New model completed based on another Starblazer comic No:103 ROBOTS OF DEATH July 1983 Cover art: by Keith Robson, Writer: T Stent, Interior Artist: Carlos Pino.
I tweaked the design and decided on its scale. I included in one image a scale referance with the classic USS Enterprise canon length and my other Starblazer design, Starhawk’s SpaceRider and I also included Dan Dare’s Eagle Shuttle from 2000AD the smallest vessel at 100ft
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 Clarke Class S.S.V. Endeavour Displacement: 5000+ Tons Length 559’8.1224″ Height 112’3.269″ Width 245’5.0142″
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
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. Heroes: 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
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.
Two subjects in one morning, what a day, if your old enough some might remember the Atari game Asteroids, while I was rendering another image with this background by Graham Gazzard aka GrahamTG (you can find his art on Deviantart).
I remember my Halcyon design having the same shape as the old game Asteriods by Atari from 1979, I remember playing that game a lot as a young fella, not on the console at home but in arcades, my father managed one in the late 70s and early 80s so I’d grab the keys and click in as many credits I liked.
I am returning to my own concept designs now, I have wanted to design and build the mother ship for this design, I might even refin the Halcyon design a little, this design is also for sale on my gumroad page
I finally completed my Jules Verne “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” Nautilus design, I took some time to think over and finish it.
I also had it printed, A1 size poster and I am well pleased, just need to have it framed, I am loading a small sample and a link to anyone who like to have it, I have recived requests from time to time for this, including in French, Itailan, Russian and I will add Spanish.
One of the most magnificent rooms on the Nautilus is the drawing room/salon/museum, ten meters long, six wide, and five high. This incredible room contained an organ, an art collection of great value and very large number of marine specimens. There was also a fountain made from a shell about two meters across
Artist : Painting and year completed So being the obsessive chap I can be with some designs, I tried to find artist and painting suggested by Verne, though these painting are in museums collections around the world and are not entombed with the Captain and Nautilus for eternity beneath a volcanic island Here is the list of artist and works I used, I tried to keep them all in a time frame that they where collected just before Professor Pierre Aronnax, a French marine biologist and narrator of the story and his faithful servant Conseil and Canadian Ned Land boarded the Nautilus and meeting the mysterious Captain Nemo.
Raffaello: Small Cowper Madonna 1505 Leonardo da Vinci: Virgin of the Rocks 1491 -1508 Correggio: Jupiter and Io 1520 – 1540 Titian: La Bella 1536 Veronese: Adoration of the Shepheads 1523 Murillo: Assumption of the Virgin 1680 Holbein: Portrait of Boniface Amerbach 1519 Velázquez: Luncheon 1617 Ribera: Martyrdom of St Barthomew 1630 Rubens: The Village Fête 1635 Teniers: River landscape & rainbow Flemish Landscape 1644-1690 Teniers: Château Drij Toren at Perck 1660 Gerrit Dou: Astronomer by Candlelight 1665 Gabriel Metsu: Le Vieux Buveur 1650-1667 Paulus Potter: 2 Horses Near a Gate 1649 Gericault: The Kiss 1822 Prud’hon: Portrait of the King of Rome 1811 Bakhuizen: Dutch Merchant Ships in a Storm 1670-1690 Bakhuizen: Seascape and Fishing Boats 1708 Vernet: Mediterranean night 1753 Vernet: Shipwreak 1772 Troyon: The Gooseherd 1850-1855 Delacroix: Orphen Girl 1823 Ingres: The Spring 1820-1856 Decamps: Children Gathering Flowers 1844 Daubigny: Bateaux sur l’Oise 1865 Meissonier: Chess players 1853
Jules Verne Voyages extraordinaires have found so many fans the world over, I hope my personal vision of the Nautilus is enjoyed half as much as I enjoyed seeing so many other designs out there, a notable mention has to be Harper Goff fantastic design from the 1954 Disney film “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea”.
Its been so long since I used this model, it’s a terrible thing spending weeks or in my case months designing and building models and after the first test renders and a renders I take a little more seriously, the model is forgotten.
I have taken this out of mothballs and with the wonderful Spawn Nebula art by Ali Ries and have set 3 Ranger Class Destroyers deployed on patrol
The model is available for sale royalty free on my Gumroad page
I have at last finished with my version of the USS Enterprise NCC-1701, I was/am looking at new projects and to help I have jumped back to an older design, I used to call the Kilkenny and on refection feel it not a name that grabs your attention, so I went back to the Pathfinder, giving it some more thought the S.S. Pathfinder, S.S. standing for “Solar Surveyor” a designation from the pages of Arthur C. Clarke book “Rendezvous with Rama” and its ship the Endeavour.
S.S. Pathfinder is a interplanetary explorer, making trips to Venus, Mercury, Mars etc in rapid time and I imagine in 100 years hence, with a crew compliment of 20 or so.
I was inspired by designs I seen over the last few years that hearken back to Isaac Asimov book covers, the David “Lucky” Starr story called “Oceans of Venus” by Ray Feibush, which I have in my book collection. and the Black Hole USS Palomino which I made a in the early 2000s.
by Ray Feibush
This Lightwave3d 9.61 model is for sale hosted on gumroad the link is below