@Bradster, You're not the only one with no formal training in 3D design I myself am self taught, Luckily I have a good friend over of devianART who gave me some tips on doing some stuff in photoshop to make the textures look good. I also have a real problem with organic and curved shapes. I think it's a real problem for anyone who doesn't have the benefit of a proper education in the software, but with a bit of practice and trial and error, even us laymen can do some impressive work. I'm also with you on the the minute details. Heh you should see the underside of my Astrofighter. I don't recall ever really seeing it in the show but I spend days doing it.To be honest my reason for doing the ships came from an email conversation with my friend over at dA about cool 80s spaceships, the Gunstar, Liberator and so on and so forth and I wanted to try my hand at something different from my usual stuff so I opted for my favourite ship from the 80s - the X-Bomber and it just kind of snowballed. Of course your efforts and those of Chris Thompon over on dA just made me more determined to do it. Also, yes I did use the PNG's from Crash's collection as the templates to do my updated versions of the logos with the exception of the Star Fleet title (which I'll be adding to my dA gallery later) which was done from scratch. @Vanessa, Andy was kind enough to send me a CD with a whole heap of images and the encyclopaedia to help me with these models and my ultimate end project. More on that later, but I hope a lot of folks around here will be excited by it. @Crash, I have a few friends that (claim they) can read Japanese. I'll ask them if they can take a look at it and maybe translate it for us. but I suspect the information at the top of the page is the dimensions of the craft, seems logical given the numbers and differences between the ones on each of the three fighters.@Andy, as my friend on dA said to me the other day if a guy sitting on his home PC can create the SFX for Monsters then anything is possible. But yeah a CGI remake of Star Fleet would be awesome. Unfortunately it's beyond my capabilities to do the ships and effects of a space battle never mind create and animate the characters, but I would love to see it done myself, even if it was a small trailer type piece. There are indeed some great craft, though I was never much of a fan of the Skull. I've still got Makara's cruiser to finish as you know. But having looked at some of the stuff others have done such as the Z-Bomber and some of the others here and on Crash's site I have a couple of ideas forming for some EDF ships and an Alliance FighterMecha.
"A brave man is lauded even if he fails, a coward is reviled without question"X-Bomber art on dA