Top 10 freighter ship designs

Top 10 Freighter Ships


This is my choice of freighter ship designs, that I like to class as long-range mid-sized vessels that ability to transport a small crew, passengers or cargo over large distances.


1st. Millennium Falcon
Star Wars (1977)

01 Millennium Falcon

Millennium Falcon The battered freighter owned and commanded by Han Solo and his co- pilot and friend Chewbacca, plying their shady smuggling trade around the galaxy far, far away, why is it top of my list in this section.

Because it looks cool, fast and well protected and great range.


2nd. Klingon Bird of Pray

Star Trek 3 The Search for Spock (1984)

02 Klingon Bird of Pray

Klingon Bird of Pray has second place for me, a winged craft for atmospheric work with the added power of a warship, plus can cloak with ease, fantastic design and first seen in Star Trek 3 The Search for Spock.


3rd. Blockage Runner

Star Wars (1977)

03 Blockade RunnerThe Blockade Runner first seen in the opening of Star Wars before the massive bulk of the Imperial Star destroyer in hot pursuit, called Tantive IV and carried Princess Leia and 2 famous droids.
According to Star Wars folklore it was first designed to be the Millennium Falcon but George Lucas felt it was to similar to the Eagle design seen in Space 1999 and it was dropped and we got the design we all love.

If I could not have the Falcon as a private ship, this would be my second choice.


4th. Brittania II

Lensman: Secret of The Lens (1984)

04 Lensmen brittania
Brittania II from the 1980s anime based on the books by E. E. Doc Smith Lensmen, note that design is nothing like described in the novels, but I really do like the animation version a lot better. I was forced to use my image depicting the ship as I cannot find a decent still from the film


5th. The Merchantman

Star Trek 3 The Search for Spock (1984)

05 Merchantman
The Merchantman is a cool design from Star Trek 3 The Search for Spock, the first Star Trek film to introduce a number of differing ship designs for the Star Trek universe but like most science fiction films this design suffers from scale issues when compared to the Klingon bird of prey.
This for me was Star Treks answer to Star Wars Blockade Runner just not so well armed. One source suggest a measurement of 100m, I think that could work.


 6. Valkyrie

Titan A.E.  (2000)

06 Valkyrie
The Valkyrie is a cool design from Don Bluth Titan A.E. animation. There is not much know about it, but from the moment I saw it, I like the look so I included it in my top 10 freighters style ships.


 7.  Serenity

Firefly (2002)

07-Serenity
Serenity a firefly class design crewed by a mixed group of renegades each having a self serving interest in there own lives until the become a family in the end. The idea of the design is Joss Whedon answer to Star Wars Millennium Falcon.


8th. Starchaser

Starchaser: The Legend of Orin (1985)

08 StarChaser
Starchaser as was seen in the 1985 animated film called Starchaser: The Legend of Orin and is often compared and criticized over the years due to similarities to Star Wars which I feel is unfair.
Star Wars is directly based on other shows and received very little in criticism, in fact is applaud for it. Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers, and some Asian influences. So why cannot another show / story, draw inspiration from Star Wars.


9th. Pirate Ship

The Ice Pirates (1984)

09 Ice Pirates

Ice Pirates ships have no given name, none that I ever been able to find, I liked it while its appearance is brief, it was kind of cool. A science fiction-b tongue and cheek film that is more enjoyable each time I watch it.

Starring Robert Urich as Jason Mary Crosby as Princess Karina


10th. USS Palomino

The Black Hole (1979)

10 USS Palomino
USS Palomino the first ship seen in The Black Hole, a tin can with engines, but I like it all the more for it and pales into comparison with the USS Cygnus in design and first appearance and just makes it into my top 10 mid size ships.


The Runner up


11th. X Bomber

Star fleet (1980)

07 X-bomber
Moved from 7th position
is the The X-Bomber seen in the children’s TV show called Starfleet in English, to fire one of its main weapons the ship converts by opening the neck section to show its weapons. this is a process I never cared for, but I do like the over all design.

Wikipedia info X Bomber is a marionette tokusatsu TV series. It was created by manga master Go Nagai, and produced by Cosmo Productions and Jin Productions. The show aired on Fuji TV from October 4, 1980 to March 28, 1981, with a total of 26 episodes (including the pre-series pilot episode),and was billed in Japan as being filmed in “Sūpāmariorama” a puppeteering process like Gerry Anderson’s Supermarionation works.


Next up are the shuttle craft design

Do they make your list ?

The Black Hole: Palomino & Cygnus

The USS Palomino meets the USS Cygnus


I have said in another post that The Black Hole Film (created by Disney) is one of my favourite films, apart from a few problems with the production (due to the Actors reluctance to where some spacesuits in some for some scenes, But that was a rumour at the time).

The film was really in many people’s minds a salute to 20.000 leagues under the sea, by Jules Verne. the obsessed commander on some private mission of madness.

There are a number of things that stand out in this film, the USS Cygnus looks awesome (not perhaps very realistic) been a glassy construct, but back in the 1970s we did not care about the realistic aspects, we only went to be entertained and to escape for a hour or so into a fantasy world.

Its was designed by Peter Ellenshaw and Robert McCall, But I cannot say who got the shape first, there is no data about it. But the films apart from its glaring errors is a visual treat and I remember picking this movie at the time to go and see over the also newly released Star Trek The Motion Picture.

cygpalimino1sy1I wanted to show off this image, created by Richard Turvey, but its does contain my model of the Palomino and the Cygnus by one of my favourite modeller Sean Kennedy in all its glass frame glory. a stunning model with the equally stunning background by Greg Martin.

Enjoy

The Black Hole´s USS Palomino

The Black Hole´s USS Palomino


I first saw The Black Hole film by Disney was in one of the cinema houses in Dublin city centre and loved the film, and the floating robot Vincent was a character I think was a little more fun than either R2D2 or C3PO from Star Wars out a few years earlier and for me the plus reason was it could hover and move around, even carry crew persons across a wide space to save them from danger, a more useful robot to have in your corner, Vincent had the attitude of R2D2 and could talk like C3p0.

This was one of my earliest models and then the most difficult, and I draw your attention to the engine pods,  I found them the most difficult, but I did receive a lot of help from my good friend Tom, while not a Lightwave user gave me some solid advice… so many thanks to him… you can find this model hosted on both foundation3d and 3dgladiators to download if you’re a Lightwave user.
The USS Palomino created by Peter Ellenshaw who also designed the USS Cygnus, truly the star of the film.

All I ask (and most other modellers ask) is to receive proper credit in whatever rendering or animation they used in.