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Tramp Freighter by MikeDoscher Tramp Freighter by MikeDoscher
Another in a series of concepts messing around with what the more common and workaday ships might look like in some sort of space opera setting.
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bigwhitehound Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014
Well, it looks OK but with the FTL, Deflector Generator ect... out side the ship...I wouldn't want to get in to a fire fight. You could get stuck in the middle of no were.
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
Oh yeah, this isn't meant to be any kind of warship, or even durable enough to run away well. It was more of an experiment in making something a little low-rent looking without sticking to the obvious choices.
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Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Very cool spaceship, Mike!! :) I like the idea of the FTL drive being an external quick-change unit. I guess the FTL drive isn't radioactive or powered by unusually unstable power sources, as it is located right next to the crew habitat. The cargo modules fit into the ship, I take it? I always liked the obsolete tramp freighter/DY series spaceship from Star Trek- it had modular cargo containers that latched onto the outer hull. There are some design sketches here: [link].

People always like the warships, but it is the common working-class freighters that are the backbone of an interstellar civilization. XD No trade and travel, no interstellar civilization. It is always fun to see this sort of ship...
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yeah, it's the regular working vessels that really tell you the most about a civilization. The FTL here is basically not thought out at all, though I figured that since it's not classically kinetic that there's some sort of field or effect that engulfs the entire ship. I saw fit to place the drive where I thought it would be convenient from an engineering and maintenance standpoint, based on this. The remember that Star Trek design, and thought that it made an abnormally large amount of sense for that universe.
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mattyginger1212 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Really cool man wish i could draw would help with my sci-fi novel lol anyway keep up the good work
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Sokolniki Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
The addition of the manipulator arm/crane and the reasoning for it was a very nice touch.
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hotwaxonlobsters Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011
I like the concept of an external module FTL drive.
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retroboy78 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010
This is so good! Did you happen to use photoshop to make this?
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010  Professional General Artist
The drawing is pencil, but the rest (coloring, text, etc.) was done in Photoshop, yeah.
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Borgel Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009
I love the gritty practicality of the ship. Plus, its nice to see someone using fusion as their theoretical power source (its the only thing that seems to make sense to me for practical power generation).
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