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Modelling => Ideas & Inspiration => SciFi & Fantasy => Topic started by: GTX_Admin on February 26, 2012, 04:48:11 PM

Title: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: GTX_Admin on February 26, 2012, 04:48:11 PM
Hi folks,

A thread for your random space and Scifi themed ideas and inspiration that don't really fit anywhere else.

To start with, here is a MiG Space fighter concept I found on the web.

(http://media.moddb.com/images/members/1/303/302763/z_534cbeb9.jpg)
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: Cliffy B on February 27, 2012, 02:31:56 AM
Nice find man!

Here's a space freighter design I came up with awhile back.  We had to re-design the cast of "Firefly" for a concept art class back in college so I had re-do the ship as well  8)  I envisioned it as 700' long  container ship surplus from the Colonial Navy.


http://michaelgoughan.blogspot.com/2009/06/serenity.html (http://michaelgoughan.blogspot.com/2009/06/serenity.html)
(http://i647.photobucket.com/albums/uu194/CliffyB/Artwork/TheSerenityLayoutWeb.jpg)
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: GTX_Admin on February 27, 2012, 02:33:27 AM
Different.
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: RussC on February 27, 2012, 03:00:45 AM
Hi folks,

A thread for your random space and Scifi themed ideas and inspiration that don't really fit anywhere else.

To start with, here is a MiG Space fighter concept I found on the web.



 Thats from one of our Whifcrafters over on DeviantArt known by username theXHS. There are now usergroups over on D/A for What-if aircraft, aircraft profiles, digital aero art and even anthropomorphic and cartoon planes.

 (http://fc06.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2012/055/3/6/3642409e591d79e70a98beb73882fa59-d4qvjac.png)
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: Daryl J. on March 11, 2012, 03:03:46 PM
From an ancient world long forgotten even by Darwinists, or,  what to do with an empty Sure deodorant container:   


(http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w293/DentistDaryl/004.jpg)

No apologies for the reference to the other site, I simply love people.   
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: raafif on March 12, 2012, 06:38:02 AM
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/marsrover.jpg)
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: GTX_Admin on March 12, 2012, 02:24:25 PM
Where is that from?  I have seen it before somewhere.
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: jcf on March 12, 2012, 02:34:10 PM
Painting by Peter Elson found in Parallel Lines:

http://www.amazon.com/Parallel-Lines-Science-Fiction-Illustrations/dp/0825695694 (http://www.amazon.com/Parallel-Lines-Science-Fiction-Illustrations/dp/0825695694)

http://ski-ffy.blogspot.com/2009/09/peter-elson-chris-moore-parellel-lines.html (http://ski-ffy.blogspot.com/2009/09/peter-elson-chris-moore-parellel-lines.html)

Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: Weaver on March 12, 2012, 08:44:04 PM
Peter Elson is one of my favorite Sci-Fi artists. Dedicated website here: http://www.peterelson.co.uk/ (http://www.peterelson.co.uk/)

Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: Jeffry Fontaine on July 12, 2012, 07:10:32 AM
Karim Nassar's Shooting Star (http://www.karimnassar.com/makery/scale-modeling/shooting-star)
click on html or thumbnail image to view page
(http://www.karimnassar.com/cache/preview/45bc8504233a0466443befc4ba6602c8.jpg) (http://www.karimnassar.com/makery/scale-modeling/shooting-star)
(Image source: Karim Nassar (http://www.karimnassar.com/))

Additional images to be viewed at StarShip Modeler Galler at this link: ------> http://www.starshipmodeler.co/gallery15/kn_022812_ss.html (http://www.starshipmodeler.co/gallery15/kn_022812_ss.html)
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: GTX_Admin on July 12, 2012, 02:09:35 PM
That is extremely well done!
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: Weaver on July 12, 2012, 07:22:23 PM
Yes that's very interesting.

I had some ideas alnog the same lines myself about a logical spacefighter, but not so well developed.
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: AGRA on July 12, 2012, 08:49:17 PM
Peter Elson is one of my favorite Sci-Fi artists. Dedicated website here: [url]http://www.peterelson.co.uk/[/url] ([url]http://www.peterelson.co.uk/[/url])


I remember his pictures from when I was a teenager. Whenever a space ship was being blown up there was always a body been flung into space...
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: GTX_Admin on July 22, 2012, 07:23:40 AM
 :)
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: Weaver on July 22, 2012, 07:50:07 AM
Heh - nice one! You could see a TV production with a limited budget actually cobbling that Space Cobra together out of scrapyard bits: similar things have been done for real.....

Exhibit A - The infamous "Rapier" from Wing Commander:

(http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d165/hws5mp/WCRapier.jpg)

(The "Broadswords" in the same movie were cobbled together from Canberras)


Exhibit B - The equally infamous "Medical Shuttle" from Firefly:

(http://www.arielambulance.org/pictures/sc002.jpg)

It's not actually a "real" Hind, it's a 2/3 scale fibreglass model originally build to sit in the background of some war movie. The engine pods were made from dustbins, and wern't even straight from one side to the other. Unbelievably, a group of die-hard fans have bought this thing to restore: now I love Firefly, but to me this is just about the worst example of sheer lack of budget and time showing thuogh badly on screen......
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: raafif on July 22, 2012, 03:17:58 PM
the Lightning looks good no matter how you cut it up :)

Never seen a pic of the Broadsword -- I did google it once with no joy, only knew about the movie from a thumbnail pic in an old Flypast mag :icon_nif:

Any good pics of these spacefighters online ?
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: GTX_Admin on July 23, 2012, 02:34:35 AM
 :icon_surprised: :)
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: Logan Hartke on July 23, 2012, 03:04:57 AM
Yeah, I do love space Hinids.

(http://www.theforce.net/swtc/Pix/dvd/aotc/bog41s456.jpg)

Cheers,

Logan
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: Weaver on August 07, 2012, 10:05:30 AM

([url]http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww37/jmsfbip/SAH-1SpaceCobra.jpg[/url])



Knew this reminded me of something:

(http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d165/hws5mp/roguetrooperdix-iflyer.jpg)

From the old Rogue Trooper strip in 2000AD.

I also hold that this design was the inspiration for the Republic Gunship in Star Wars: they took the basic idea, but then made it Hind-based instead of Cobra-based.
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: Weaver on August 07, 2012, 07:11:45 PM
Do I need to provide proof of my sincerity every time I post an image on this site? This is kind of boring!

Not entirely sure what you mean by that, but if you thought I was criticising you in some way, then rest assured I wasn't. Your idea just reminded me of another, different idea: that's all. :D
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: Weaver on August 07, 2012, 07:25:39 PM
Okay, sorry, but I'm lost now......??????? ???
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: ChernayaAkula on August 07, 2012, 09:20:53 PM
Do I need to provide proof of my sincerity every time I post an image on this site? <...>

No, you don't. And nobody said you had to. Weaver simply stated your design reminded him of a design he'd seen somewhere else. By saying that he didn't accuse you of stealing, copying or questioned your sincerity in any other way.
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: jcf on August 08, 2012, 12:18:39 AM

Nothing That's New

Same seven notes and some slag poet's quotes
Stick them together with glue
You can mix a fine cocktail from memories
And pretend what you're drinking is new
But there's nothing that's new under heaven
(Chorus)
There's nothing that hasn't been done
Pour me another double cliche
You can't write a song that's never been sung
Everyone's stealing from someone
Burglars get burgled as well
There's nothing that's new under heaven
There's nothing unique over hell
There's nothing that's new under heaven
(Repeat chorus)
You can't write a song that's never been sung
You can't write a song that's never been sung

Chumbawamba

Chumbawamba NOTHING THAT'S NEW (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JObZ7JIV_E#)
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: raafif on August 31, 2012, 01:25:28 PM
did someone mention Ice Pirates ??
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/IP.jpg)
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: Weaver on August 31, 2012, 07:08:28 PM
Now I have to say that while I love both Moorcock and Mathews, that isn't my favorite picture of the Ice Schooner. My favorite is this one, although I might be slightly biased by the fact that my mother copied it as an exercise when she started painting, and my auntie then copied it asa painted china plate, which now hangs on our wall.

(http://www.novymir.com.au/terminalcafe/icesch.jpg)

Sorry: I couldn't find a bigger image on the web.
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: elmayerle on September 02, 2012, 06:07:31 AM
The book's buried in boxes at the moment, but Allan Dean Foster's Icerigger has a similar vessel on its cover.
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: jschmus on October 03, 2012, 10:17:32 AM
Spotted this in the morning, but forgot to share until now:

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/09/28/aircraft_carriers_in_space?page=full (http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/09/28/aircraft_carriers_in_space?page=full)
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: GTX_Admin on October 03, 2012, 06:17:11 PM
Spotted this in the morning, but forgot to share until now:

[url]http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/09/28/aircraft_carriers_in_space?page=full[/url] ([url]http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/09/28/aircraft_carriers_in_space?page=full[/url])


Cool.  Thanks. :)
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: Weaver on September 08, 2013, 11:43:04 AM
I always liked these anti-grav flyers from the Rogue Trooper strip in 2000AD as per my previous post. Had another look today, and noticed that there were a lot more scans from the relevant episodes on the web, so I've put together this montage. Hopefully I'll build one of these at some point.

(http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d165/hws5mp/The%20Whiffery/roguetrooperflyermontage.jpg) (http://s35.photobucket.com/user/hws5mp/media/The%20Whiffery/roguetrooperflyermontage.jpg.html)

(Note: 2000AD probably own the copyright on all these images and I'm using them for comment, not personal gain).
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: taiidantomcat on September 15, 2013, 06:29:14 AM
(http://25.media.tumblr.com/ab6f67dcb85fe12d98e542e1eb50db09/tumblr_mrhdj4LmvI1qzmxiuo1_500.jpg)
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: GTX_Admin on September 15, 2013, 02:27:33 PM
Cool!
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: Rafael on September 16, 2013, 06:25:55 AM
Always liked it. Artwork for the bookcover of "Dancer of the Sixth" by Michelle Shirey Crean, ISTR '92 or '93
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: taiidantomcat on September 16, 2013, 11:19:43 AM
(http://fc07.deviantart.net/fs12/i/2006/293/c/4/space_fighter_by_airaf.jpg)
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: taiidantomcat on September 29, 2013, 11:54:17 PM
(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-BlYfTFmE9Co/TeCBXbuwwtI/AAAAAAAAKP0/uU5Z9TTgH2A/s1600/arthur%2Bc%2Bclarke%2Bjuly%2B20%2B2019%2B1.jpg)
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: Weaver on September 30, 2013, 01:06:48 AM
This looks buildable:

(http://www.scifiartist.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/concept_spaceship2.jpg)

From here: http://www.scifiartist.com/blog/2009/04/new-space-ship-concept-art/ (http://www.scifiartist.com/blog/2009/04/new-space-ship-concept-art/)




Also, some great designs here from a Russian artist called KaranaK: http://www.ufunk.net/en/design/spaceship-design-concepts/ (http://www.ufunk.net/en/design/spaceship-design-concepts/)

Just a few examples:

(http://www.ufunk.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/spaceship-concept-design-by-Karanak-20.jpg)

(http://www.ufunk.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/spaceship-concept-design-by-Karanak-7.jpg)

(http://www.ufunk.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/spaceship-concept-design-by-Karanak-21.jpg)

(http://www.ufunk.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/spaceship-concept-design-by-Karanak-16.jpg)
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: Old Wombat on October 02, 2013, 10:03:29 PM
Some neat designs there! 8)

:)

Guy
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: Klaus Wachsmuth on October 22, 2013, 10:13:30 AM
Some Corsairish police vehicle from a Japanese TV show known in France as San Ku Kaï (1979). ;D
It also appeared in a very bad clone of the Star Wars movie made in 1978, don't remember the name...
([url]http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww37/jmsfbip/web/SanKuKaiPolice.jpg[/url])


Vaguely reminds me of Message From Space.
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: taiidantomcat on November 11, 2013, 09:36:00 AM
(http://img.gawkerassets.com/img/186ve0imy73zqjpg/original.jpg)
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: elmayerle on November 11, 2013, 09:55:40 AM
That's gorgeous!!  Who's the artist?
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: taiidantomcat on November 11, 2013, 02:39:25 PM
That's gorgeous!!  Who's the artist?


http://long0800.tumblr.com/post/2347824670/grrr-hate-it-how-you-cant-rearrange-posts (http://long0800.tumblr.com/post/2347824670/grrr-hate-it-how-you-cant-rearrange-posts)

 :)
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: taiidantomcat on December 09, 2013, 03:09:50 AM
(http://fc07.deviantart.net/fs70/i/2010/122/7/b/fucking_space_ships_by_0800.jpg)
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 09, 2013, 03:36:02 AM
I like.
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: uncle les on December 16, 2013, 08:23:52 PM
Needs more egg.
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/575247_4050088852843_1451997952_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: Silver Fox on December 17, 2013, 06:53:28 AM
Just what you need to battle Darth Omelette!
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: dy031101 on April 06, 2014, 05:42:49 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/1pw1pLY.jpg)

A military robot from Risk: Legacy.

I like this idea of a mecha designed to the theme of an army that has a large conscript or volunteer pool, but the pilot and gunners are way too exposed.
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: kerick on April 06, 2014, 07:05:10 AM
There would have to be a hole in the floor of the gunners stations to let the barf out after swinging around in there for a while!
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: elmayerle on April 06, 2014, 07:26:36 AM
The gunners on each side don't seem to have floors.  Damn, even with a flood of available conscripts, you'd think training costs would make them take better care of their people assets.
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: Old Wombat on April 09, 2014, 08:38:51 PM
Must be Chinese! ;)
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: GTX_Admin on April 26, 2014, 05:20:55 AM
Cool image:

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_RsCCizsWvNw/TGBl0Ls3orI/AAAAAAAAKB0/6UWQAflA3jU/s1600/mccall+treasure+life+look+and+learn+2010+006.JPG)
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: The Big Gimper on May 01, 2014, 06:07:54 PM
From Deviant Art. Various Orion III Images:

(http://fc08.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2014/118/c/8/separation_anxiety_by_arcas_art-d3e2y70.jpg)

(http://fc02.deviantart.net/fs70/i/2011/069/e/5/orion_iii_staging_by_drell_7-d3bc0pv.jpg)

(http://fc07.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2014/118/2/a/reach_by_arcas_art-d3aydgq.jpg)

(http://fc07.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2014/118/d/0/on_orbit_by_arcas_art-d3banbv.jpg)

(http://fc05.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2014/118/3/8/moonrise_over_orion_by_arcas_art-d3d8o26.jpg)
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: GTX_Admin on May 02, 2014, 02:07:58 AM
Ooooo….I love that first one! :)
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: TerryCampion on June 09, 2014, 06:37:34 PM
Could do with an Orion kit....

......meanwhile.....
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: Frank3k on June 09, 2014, 10:02:46 PM
The first one is the BIS Lunar Spaceship" (Google image search (https://www.google.com/search?q=bis+lunar+lander&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=qr2VU77bOYX9oASdhICIDA&ved=0CAYQ_AUoAQ&biw=1674&bih=1006))

http://www.bis-space.com/what-we-do/projects/bis-lunar-spaceship (http://www.bis-space.com/what-we-do/projects/bis-lunar-spaceship)
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: taiidantomcat on June 12, 2014, 01:01:46 AM
Super build by "volpin" Harrison Krix of the Futurama Planet Express ship:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/volpinprops/sets/72157634588890148/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/volpinprops/sets/72157634588890148/)

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7387/12957385813_f2f7bb2e72_c.jpg)
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: Weaver on June 12, 2014, 06:03:58 PM
Wow - excellent. Is he selling them or did he just do those three?
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: taiidantomcat on June 12, 2014, 09:56:11 PM
Wow - excellent. Is he selling them or did he just do those three?

I was hoping it was a kit, but it looks like he has just done those three so far (one of them sold on Ebay for $4,000 US!!) A little too rich for my blood,  :-X
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: Frank3k on June 12, 2014, 10:56:28 PM
Skyhook Models has a Planet Express kit: http://www.skyhookmodels.com/order-planet_express.htm (http://www.skyhookmodels.com/order-planet_express.htm)
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: taiidantomcat on June 13, 2014, 02:36:53 AM
Skyhook Models has a Planet Express kit: [url]http://www.skyhookmodels.com/order-planet_express.htm[/url] ([url]http://www.skyhookmodels.com/order-planet_express.htm[/url])


Thank you, I wasn't sure if any was doing any Futurama stuff!!  :)
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: GTX_Admin on July 25, 2014, 02:24:22 AM
Part of RAAF Advert Campaign:

(http://www.aereo.jor.br/wp-content/uploads//2011/12/AirForceEvolutionFuture1280X905-RAAF.jpg)

Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: GTX_Admin on May 17, 2015, 06:36:46 AM
(http://collectspace.com/review/boeing/s1c_reuse04.jpg)
(http://collectspace.com/review/boeing/s1c_reuse05.jpg)
(http://collectspace.com/review/boeing/s1c_reuse06.jpg)
(http://collectspace.com/review/boeing/s1c_reuse07.jpg)
(http://collectspace.com/review/boeing/s1c_reuse08.jpg)
(http://collectspace.com/review/boeing/s1c_reuse09.jpg)
(http://collectspace.com/review/boeing/s1c_reuse10.jpg)
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: GTX_Admin on June 28, 2015, 06:13:04 AM
Just love the look of this one:

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-RCVZj1vbj6s/TaaqCHWpVQI/AAAAAAAACvY/ImOkirVF5TQ/s1600/1.jpg)
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: elmayerle on June 28, 2015, 07:45:12 AM
From Deviant Art. Various Orion III Images:

([url]http://fc08.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2014/118/c/8/separation_anxiety_by_arcas_art-d3e2y70.jpg[/url])

([url]http://fc02.deviantart.net/fs70/i/2011/069/e/5/orion_iii_staging_by_drell_7-d3bc0pv.jpg[/url])

([url]http://fc07.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2014/118/2/a/reach_by_arcas_art-d3aydgq.jpg[/url])

([url]http://fc07.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2014/118/d/0/on_orbit_by_arcas_art-d3banbv.jpg[/url])

([url]http://fc05.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2014/118/3/8/moonrise_over_orion_by_arcas_art-d3d8o26.jpg[/url])

I'd really love to see some one illustrate the launch as described in Clarke's novelization.  I keep thinking of a booster stage that resembles a massively scaled-up Hawker P.1134 and carries the Orion to launch altitude/velocity.
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: ChernayaAkula on June 28, 2015, 09:16:28 AM
Just love the look of this one:

([url]http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-RCVZj1vbj6s/TaaqCHWpVQI/AAAAAAAACvY/ImOkirVF5TQ/s1600/1.jpg[/url])


What were they trying to do? Nuke the Man in the Moon?  :o
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: elmayerle on June 28, 2015, 11:17:29 AM
Just wanted to really make their mark?
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: GTX_Admin on June 28, 2015, 12:34:30 PM

What were they trying to do? Nuke the Man in the Moon?  :o

Well, he just kept staring at them... ;D

Actually, I think it might be tied to Project A119.
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: GTX_Admin on June 28, 2015, 12:51:45 PM
I'd really love to see some one illustrate the launch as described in Clarke's novelization.  I keep thinking of a booster stage that resembles a massively scaled-up Hawker P.1134 and carries the Orion to launch altitude/velocity.


Have you seen this:

(http://www.admiraltymodelworks.com/admiral/images/stories/virtuemart/product/sffm25-01.jpg)
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: elmayerle on June 28, 2015, 11:37:16 PM
I'd really love to see some one illustrate the launch as described in Clarke's novelization.  I keep thinking of a booster stage that resembles a massively scaled-up Hawker P.1134 and carries the Orion to launch altitude/velocity.


Have you seen this:

([url]http://www.admiraltymodelworks.com/admiral/images/stories/virtuemart/product/sffm25-01.jpg[/url])

No, I hadn't seen it.  It looks somewhat plausible,  I was going with the concept I described because it also comes close to a reusable two-stage-to-orbit concept Clarke used in his earliest novel, Prelude to Space.
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: Weaver on June 29, 2015, 01:17:02 AM
Proposed reusable launch systems:

Airbus's ADELINE: http://www.theengineer.co.uk/aerospace/news/airbus-announces-adeline-space-launcher-recovery-system-and-plans-for-orbital-electric-tug/1020473.article (http://www.theengineer.co.uk/aerospace/news/airbus-announces-adeline-space-launcher-recovery-system-and-plans-for-orbital-electric-tug/1020473.article)

(https://images.duckduckgo.com/iu/?u=http%3A%2F%2Fi.dailymail.co.uk%2Fi%2Fpix%2F2015%2F06%2F08%2F15%2F2973247600000578-3115080-image-a-1_1433774752521.jpg&f=1)

United Launch Alliance's Vulcan: http://www.theengineer.co.uk/aerospace/news/reusable-vulcan-space-rocket-unveiled-by-united-launch-alliance/1020206.article (http://www.theengineer.co.uk/aerospace/news/reusable-vulcan-space-rocket-unveiled-by-united-launch-alliance/1020206.article)

(https://images.duckduckgo.com/iu/?u=http%3A%2F%2Fspaceflightnow.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2015%2F04%2FNC3_SMARTReuse413201561546PM63-1024x576.jpg&f=1)

Both of these use the idea of recovering the expensive bits of a spent first stage booster (engines & electronics) but letting the empty tankage crash/burn up. Both also avoid the recoverable bits coming down in the ocean, which significantly increases the time and cost of refurbishing them.

I had a similar idea years ago, but mine had the engine section coming down on a deployable para-glider and landing on air-bags on any bit of dry land, so kind or a combination of the two. I'm not sure it's glide ratio would have been good enough though, unless there was an island (natural or artificial) under the flight path.
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: Frank3k on June 29, 2015, 01:41:09 AM
If you do a Google image search for the triple nuke-the-Moon rocket illustration, the artist is listed as a "Chesley Bonestell"... even though it doesn't look at all like his style and it clearly signed "Ward '57'
This artwork is from Eagle Annual #8.
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: Frank3k on June 29, 2015, 01:46:59 AM
The ADELINE reminds me of the Revell "Helios":

(http://www.projectrho.com/public_html/rocket/images/radiation/helios.jpg)

Write-up: http://www.projectrho.com/public_html/rocket/realdesigns.php#id--HELIOS (http://www.projectrho.com/public_html/rocket/realdesigns.php#id--HELIOS)
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: Weaver on November 03, 2015, 11:36:20 PM
Concept rescue helicopter by Katsuhiro Otomo

(http://40.media.tumblr.com/f67504f4af71b86f9e5caccf8c2ca0be/tumblr_nwaklkhMEp1sndzdgo1_1280.jpg)

Found on Adam Rowe's very interesting 70s Sci-Fi Art Tumblr page:

http://70sscifiart.tumblr.com/post/132471574911/concept-rescue-helicopter-by-katsuhiro-otomo (http://70sscifiart.tumblr.com/post/132471574911/concept-rescue-helicopter-by-katsuhiro-otomo)

He has a Twitter account that's well worth following too: @70sscifiart
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: GTX_Admin on November 04, 2015, 02:34:59 AM
Cool
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: Goonie on November 04, 2015, 04:14:35 AM
Is it me or the similarity is striking:
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: Alvis 3.1 on November 04, 2015, 04:41:53 AM
There were serious thoughts of using a nuke on the moon to blow chucks of regolith back to Earth. Seriously. Carl Sagan worked on the math behind it, and it was certainly within the technological capability of the US to do in the near future (from a late 1950s perspective).
Imagine that mission going wrong?
"Uh, Washington? We've lost control of our Moon Missile, and it's going to hit the Earth sometime in the next three months, give or take 8 weeks. And the bomb is armed..."
At least if it had hit the moon, it would have been a little harder for idiots to deny it happened. "Yes Johnny, your grandfather was looking at the moon back in 1963, with his 12 inch telescope. That's why he has that hole burned through his skull."


Alvis 3.1
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: Frank3k on November 04, 2015, 06:37:29 AM
That was Project A119: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_A119
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: Weaver on March 11, 2016, 09:44:48 AM
Illustration of "today and tomorrow" space hardware in New York Mirror Magazine, April 28, 1963.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CdOIJVLUYAAYxNd.jpg:large)

https://twitter.com/HumanoidHistory/status/708059261704622080
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: finsrin on March 11, 2016, 03:41:45 PM
That would be a nifty poster.
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: Jeffry Fontaine on April 20, 2016, 03:12:01 PM
Found on FaceBook and tracked the link back to EpicStream.Com - Video Compares The Sizes of Spaceships and Space Stations From Different Mov (http://epicstream.com/videos/Wonderful-Video-Compares-The-Sizes-of-Spaceships-and-Space-Stations-From-Different-Movies)

Which turns out to be a YouTube video at this link: https://youtu.be/m_Loc7qX7FI (https://youtu.be/m_Loc7qX7FI)


The music is a bit distracting but there is always the volume control... :)
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: GTX_Admin on April 21, 2016, 02:13:21 AM
Interesting to see the Star Fury alongside the TIE Fighter...gives me ideas.... >:D
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: Weaver on April 21, 2016, 07:12:37 AM
I tidied up the montage of Rogue Trooper flyers from 2000AD that I did for posting on Twitter:

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CghU7rCWIAEK41H.jpg:large)
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: taiidantomcat on April 28, 2016, 03:26:43 AM
(http://mygaming.co.za/news/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Bundleopolis.jpg)

(http://thegg.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/gog-dot-com-has-launched-their-bundleopolis-sale-campaign-header.jpg)

for the Bundleopolis game sale
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: KiwiZac on October 12, 2016, 03:46:38 AM
Does anyone know if there have ever been any stories, comics, books, whatever, canvassing the idea of Mars as a penal colony? The idea came to me a couple of days ago - use Mars like Australia, with the convicts working to terraform/make the planet habitable.
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: GTX_Admin on October 12, 2016, 04:32:57 AM
Does anyone know if there have ever been any stories, comics, books, whatever, canvassing the idea of Mars as a penal colony? The idea came to me a couple of days ago - use Mars like Australia, with the convicts working to terraform/make the planet habitable.

Warning if you Google "mars penal colony" ;)
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: KiwiZac on October 12, 2016, 05:40:31 AM
Sigh. I should've waited until I got home. I really, really hope the work IT folk don't see that  :-[
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: GTX_Admin on October 12, 2016, 05:59:22 AM
You were warned...
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: The Big Gimper on January 02, 2017, 08:20:39 PM
Homeworld Ship size comparison

(https://scontent.fxds1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/15780857_1448914905149191_2526540341936876480_n.jpg?oh=8df0f5e96debac5dbc1beeb0e23c7fbb&oe=58E206B7)

Source: Facebook
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: taiidantomcat on January 05, 2017, 04:01:22 AM
building on the above video's comparing sizes in the HW universe:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qG3stLXpZ2w&t=1s (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qG3stLXpZ2w&t=1s)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNpqdFBhgp8 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNpqdFBhgp8)
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: GTX_Admin on February 23, 2018, 03:59:00 AM
(https://image-store.slidesharecdn.com/aaca803f-046f-4671-827b-097bcbcee87e-original.jpeg)
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: The Big Gimper on February 23, 2018, 05:05:03 AM
(https://image-store.slidesharecdn.com/aaca803f-046f-4671-827b-097bcbcee87e-original.jpeg)

Wow! The Lockheed Martin X-333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333.
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: Frank3k on February 23, 2018, 06:09:09 AM
And by the look of the corrugated sides, made by Fokker or Junkers.
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: GTX_Admin on February 23, 2018, 06:44:46 AM
And by the look of the corrugated sides, made by Fokker or Junkers.

 ;D
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: Story on March 25, 2018, 11:48:51 AM
NASA Admits Alcubierre Drive Initiative: Faster Than The Speed Of Light
http://www.thescinewsreporter.com/2018/03/nasa-admits-alcubierre-drive-initiative.html (http://www.thescinewsreporter.com/2018/03/nasa-admits-alcubierre-drive-initiative.html)

(https://futurism.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/alcubierre-warp-drive-overview1.jpg)
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: Story on December 18, 2018, 11:35:58 PM
Found this while self-educating about the artist Boris Groh (https://www.artstation.com/borisgroh (https://www.artstation.com/borisgroh) ).

Walkers and a pair of Gepards, a BMP2 and maybe a T62?
https://cdnb.artstation.com/p/assets/images/images/013/761/665/large/boris-groh-97.jpg?1541003367 (https://cdnb.artstation.com/p/assets/images/images/013/761/665/large/boris-groh-97.jpg?1541003367)
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: Old Wombat on December 19, 2018, 12:14:30 AM
Found this while self-educating about the artist Boris Groh (https://www.artstation.com/borisgroh (https://www.artstation.com/borisgroh) ).

Walkers and a pair of Gepards, a BMP2 and maybe a T62?
https://cdnb.artstation.com/p/assets/images/images/013/761/665/large/boris-groh-97.jpg?1541003367 (https://cdnb.artstation.com/p/assets/images/images/013/761/665/large/boris-groh-97.jpg?1541003367)

Very dystopian artwork. :-X

Interesting but, oh so dark! :-\
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: Story on January 05, 2019, 03:30:44 AM
Blade Runner Blimp, by Adam Savage and  modelmaker Kayte Sabicer*.
https://www.tested.com/art/makers/862049-adam-savages-blade-runner-blimp-replica/ (https://www.tested.com/art/makers/862049-adam-savages-blade-runner-blimp-replica/)


* http://kaytesabicer.com/ (http://kaytesabicer.com/)
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: GTX_Admin on January 13, 2019, 02:44:03 AM
(https://media.licdn.com/dms/image/C4E22AQFff-n1Z3DwpQ/feedshare-shrink_8192/0?e=1547402400&v=beta&t=laJHiG4jB8292dnkmlrDBCdkzU6mDAZw8vBBuBYcfKY)
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: The Big Gimper on January 13, 2019, 04:52:25 AM
Venture Star!  Awesome find Greg!
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: Story on January 14, 2019, 02:13:06 AM
SPACE NAZIS (https://waldo.villagesoup.com/media/Common/CourierPublications/2015/8/12/1559787/t1200-ironsky.jpg) / Nazis in Space backgrounder
http://www.armaghplanet.com/blog/nazis-in-space.html (http://www.armaghplanet.com/blog/nazis-in-space.html)


Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: elmayerle on January 14, 2019, 10:16:38 AM
The article was quite well done.  I did leave a comment though about V-S Day which is a pretty good read and mentioned another novel using Sanger's project, Hell's Gate which has it's implausible elements but, in the right hands, would make a great retro-technothriller action movie along the lines of the first "Indiana Jones" movie.
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: kerick on January 14, 2019, 11:52:07 AM
It does make the point that Germany just couldn’t afford to build such craft.
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: Story on January 14, 2019, 08:38:17 PM
and mentioned another novel using Sanger's project, Hell's Gate which has it's implausible elements but, in the right hands, would make a great retro-technothriller action movie along the lines of the first "Indiana Jones" movie.

?
https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062412546/hells-gate/ (https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062412546/hells-gate/)
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: jcf on January 23, 2019, 04:07:46 AM
Good article, it really struck a nerve with some morons.  ;D
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: Story on March 11, 2019, 10:23:57 AM
1927 Concept for a “Desert Ship” (Wüstenschiff) by German engineer Johann Christoph Bischoff
(https://i.pinimg.com/564x/f9/6e/51/f96e510f76421a55ba414fc8b25f25fd.jpg)

The planned specs were:

Length: 60m

Height: 18m

Passenger Capacity: 300

Floors: 4

Wheel diameter: 15m

Wheel width: 2.5m

Wheel material: Solid iron

Motorization: Two diesel engines
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: finsrin on March 11, 2019, 10:39:18 AM
Thatz a kitbash concept inspiration.  :smiley:
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: elmayerle on March 11, 2019, 11:17:35 AM
Thatz a kitbash concept inspiration.  :smiley:
Perhaps start with a kit of one of the larger paddle-wheeled steamships (is a kit of the Great Eastern available?) and replace the paddle wheels with driving wheels as a beginning.
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: finsrin on March 11, 2019, 11:54:19 AM
Thatz a kitbash concept inspiration.  :smiley:
Perhaps start with a kit of one of the larger paddle-wheeled steamships (is a kit of the Great Eastern available?) and replace the paddle wheels with driving wheels as a beginning.

Check out R/C vehicle wheels for something large.
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: Story on March 11, 2019, 10:54:34 PM
Thatz a kitbash concept inspiration.  :smiley:

First tweek - wood hull and wood wheels would strike me as lighter and cooler.
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: GTX_Admin on March 12, 2019, 02:22:02 AM
Liking that
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: Story on April 23, 2019, 11:30:00 PM
Found on social media - UFO lamp
https://i.pinimg.com/564x/ba/18/25/ba1825b6d94c83f55cfcd9e296de3cd0.jpg
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: kerick on April 23, 2019, 11:55:03 PM
Nice
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: GTX_Admin on April 24, 2019, 02:36:53 AM
Classic! :smiley:
Title: Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
Post by: Old Wombat on April 24, 2019, 08:08:42 AM
 ;D :smiley: