The Wheel “Conquest of Space”

I have now ceased modelling Star Trek designs, I have done all I ever wanted to do and a little more with the fleet.

Looking around before this holiday season chaos effect set in I was mentioned on a Twitter post about The Wheel “Conquest of Space” is a 1955 American Technicolour science fiction film from Paramount Pictures, produced by George Pal, directed by Byron Haskin, that stars Walter Brooke, Eric Fleming, and Mickey Shaughnessy.
The visuals and story was ahead of its time, with audiences now more informed and able to see matte lines the film holds up.

Expect more of this type of design in the future, I have used in this images my Star Trek EVA suited crew for scale and I have like every model I work on try and define a working scale for a fictional design.

The arms connecting the Ring to the central support has 2 levels, you could trim the overall deck height when adding ventilation, environmental and that kind of stuff. The outer ring 4 levels.

My original model was scaled at 489’6ft before more informed fans mentioned on Twitter what they read in Colliers and Across the Space Frontier magazine and Spaceship Handbook, so I rescaled to 220ft & 250ft. still an interesting and fast build for me. the scale well I leave that to whom it may concern.
I have my next projects lined up in the new year, Star Trek modelling has run its course and I have nothing more I want to do in it.
One of those projects is a generic spacesuit design for my cast characters, space hardware is fine but some human element is needed

Buck Rogers 40th anniversary

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This year marks the 40th anniversary of the popular science-fiction adventure television series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, starring Gil Gerard, Erin Gray, Tim O’Connor, Felix Silla & Mel Blanc, with a brilliant supporting cast and guest stars. (background art by Ali Ries)

Buck Rogers Starfighters

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

Running out of steam with Star Trek designs and art so I have gone back to a design I made in 2008 just over 10 years ago, Buck Rogers Starfighter.. Gil Gerard’s series which I still enjoy watching from time to time.
Its fun working with these again. but looking at them there are areas I would do differently and a lot of areas which I would called unfinished now.
Shock surprise, no, not really but I have cleaned it up and might do some more.

 

Buck Rogers Starfighters

Made some minor changes to the model, there were a few problems with the mesh that where there back when I first built it, I don’t have time to start building from scratch so I cleaned it up as best I can..

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: Binary Approach

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: Binary Approach


An old image I have reworked to get back into the artistic side of Lightwave 3d.. A Buck Rogers escort to a binary Star System. Using photo-shop I have created what I hope is an interesting image. I will leave you to create a story to it..

Buck Rogers Approch

Buck Rogers In the 25th Century “The Starfighter’

Buck Rogers Starfighter

Another of Ralph McQuarrie designs

A great design, rumour has it that the design was not originally intended for Buck Rogers in the 25th Century staring Gil Gerard and Erin Gray, but for the Glen Larson earlier production, the famous and fabulous  classic series Battlestar Galactica (1978) as the Viper. I am glad they went with that BSG Viper design and the Buck Rogers in the 25th Century inherited this great and I think a more suitable design for Buck Rogers, there is a cross-over day dream I had since the 1980s to this very day.


Starfighter: 2 Seater
Interesting information I found is that the builders at Universal-Heartland did call this design the Thunder-fighter but if I remember rightly it was going to be called a Star fury and I called the altered design that is seen in the episode “Happy Birthday Buck”


Quad fighter: 4 Seater
I see this almost as a family saloon, but I could see where the need for a larger design people carrier was called for.

Traeger fighter: 2 Seater
This design only seen once in the Buck Rogers episode called “Happy Birthday, Buck”, for some reason the name Thunder-Fighter suits this design more than the original ship seen
But it stayed in the collective memory of the viewers at the time, I know it did in my mind and what I liked is the extra wings and the built up area forward of the cockpit, gives a complete look to the design and it’s just cool 🙂 by no means perfect.