A Longer Bridge
A month ago I was experimenting with setting up a new photoshoot with my figures and the VSS. For this shot I wanted to highlight a new prop when I noticed how interesting the view was seen through the bridge's windows. I grabbed a second bridge and started imagining a completed VSS with a view from the second bridge.
Using two bridges with the VSS actually looks good.
The primary bridge is going to be stretched -- elongated -- so that it can have more items in it -- a station showing a world map or star charts, or even a holographic representation of the VSS, USS Flagg, Earth, or some other target. The bridge would also need a way to access the lower decks by stairs or some sort of elevator. Stretching the bridge a bit can enable these additions. But what would I use the second bridge for?
The Top Hull Grid
Now things with VSS 002 begin to get a little more complicated. Some screen captures show the top hull with a grid structure crisscrossing all over it. If this was the standard VSS, then the "top hull" would be the flight deck. The standard flight deck would rest on the port and starboard walls and the interior walls. It is those walls that would give the standard flight deck support and keep it leveled. But VSS 002 will not use the standard flight deck. So the whole support system will need to change. A series of joisting structures will become this new support system.
The top hull of 002 is made of tiles interlocking like a jigsaw puzzle. Removing a tile can allow for access to the lower deck. A structure can then be placed in that opening, such as an elevator. The big challenge, though, is channeling the weight of the flight deck to the series of strong bulkheads. Inside each deck will be a series of very strong bulkheads. These will be like pillars of a building and will hold the weight.
Next time I'll talk a bit about the overall aesthetics. Right now VSS 002 looks boxy, but you can see the space ship characteristics beginning to take shape. There's a number of ways to shape the space ship look. Some things will remain looking boxy while other things will be adjusted. All of this is like sculpting, and little-by-little the space ship look will begin to surface.
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