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Size Comparison - Science Fiction Spaceships by DirkLoechel Size Comparison - Science Fiction Spaceships by DirkLoechel

Q: Is it okay for me to download and print the poster?
A: Of course! I may never be making money off it and sell it via DevArt's poster-print service, but that doesn't mean this may not be printed by you (and since you cut out the middle man - me - it's even cheaper for you than if I sold it to you!).

Q: Why isn't the Death Star/CSO Carrier/V'Ger/other large ship on the chart?
A: For reasons of image quality and chart organisation, only ships between a minimum of 100 meters and 24000 meters are applicable for this chart, sorry. Arbitrary? Yes! But I had to draw the line somewhere.

Q: And where's TARDIS?
A: It's both too large and too small for the chart.


The last update

For real this time: This is the final major content update, though if there are issues I'll still fix them. I also haven't forgotten I wanted to vectorize the writing. It's still on the radar. But content-wise, I think that is about all I can put in.

Also, I added the ISS. For scale. It's on top, with a yellow frame so it's relatively easy to find.

Lots of errors fixed, lots of new ships too. Well, off for now, but I'll be replying in the comments more or less regularily.

Also added a few more ships and switched the Eternal Crusader for the Legate Class battle barge, which is a class ship and not a unique ship.

Major update

This is probably at least for the forseseeable future the last round of adding ships. I have pretty much all I wanted now (excepting some old scifi, and many Anime series, which tend to not have many usable images). Lots of new content. Including:

-> UPDATE for Mass Effect! It now features the Crusible and two little new Geth ships.
-> UPDATE for Star Trek! It now features the Narada and a couple more small ships courtesy of Euderion.
-> UPDATE (smallish) for Star Wars, which now features the CIS Supply Sphere.
-> UPDATE for Star Blazers, whcih now features two Gamilan and 3 EDF ships.
-> UPDATE for Halo, which now features the Forerunner Keyship.
-> UPDATE for Robotech/Macross, which now features a few more MAcross 7 ships, such as the Meltrandi.

-> NEW: Freespace! Shivans, Vasudans, Terrans, New Terrans!
-> NEW: Dune! Thanks to Euderion, I finally got a model fo a Heighliner and could add this series. Also: Harkonnen and Guild Frigate, Emperor's own frigate
-> New: Transformers! The Nemesis and the Axiom. Sizes are soemwhat guesstiamtes. I'm happy I found useful images at all, though, and size in Transformers is ... well.
-> NEW: Ulysses 31! One of these little shows I remember from saturday morning toons in my childhood. Model courtesy of JamesMargerum, visit his gallery for a larger version that does this nice design a lot more justice at… .
-> NEW: Starfox! The Great Fox ship.
-> NEW: Toho Kaiju Movies. Because there's more madness there than Godzilla, Motha and Megalon!
-> NEW: The Hithhiker's Guide To The Galaxy! Much demanded, this adds the HEart of Gold and the Titanic 2 to the chart. If anyone has a definite source on the size of a Constructor, PLEASE LET ME KNOW! Thanks!
-> NEW: Sol Bianca! More space pirates!
-> NEW: Freelancer - also sorely missed by many.
-> NEW: X³! Lots of pretty sizable ships here.
-> NEW: Monsters vs. Aliens! It's massive, that ship.

And that's it for now. Enjoy the new-and-improved chart!

Another Update! Look!

This has some stuff that has been much demanded. Most notably: Mass Effect! Sorry, but I only found low-resolution images for the crucible; hence, it did not make it. If anyone has a high-res image, link it please, and I'll see if it can go in in another update. Also, since I haven't said so before: Credits for the Musashi, Trafalgar and Phoenix models go to Annihilator102 and the Sins of the Prophets team.

Other new stuff:
- Spaceball One
- The Black Hole's USS Cygnus
- 2001's Discovery One (it's actually tiny on the chart, though)
- 2010's Cosmonaut Leonov (not so tiny, size taken from official blueprints)
- Stargate:Destiny's Destiny and the Stargate:Atlantis' Atlantis (also the Replicator ships); size from this chart:…
- The Honorverse! Lots of Manticoran and Havenite ships, based on 's work.
- Avatar's ISV VentureStar
- other small stuff I surely have forgotten to mention. It's 4 am here. I'm kind of tired.

Much still to do, but my next project will not be more ships, but vectorized text for all those who want this chart as a poster.

New Update! And thanks to the folks who featured my work!

Newly featured:
Wall-E (Axiom, Zephyrus and Epiglottus city ships, based on the size calculation here:… )
Dead Space (sizes mostly based on Dead Space Wikia and conjecture)
Star Citizen (Size based on the Star Citizen Wiki)
Galaxy Quest (Sizes taken from a Chart compiled by Dan Carlson, who inspired me for this chart)
Space: Above and Beyond (Sizes taken from a Chart compiled by Dan Carlson, who inspired me for this chart)
BattleTech (several Inner Sphere and Clan ships; based on )
Wing Commander (Sizes mostly via )
StarCraft (Sizes and ship images taken from: )
Homeworld (based on conjecture, the Homeworld wiki which has everything except sizes, and a few fanmade charts)
Close Encounter (image via Smithonian; size conjecture based on film clips)
District 9 (Image internet; size wikipedia)

Added to existing listings:
Romulan Mining Ship, USS Odyssey, and USS Vengeance (Dreadnaught-class) for Star Trek

I realise this is again no Mass Effect. I am having serious trouble finding both usable art (side views, as untilted as possible - some compromise is doable, but not too much that the shape of the ship ends up distorted). If anyone has either an artbook or images that work, PLEASE let me knoe (via note, since comments have gotten a tad overwhelming). Same with the Hitchhiker's - anyone got something solid on the Heart of Gold and the Vogon ship?

Also, by popular demand: the Tardis is already on the image. Whether it's on the Red Dwarf and .25 pixels large or ALL ofthe image is your choice, it's probably both, anyway. ;)

Anyway, this is not the final update. Dune still needs to be done, a couple other stuff, and maybe I can finally find some useful Mass Effect stuff. It IS sorely missing. I am very aware of that!

For the sake of usability, I am experimenting with coloured backgrounds (muted, not to take away from the ships) for easier finding of the ship you are loking for.


This is a sorely needed update to my size comparison tables. For 40K, I now used the updated Rogue Trader sizes where applicable, resulting in much larger 40K vessels. Also, no battleships are present because there simply is no canonic size available on them. I kept s Eternal Crusader in (at 10 km length, because I figure it is close enough to the Vengeful Spirit, which has a given size), and the Malleus Syndicate's (… fantastic civilian ships because I just like them. Most ships, though, are Rogue Trader vessels. And yes, it's still mostly Imperium. Ork ships, Eldar Ships and the likes may be added in the future though.

Edit 4: The next Update! The chart now features the following series, universes and tabletop games:
Star Wars (Expanded universe, G-Canon whereever possible)
Star Trek (official stats)
Stargate (official stats)
EVE Online
Warhammer 40.000
Babylon 5
Battlestar Galactica (both series)
Titan A.E.
Legend of Galactic Heroes
Starship Troopers (TV and Movie)
Aliens vs. Predator universe
Lexx - The Dark Zone
Red Dwarf
Event Horizon
The Irresponsible Captain Tyler
Martial Successor Nadesico
Space Pirate Captain Haarlock
Silent Running
Independence Day

Slated for the next update: District 9, Battletech universe, maybe more Macross, more classic sci-fi movies. Recommendations welcome!

Edit 3: Yeah, so that last edit: I lied. Here's a new chart.

This chart now covers: Warhammer 40.000, Star Trek, Star Wars, Farscape, Battlestar Galactica, Starship Troopers, V, Halo, EVE online, Titan A.E. and Robotech. It'S ... a lot of starships, to scale as best as I could find out the relevant scales. I used various online sources - specific wiki, other size comparison charts (especially Jeff Russell's and Dan carlson's), and other fanmade sites. Sometimes there were conflicting measurements, and I had to make a choice (I usually picked the larger one). Star Wars fans: I go with G-Canon, if in doubt. Yes, I liked Westwood games too. It's not canon anymore. There's worse things.

Edit 2: This is the last edit on this, I promise. It's a massive update though, including more ships from Star Wars, as I finally found decent images of a Souvereign! New stuff includes a few extra ridiculous ones (eh, torpedo egg?), more superdestroyers, some wacky superweapons, and a TON of all-new ships from Battlestar Galactica, EVE online, Halo and Stargate.

Edit: Added Chaos warships. Overlooked these before in Battlefleet Koronus. And Eldar, Ork, Rak'Gol and Kroot. More to come, maybe, if new supplements add new ships.

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coldhands Featured By Owner 3 hours ago
you missed the ALIEN and PREDATOR ships. also matrix and stuff from avatar.
ADE-doodles Featured By Owner Edited 3 hours ago  Professional General Artist
:clap: outstanding
Naushmere Featured By Owner 4 hours ago
achitea Featured By Owner 9 hours ago
wiki Culture Spaceships Iain Banks and see what a world of ships really is. His largest GSVs held billions of humans. Banks has passed away, so no more Culture books.
bobybobkell Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New member
no death star?
bobybobkell Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New member
no death star?
qwarry Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New member Professional General Artist
The actual Serenity, a Firefly class ship or is it to small?
Ganjamira Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Professional Artisan Crafter
You are my hero!:love:
maryyleena Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New member Student Digital Artist
:o (Eek) 
Razer144 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Artist
i thought these were all guns... -_-
dorashouldprint Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Event Horizon!! Found it! :D :D :D
OwenChester Featured By Owner 6 hours ago  Student Digital Artist
Dear God…
MrQuicksilver1 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Student Traditional Artist
Spaceball 1 totally visible from zoomed out view! (this has become my criteria for a reasonably large ship one these charts XD
DarkShroud86 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool! I guess the T.A.R.D.I.S. would be too small to see on this...
TheGermanCity Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New member
This is certainly impressive. The thing from real life seems pretty dinky in comparison to everything else. And I would recommend putting the larger and smaller vessels on separate works.
Nightwind-Dragon Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Thank you for adding more fuel my love of Science Fiction.
FireRingStudios Featured By Owner 2 days ago
This is freaking awesome!!! 
SFaccountant Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Beautiful. Just beautiful.
I especially like the Spaceball One crammed in the middle there XD
Skycommand Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New member
Er... Homeworld Kushan Mothership at 2138 meters?

I don't know from where this ridiculously small number comes, but the Homeworld manual states that its height was about 25 kilometers, more than anything in the diagram. It was supposed carry 600,000 people in cryogenic pods, arrayed in 6 crayo trays and widely spaced. 2138x610 meters doesn't even fit, not to mention the 50,000 crew, so many docking bays, weapons and spaceship factories, etc.
drblackguy Featured By Owner 2 days ago
I'm planning to put this on a poster for my dads birthday, but im not sire what size would show the ships name and information clearly. I was thinking 24 X 36 inches. what would you suggest?
Shadefeather682 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Student General Artist
i'm guessing the Borg Cube was too big.
Geoffjm Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Fantastic art!! Tried to find it but is the Liberator from the BBC Blakes 7 on here?
axleonex Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Student Digital Artist
This must have been so much fun to make!
whisperor Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Where's V'Ger from Star Trek?
babuOO Featured By Owner 2 days ago
what is the favorite tech one?...!!
Zetla48 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New member
Not enough spaceships ...
Zetla49 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New member Student Artist
XD this guy dont have a life
m33kd4g33k Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Umm, the Citadel/Crucible shouldn't be on there. The Citadel alone is like 45ish km long, ~4.5x the size of the one in the image that has the Crucible attached. Not to mention nearly twice the "24,000" meter limit.
pmccork Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Simply amazing!
deaduleas-Oc-united Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Robotech ah ha yas long time no see found one of the ships looking for the sdf 1-3 im having a hard time spotting them ....o.o
shadowfalcon76 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome work, but it's worthless. Not a single Gradian Federation ship or Bacterian Empire Core...

I understand the Vic Viper itself was never close to being 100 meters (the entire production line of all the models would still be a dot compared to most of these), but both Gradius and The Bacterian Empire do have some larger ships that would easily show up here. Was surprised they weren't here, all the other series here considered.
Bacara96 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New member
olafanderson Featured By Owner 2 days ago
I've been a fan of your work for a few years now, it must be a big undertaking. I have a few questions I didn't see addressed above 1. I couldn't find the Destiny from Stargate Universe (just the seeder ship) and the Wraith Hive ship is WAY too big. Going off the image of the Daedalus within a hive in one of the episodes, your previous version of it being 3,000 meters seems much more accurate. Regardless, great work, look forward to having this turned into a banner for my wall, the size of my entire wall.
Kimico80kimico Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Larscatson Featured By Owner 3 days ago  New member Student Digital Artist
RaptorRed79 Featured By Owner 3 days ago
So.... Many.... Beautiful.. Ships :jawdrop:
Dilly89 Featured By Owner Edited 3 days ago
Holy ship!! O_O
SnowblindOtter Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Missing the Death Star.
Zee-Oh-Em-Gee Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
The Death Star is certainly more than 24,000 would fill the whole page.
SnowblindOtter Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Isn't the diameter of the Death Star close to a thousand kilometers or somethng?
Zee-Oh-Em-Gee Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
If that's the case, 1,000 * 1,000 = 1,000,000 meters, far larger than 24,000. :meow:
SnowblindOtter Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
That's why it should be in there! But, you know, it's not.

I'm not saying it's aliens, but...

Zee-Oh-Em-Gee Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, yeah. It would take up the whole chart. :D
SnowblindOtter Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Make a bigger one =D
Zee-Oh-Em-Gee Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist

I thought this would be fitting
Yukimor Featured By Owner 3 days ago
This is beyond incredible. My god. The research, the skill that went into making them perfectly to scale...
tiifoxchase Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Where's Red Dwarf?
Hunderbuns Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student Traditional Artist
It's the big red one. Zoom in on it for a better look.
sailorrob Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Awesome. The only thing I'd say to add would be the Dark Aster from Guardians of the Galaxy if you ever do another update. But I do understand how this project could go on forever if you never stop adding stuff. It's awesome as is. 
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