Star Trek the shuttles of the uss Iowa

Here are a few more concepts that were drawn getting us closer to the final design.  The first two ideas were to get the doorway fully above the nacelle.  The long engines were liked right away so everything else had to work around them, and having a side door was a must so many ideas had to be put down on paper to make everything work.  In the end, the bottom of the door jam was at the same level as the top of the nacelle to give perfect clearance if we had a scene of Kirk’s Mom being loaded on board by gurney.  The bottom design is pretty close to the final design, and this was all done before the Iowa was changed to the Kelvin…for a while the shuttle was also named the Winterset.  So here ya go, and enjoy a few pieces from J.J.’s Star Trek.



31 Responses to “Star Trek the shuttles of the uss Iowa”

  1. March 10, 2010 at 8:44 am

    This would have been a wonderfully appropriate design! Concept F marries the Voyager speedboat shuttle and the classic TOS shuttle. And the nacelles are a nice nod to both TOS and Drexler’s Enterprise.

    Thanks for this look into what if, Mr. Eaves.


    • 2 johneaves
      March 10, 2010 at 12:51 pm

      Ny pleasure and thanks!!! This was a fun little offshoot and I liked the high profile idea,, This was a fun show to really throw out a lot of different ship profiles and the RnD process was quite fun!

  2. 3 CarlG
    March 10, 2010 at 9:12 am

    More Trek 09 concept art! Sweet! I think the “Art of Trek” book could have been twice as thick as it is, and I’d still want to see more. 😀

    I like “Winterset” better than boring ol’ “Medical Shuttle 37”.

  3. 7 evil_genius_180
    March 10, 2010 at 9:17 am

    I still need to get the “Art of” book. I kinda forgot about it. (bad me)

    Those are great. I’m loving the progression you’ve been showing us. We’re getting closer to what was done in the movie. 😀 I also like the long nacelles. Even though most Trek shuttles don’t have warp drive, I think nacelles are an important part of the shuttle design. I like the designs with nacelles better than the ones without.

  4. March 10, 2010 at 9:30 am

    Wonderfully classic design with just a few careful add-ons to give it a bit more complexity.

  5. March 10, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Great proportions on the third version. Classic elements all around.

    The “Art of Trek” book is an awesome reference. Though I’m not really of fan of JJ Trek, I love the creative process, and this book highlights that beautifully. I got mine with a 30% off coupon from Borders. It’s a steal.

    • 11 johneaves
      March 10, 2010 at 12:54 pm

      I don’t know how authors make money any more on books because they come out at a discount on some sites!!! Great art of book though!!! Love all they did and in such an amazingly short amount of time

  6. 12 Richard Knapp
    March 10, 2010 at 10:38 am

    More pinups and some great Star Trek concept art, thanks John! Beautiful work – I really like the look of the front window on Concept F. The final version looks great too, especially the engine design – very TOS like but with a few more modern touches. All your work on Star Trek XI shows a really nice synergy of the old and the new.

    Thanks again for posting John!

    • 13 johneaves
      March 10, 2010 at 12:56 pm

      There was a lot of glass on all the shuttles during the concept stages and even a lot of rounded canopy ideas in the early stages,$$$$$$$$

  7. March 10, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Oooo, beefy and Cobb-like, I like those two intial takes, eh! A lot! 🙂

    peace | deg

    • March 10, 2010 at 11:02 am

      If you did any more views of those beef-cake takes, post ’em or send ’em to me, bud! 🙂

      Oh and the ACME info too. Forgot the dude’s name and all…


      peace | deg

      • 16 johneaves
        March 10, 2010 at 12:57 pm

        I haven’t heard from Sean yet but left a message and waiting to hear back!!! I am working on my Bespin and the cloud city piece as we speak and have tons of unanswered questions!!! SEAN, WHERE ARE YOU??????

      • 17 johneaves
        March 10, 2010 at 12:58 pm

        PS I have views and owe you other views as well,,, Keep reminding the weak brained guy until you get em!

      • March 16, 2010 at 2:23 pm

        Send me more views of E and F, bro! 🙂

        peace and shuttlecrafts | deg

      • March 16, 2010 at 2:24 pm

        Oooo, “peace and shuttlescrafts” sounds like a great band name, eh.

        Either way, send ’em! 🙂

        peace and shuttlescrafts | deg

      • March 17, 2010 at 1:34 pm

        Gimme gimme gimme! Interiors too!

        I’m gonna just keep posting ’til ya do, bud!! 😀

        peace and gimme shuttlescrafts | deg

      • March 17, 2010 at 1:35 pm

        E and F, that’s all I want for now! E & F!

        peace and gimme tem shuttlescrafts | deg

  8. March 10, 2010 at 11:11 am

    Lovely lines – that final one especially is a real beauty. Thanks for sharing the images, John!

    Are there any orthos of the final shuttle designs in the pipeline? 🙂

  9. 24 Freak
    March 10, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    I like these designs. F is quoite funky, but in a good way.

  10. 26 the bluesman
    March 10, 2010 at 5:21 pm


    These here shuttles are pretty cool. They look alot like the TOS versions and thats what I find appealing about em.

  11. March 10, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    Love the shuttles, very TOS but with a nice modern flare to them.

  12. March 10, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Concepts like these always make me wonder how TOS would have been different if they’d had the budget and technology to bring to life what we can today, so thanks muchly for sharing them with us! 🙂

  13. 29 DeanneM
    March 11, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    Finally, time for a trip to the blog. 🙂

    I agree with most folks here on the TOS look, nacelles, etc….$$$$$ or no $$$$$, “F” is the one for me. Glass and curves, very nice!!

  14. March 12, 2010 at 8:56 am

    Have to agree with everyone else. The F concept with the larger glass area and the beefy engine pylons is really awesome. Those intakes are sweet. Impressive in how you’ve taken the originally design and made it all new, very contemporary.

  15. 31 Scott D
    March 12, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    Classic, yet not classic. 😀

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