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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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HandofManos Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :D
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Moogiesgirl77 Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
You're welcome!
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Heannan Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Very well done!!! I have missed anyone making supply ships for the fleet
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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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