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USS Iowa-- Monument class Starship
An Ultra Light cruiser
About this creation
Monument class Starships are possibly the smallest 'cruisers' in Starfleet, designated as 'Ultra light'. They generally assume the role of patrol vessels, capable of dealing with pirate or smuggling vessels, but are powerful enough to deal with a Klingon Bird-of-Prey if the need arises.


Statistics:
Weapons: 6 Medium Phaser banks (fore, 3 dorsal, 3 ventral), 4 Light Phaser banks (Aft), 4 Light Photon Torpedo launchers (2 fore, 2 aft). Can mount fore cannons.
Shields: Medium
Impulse Speed: 1000kmh
Warp Speed: Warp 9.5
Other: 4 crew
Short/long range sensors
2 Tractor beam emitters
4-pad Transporter
Auxiliary Impulse engines (mounted in nacelle pylons)


The vessels are small, but reliable, and so many are in service, such as the USS Iowa. While they aren't the most glamorous ships in Starfleet, the crews have had a tendency to bond with the vessels, understandably.


The class has very limited scientific capability, and exploration wouldn't be a good idea with one of these ships. However, the tactical abilities are relatively good considering the size of the ship; Phaser cannons, such as those on the Defiant class, can be mounted, albeit downsized.


The small deflector dish mounted on the underside can emit various low power beams of exotic particles to help or hinder other vessels, such as a tachyon beam to drain the shields of a pirate ship. These beams are the limit of the class' scientific abilities.


A dorsal access hatch for when the ship is docked.


Due to the cramped nature of the ship, the access hatch leads directly to engineering.


The twin warp core.


The rearmost section of the ship houses some more components of the warp core (such as plasma injectors), alongside the central EPS hub and coolant piping.


The saucer section has three distinct areas; the Bridge, the Transporter, and the Quarters.


The view-screen on the bridge, flanked by the consoles.


Quarters. There are three bunks, a table, a personal computer, replicator, water dispenser, toilet, and shower.


A clearer view of the replicator, dispenser, and shower. The drainage grilles for the shower can be seen in front of the yellow tank in the middle of the picture (there is a shower-head, hidden from view).


Transporter area. There is also a medical cabinet, phaser pistols, and an advanced sensor console.


A departing shot as the Iowa goes to patrol the Romulan Neutral Zone.


Some WIP shots:











End notes:
Well, this was certainly a fun build. The set that I used was the latest Millenium Falcon. I had plans to convert the aforementioned set into an NX-class style ship originally, but I left those plans behind, and now this is the result. Working with the pre-existing hull of the Falcon meant that there would ALWAYS be gaps in the saucer section, rather annoyingly, but it could be worse; the MOST annoying aspect was the framework on the underside, especially as I'm lacking the pieces to cover it up in grey, but it has grown on me a bit.
It's inspired by the Intrepid, a Starfleet vessel in the 22nd century (it can be seen in ST: Enterprise in a few episodes); a pretty sleek ship if you ask me.
Anyway, I'll leave you to do whatever you want now, be it leaving a comment or rating, or doing nothing at all.



Comments

 I like it 
  August 11, 2013
This is really great work!
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  August 11, 2013
It looks like Yorktown class starship
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  May 25, 2013
Great ship I love the interior
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  October 1, 2012
Very nice! I love the interior :)
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  October 1, 2012
Sweet ship!
  September 20, 2012
awesome! and amazing! I love it!
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  August 7, 2012
Neat, looks very Star Trekkish.
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  August 7, 2012
When I was younger, I tried to make playable interiors, but use are using some very complex techniques! Great work. ~Dave
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  August 7, 2012
a well done playable built! awesome!
 I made it 
  August 6, 2012
Huh, this has attracted a lot of attention in quite a short time. Thanks for the comments guys!
 I like it 
  August 6, 2012
Well Done!
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  August 6, 2012
Nicely build and what a great way to show, that it's in a mini-fig scale!!
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  August 5, 2012
cool build!
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  August 5, 2012
Engage! Never would have guessed this was going to be a minifig scale. Boldly go, Dude!
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  August 5, 2012
big effort, well done and constructed :)
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  August 5, 2012
Nice ship! I really like that it has mini-figs and you have access points to the ship. Great alternative use of the Millennium Falcon parts.
 I made it 
  August 5, 2012
Quoting John Fink Very cool looking ship. I like the design alot. I may try my own version of it in LDD. With credit to you of course.
Be my guest! It's not often that I inspire others to do so.
 I like it 
  August 5, 2012
Very cool looking ship. I like the design alot. I may try my own version of it in LDD. With credit to you of course.
 I made it 
  August 5, 2012
Quoting Raymond Drum The fact that it's minifig scale makes it that much better! Cramming everything into the saucer section was quite a feat. The only thing I might have done differently would be to add some sort of partition between the major stations. Overall, it's a great job! You mentioned where the inspiration for the build came from but, before reading it, I thought it may have been a police patrol ship from Star Fleet Battles.
Believe me, I WANTED to add partitions into the saucer, but I was already low on grey pieces by the time the nacelles were added on, plus it would have been a bit awkward trying to get them in, especially by the computer in the quarters area. Anyway, thanks for the comment.
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  August 5, 2012
The fact that it's minifig scale makes it that much better! Cramming everything into the saucer section was quite a feat. The only thing I might have done differently would be to add some sort of partition between the major stations. Overall, it's a great job! You mentioned where the inspiration for the build came from but, before reading it, I thought it may have been a police patrol ship from Star Fleet Battles.
 
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