The Eternal Silence is a small but heavily armed and armored transport ship.
Ships of this type are popular with mercenaries and small private cargo
operators. They are revered for their sturdiness and versatility, being well
suited to a variety of tasks from high-risk cargo, to VIP transport, courier
services, commando operations and even close air support.
It can theoretically be flown by two people, although a typical crew will have
at least four (pilot, co-pilot/gunner, engineer, assistant engineer). Without
additional passenger modules, it has berthing space for up to 13 people. Travel
time without refueling/resupplying is on the order of several weeks.
The exterior is supposed to convey that the ship is armor plating over a bare
hull. I had the overall external shape laid out for quite some time before
deciding on further details. It is inspired in part by a ship from a rather obscure
computer game also called Eternal Silence. Further inspiration for the exterior
comes from the Mass Effect games, as well as Apache attack helicopters and
submarines. Inspiration for the interior comes from every submarine and museum
ship I have ever been to.
When designing the interior I ran into two problems. Firstly, I didn't know what
to put into the ship, making the rooms look bland and empty. Secondly, it didn't
really feel like I was building a real spaceship because the machinery I did put
in looked random and without pupose. Then it hit me: these two problems solve
each other! What I would need to do was approach the build as if I was designing
an actual spaceship. A generator would not just stand around, it would need
fuel. The landing gear would need motors to move, requiring power lines leading
to them and so on.
So I went full hardcore. I laid out a ventilation system for the ship, a
hydraulic system, emergency evacuation routes, fuel lines, maneuvering
thrusters, almost every part I put in has at least a pretend purpose. This greatly
increased the "density" of the ship as well as doubling the fun I had building
it. The result is a ship exactly the way I envisioned it: crammed, utilitarian,
The entire ship was created in LeoCAD and rendered in POVRay. More pictures and a guided tour of the details can be found at my Brickshelf gallery: http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=521984
Part count: 19777
Length: 222 studs (176 cm / 69 in)
Width: 64 studs ( 135 cm / 53 in)
Height: 40 bricks (38 cm / 15 in)
(Assuming a scale of 1 ft per stud and 6/5 ft per brick)
Length: (67.6 m / 222 ft)
Width: (19.5 m / 64 ft)
Height: (14.6 / 48 ft)
Build time: ca. 200 hours
Time from first concept to completion: >2 years
Render time: ca. 15 hours (78 pictures) at 2000x1500