m actually glad to see Trek getting back to simpler shapes – some of the designs in the later series (including Enterprise) got a bit silly.
A few years ago, I ran across some redesigns of the Planet of the Titans ship by one Lord Sarvain, who runs the Galactic Empire blog – please check it out!
I decided that rather than get on with the U.S.S. Endeavor design (still trying to work out what to do with the deflector…) I’d have a go at his very sleek version of the ship.
I began with some basic drawings to get the proportions down, and made the saucer. It would need to be thin – very thin.
Next time, I have a go at making the body and the wings.