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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.

Full view is massively advised. A download of the image in full size is also possible.
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Batkrom Featured By Owner 3 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, the ship from Independence Day is one of the most biggest
Teru909 Featured By Owner 4 hours ago  New member
You Should add ships from Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion. That would be Awesome to see, but i don't think adding the Star Bases would be a good idea. Or the Titans, but hey if you do add, it would be awesome!
Nowato Featured By Owner 10 hours ago  Student General Artist
You. Are. Crazy o:
Superovermind Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love it ^^ Especially cause you put the Zerg Leviathan on here. She's beautiful ^^ Truly impressed. Also, considering the ISS is like, a speck in the sky, confused with stars for us... almost half of these ships are viewable from earth without a telescope. I mean, fuck, if the Leviathan was orbiting, there would be eclipses from her passing over.

Its amazing, though. All of it. Well done <3
DPSDXB Featured By Owner 1 day ago
How can we download or purchase the full sized one? The download one in here has a poor quality when zooming in
DPSDXB Featured By Owner 1 day ago
How can we download or purchase the full sized one?
ThunderLightMuffin Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Filmographer
OOOh I remember commenting on this a while back! How big would earth be on that?
Chris000 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Student Traditional Artist
Mantle's Approach - do eet. 341 kilometers high, 142 kilometers long! 
alekzorn Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New member Hobbyist Artist
I absolutely love this chart, truly amazing!!! Thank you!
Crock101 Featured By Owner 2 days ago
The reapers are so tiny on this cart. They would be fucked if we had ships as big as just the ones from star wars.
DragoonMaster-26 Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Honorverse ships. YAY !!!! :happybounce: 
atomicbuster Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New member
Man, this is great. Lots of detail. Some ships I'd completely forgotten about. But, dude, seriously. The Enterprise took almost 45 minutes to fly across/through V'ger's vessel. Where is V'ger's vessel??? Also MIA is the Event Horizon.
Gagomk Featured By Owner Edited 2 days ago
Wow, amazing chart! I had no idea that the crucible was that big. 
cail-couture Featured By Owner Edited 3 days ago  Student General Artist
This is incredible ☻ I hate to be that person, but anyone mind checking out my page? ☻
Chessplayer16 Featured By Owner 3 days ago

Star Trek Ships are TINY. XD
Ultimate-Jasper Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Bet you can't spot wonder woman's ship.
Ultimate-Jasper Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Can you spot the Futurama or Metriod ship?
MatHav-13 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  New member Student Digital Artist
What is that big black thing next to the eclipse class super star destroyer?
Ultimate-Jasper Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
It took all my might to not say "A long dick" when you asked that. (Not including that one.
lunatak619 Featured By Owner 3 days ago
When i download it i have a subtle but noticeable quality lost, there´s any chance can i get this in the best possible quality?
shadowclone01 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  New member Student Artist
One of your Star Trek ships is labeled wrong. It's Species 8472 not Species 8427. Might want to change that soon.
wellis Featured By Owner Edited 4 days ago
Regarding the H'varr Kann dreadnoughts, aren't they 22 kilometers in length? IIRC that's their length in the Wing Commander novels. Where did you get your figure for their length from?

Also the First Federation ball ship is 1.6 kilometers in length, not 2 kilometers.
ElwisFromPoland Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Someone seems to had a LOT of free time on their hands...
MRDuhLulz1 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015
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 Apr 25, 2015
Do non Film Ships qualify too? if so you missed the whole Perry Rhodan  universe

Great! work
RikBardoon Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015
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 Apr 24, 2015
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 Apr 24, 2015
pas commun, magnifique !
PepitoBenito Featured By Owner Edited Apr 24, 2015
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 Apr 25, 2015
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 Apr 25, 2015
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 Apr 25, 2015
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.
PepitoBenito Featured By Owner 5 days ago
I'd imagine the Bentusi vessels would need to be equally as large as the Kushan/Hiigaran mothership classes, as their entire race is indeed nomadic, living exclusively on their ships, and, it would seem, they are all integrated into their ships in the same way Karan S'jet is.  I'd imagine this would require quite a lot of tech and space.  And they may not have the same factory/hanger requirements, but as they are a civilization of traders and seemingly repairmen, I'd assume they'd still need vast amounts of space.

As for standard warships?  That's where things get complicated.  One can argue their size based on how they appear in-game when compared to the Mothership, but one can also argue that unit sizes are scaled inaccurately to real-world sizes in favour of gameplay reasons.  Most RTSs do this.  Look at the size of Terran battlecruisers in Starcraft 2 compared to cinematics.  It's pretty much exclusively conjecture.  There's a pretty good video on Youtube comparing sizes of ships in Homeworld 2, and I feel like those numbers are pretty reasonable, putting a Hiigaran battlecruiser just over 1 km in length, making it roughly Star Destroyer sized.

You are correct about crew compliments, but also consider that a Nimitz-class carrier is a military vessel.  While the Mothership is designed with potential military conflict in mind, it's primarily a colony vessel, and one would assume it would come with more/bigger personnel facilities than a military ship, like cabin space, schools, medical, recreation, etc.  Again...a whole lot of speculation, but I digress.  The only solid number ever offered up to us is in dispute.
wellis Featured By Owner 5 days ago
I'm a little surprised none of the manuals told the sizes of the ships, other than for the Hiigaran mothership.
digitalkami Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015
I had no idea the Forerunner Keyships were so large.  Thanks for this!
asqwerty3345 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015
CSO-class supercarrier should be added in
raphaelweird Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
every ship inside the TARDIS... could it be the next update!
dlefevre Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015
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 Apr 22, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
i wonder where my fleet of ships would end up...
bernito2 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015
Fulbtzs-Berrentzs Class Mothership should be the biggest(its airlocks are 14-16 km deep!)
Gorzakk Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015
Excellent work!

Is there any chance of putting a few of the ships of Elite: Dangerous in there?…
follarin63 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015
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.
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