I think this one is my favorite. I would like to know, do you have a good idea of how the interiors would look in your mind? These vessels look very believable. It appears that every detail has a purpose for operation and not "just there" for aesthetic reasons. The hulls look strong and have no blind spots. It looks like you have an understanding that there is no right-side up in space with the exception of interior floor plan. This is amazing! Im going to keep referring to this image for the next 27 years whenever I plan to make anything from a kitchen table to a super-duper moon sized battle station!
He, he, thank you very much good Sir! Yup, I have a fairly good idea about the interiors, and I will make one at one point. This particular ship is 18+mb in size, and there is simly no more "power" in my pc to design it all. Doing interiors is a whole other kettle of fish though, and the detailing is, well. time consuming. This is because in order to make it believable, detailing level goes all the way down to doorhandles, and in a 60 deck ship with a typical deck size of 2 square kilometers, well.. If you take a look at my blog, you can read some more about the Solaris, and some other stuff I have been posting.
Wow thats incredible. Im still staring here at your Solaris design.
Well this is what I had in mind. What if you designed the interior to be viewed from a 3/4 cutaway image similar to how artists illustrate the interiors of most of the Star Wars ships similar in size. Although most of it is digital painting, you could manage it well with sketchup too. It even has a cutaway tool. I know the file is huge already but if you set up the model to be seen from a particular angle you could composite the interior into the exterior. The two files would never have to see each other in a master file at any point.
He, he thank you! I have seen these shots before, and they are great. Yes, something like this is absolutely doable. The biggest problem isn't actually file size, I'll allways find a way around that, since the exteriors aren't really important i a design like this, the hull can be super simple, to the extent of just showing the outline. No, the major hurdle is the super time consuming job of acually doing it, since the level of detail has to be down to human scale. You see by the time I get to the point in a design when I'm happy with the way it looks, I usually have another ship lined up, and want to go on doing that one instead. So it's all down to lazyness and growing tired of a particular project, that is the biggest issue. Having said that, however, I am in the process of designing the interior of the bridge on the Centauri, and I'll do more interiors as time goes on. There are still hundreds of concepts to invent, and explore and I want to do them all! I am very glad you like the Solaris, I'm quite happy (for the time being) with the way she turned out. If you want to study it indetail, you'll find the whole ship in three separate files on 3D warehouse. Just download one and copy/paste the other two. I've got it and some other models there, so just knock yourself out. There's a link from my DA site, or you can just search Scifiwarships. Yust bear in mind that the whole model is 18mb..
I totally understand. I tried to do that once with one of my models. I'm just not quite there yet. For now Im just mapping each deck in top view in photoshop using screenshots of cross sections of my sketchUp model. Im sure you are familiar with the cross section tool. Ya I'll have to check that out! I wish I had more time. homework homework homework...
Oh wow.. Thanks, that 's a really nice complimet man. I built them using basic Sketch Up. It's a free 3d design program delivered by Google. Anyone can do this. It has taken me a year or so to get to the level I am now. Thank you very much for the comment.