Late 22nd Century
The Mandalay class design falls between the Daedalus class of the 2150's and the Constitution class of the 2240's. The cylindrical engineering hull remains basically the same as the Daedalus', but the simple spherical hull has been enlarged, flattened and streamlined and now more closely resembles the familiar saucer of the Constitutions.
I always thought the NX-class used in Star Trek Enterprise was far too modern-looking, so I wanted to design something more traditional us old-school Trekkies can like. A streamlined Daedalus seemed the obvious answer. I also wanted to incorporate an idea that had been bouncing around inside my head for a while — a transparent section on the warp nacelles so you can see the warp coils inside.
The design of my USS Mandalay was influenced by John Payne's wonderful pictures of the USS Reeses. The name "Mandalay" was suggested by Garry Stahl.
The 3D Model
Built using Hexagon 2 and Carrara 5, textured using Paintshop Pro 7, rendered in Carrara.
The download is free. You can do anything you want with it, and I don't require any of those obnoxious credits to be plastered all over your beautiful renders.
I did the best I could, but it's still a learning process for me. If you download this and find that something doesn't work, you can send me an email and tell me what the problem is, and I'll do my best to fix it.