Shuttle Alpha is Getting a Makeover

Shuttle Alpha is Getting a Makeover

Whilst procrastinating work on Starship V, I decided to revisit the good old shuttle Alpha. This was the very first ship in the fleet, and my design work has come a long way since then.

The simple version of the shuttle does not have the modifications for the interior. This is something I need to address, and also there is no version of the detail version of the shuttle with the landing gear retracted.

So what did I do? Ignore these issues and start detailing the interior! There is a lot of wasted space in the interior of the shuttle. Especially once the standard layout tiles are in place. While it seemed a good idea to have seating, showing the inside of the walls, it used up almost an inch of interior space by itself. So I will probably revisit the interior tiles as well.

The much roomier interior…

In all, the planned changes include the following:

  • Restructuring the folders to have the detail version be default
  • Only adding detail to the lower section of the fuselage – with the top on, you can’t see the extra details anyway
  • Updating the low detail version forward fuselage to have the correct groove for supporting cockpit tiles
  • Detail version of the shuttle to get a version with landing gear retracted

If I have time, I am also looking at:

  • Doing a print in place hinged version of the shuttle ramp
  • Making new tiles for the cargo bay, removing the internal wall structure
Ben (2nd Dynasty)

2 comments so far

Anthony BlakePosted on6:51 am - Apr 24, 2020

Hi Ben,
I hope that the isolation is treating you well. I have used the time to print the Shuttle and about to start the Pathfinder when my new rolls of PLA arrive (post service has gone from 3 days to over 14 days for delivery).
Although I have just finished printing the Shuttle, I am excited about a redo with the latest features that you put into Starship IV, especially a hinged version of the ramp! A retractable version of the landing gear would also be great!
If you are working on the files again, is it possible to make the side clips for the thrusters (engines), wings etc. a little bigger? I have had to wrap rubber bands around the clips to provide enough grip to stop the thrusters or wings from falling off. Alternatively you could make the holes smaller on the thrusters and wings. There is a significant difference between the side clips and the ones on the Rear Fuselage Upper Detail. The holes on the rear thrusters seem smaller and fit nicely.
Will those of us that pledged late through the Pledge Manager on MyMiniFactory also get the updates? I purchased the Fleet Commander level.
Keep up the great work and stay healthy!

    Ben (2nd Dynasty)Posted on7:57 am - Apr 24, 2020

    Hi Anthony, very formal! I like it. As a past backer, yes, the upgrade is completely free. I suspect you found the discord as well, and I’ll look into the pegs.

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