The design theme for the ships of the Royal Æther Fleet was inspired by a retro Star Trek ship plan created by Brad McClintok in 2000 and featured here with his approval (and surprise) that his April Fools Day / Fake Movie thread had become the inspiration for such an endeavor.
McClintok's Original Enterprise Photoshop and Movie Poster:
It was from this single Photoshop Enterprise image by McClintok that Admiral Toboll began using Photoshop to create the Dauntless. Later he used Sketchup to create a 3D render of the Dauntless and subsequently the entire RAF Fleet of ships. A third rendition was created using Blender to expand the details of the Skechup version.
Admiral Toboll's original static 2D Dauntless using Photoshop:
First 3D Dauntless version using Sketchup (ver. 2017):
Second 3D Dauntless version using Blender (ver 2.9) :