Behold a shockingly accurate virtual recreation of the Enterprise-D
When it comes to fictional spaceships, there are few more well known than the USS Enterprise-D from Star Trek: The Next Generation. That sentence could probably kick off an online war that would lead to several forums becoming smoking ruins and a handful of bitter assholes doxing someone that thinks the Enterprise-A is far more impressive looking, but c’est la vie.
Anyway, the Enterprise-D is well known, and not just in the sense that people are aware of it. The ship was featured for seven seasons and one movie, and during that time its interior was well explored. Beyond that, there are blueprints available for the ship, original design specs, and a whole lot of fan discussion.
There is enough existing material that a fan of the show, 3D artist Jason B, decided to recreate the interior of the ship in exacting detail using the Unreal Engine 4.
The work is incomplete, but you can still take a virtual tour of several decks of the ship. The amount of detail is impressive, to say the least. It’s also a great advertisement for the Unreal Engine 4, which anyone can use.
The tour is also designed so it can be viewed using the Oculus Rift.
At the moment, the creator hasn’t sought any additional funds; everything he has done he has done on his own as a passion project. He has discussed crowd-funding, but at the moment, there are no firm plans to expand.
“This project, unless seeming to receive a large online response, will not be seeking any kind of online funding until the project is a bit further along,” he posted. “To me, Kickstarter represents a binding contract between the content creators and the fans themselves. I wouldn’t want to be in a position to over-promise, and under-deliver.”
He is also aware of the legal implications, and claims that if he does receive enough interest to merit a crowd-funding campaign, he would first seek approval from Paramount.
According to Engadget the goal is to recreate all 42 decks of the ship.
Each deck will have explorable rooms, labs, and more. So far the creator has completed some work on the exterior and four decks. None are 100-percent finished, but they are impressive nonetheless.
Check out the clip below showing a virtual recreation of the Enterprise-D.
Now, of course the Enterprise-D isn’t as attractive as the original or even the Abrams-version of the Enterprise-A, and the Defiant was just cooler looking. It’s obviously know Tardis either, but given that the Tardis is technically infinite and ever changing inside, that would be tough to recreate. Still, it’s a pretty-ish ship.