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Rhine Class Tender by HandofManos Rhine Class Tender by HandofManos
After being away from Star Trek ships in general I decided, also after watching *Colourbrand's work, to start on a TMP era starship.

In this case a support unit, a fleet tender. These ships resupply starships, outposts and other ships and installations by ferrying personnel and equipment.

Bringing much needed reinforcements and supplies back and forth from the safety of a starbase or major colonised planet to the frontiers of Federation space.

Armed by 8 phasers (4x2 banks) and two phaser cannons (still be added in this image) the Rhine class can stand its own ground but is not capable to engage large warships.

To ferry material and personnel over the Rhine Class has two main shuttle bays located in its stern and 2 secondary frontal launchbays for shuttle and pods deliveries but also has several large docking ports with which any ship that needs to resupply can dock with this ship.

Crewed by 45 an additional 650 passengers can be carried along with supplies.


EDIT: Final version
EDIT2: made several changes detail wise (most notably the plating and the phasercanon in the wing) Also added some more shades since some people noticed it was not that great. Which I found correct :)
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Borg-Man Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014
I like it, though that little indent on the aft, near the A shuttlebay is placed weird. It detracts useable space. Also, where are these large docking ports you talk about? I need a sort of escape pod for my new station, can I get your permission to model this? I guess there are no other views, right? ;)
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HandofManos Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
fav.me/d5tu92i You can see them here at the back of the ship (4 bays). You are certainly allowed to use it albeit a tender is a support ship. And there are some more images fav.me/d5r8lle never finished though but it does have the shape worked out somewhat.
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Borg-Man Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014
No problem, it's mainly the shape I'm interested in. I'll probable give her fold in nacelles (into the bottom) so as to create a small package. It's the kind of shape that you can easily have on the outside of a space station, cram some people in and blast off before the thing goes mushroom, if you catch my drift ;) Thanx for the ortho's, I'll sure be able to do something with them! Do you have something of a scale?
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HandofManos Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hmmmm nope not really size wise I would think it is about Miranda Class size only more volume due to its bulk
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Moogiesgirl77 Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
I'm not very good at critiquing, but I think you did a fine job with this. It looks like an early Runabout/Defiant Class prototype.
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:iconhandofmanos:
HandofManos Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :D
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:iconmoogiesgirl77:
Moogiesgirl77 Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
You're welcome!
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:iconheannan:
Heannan Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Very well done!!! I have missed anyone making supply ships for the fleet
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:iconhandofmanos:
HandofManos Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks it is fun to work on such ships
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warman546 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
she beautiful
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:iconhandofmanos:
HandofManos Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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DarthSparrow Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
great idea because Star Trek clearly lack this kind of ships.
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:iconhandofmanos:
HandofManos Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed :) but then again it is nice to try to fill in the gaps
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:icondarthsparrow:
DarthSparrow Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Sure it is
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DalekOfBorg Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
That's a neat-looking ship! I imagine the nacelles as ones you'd see on a cruise liner.
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:iconhandofmanos:
HandofManos Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Durable and able to substain medium warp speeds for long periods of time thats for sure :D
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:iconwbyrd:
wbyrd Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
watching this ship progress from one stage to the next has been not only entertaining but a little educational.

The design is good and solid, fitting a workhorse type ship :D
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:iconhandofmanos:
HandofManos Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, just what I had in mind; it being a workhorse. And it is nice to see it was helpful for you to see its progress
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wbyrd Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
seeing it go from a rough shape to a nearly complete image let me see how someone else goes through the process.

It's always nice to see how other people work, and what stages they go through.
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HandofManos Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks and so you know there will be other views of this ship :)
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Phaeton99 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Proof that not every fleet ship of the era need be a Connie kitbash to fit the aesthetics of the times. ;)

Its it capable of landfall? It almost look reasonably built for it.
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HandofManos Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks and I am not sure if it would be capable. It does have a good complement of shuttles to do planetary drops though. I think there are actually no TMP or for that matter TOS designs that are capable of actually entering a atmosphere
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Phaeton99 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It was just a passing thought. ;)

Technically speaking, one might infer from on screen evidence that the TOS enterprise is capable of at least upper atmospheric entry, or it would have not been visible to certain 20th century fighter pilot as shown.

But that is a far cry from landing of course.
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HandofManos Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:) you are right
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Wisky-08 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Epic!!!
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:iconhandofmanos:
HandofManos Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks
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Joey1058 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very cool! Do you have any other views of this ship? I really enjoy it's design!
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HandofManos Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks and more people have asked me about that. But at the moment I have not worked on any technical schematics of this ship. I might do so in the near future depending on the demand
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Keiichi-K1 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Well, if you need any help with deckplans and layouts, I might be willing to throw some help your way O_~
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HandofManos Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :) I think I will start a vote to see if people like this one to be worked out some more and see where to head from there
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Keiichi-K1 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Well, that's one vote from me ^_^
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beltminer Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
really like these smaller federation ships. some background and shading would make it awesome-er.
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:iconhandofmanos:
HandofManos Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
First of all thanks and indeed perhaps I should work on the shading some more
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:iconkillabc:
KillaBC Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Very utilitarian and functional, defiantly could see this flying around.
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:iconhandofmanos:
HandofManos Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks it was indeed intended as a simple but functional unit
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ACXtreme Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Looks great.
It has that TOS refit stile.
It's bulky and I love the engines.

Also the armament and general cargo dimensions look good!
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HandofManos Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you and yeah it is a bulky ship with limited offensive capabilities
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timberfox15 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
thats cool the forgoten class in many universes.
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:iconhandofmanos:
HandofManos Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
support ships you dont see often thats for sure
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timberfox15 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
nope totaly not they are not glamorous enough i think.
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:iconhandofmanos:
HandofManos Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Even so I like them so expect to see more of such vessels :D
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timberfox15 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
that whould be a cool thing, more support craft :)
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Damn handsome ship!!

Love all the details!! And I see the hidden phaser cannon!

Excellent detailing on the bridge too!

Quality work sir :D
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HandofManos Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah think I will make it stand out a little bit more :D
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nah - its fine as it is - let people speculate ;)
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:iconhandofmanos:
HandofManos Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
was it not to let the Klingons speculate :P
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
indeedie!
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:iconncis06:
NCIS06 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
That is a fantastic design!:#1:
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:iconhandofmanos:
HandofManos Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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Wisky-08 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
I'd like these deployed right away.:)

Epic job can't wait for more.
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