RENDEZVOUS WITH RAMA is a science fiction novel by British writer Arthur C. Clarke first published in 1973.
My favourite Sci-Fi book, I have long wanted to try and create this and here at the end of 2020, awful year.
Solar Survey Vessel
Displacement: 5000+ Tons
This is my last model and renders for 2020 and my last model build, this is based on the Endeavour from Rendezvous with Rama a science fiction novel by British writer Arthur C. Clarke first published in 1973. Set in the 2130s, the story involves a 50-by-20-kilometre (31 by 12 mi) cylindrical alien star ship that enters the Solar System. The story is told from the point of view of a group of human explorers who intercept the ship in an attempt to unlock its mysteries. The solar survey vessel Endeavour is sent to study Rama, as it is the only ship close enough to do so in the brief period Rama will spend in the solar system.
Endeavour manages to rendezvous with Rama one month after it first comes to Earth’s attention, when the alien ship is already inside Venus’s orbit. The crew, led by Commander Bill Norton, enters Rama through a safety system consisting of triple airlocks and explores the 16-km wide by 50-km long cylindrical world of its interior, but the nature and purpose of the star ship and its creators remain enigmatic throughout the book. Rama’s inner surfaces hold “cities” of geometric structures that resemble buildings and are separated by streets with shallow trenches. A band of water dubbed the Cylindrical Sea stretches around Rama’s central circumference. Massive spires, which are theorised as part of Rama’s propulsion system, stand at its “southern” end. They also find that Rama’s atmosphere is breathable
This is my final modelling project, I will be continuing to render art with models I have already made over the years, it enough, there are no other designs I am interested in building and effects of sitting and looking at a screen have taken toll.
So I hope 2021 with be a better year for us all. stay healthy and best of luck
Changing the look of my blog again, I am not very good at keeping this going, at least with a lot of word play. just WIPs and Renders. so now only finished work will be shared and very little if any reading.
So on to some art,
2 new renders with my new machine, the first background is by Ali Ries and the second is by GrehamTG
This design based on Ian Kennedy artwork is now finished, meaning I not going any further with it, I could but that’s always the problem with CGI, you always feel you can do more or need too.
First up is my finished renders, I will share specs later and I will update this thread, I have far to many threads for the same projects on this blog.
I am moving on to another design from another DC Thomson Starblazer comic, issue 103 ROBOTS OF DEATH Cover Artist: Keith Robson but its the internal art where the designs are found credited to Carlos Pino.
Of course I am taking a few liberties with the design going from the drawn to 3D,and I am not sure about the aft stabilizer but in the comic they do land on the surface.
A little information about this design and the characters that inhabit it.
Starhawk originated in The Crunch comic published by Scotland’s D.C. Thompson in the city of Dundee before transferring to another comic title better to known to my generation as Hotspur, and later appeared in Starblazer, Victor, Spike and (as ‘Young Starhawk’) Buddy, as well as three Hotspur annuals.
Sol Rynn, alias Starhawk, was a roving lawman who brought justice to the scattered worlds of the slowly disintegrating Terran Empire in the 26th century AD, along with his trusty robot sidekick, Droid. They rode in a ship called the Space Rider ^ and answered SOS calls sent out using special SOS cards of Rynn’s own design, how those cards get around I don’t know if it was ever explained.
I read the Space Rider was design by Ian Kennedy who did many of DC Thomson titles.
As with all my designs now, I tweak the design, setting scale and having a little modelling fun, and I have given up modelling Star Trek designs for the foreseeable future
Blake’s 7 Liberator
Just finished my final Star Trek designs, Klingon/Romulan D7 Battle Cruiser, apart from Art renderings in the future, I am moving away from Star Trek modelling, looking for new areas to explore.
This is my slightly redesigned Class F Shuttle-craft
Minimal Crew: 1 (pilot)
Seating Capacity: 7
Max. Range: 5 Parsecs
Max. Velocity: W.F. 2.1
The stations are as follows
Environment (Shuttle and Planetary)
Medical (Medical equipment is stored here)
Security (Landing party gear is stored here, Phasers etc)
Shuttles assigned to the U.S.S. Enterprise.
USS ENTERPRISE NCC-1701
Most “CGI modellers” and 2d artist like to try their hand at tweaking the classic Enterprise design, this is mine and I finally finished it for the last time recently, I started the bloody thing in 2017. But really in 2012, before other projects drew my attention away like the Nautilus.
If you check back here from time to time or on Facebook you will know I increased the scale from 947ft to 1311.5ft but retained the overall design approach only tweaking the surface details docking hatches and lighting like the Refit, though a number of commenter have asked why the additional structures on the Warp engines, simply I added them to quickly and easily identify that this is not the classic and Iconic original.
I should also state that it was never my original goal to increase the scale, as I model to scale to the best of my ability it grew out of an effort to make things (as I understand them) to fit.
Some more renders I have neglected to post, space art is by Thomas Raube aka Euderion who’s work can be found on Deviantart.
Star Trek Reimagine Fleet
Ships based on the originals if not completely new though reimagined, the main difference is that the central design the USS Enterprise is larger than the given scale accepted of the design going from 947ft to 1311.5ft, with that as a template all other designs that followed.
01 Constitution Class
02 Reliant Class (a variant of the Miranda Class)
03 Miranda Class
04 Loknar Class
05 Hutzel Class
06 Drexler Class
07 Oberth Class
The Last 4 classes are able to use a Cargo Mandible Attachment (CMA) for cargo or passenger pods or mission specific science pods for greater ability, the Constitution class by virtue of its design has no need of a (CMA) science pods.