Highly detailed TMP ship and good design, this ship is very well balanced compared to the other ships of the era and overall a highly recommended download.
Niijima-class Ambassador Technologies Testbed. In late September 2310, Starfleet designers at Utopia Planitia set out to design a new class of vessel. A massive starship, rumored to stretch over 500 meters in length. This vessel was to carry the name Ambassador, Starfleet's next technological feat. This new vessel was to carry many new technologies, including a new main armourment. The standard in Starfleet naval vessels for over 50 years, the twin-mounted ball-style turreted Phaser was beginning to show it's age. Both lacking in efficiency and arc ability, a new primary armourment was needed. The result was a new phaser system, based on individual emitters placed in rows, giving both the desired efficiency and firing arcs requested for Project Ambassador. A new secondary armourment was to be developed, as well. Based on the reliable Photon Torpedo, new launchers were to be employed, with a firing rate fifty percent higher then the previous models used on the Constitution and Excelsior-class vessels. A new warhead was also developed, giving some twenty percent higher yield. But, of course, these new technologies had to be proven before being placed on such a large vessel. After a year of searching for a suitable test bed, Starfleet engineers found what they were looking for in the U.S.S. Niijima, NCC-3549. With all of Starfleet's Excelsior-class starships unavailable, Constitution and Miranda-class vessels lacking the power and interior space, the Niijima seemed the natural choice. Original designed as a torpedo cruiser, the Niijima's onboard systems were powered by not one, but two large fusion reactors, designed to feed the nine onboard photon torpedo tubes with all the power they required. The Niijima also had ample interior space for the new technologies, including the large new Mark XXV Photon Torpedo deployment systems and subsystems. Also to be tested was a new computer system. Isolinear in nature, the new computer was powered by interlined, regulated EPS conduits--the brainchild of the scientists at the Dastrom Institute on Luna. Pulled from Mothballs in 2311, and given a Naval Experiment registry, the Niijima, now NX-10216, underwent an extensive refit. The new phaser systems of Type IX were installed, 8 in total, in ellipses on the dorsal and ventral saucer, and short strips along the hull. Little did the designers know that this would become the standard on Starfleet ships, even outlasting the Ambassador's broken arrays. In field testing, the power produced by the twin fusion reactors proved ample. Phaser output was substantially higher then those on any vessel previous, and proved to be much more efficient. The new photon torpedo delivery systems also proved to perform much better then those of the generation previous. After two years of testing, all of the systems for Project Ambassador were deemed worthy. The new Type IX phaser systems proved to be the most powerful, yet most efficient ever mounted on a Starfleet vessel to that time. The field of fire, even on the Niijima's unconventional hull layout, proved to be more then adequate. The Mark XXV photon torpedo delivery systems excelled in both power and reliability. The new warheads were capable of a blast yield of nearly 64 megatons, or 18.5 Isotons. The delivery systems, fully automated, proved to have a rate of fire of one torpedo every five seconds, meeting the ten-second reload times of the older, manually loaded Constitution and Excelsior-class vessels. The Isoliniar computer system worked flawlessly, proving to have computing speeds nearly double that of the systems on the older Excelsior-class vessels. Sporting a new LCARS (Library Computer Access and Retrieval System) system, data storage and recovery was increased exponentially. As a testbed for the technologies of Project Ambassador, the Niijima proved her design once again to be sound, sturdy and reliable. It is unknown whether the vessel will keep her upgraded systems, or return to an uncertain fate in one of Starfleet's many 'Mothballs' yards. Niijima-class Ambassador Technologies Testbed: Statistics: Length: 286.6 meters Beam: 148 Meters Height: 66 Meters Decks: 14 Crew: 150 Armourment: 8 Type IX phasers (800d) 2 Mk XXV Photon Torpedo Launcers (5 second reload. 1 preload) 2 Tractor Beam projectos (1 fore, 1 aft) Defensive systems: Elyptical shield system (10000f, 5000p, 5000s, 5000d, 5000v) Reinforced Duranium double hull. (9500d) Credits: Original models: Phobos: P81/MinioN. Constitution: P81 Kitbash Design: ThunderchiId Textures: Phobos: Unknown (Assuming P81) Constitution: GAFY? Misc Texture Modifications: ThunderchiId Darkthrone GAFY? Registry: Darkthrone Model Optimization: Queball Beta Testing: Book (Lord Apophis) Darkthrone Hardpointing: ThunderchiId Hardpoint ajustment: Thunderchild Darkthrone Tactical Icons/Display: Darkthrone Much thanks to all of you guys, for helping this project come to completion. Requirements: NanoFX 2.0 Beta for Blinkers TMP Common Weapons Files: http://www.bcfiles.com/file.info?ID=21907 Known bugs: Like so many other P81 models, there is a NIF error in the Constitution hull, where when enough damage is taken, a chunk of the hull will disappear, and take the warp core with it. To cure this, simply turn the visable damage down to Medium, and the problem is solved with almost no impact on gameplay. Installation: Extract to temporary directory. Copy and paste the Data and Scripts folders into your BC root. Replace as required. Launch BC. Check mutators. Enjoy.
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