Starship Dimensions: Battlestar Galactica (TOS) Part 1

Battlestar Galactica


Space Ship Dimensions

or

“what size is your ship ?”

 This is a question many have wondered about for years, especially when Galactica was first shown (same for Star Wars and the older Star Trek series) fans did not apparently spend too much time working out the smaller finer details. OK perhaps a few did when you see the amount of fan made blueprints or drawing from the period.

In 1978 a Battlestar Galactica Annual published by Grandreams in Holland and I rushed out to get one and poured over it in delight, reading some new stories and looking at some great art, when my eye spied a double page showing the vessels with some general stupefaction to consider.

Here it is, now read down to the length which is at 0.264 miles or 2000 ft.

(If you click on the Images they will enlarge)

That even then gave me pause for thought, 2000 ft. even at a tender age I could tell this did not add up (believe me or not), but I shrugged it off and continued to enjoy the book, I would read it every few years (I still have it somewhere). but as I got a little older that original thought came back to me that old thought, “it looks bigger than 2000 ft ?”. by then I knew the size of Star Treks USS Enterprise, which was 947 ft long, which I think also needs some revision of thought.

The difference in the apparent scale was too much, the Galactica appeared larger than the elegant USS Enterprise or its first big screen outing the Enterprise Refit, That is 1000 ft long .

Now the scale of the Vipers launched from the launch tubes are between 29 ft and 30 ft depending on what source you’re looking at, in another page we get to see the other estimated scale of both the Viper and the deadly and cool looking Cylon Raiders.

The full-scale mock-up of the Viper was 28.5 feet long, however this mock-up is proportionally shorter than the filming miniature. Currently don’t have any information about the difference but in the visual effects shots, the Viper should normally be considered longer. For these measurements I will be using the 28.5 foot length however.

The source of this information is on the ravensbranch website http://ravensbranch.allen.com/galacticasize.html

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So using the super model of both the Galactica by Folkrm and the Refit Enterprise at a 1000 ft by Dennis Bailey and I scaled a striped down Galactica to save on render times from 2000 ft up to another scale of 4150 ft (I forget the source) then to the Glen A Larson and John Dykstra supported scale of 6080 ft or 1 nautical mile.

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Even from here you can see that 2000 ft is not possible at all even without showing other images with the 4150 ft scale (because I cannot find them) and I think they are needless as the scale I do favour is the 6080 ft PLUS scale, the launch tubes would be smaller than the EVA hatches of the Enterprise.

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If you look at this image, you can see a 30 ft Viper just fitting the rim of the launch tube exit.
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Here you see the 110 ft shuttle launching from the bay and to my mind is as close to the scale they depicted in a numbers of scenes from the TV series.

In closing I think even the Galactica could be a little larger, if the scale of the launch tubes are a guide to go by, but not by much. The 2 mile scale, I think is by far too big!  but that is only my view on it, I know a few fellow colonial fleet members favour that scale. What are your thoughts, comments are welcome and feel free to disagree, but no insults or spamming or flaming comments will be allowed, respect the views of other posters

I will have a few more images showing the scale of the Galactica with the Enterprise A – D and the imposing Imperial Star Destroyers.

Starship Dimensions: Battlestar Galactica (TOS) Part 2

Battlestar Galactica


Space Ship Dimensions

or

“what size is your ship ?”

continued 2

I thought I mistakenly deleted these images sometime ago while not paying much attention to what I was doing, you can imagine my delight when I found them on a back up disk, It was to show the scale of a Battlestar along side a Cylon base-ship. I forget the scale I gave the base-ship

1Here is the Galactica and a Base-ship with the Enterprise in the frame to help establish scale. Galactica by Folkrm, Enterprise By Dennis Bailey, Cylon BaseShip by Raffs

2Head on view

4

Side approach

Starship Dimensions: Battlestar Galactica (TOS) Part 3

Battlestar Galactica


Space Ship Dimensions

or

“what size is your ship ?”

Continued 3

I want to show you all the key classic designs along side each other using the main ships from these shows, Focusing on the Battlestar Galactica using designs from other shows Star Trek TMP Star Trek TNG Star Wars, These following images are showing the scale of each ship with a very small degree of error as calculated by official sources

USS Enterprise Refit: length -1000 ft – by Dennis Bailey

USS Enterprise D: length – 2000 ft – by Prologic9

  Imperial Star-destroyer: length –  5249 ft or 1600m by Fractalsponge

Battlestar Galactica: length 6080ft by Folkrm

These are to scale and I was very surprised when I saw the Battlestar and the Star-destroyer along side each other, yet I feel the Star-destroyer looks more imposing because of its shape.

I always knew the scale of the original Enterprise and it refit would be just longer than the launch bay on the Star-destroyer given the scale of the rebel blockade runner in a little shorter than the Enterprise at around 492 ft approximately.

I liked this image the moment I saw the angle… the scale of the Galactica is so impressive.

Starship Dimensions: Battlestar Galactica (TOS) Part 4

Battlestar Galactica


Space Ship Dimensions

or

“what size is your ship ?”

Continued 4

I located some more renders showing the scale of the Galactica against other designs, including a single image of the Galactica given the 2 mile scale with the 110 ft long shuttle along side near the exit tube for the 28 ft or 30 ft long vipers, which I think add up to 13 feet high in total.

I would love the Galactica too reach the 2 mile scale, it’s a great size but the that image dispels the 2 mile long scale for me.. it looks wrong.. also an image with a Nimitzclass super carriers along side at 1092 feet which is really inspiring

Anyway that is my view.

I plan on building my own Galactica model sometime in the future,  basing on the scale of the Vipers and  Shuttle been given consideration.

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I was happier with this image showing a Viper entering a decent sized hangar bay entrance. It’s the only area I would redesign.

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I recreated the often used scene where 2 Vipers (Starbuck and Boomer) over fly the superstructure of the Galactica in pursuit of a single Cylon Raiders from higher up
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I recreated the often used scene where 2 Vipers (Starbuck and Boomer) over fly the superstructure of the Galactica in pursuit of a single Cylon Raiders
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Galactica given the 2 mile treatment, note the 110ft long shuttle against the hangar bays/Launch tubes.
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Another recovered image with a 110ft shuttle entering a 2 mile Galactica

The Battlestar Galactica Scrapbook mentions that Dykstra’s team extrapolated the length of a the shuttle from the size of the windows to be around 110 feet. For practical purposes, the art director arbitrarily cut the scale in half and a 33 foot long section of the shuttle was built.

http://ravensbranch.allen.com/galacticasize.html

04 Ralph McQuarrie Battlestar Galactica Concept Design

Battlestar Galactica


As I mentioned in my Ralph McQuarrie tribute page. I started to rough out the shape of the model. Its dimensions are more difficult to work out, but with some trial error I think I have it worked at well enough to call the shape done before I go in and detail it.

My Guide image

Galactica 003This is what I think is how the forward head section looks like.

Galactica 005This is the rear view section…

I have spent more time working on this area as this is where all the action is in RMQ concept painting, there are a number of dimensional issues I need to adjust this 3D model and it requires I alter  the concept design a little…. notably the section that connects the engines to the central body of the Galactica. I looks to me as it that is wider on the mid section and narrows as it reaches the engine area…… I will have to think about that and perhaps take some artistic license to make it work as I hope it will.

For those interested in such things, I have enlarged the scale to just over a 6676 ft long, longer than the Galactica seen in the show which is 6080 ft long… this could change, but I get the impression from RMQ image above that this design could be even larger…. it will be interesting to see how will detail it…..In the future I will add a 6ft human to help reinforce the scale I am work with

Galactica 006I have added this image showing the proposed positions of the support arms to the landing bays

RIP Ralph McQuarrie 2012

One of the greatest science fiction artistic visionaries has passed on, I speak of Ralph McQuarrie the creative talent behind some of the greatest Sci-fi Movies and TV shows….

March 3, 2012

Ralph McQuarrie
Ralph McQuarrie at work

He influenced the look of the Original Star Wars films, later the Indiana Jones and the original Battlestar Galactica series long has his work inspired me and many others, due to this sad news I am posting some of his work here as a tribute to his work and memory

Star Wars RMQ (1)

Ralph McQuarrie Falcon

Y-Wing Approch

X-Wing Trench Run

RMQ CBSG (1)

RMQ CBSG (3)

These are some of my favourite concept paintings created by Mr McQuarrie for both the iconic Star Wars Movies and the Battlestar Galactica TV series.

His memory will live on in his work.

RIP

While some time ago I decided to remove these images to focus on my work, but I feel that this is a justified exception.

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You see a few days ago I started to do some early design work on his concept drawing for the Galactica.

https://gmd3ddesigns.wordpress.com/2012/03/08/ralph-mcquarrie-battlestar-galactica-concept-design/