Blake’s 7 Liberator
Blake’s 7 Liberator shadowing a Federation Civil Administration ship, The Liberators screens hiding it from the weak scans from the Administration ship.
My final work on Blakes Liberator and Federation Civil Administration Prison Ship London, I think so anyway.
The final scales I think works based on my own scale testing, not only using images from each episode of the ship, but also based on set and character situations, by no means definitive but a workable guide, I got a lot of help with Simon Atkinson recent restoration of the original model who also built it for the show.
The background image is by artist Tim Pyle, who creates many awesome images depicting NASA/JPL/Caltech discovery’s or conjectures
In recent weeks I have been working on the Liberator from Blake’s7 and this has been commented on, thank you, Ed Diment, for your comment, I was away on holidays and could not make a more detailed and considered response.
but I also like to check as many sources as I can when I look at a ship design scale, like Star Trek original USS Enterprise, the Battlestar Galactica and Blakes7 Liberator and there are a number of sources available to me now that where not there before, but as with most if not all sci-fi designs they don’t always work, and we all have our views and imagined preferences, the internet allows us to share and to agree or disagree which is perfectly understandable.
Commenter Ed Diment suggests a scale of 450m and he suggests a number of sources so for a complete look I have scaled the Liberator accordingly too 4 different lengths.
The last scale length is by model maker Martin Bower who detailed the model, though he did not build it, it was designed by Roger Murray-Leach though is also credited as the designer is Ian Scoones, but from what I have read its Murray-Leach.
The scale of 1000m was given to me by another fan who said it was suggested by Martin Bower who detailed the model over 4 days, this was in a unnamed magizine, so I thought that it would be in either Starlog or Starburst sci-fi magazine late 70s early 80s when Blakes7 was still in production.
I found it and it was not 1000m long but 1000ft/304.8m long according to Martin Bower STARBURST issue 34 from 1981 found on archive.org, here are the pages in question.
Now I find this scale does not work for me at all. so like the classic USS Enterprise 947ft I am going to say, does not work for me. next is 450ft for the Liberator, and it does work far better than 304.8m but again I am going to say, it’s not for me, not wrong just not for me. I still favour a 700m to 780m length.
The London Civil Administration Ship works best at 55m long, in terms of internal and external arrangement as I explored it a few years ago, smaller scale it becomes more difficult
More Blake’s 7 renderings Liberator and Federation Persuit ships and one with the London, the Liberator is scaled at 780 m, if you look at one of the image’s with the approching London you can see a 6ft crewman.
Also playing with background planet and nebula art created by friends who are kind enough to share, Ali Ries, Graham Gazzard whose work never fail to inspire and delight.
Large images once you click on them, none of the compression of facebook.
My second Liberator model, no textures, I built this in just over a week, a new record. London prison ship is older, 2015 when I was testing its plan and possible layout.
For those that enjoy such details, the Liberator is 780m long as with my older one, its the scale I favor most. the London if memory serves is 54m
The background art is by GrahamTG
Its only a model
I have being working a little more on the London’s internal layout, and for the most part I think I have it more or less worked out to my satisfaction, the only area that I cannot match up to the screen shots is the Airlock, it look like this section is placed on the wrong side of the London, where the London Airlock is on the Port-side
Commander Leylan enters the Airlock section, I am assuming he is entering from the forward section which places the hatch on the Starboard side of the ship, where as the model has it placed on the Port-side aft.. so I am using creative licence and making this change.
None the less for viewers who have never seen Blake’s 7 this means absolutely nothing 🙂 perhaps its over thinking on my half but given that Star Trek and other shows get a lot of attention, this is refreshing and open area to explore. Its not a big deal, viewers back in the day did not look this closely at TV shows, its a more recent interest I think sparked of by Star Trek technical manuals and the desire to know how things work. but only my opinion