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Mechanika, Revised and Updated by Doug Chiang

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Designing a Small Spaceship

Fighter Ship

Small spaceships are improbable machines, but the laws of physics don’t play a major role in creating effective designs. Often dramatic purpose is more important. For example, wings and large cockpit windows really aren’t practical in space, but as visual icons they are key to making the design effective.

Tools

Surface

Premium white 28-lb. (105gsm) color copier paper, 11" × 17" (28cm × 43cm)

Markers

Black; Cool Grey 30%, 50%, 60%, 70%

Other

8-inch (20cm) 45°/90° plastic triangle with inking edge

12-inch (30cm) metal ruler

Daler-Rowney Pro White opaque watercolor paint

Fine-tip black pen

Pointed round kolinsky sable brush, 116" (2mm) diameter

Small and large ellipse guides, sizes 10°– 80°

STEP 1: Marker ...

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