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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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MRDuhLulz1 Featured By Owner 1 day ago
WHAT!? The Forerunner Dreadnought is almost as large as the Eclipse and Executor???? :O :O

Wow, that was a heck of an excavation on at Voi...That thing was huge enough to compass over a city.
Mascant Featured By Owner Edited 1 day ago
Do non Film Ships qualify too? if so you missed the whole Perry Rhodan  universe

Great! work
RikBardoon Featured By Owner 2 days ago
I plan on downloading and printing this image out for a full-size poster. It will be difficult, but very worth it.
Before I do so though, I had two questions I wanted to ask.
1) I saw you had Firefly/Serenity ships, but I did not see the Firefly-class freighter? Did I miss it, or is it too small to show on the chart?
2) It's a bit obscure for a science fiction, but it did have a spaceship for a bit, and you have a fair number of obscure series on there already, so... Would you consider Buckaroo Banzai's ship from the end for it? Or would that be too small?


P.S. A friend looking over my shoulder noted that there's no Guardian of the Galaxy yet. Is this also planned? If so, I'll wait to print out the poster until the update!
wellis Featured By Owner Edited 2 days ago
Dirk I just found out from the Homeworld wiki that the Bentusi Mobile Harbor is like 5312 meters in length (…). Don't know if you'll change the size of the Bentushi ship but if so, here's the information. Maybe it's not correct, I don't know.

Also here's the info that Pepito was talking about:…
amod58 Featured By Owner 2 days ago
pas commun, magnifique !
PepitoBenito Featured By Owner Edited 2 days ago
It may have been mentioned before, but after reading the Homeworld Remastered historical briefing and artwork book, I think the ship sizes need addressing, since (as you mentioned) up until the release of Remastered we only had conjecture to work off of.  While no ship sizes are directly stated, the scaffolding upon which the Kushan Mothership is built is directly said to be 25.6 kms in length, and the Mothership itself is similar in length (taller than the scaffold if measured by Y axis, almost as tall as it is long if measured on the X axis).  This means all the Homeworld ships are actually vastly larger than depicted in the chart, with the Mothership being between 20-28 kms in height, most of these ships should be about 8-12 times the size, meaning the Progenitor Dreadnought could be nearly as large as a Titan from Eve.  Sajuuk and Bentus Harbor could be over 40 kms long, making them by far the largest ships on the chart.

This size bump makes sense too, when considering the function of various mothership class vessels in the Homeworld universe, as they are mobile factories, command centers, hangers and colony ships for hundreds of thousands of people all in one ship.  The art and design in this universe also has a very 'huge, daunting and ancient' scope to it, with examples such as the ruins of Tanis showing ancient artificial structures in the backround that are mind-bogglingly large.
wellis Featured By Owner 1 day ago
While I know it's mentioned about the Kushan Mothership being much bigger in the manual, wasn't there something about the rest of the ships actually being scaled correctly in HW1 and HW2?

Something about that is mentioned here:…
PepitoBenito Featured By Owner 1 day ago
There is still some dispute over the ship sizes to be sure, but with Gearbox taking over, and releasing their own manual/artbook, I'd consider the content written there to be canon, since Relic never officially confirmed any ship sizes (only said the scaffolding was not 25 kms in length) and Gearbox now owns the rights.  Even if you ignore what's written in the manual, the Mothership would probably need to be significantly larger than 2 kms in height, when housing 600,000 cryo-pods with necessary life support equipment, a regular crew of 50,000, a complex command and communication center, huge factory facilities and multiple hangers for fighters, corvettes and resource gatherers.  Not to mention the multiple layers of armor on the hull, and basic systems like weapons, munitions, engines, hyperspace core, etc.  Being 20-40 kms in height may be a stretch, but I also don't buy it being roughly the same volume as a standard Star Destroyer, a warship exclusively, with none of the facilities or crew/colonist capacity found on the Mothership.
wellis Featured By Owner Edited 1 day ago
How big would standard warships be then in your opinion? I could imagine the Kushan Mothership being so big due to primarily being an armed colony ship but for ships like the Bentusi Harbors, wouldn't they be sorta less massive due to to the Bentusi being primarily a nomadic civilization and having a lot more ships to call upon compared to the Hiigarans/Kushan? Are their Harborships like arkships something or more akin to mobile repair ships? Because if they're more focused on repairing vessels I could imagine them not needing to be as big as a "mothership" due to focusing more on repairing and less on living space.

It's funny but IIRC many people actually underestimate just how many people can be packed into a ship. Nimitz-class nuclear carriers hold up to 5000 personnel despite being only 333 meters in length.
digitalkami Featured By Owner 3 days ago
I had no idea the Forerunner Keyships were so large.  Thanks for this!
asqwerty3345 Featured By Owner 3 days ago
CSO-class supercarrier should be added in
raphaelweird Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
every ship inside the TARDIS... could it be the next update!
dlefevre Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Every time I look at this I look for Earthship Ark from the Starlost.

It does fall outside of your parameter because it is 320 kilometres long, though it actually would fit onto the chart.
Sawtooth44 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Artist
i wonder where my fleet of ships would end up...
bernito2 Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Fulbtzs-Berrentzs Class Mothership should be the biggest(its airlocks are 14-16 km deep!)
Gorzakk Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Excellent work!

Is there any chance of putting a few of the ships of Elite: Dangerous in there?…
follarin63 Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Just amazing man !!!

Can you ad the battleship of Captain Flam


 and Albator  first battle ship :…

second battleship  :…


Kelly-Starks Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015  New member
Oh dude, you should get a stipent from all science fiction.  ;)
BoneBreakerPL Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015
THIS IS SO EPIC La la la la 
And very informative.
Big thanks for your awesome job! Clap 
JerryBick Featured By Owner Edited Apr 18, 2015  New member
This is epic. Is the comet empire larger than 240000 meters? I would have thought it no larger than the cut chillers from ID.
Dman2015 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015  New member
Hi we would love to work with you in making this into a mural. Cannonwalls dot com. New site. ;)
gmodexo Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015  New member
Does this contain anime ships? 

such as Sidonia?

FnaF Icon - Vincent (Drunk) 
JerryBick Featured By Owner Edited Apr 18, 2015  New member
It's got some of the Space Battleship Yamato ships (Starblazers). But no Comet Empire (or Zordar's dreadnought ship inside it)? Are they >24km?
Witolman Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015
I need a bigger screen.
gadyariv Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015  Professional Filmographer
how is the Tardis not in here? 
DirkLoechel Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015
Q: And where's TARDIS?
A: It's both too large and too small for the chart.
Darth0Sidious Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015   Photographer
holly mother of space ships ... this is simply epic!!!
Plasma-Wolf-4X Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015
I love the image, but how can I find anything? I'm looking for the Great Fox, for example. You said it's in there but it's so small compared to just about everything else, I can look for ages.

Also, I can't find the Venator star destroyer used by the republic...
Zhanrae30 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Where's the real USS Enterprise? (the aircraft carrier)
DirkLoechel Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015
Not in space, sorr. It would be seriously small too in comparison (but at least viable). I might add a huge container ship for reference, though.
Zhanrae30 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
No, i mean, i kinda swear there was a USS Enterprise in the older pictures, so i was expecting it to be here too.
DirkLoechel Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015
In Dan Carlsson's image (…), which inspired mine, there were ships - the Imperial Japanese Yamato, the USS Enterprise and another.
wellis Featured By Owner Edited Apr 18, 2015
Is the United Planets cruiser, C-57D, shown on the chart? It's from Forbidden Planet.
DirkLoechel Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015
No. Wanted to add it, but it's below 100 meters and would only be a pixel and a half in size.
Bloodwolf-Xx Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is awesome I love it.
UnfailingEalge Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015
Since you can't add ships 100 meters and 24000 meters you could try making a separate poster for smaller ships and one for bigger ships.
snnrslnx Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Or a higher resolution
DirkLoechel Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015
Smaller ships, yes. Currently trying mself at a larger ships poster, but running into issues with sizes (the vary considerably more than 01 to 24 km) and resolution.
astromarine Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015  New member Student Artist
the elder craft world ships are planet size just so you know....
SAMASzero Featured By Owner Edited 5 days ago
That's the Craftworlds themselves. Craftworld Eldar *Fleets*(i.e.: fleets protecting and serving the Craftworld) are on the same scale as other Battlefleet Gothic models.
astromarine Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New member Student Artist
oh so they would not count as a space ship but mobile planet.
scientistB Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
The good old Egg Carrier <3
Although I'm still sure as heck that the Sky Deck stage was ten times larger than it.
hjpenndragon Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015  Professional General Artist
if it's possible----can you also please add in the ships from the game series Xenosaga? :D
DirkLoechel Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015
I have the Durandel, Wogelinde and Lohengrin in the lower let quadrant's lower left corner.
hjpenndragon Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015  Professional General Artist
oohhhh! coolness! i didn't notice it at first. sorry about that. XD
whysoaegyo Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015  New member Student General Artist
JadedGamer5 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015
I found Moya and Talyn from Farscape. My life is now complete.
razor117 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015
Scenes from Halo 2: Anniversary show a brief, 3D model of the Covenant's Unyielding Hierophant. It's a massive refit/refuel station that the Master Chief helped obliterate in the novel, "Halo: First Strike"
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