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Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
« 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.

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Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
« Reply #1 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.


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« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2012, 02:33:27 AM »
Different.
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Re: Random space & Scifi ideas and inspiration
« Reply #3 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.

 

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« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2012, 03:03:46 PM »
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« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2012, 02:24:25 PM »
Where is that from?  I have seen it before somewhere.
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« Reply #8 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/

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« Reply #9 on: July 12, 2012, 07:10:32 AM »
Karim Nassar's Shooting Star
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« Reply #10 on: July 12, 2012, 02:09:35 PM »
That is extremely well done!
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« Reply #11 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.
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« Reply #12 on: July 12, 2012, 08:49:17 PM »
Peter Elson is one of my favorite Sci-Fi artists. Dedicated website here: http://www.peterelson.co.uk/


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...

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« Reply #13 on: July 22, 2012, 07:23:40 AM »
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« Reply #14 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:



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


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



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......
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« Reply #15 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 ?

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« Reply #16 on: July 23, 2012, 02:34:35 AM »
 :icon_surprised: :)
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« Reply #17 on: July 23, 2012, 03:04:57 AM »
Yeah, I do love space Hinids.



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« Reply #18 on: August 07, 2012, 10:05:30 AM »





Knew this reminded me of something:



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.
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« Reply #19 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
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« Reply #20 on: August 07, 2012, 07:25:39 PM »
Okay, sorry, but I'm lost now......??????? ???
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« Reply #21 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.
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« Reply #22 on: August 08, 2012, 12:18:39 AM »

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« Reply #23 on: August 31, 2012, 01:25:28 PM »
did someone mention Ice Pirates ??

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« Reply #24 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.



Sorry: I couldn't find a bigger image on the web.
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« Reply #25 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.

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« Reply #26 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
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« Reply #28 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.



(Note: 2000AD probably own the copyright on all these images and I'm using them for comment, not personal gain).
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« Reply #30 on: September 15, 2013, 02:27:33 PM »
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« Reply #31 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
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« Reply #34 on: September 30, 2013, 01:06:48 AM »
This looks buildable:



From here: 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/

Just a few examples:







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« Reply #35 on: October 02, 2013, 10:03:29 PM »
Some neat designs there! 8)

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« Reply #36 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...



Vaguely reminds me of Message From Space.

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« Reply #38 on: November 11, 2013, 09:55:40 AM »
That's gorgeous!!  Who's the artist?

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« Reply #41 on: December 09, 2013, 03:36:02 AM »
I like.
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« Reply #42 on: December 16, 2013, 08:23:52 PM »
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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.
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« Reply #45 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!

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« Reply #46 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.

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« Reply #47 on: April 09, 2014, 08:38:51 PM »
Must be Chinese! ;)
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« Reply #48 on: April 26, 2014, 05:20:55 AM »
Cool image:

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« Reply #49 on: May 01, 2014, 06:07:54 PM »
From Deviant Art. Various Orion III Images:









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« Reply #50 on: May 02, 2014, 02:07:58 AM »
Ooooo….I love that first one! :)
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« Reply #51 on: June 09, 2014, 06:37:34 PM »
Could do with an Orion kit....

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« Reply #53 on: June 12, 2014, 01:01:46 AM »
Super build by "volpin" Harrison Krix of the Futurama Planet Express ship:

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« Reply #54 on: June 12, 2014, 06:03:58 PM »
Wow - excellent. Is he selling them or did he just do those three?
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« Reply #55 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
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« Reply #56 on: June 12, 2014, 10:56:28 PM »
Skyhook Models has a Planet Express kit: http://www.skyhookmodels.com/order-planet_express.htm

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« Reply #57 on: June 13, 2014, 02:36:53 AM »
Skyhook Models has a Planet Express kit: http://www.skyhookmodels.com/order-planet_express.htm


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« Reply #58 on: July 25, 2014, 02:24:22 AM »
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« Reply #60 on: June 28, 2015, 06:13:04 AM »
Just love the look of this one:

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« Reply #61 on: June 28, 2015, 07:45:12 AM »
From Deviant Art. Various Orion III Images:











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.

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« Reply #62 on: June 28, 2015, 09:16:28 AM »
Just love the look of this one:




What were they trying to do? Nuke the Man in the Moon?  :o
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« Reply #63 on: June 28, 2015, 11:17:29 AM »
Just wanted to really make their mark?

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« Reply #64 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.
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« Reply #65 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:

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« Reply #66 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:



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.
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« Reply #67 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



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



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.
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« Reply #68 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.

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« Reply #69 on: June 29, 2015, 01:46:59 AM »
The ADELINE reminds me of the Revell "Helios":



Write-up: http://www.projectrho.com/public_html/rocket/realdesigns.php#id--HELIOS

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« Reply #70 on: November 03, 2015, 11:36:20 PM »
Concept rescue helicopter by Katsuhiro Otomo



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

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« Reply #71 on: November 04, 2015, 02:34:59 AM »
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« Reply #72 on: November 04, 2015, 04:14:35 AM »
Is it me or the similarity is striking:
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« Reply #73 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?
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« Reply #75 on: March 11, 2016, 09:44:48 AM »
Illustration of "today and tomorrow" space hardware in New York Mirror Magazine, April 28, 1963.



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« Reply #76 on: March 11, 2016, 03:41:45 PM »
That would be a nifty poster.

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« Reply #77 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

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


The music is a bit distracting but there is always the volume control... :)
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« Reply #78 on: April 21, 2016, 02:13:21 AM »
Interesting to see the Star Fury alongside the TIE Fighter...gives me ideas.... >:D
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« Reply #79 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:

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« Reply #80 on: April 28, 2016, 03:26:43 AM »




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« Reply #81 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.
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« Reply #82 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" ;)
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« Reply #83 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  :-[
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« Reply #84 on: October 12, 2016, 05:59:22 AM »
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« Reply #85 on: January 02, 2017, 08:20:39 PM »
Homeworld Ship size comparison



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« Reply #86 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=mNpqdFBhgp8
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« Reply #87 on: February 23, 2018, 03:59:00 AM »
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« Reply #88 on: February 23, 2018, 05:05:03 AM »


Wow! The Lockheed Martin X-333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333.
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« Reply #89 on: February 23, 2018, 06:09:09 AM »
And by the look of the corrugated sides, made by Fokker or Junkers.

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« Reply #90 on: February 23, 2018, 06:44:46 AM »
And by the look of the corrugated sides, made by Fokker or Junkers.

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« Reply #91 on: March 25, 2018, 11:48:51 AM »
NASA Admits Alcubierre Drive Initiative: Faster Than The Speed Of Light
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