Top 10 Capital Starship Designs

My Top 10 Capital Ship’s


What are my top designs ?

This is something I have asked and been asked a number of times, my answer has always been conditional, “I have to place them into difference classes, capital ships, fighter ship and freighter ships and so on”. I will share what my top 10 designs are and I have picked the designs based on how they look, how versatile they are so some designs that I like just did not make it into my top 10 designs. I won’t say what ones they are, some mystery in life is good for you. 🙂

I will also be using film or TV screen-caps where possible, instead of using fan made designs

These are my choice’s of capital ship designs that have Long Range abilities and that can transport a large crews over great distances, Interstellar or better, having hyper-light speeds or warp speeds and large cargo carrying abilities.


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01 .USS Enterprise

Original and Refit

Star Trek

TOS USS Enterprise as originally designed and screened in the 1960s, The Enterprise was designed by Walter “Matt” Jefferies for Star Trek, and become an Icon from the moment it appeared changing how science fiction was perceived and is still as popular as ever.

The new USS Enterprise Refit for its transition to the big screen,in 1979 giving a new glorious look by Mike Minor, Joe Jennings, Douglas Trumbull, Harold Michaelson, Richard Taylor and  Andrew Probert. One of my favourite Star Trek films to this day.

Both these ship share my 1st place in my list due to design legacy.


02. Battlestar Galactica

Battlestar Galactica

Colonial Battlestar Galactica designed by Ralph McQuarrie and built by John Dykstra and his team at Apogee Inc.

Over 1 nautical mile long or 1852 meters  and for those who like it in feet (6076.1 ft) (its a scale supported by John Dykstra) and I found via my own work in cgi anything smaller does not work, as the launch tubes are to small for the Vipers to fit!. Containing at least 150 Vipers in my estimation when at peak fighting condition and a large number of  colonial shuttle-craft  which are between 85 ft and 110 ft long, and a unknown number of ground support units called Landrams.

As a battleship it is the equal of Star Wars Imperial Star-destroyers in my view, but perhaps having no where near the same crew compliment as the ISDs or the range, but in a toe to toe battle more or less equal. Ion Cannons and Tie Bombers could give the IMPs the advantage if the Viper screen fell.

but it does have more of a predator look than the ISD, always a fan favourite

2nd place on my list down to the design.


03. Imperial Star Destroyer

Star Wars

The Imperial Star-destroyer, One of the most imposing designs to appear on screen, designed by Ralph McQuarrie and Joe Johnston among other ships for Star Wars. just under 1 terrestrial mile long 1,600 meters (5,200 ft) and has an impressive crew compliment Imperial-class Star Destroyers had over 37,000 crew on board— 9,253 officers and 27,850 enlisted personnel. The complement of 9,700 Storm-troopers added to a total of 46,803 crew and passengers.

While shorter in length than the Colonial Battlestar’s, The ISD is wider and taller and its over all design giving it more internal volume,

I think it should also be around 1 Nautical mile long like the Galactica, I know fans will disagree with my ideas here, but that’s all they are and I like both BSG and Star Wars with equal measure.

The ISD makes it to 3rd place in my list.


04: DSV Liberator

Blakes7

05 LIBERATORThe DSV Liberator was an abandoned spacecraft found drifting in the second episode of Blakes7 TV series, The Liberator (originally called simply DSV 2) was created by the “System” an alien race that look very like young women in very tight outfits, so no complaint there. The design I estimate to be around 780 meters or 2559.06 feet long

The Liberator was not designed by a model or special effects unit but by the set designer Roger Murray-Leach, due to poor funding the effects where never stellar but the design is interesting and in my mind worthy of inclusion in my top 10 / 12 but never fully explored or as I think the show if redone should, its one of the few shows that should be remade and by the BBC.

 4th place in my list


05: USS Cygnus

The Black Hole

06 USS CYGNUSThe Star of Disney’s The Black Hole has to be the USS Cygnus designed by Peter Ellenshaw

This is a stunning design and beautifully presented design from the film and I look forward to its appearance each time I watch it. I have no idea what its scale is.

5TH on my list


06: Odyssey

Ulysses 31

07 ODYSSEYUlysses 31 cartoon from the 1980s has a massive space craft Odyssey, controlled by a ship’s computer “Shyrka” and commanded by Ulysses. Ulysses is accompanied by his son “Telemachus” and his robot toy “Nono”, they are joined later by Yumi a blue-skinned girl and her brother Numinor. All the other crew and later Numinor are kept in suspended animation for much of the adventures, a curse by the Greek god Zeus and the crew only appearing from time to time under the control or others, a very good soundtrack by Denny Crockett and Ike Egan

Scale length 1224 m, width: 3125 m, height: 2005 m

6th on my list


07: Klingon D7 and Film upgrade

Star Trek

08 KLINGON D7Designed by the renowned Walter “Matt” Jefferies for Star Trek and is a fantastic design, more visually interesting than the season one Romulan Bird of Prey, The Klingon D7 was an instant hit and in my mind was not seen enough in Star Trek. . another Icon.

08 D7 KTINGAA remake of the classic, the D7, making it a K’t’inga class.  and like the D7 not seen enough.

7th on my list


08: Roger Young

Starship Troopers

09 ROGER YOUNGROGER YOUNG Impressive battle design in my view, At this time I have very little information about the design and who worked on the models and props..  I will fix this once I do have the info.

8th on my list


09: IAS Excalibur

Crusade

09 IAS Excalibur
IAS Excalibur, The Excalibur is a big ship, a mile and a quarter long 2012 meters or 6,600 ft, powerful but with some limitations, when it fires itsbig guns they ship is powered down, power depleted unable to manoeuvre or fire back relaying on its resistant hull design to keep them safe.

I think it was based on the Liberator from Blake’s 7 and its a very elegant design and its a pity the series never reached its potential,

9th on my list


10: Cylon BaseStar

Battlestar Galactica

BasestarCylon Basestar, is the main adversary for the Colonial Battlestars, in the Battlestar Galactica universe,

“Col Tigh: [Pointing at the model of a Cylon basestar] She has 300 fighters, carries two long-range megapulsars, here and here, and over a hundred defensive laser turrets. She’s an orbiting killer, capable of destroying every ship we have, including the Galactica”.

from the episode “The Hand of God”  I cannot see Colonial Battlestar commanders going against Basestars with anything less than 150 vipers to fight those odds (2 to 1)

10th on my list


Do they make your list?

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Note: I have removed the Event Horizon in favour of the Excalibur for the
9th position.

My Top 10 Space Stations

My Top 10 Space Stations


Every hero and villain needs a base to call home a place where you can hang your hat and control your crew or minions.


1st. Deathstar

Star Wars (1977)

1 DeathstarYou don’t get any more daunting than the Imperial Death-star,” in this case” the second one, why? because its unfinished and looks more interesting I think. its size is nothing less than a small moon 160 and 900 kilometres in diameter according to a number of sources, other franchises have made their base bigger etc… but this one is more impressive to me.

1st in my list


2nd. Earth Spacedock

Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)

2 SpacedockEarth Space dock was imagined as having a total height of over three miles, and it’s first seen in Star Trek The Search for Spock, in what I think its one of the best opening scenes in Star Trek films showing the wounded USS Enterprise approching,

2nd on my list


3rd. Moon-base Alpha

Space 1999 (1975)

3 Moonbase AlphaMoonbase Alpha, the central location and destination in Space 1999, clearly made in homage to Clavius Base in 2001: A Space Odyssey. back in 1975 when this show was first aired, the year 1999 seemed such a long ahead in our lives that its seemed entirely possible that something like Alpha would be around by the time we reached that year, little did we know now in 2015 the closest we would be is the incredible international space station. Alpha has around 300 inhabitant and a Eagle complement of between 26 to 50 Eagles when fully operational.

this is 3rd on my list.


4th. Orbital Office Complex

Star Trek The Motion Picture (1979)

4 Orbital office complexOrbital office complex seen in Star Trek The Motion Picture, the third space station we had ever seen in Star Trek the first been K7 and the second is Epsilon 9 station, the orbital office was created by Andrew Probert and was used again as Regula 1 Space Station in the Wrath of Khan, I like it this way around

4th on my list.


5th. Space Station V

2001 A Space Odyssey (1968)

5 Space Station 5Space Station V appeared in 2001 serenade by Strauss The blue Danube, as the PanAmerican World Airways Orion III makes its approach, in the film, space station V was the largest orbital structure ever built until 2001.

For me the best science fiction film ever

5th in my list


6th. Space Station Theta

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1980)

6 Space Station ThetaSpace Station Theta seen in Buck Rogers in the 25th Century episode “Space Vampire”, Ken Larson states on his website “Thete Station was built from recycled Draconia parts and a 70mm film can”, I liked it and would liked to have seen more of the design

6th in my list.


7th. Babylon 5

Babylon 5 (1994)

7 Babylon5
Babylon 5, I will admit that it took me awhile to get into this series, but I always liked the design of the base, “last, best hope for peace”. The station is home to 250,000, including about 100,000 humans and 2,000 Earth-Force personnel and is 5 miles long (I have heard it’s supposed to be longer, but I cannot confirm that yet)

is 7th on my list.


8th. Deep Space Station K-7

Star Trek The Original Series (1967)

8 Deep Space Station K-7

Deep Space Station K-7, seen first in the original series episode Trouble With Tribbles, the only star-base shown in the original Star Trek TV series in one of my favourite episodes and because of that K7 make it into my top 10 list, there are more exciting designs out there, but I do like this more and is 8th on my list


9th. Ticonderoga

Starship Trooper (1994)

9 Ticonderoga
Ticonderoga base, I have no details about it, extraordinary designs from ships to station and is 9th on my list. I have no clearer image


10th. The Wheel

Conquest of Space (1955)

10 The Wheel

The Wheel as seen in the classic science fiction film “Conquest of Space” directed by George Pal and featuring designs by Wernher von Braun in 1955.

I still like to watch this film and is 10th in my list.


Do they make your list ?