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Redresses of the Akritirian Patrol Ship
by
Jörg Hillebrand and Bernd Schneider

The Akritirian patrol ship from VOY: "The Chute" became one of the most "popular" ship CGIs, as it reappeared no less than eight times in Voyager and Enterprise episodes:

1. Akritirian patrol ship (VOY: "The Chute")

2. Ba'neth ship (VOY: "Riddles")

3. Racing vessel (VOY: "Drive")

4. Lokirrim patrol ship (VOY: "Body and Soul")

5. Lokirrim warship (VOY: "Body and Soul")

6. Ledosian patrol ship (VOY: "Natural Law")

7. Ship at the Ledosian space port (VOY: "Natural Law")

8. Kriosian battlecruiser (ENT: "Precious Cargo")

9. Pirate cruiser (ENT: "Horizon")

 

Analysis

Akritirian patrol ship The original version of the CGI is overall gray, with some contrasting green and some red areas. The ship is correctly reproduced in the Star Trek Fact Files, where it looks like renditions of the actual CGI are depicted. Unlike some of the later variants the Akritirian ship sports several rows of windows in the forward half of the central hull. The scale of the windows or the way the whole ship was scaled relative to Voyager is wrong, as the Akritirian vessel looks like it should be bigger than the Federation ship but seems to be at most 200m long in the episode, more like 150m.


Akritirian patrol ship, side

(screen capture by Jörg)

Akritirian patrol ship, close-up

(screen capture by Jörg)

The Akritirian emblem (which is also visible behind an Akritiri government official in the same episode) can be found six times on the ship: two times on the upper surface on either side of the window rows, two smaller emblems behind the central section and two more on the underside. On the very top of the vessel there are two angular tubes shining blue at their front ends. One more is located on the ventral side. The ship's apparently only (impulse) engine can be found at the very rear end on the ventral side, partially concealed by the upper hull. Its glow is yellow.

Ba'neth ship The Ba'neth ship is hard to recognize because a bluish cloaking field obscures its hull shape and color. It is well possible that the model, without this additional effect, is still exactly the same that was previously seen as the Akritirian vessel. The window rows are identical in any case, and what is visible of the lighting looks the same too. Yet, we get the impression that at least the Akritirian logo was removed. The depiction of the Ba'neth ship in the Fact Files is absolutely identical to the Akritirian patrol ship, but this may be a simple matter of miscommunication because whoever created the images for the magazine may have been told that the same model was used.


Ba'neth ship

(screen capture by Jörg)

Racing vessel In VOY: "Drive" the model of the Akritirian patrol ship, like many other CGIs of large ships too, was drastically scaled down to act as a racing shuttle. The model is identical to the Akritirian version, even the emblems are the same. See also Analysis of the Antarian Transstellar Rally.


Racing vessel

(screen capture by Jörg)

Lokirrim patrol ship The patrol ship is the first of two slightly different Lokirrim vessels that were created for VOY: "Body and Soul", both closely based on the Akritirian patrol ship. Their look is accurately reproduced in the Star Trek Fact Files. For the Lokirrim vessels the hull color was changed to ochre, with brown and red areas. Some details like the tubes on the dorsal sides of the wings are still gray though. The lighting of the engines (yellow) and of the three pods (blue) is still the same as on the Akritirian ship. The Lokirrim version, however, has two additional yellow areas (engines) on the dorsal surface, at the rear ends of the wings. The Akritirian emblems were removed in the course of the reconfiguration.


Lokirrim patrol ship, side

(screen capture by Jörg)

Lokirrim patrol ship, bottom

(screen capture by Jörg)

The most important alteration is that the many small windows of the Akritirian ship were replaced with just two rows of considerably larger windows which let the Lokirrim variant look much smaller. This time, with the Lokirrim ship appearing to be only some 180m long, the scale relative to Voyager works out much better.

Lokirrim warship The Lokirrim warship is obviously based upon the patrol ship of the same race, and not directly derived from the original Akritirian CGI. Hence, everything said about the Lokirrim patrol ship applies to warship just as well. The hull colors and window rows are identical. The only slight difference is that there is a faint green glow on the warship. But more importantly, the hull of the warship was altered to look more menacing. It features two more of the rectangular tubes on the ventral side, located on the two wings. On the ventral side we can find three of these pods instead of just one. The number of the gray tubes on the wings was doubled, there are four of them on each wing instead of previously two. Moreover, there are completely new wing extensions holding an additional two tubes per wing.


Lokirrim warship, front

(screen capture by Jörg)

Lokirrim warship, bottom

(screen capture by Jörg)

Ledosian patrol ship The Ledosian patrol ship is an odd variant because the CGI of the Akritirian vessel was combined with a custom hull in a way that only the forked forward end is sticking out. The Akritirian hull part is gray, and the pods which were previously always blue are now illuminated red. It also looks like additional antennae were mounted to the fore end.


Ledosian patrol ship

(screen capture by Jörg)

Ledosian patrol ship, analysis

(image by Alice Orbán)

Ship at Ledosian space port Curiously there is another ship at the Ledosian space port (not necessarily a Ledosian vessel) which turns out to be a completely unchanged Akritirian vessel.


Ship at Ledosian space port

(screen capture by Jörg)

Kriosian battlecruiser The CGI that appeared as Kriosian battlecruiser in ENT: "Precious Cargo" is essentially the original Akritirian version again. Only the hull color was changed. The overall hue is a bit more ochre, and there are several intense blue hull panels instead of the red and green areas. The pods still shine blue, and the engine color is orange. The big Akritirian emblem on the forward dorsal hull was removed, but whoever made the modifications forgot about the smaller version in the rear half which is still there, just as well as the one on the bottom. 


Kriosian battlecruiser

(screen capture by Jörg)

Unfortunately the window arrangement is the same as on the Akritirian version. With its many window rows we would expect the Kriosian battlecruiser to be a lot bigger than the NX class. But when docked to Enterprise the vessel is only some 200m long. The scaling is particularly bad when we look at Enterprise's E-deck which seems to be as thick as three window rows on the Kriosian vessel.

Pirate cruiser The CGI showed up one last time as the pirate cruiser in ENT: "Horizon". The color of this cruiser is plain gray, apparently without any contrasting panels. The basic hull shape is the same as originally. Still, this final variant shows the most extensive modifications. The windows were altered once again. The arrangement looks a bit like on the Lokirrim ships, only that the red glowing raised structures don't look like windows any more. Most obviously additional pods were attached to the wing tips, unlike the extra structures on the Lokirrim warship. There is a new cylindrical structure on either side of the forked bow. There are tubes or ribs in the previously flush deepened area on the upper side of the fork tins. A similar change was made on the rear end behind the engines. It looks a bit like the whole CGI has been overall refined.


Pirate cruiser, diagram

(screen capture by Jörg)

Pirate cruiser, full shot

(screen capture by Jörg)

There are three faint yellow lights inside the pods instead of the blue one. The upper engines (like on the Lokirrim ships) and the lower engine are still yellow.

 

Summary

This table summarizes all the variants and appearances of the ship model:

Ship type Episode Hull modifications Window rows Emblem Hull color

Akritirian patrol ship
VOY: "The Chute" - Many rows of small windows Akritirian Gray, with green and red

Ba'neth ship
VOY: "Riddles" None Many rows of small windows Possibly none Uncertain, probably gray

Racing vessel
VOY: "Drive" None Many rows of small windows Akritirian Gray, with green and red

Lokirrim patrol ship
VOY: "Body and Soul" None Two rows of large windows None Ochre, with brown and red

Lokirrim warship
VOY: "Body and Soul" Additional pods and tubes Two rows of large windows None Ochre, with brown and red

Ledosian patrol ship
VOY: "Natural Law" Merged with new outer hull Unrecognizable None visible Gray (Akritirian part)

Ship at space port
VOY: "Natural Law" None Many rows of small windows Akritirian Gray, with green and red

Kriosian battlecruiser
ENT: "Precious Cargo" None Many rows of small windows One Akritirian emblem on the dorsal and the one on the ventral side still there Ochre-gray, with blue

Pirate cruiser
ENT: "Horizon" Additional pods, refinements Two rows of red lights None Gray

 


Analysis of the Antarian Transstellar Rally

 


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