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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.

1000m/3280.84ft
780m/2559.055ft
450m/1476.378ft
304.8/1000ft

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

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2000AD’s: Dan Dare P2 “Eagle Shuttle”

2000AD’s Dan Dare “Eagle Patrol”


Just to jump out of Trek for a bit.. Dan Dare Eagle on patrol,, using the fabulous Ali Ries Background art scene .. no prep just slapped it in there where the Enterprise was and a reminder of its scale.

 

Eagle Rapid

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Blake’s 7: London Prison Ship Part 4

London Continued IV

Getting closer to completing this design and for me! in record time a few weeks, and some of this was taken up with working out the internal layout of the design. I am happy with the results so far.

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UPDATES 15/06/15

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Blake’s 7: London Prison Ship Part 2

Its only a model!

Continued


I am still working on the Blake’s 7 designs and namely the London Prison ship, I ended up having to rebuild it after getting some new images from a fellow fan on Facebook “thanks Phil” .

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I did some work on the London Landing Gear and I am happy enough with the result.

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Blake´s 7: Liberator DSV

Liberator


Deep Space Vessel

In 1978 a new British science fiction series aired on BBC 1 called Blake´s 7 and like Star Trek was very popular with science fiction fans. another common theme with Star Trek is it had a very small budget and at times looked it, but that did not detract from the top story and character development of the two main men, Blake and Avon.

The star of the show was also the Liberator, I loved the design from the moment I saw it on my TV screen back in 1978, watching with my father who had called me into the living room to watch. I liked Blake and Avon as they battled over control of the crew as they entered a guerrilla war with the Federation (what? the federation, they are the good guys in Star Trek, what happened? I remember thinking, ah innocence) the lovely Jenna, the cowardly Vila, the powerful Olag, the insightful Cally and the ships interactive computer Zen.

Worst part in the series was the destruction of the Liberator, as legend would have it, the series was not to be taken up again and so the ship was destroyed in a climatic end, once the show was renewed enter the Scorpio nice design or at least interesting, but no Liberator.

Again a design I like a lot, It was destroyed in the 3 season as far as I remember and I lost interest in the show from that point on and I was sorry that the actors playing Blake and Jenna left the show and it stopped working for me even then, as Avon needed Blake for the character to work.

Why has there been no fan film made based on Blake’s 7, I think it would be a lot easier than Star Trek