I decided it was time to revisit my Daedalus Class and apply all the building techniques I’ve learned in the last few years. This way I could make something with a smoother hull and a lower piece count, while better representing the technology and look of the NX-01 era. The command sphere in particular needed a totally different approach. Gone are the grid layouts and corbelled hull: now there concentric layouts, a SNOT hull with more markings, and a better turboshaft system that connects to the engineering section.
About this creation
Although I am showing the entire primary hull here, only the upper half (decks 1-7) is represented in the LXF file.
Deck 1 is now entirely dedicated to the upper sensor pallet and shield generators, with a crawlspace accessible from two ladders which continue down to Deck 13.
Deck 2 keeps the bridge in the centre. Section two-forward is an enclosed equipment bay. Starboard is the main briefing room, and port is the captain’s quarters, accessible through the ready room. Around the back are three senior officer’s quarters.
Deck 3 has two mess halls port and starboard with the galley in the middle. Forward and aft are crew quarters.
Deck 4 is entirely crew quarters, with auxiliary systems in the centre.
Deck 5 has the transporter aft, the computer core forward, and life support centre, surrounded by more quarters.
Deck 6 includes a couple of crew lounges on either side of the computer core. Aft is the transporter equipment room.
Deck 7 has personnel airlocks port and starboard.
A closer look at the bridge. It is styled closely after the NX-01 but with fewer stations, thanks to the intrusion of the turboshaft.
The galley, where food is prepared for the crew of 229.
Details of the six-forward section.
The transporter room has a targeting computer to the right of the pad, and EVA suits to the left.
A brief history of the USS Archon (compiled from Memory Alpha and Memory Beta):
2140s: Pre-Federation commissioning of Block 1 Daedalus Class.
April 2151: Launch of the NX-01 Enterprise.
March 2153: The Xindi launch a pre-emptive strike against Earth.
January 2155: Formation of an interplanetary alliance, precursor to the United Federation of Planets.
July 2155: The Archon along with the starship USS Essex, is dispatched to the Draylax system to help the NX-02 Columbia’s repairs and render assistance to the people of Draylax after a Romulan attack (ENT novel: Kobayashi Maru).
2156: The Archon, under the command of Captain Uttan Narsu, participates in war games in the Sol system, allied with the starships Essex, Intrepid, and Columbia against fellow Earth Starfleet vessel Enterprise. (ENT novel: Beneath the Raptor’s Wing).
2156–2160: During the Earth-Romulan War, the Archon, along with the Essex and another Daedalus-class ship, fights a bird-of-prey. During the battle, the Archon loses its port warp nacelle (Ships of the Line 2015).
2161–: Presumably overhauled and refitted with NX-01 technology, upgrading to Warp 5 capability, with improved phasers, photon torpedoes, and defensive shields.
2167: The Archon disappears while investigating the planet Beta III. The fate of the Archon would remain a mystery for a hundred years, until the USS Enterprise NCC-1701 visits Beta III in 2267, and learns that the sentient computer Landru had destroyed the ship, and had murdered or absorbed her crew. The Archon’s visit became an apocryphal tale to the Beta III natives, who mixed it in with their quasi-worship of Landru; her crew became known as the Archons. (TOS: “The Return of the Archons”)
2268: Wreckage and equipment from the Archon, including a cache of spatial torpedoes, is discovered. It was hidden in an underground Betan facility, which Landru forbade anyone to study (SCE eBook: Foundations, Book Two).
PS: If you thought this was going to be the Archon from the Abramsverse comic, I shake my head at you. I say, I shake my head at you, sir!
A spheric pressure hull can be optimal for weight saving, but can be quite a nightmare designing the internal layout utilizing most possible space. Thats why spheric office buildings are so rare... Epic work, I just missed your new post!