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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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TeslaEffect Featured By Owner 9 hours ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No Gurren Lagann shipsSimons Starshades 
blacklion68 Featured By Owner 2 days ago
My god... It's full of starships...=P (Razz) :) (Smile) 
OWildish Featured By Owner 2 days ago
do you remember those saucers from "Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 A.D."?
URS17010 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student General Artist
Holy mackerel:-O
Racso97 Featured By Owner 4 days ago
That foreruner dreadnought is effing huuge!!!
Khasdannyanlord Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Student General Artist
hooooly space!!!!!
Ross42899 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015
This is an impressive size chart. Well done! But IMO it would be nice to have additional "focused" views of this chart, just sorted by the specific TV show/movie/game. So I mean one chart showing only the Star Wars ships, one chart showing only the Trek ships and so on.
momomo544 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I know we can print for personal use, but I'm not sure if you're ok with other people selling prints of your stuff, if you aren't, these guys are selling your stuff with no credit:…
BigBigZ Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015
dam usefull, nice work
Aristodes Featured By Owner Edited Jan 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And now, some people will probably want the Spear of Adun from Legacy of the Void (final chapter of Starcraft II). Seems like it is too late for that.
unnamed731 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
You really have to add the Mantle's Approach. :O
KenScherer Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely awesome! I love it! Dirk, that's an amazing collection! 
Zackzick Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015
Great stuff. Could an alternative to replacing the text be to save the image file in higher resolution? (Assuming that you have the original design in some vectorized drawing program format)

// Tom
Daroga1 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Galaxy Class Star Trek ship willl always be my favorite.
PokeFusher Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Jesus Christ, lord almighty.
JDMD-54 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i cant even begin to say how confusing it is trying to figure out which name goes to what ship. still cool tho
PessimistCid Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014
Most impressive.

Sins of a Solar Empire?
MasterMindMicrobe Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  New member
Oh man, ein deutscher und kein Perry Rhodan!? Unperfekt :D
LatiasPrime Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014
I feel small.
justinsbuzz Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014
how long and how wide is this chart, pixel wise?
HL4E Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014  New member
Is the Lexx ship in there somewhere?
leow193 Featured By Owner Edited Dec 18, 2014
Are their any Metroid ships in there ?
Sporthand Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Student Artist
Hmm, nice arrangement, but I need to learn those design pattern.
Quad-Pulsation Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014
I wonder which shielding system is stronger. The one on the Shivans' Lucifer destroyer or the City Destroyer Mothership.
xxVectorZeroxx Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014
holy shit someone updated this thing! and its even more terrifying then ever before!
D-04 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
esto simplemente es hermoso, cuanta historia y nostalgia en una sola imagen... snif snif :D 
BigMackintosh Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Hobbyist
What about adding the Dogosse Giar class ''General Revil'' from Gundam Unicorn? It's the biggest ship in the UC Gundam timeline at 630m long
chibiBiscuit Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is awesome! :D
alphawesen Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  New member
is it possible to change text and maybe graphic to vector?
i would love to let a pro print this in a size about 1,50mtr to 2mtr in height
But the text seem to be very unclear and pixely like the ships too.

Thanks for this awesome collection.
RenoBlade Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now someone has to bring all these into Freespace2 and have battles betwen all these factions at once :D
EDIT: Now try and add the Super Mother ship from Independence Day!
phantomlegacy Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014
Out of curiosity. What makes you think the sizes of Atlantis and the Hive ship are such? The Daedalus is 450m and there is a picture from the show showing the Daedalus and a hive together. From the two pics… one can estimate a hive as about 5500m long. The Super Hive ship now. I dunno how big it is. There isn't really much info to go off.
Varanduil Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  New member
Yeah, I've seen a couple of these types of charts over the years. They never seem to be consistent with each other. (Or with the shows/media they come from). According to the image you linked there though, if you grab a ruler and do some simple calculations, you'll find that the Wraith Hiveship is ~11.6 times larger than than the Daedalus. If we take the Daedalus's size to be 450m (which seems about right), then the Wraith Hiveship ends up being ~5200m. And, on another note, for some reason, all Wraith Hiveships seem to be the same size.

Now, how big is Atlantis though? And is the Daedalus really 450m? Those I have no clue. (But it seems that SG has some serious scaling and consistency issues; things will seem way bigger in some scenes than others, at least from what I have noticed).

One last thing though, I believe they said that the Super Hive was something like 3 times bigger than a normal Hive. Or it might have been "2-3 times bigger". *shrugs*
tatabar Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  New member
Jupiter 2 (1960's and 1990's) both too small?
sonic670 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  New member
Where can I find download full big size high quality so can print a poster?
sonic670 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  New member
Where can I find download full big size high quality so can print a poster?
ArtStude3n2 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you click download
Sirius-Tattoo Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I was looking for High Charity from Halo on there. I saw the Forerunner ship though and realized how small it was in relation to the city inside High Charity though haha.
DarthSithis09 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
lol same reason the Death Star isn't on there.... Moon size ships are just to big 
Akapnos Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014
Wonderful compilation - I love it
Yitsul Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Matoran Universe/Mata Nui from Bionicle
o0Ch1cken0o Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014
This is great! You should add the subspace emmissary ship from smash bros brawl
Magpul2025 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have seen a lot of cool deviations, but this for sure makes the top 3! This is seriously awesome; nice job dude!
imagineESP Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014
*mandalorian, *sovereign-class star destroyer :)
this is majestic
LTIKE Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014
suggest adding the unsc infinity(5.6 km, believe thats right give or take .2 km), covenant super carrier (29km)from halo, and high charity(halo, thing is massive 300km tall)
snake40000 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014
Are you planning on adding the Abyss-class Battleship? From 40k? or in this case 32k.
Drag0n-Princess Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014
Maaaan, I nerded like a boss with this :D
Blue-Jedi Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014
Jere'c flagship Vengeance is never shown in these charts.  Oh well.
Jigglenomicon Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014
some of these ships are so huge that they must have their own gravitational / orbital pull :O
Cryogenx37 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014
I wish DeviantArt would show the times this picture was updated, there's now more ships that I haven't counted!
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