Updated: March 15, 2008; April 30, 2011
The major advantage of spacecraft is that they can look any which way, for the simple reason of not being restricted by the atmosphere or gravity (more or less). While airplanes must have lift surfaces, the spacecraft merely need to be keep the cold vacuum of space from entering the hull. For all practical purposes, a beer can or a stuffed Teddy could be classified as spacecraft.
I have recently drawn a pair of these craft and will show them here. While not overly aesthetically pleasing, they do have some interesting angles. Fortunately, you'll be spared the drone of my usual commentary as talking about the features of these sci-fi gadgets is beyond even me. The proper lingo should probably include difficult words like hyperspace, subspace, anti-matter, phasers etc. To avoid future ridicule of me persona, I'll refrain from doing it. Talking about planes and castles might be excused; rambling about geek-rockets might not.
Here's the same pair of models, only re-created using Kerkythea, after exporting them using SketchUp Importer for Google SketchUp and rendered with photons and ray tracing and magic and whatnot. You will like this. My dream of making near-realistic models is coming true, finally. Nirvana. Spledidski.
OK, so we have two ships, the slender: Vampire, which is about 30-40 meters long and Fatso, which is about 600-700 meters long. Now, let's see them again, this time against some stunning space imagery straight from NASA's bakery.
First, let's see what my Aniken Skywalker wannabe can do. Here's a nice poster image:
And the same one, only in dark metal tones:
An image from below:
Zooming on the sexy engine units:
Deep-space exploration begins here. The images were all taken from NASA's archives and untouched, except placing the model and slightly tweaking the lighting. The images do look a little flat, but that's expected, since there's no light dispersion in space, which makes the spacecraft looked decaled. But if you take a look at real imagery from orbital vehicles, you'll see the same effect, so I'm all covered here.
Engine nacelles and the elaborate, shiny struts:
Now, this is one of the best images. It looks like one of them Star Trek scenes:
This one ain't any less good either:
And here's Batman:
Some third-party images were used for the model backgrounds. I would like to thank the creators for their beautiful and inspiring work, which made into my models.
Space backgrounds taken from NASA.
That would be all.