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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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CreeperMaster343 Featured By Owner 1 day ago
yeah, the keyship is quite big
justinedavis426 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2018  New Deviant Student Traditional Artist
Omfg someone actually made this!?!? Wow my brain hurts this is beautiful!
finious Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2018
First, I LOVE this. Second, do you have a sortable list or spreadsheet online somewhere with all the ships in this illustration? If so, where can I find it? If not, I was thinking of making one with maybe a key so you can easily find the section of the illustration where that ship is found.
AlienRobotGhost Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2018
I'm sure you are getting tired of suggestions for ships to add, but if you do any more at all, it HAS to be that huge "spear-like" ship in "Chronicles of Riddick"......You know, the one that impacts the ground and ushers in their invasion force and then symbolizes their conquest when they are through converting or killing everyone on the planet......
BlubberNuggetz Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
😛Dalek spaceship yyeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh.😛
KhorentheRelentless Featured By Owner May 31, 2018
The glorina class battleship is the same size as the biggest ships here. That's nice to know.
Scottscraper Featured By Owner May 30, 2018  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
I read an article about the ten biggest spaceships in sci fi, and the biggest by far was the alien mother ship from Independence Day. Number two on the list was the Death Star at 87 miles long, and the mother ship is 470+ miles long!
Scottscraper Featured By Owner May 29, 2018  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
That Independence Day mothership. MOTHER OF GOD.
Alleton Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2018
That's not the mothership, the mothership wouldn't fit on this chart....

(Unless that's what you were conveying, in which case, apologies.)
Scottscraper Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2018  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
I actually read an article about the biggest spaceships in science fiction, and the true mothership from Independence Day is definitely not the one in the picture, like you said. However, at the time I WAS referring to the one in the picture, because it is listed as the mothership in the picture. So you're fine. LOL.
Korasu367 Featured By Owner May 19, 2018  New Deviant Student Artist
There is Stargate, Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah !! !!!!!!!!!!!!
NicksterDagames Featured By Owner May 19, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Seeing the Warhammer 40k ships makes me happy.
li0nw0lf Featured By Owner May 13, 2018
Is the Aurora from subnautica on there?? I know its not really that popular but it is a new hot indie game sensation (tm)
Skycommand Featured By Owner May 2, 2018
This image still appear among the hottest images of this website.

Since the creation of this poster, Blizzard Entertainment has released StarCraft: Legacy of the Void, which features the Spear of Adun. This ship is 74.547 × 17.204 × 9.139 kilometers.

Also, I am not sure if I have mentioned this before, but Kushan Mothership is canonically 41.37 kilometers tall.
tantian6891 Featured By Owner May 1, 2018
thank you for update.
I didn't notice yet
DoctorPeguin Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Where's the Death Star?
Scottscraper Featured By Owner May 29, 2018  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
OMG, good point.
Scottscraper Featured By Owner May 29, 2018  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
I just read the description, and the Death Star isn't on there because the size limit for the chart is 24,000 meters.
Krishna2313 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2018
This one gave my mobile phone a heart attack?... processor attack? Whatever, it's too brilliant
perrylegocity60134 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
whoah... this is definitely amazing 
i had too much of a pleasure to scroll around
MamboCat Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*looks for the TARDIS*
UpsideDownPen Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2018  Student Filmographer
I can't find the doctor
Help me!
Wildfire-of-Mars Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2018
Y e s

My cathedrals with jet engines! (40k ships)
Sarcasticool Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2018
Is the Orville included?
GoTomArrow Featured By Owner Edited Apr 3, 2018
This is brilliant. Just one small request - even though viewing at full resolution, the fonts are still a bit small and pixely when zoomed in. Would it be possible to render out a 200% resolution of the current one? I know your pictures may not scale well, but at least the fonts would look better, which would be great for printing in a big size.

In fact, what about a PDF version? Photoshop can render PDFs with embedded fonts. This would also allow to search for specific ships and would make for a really great and future-proof preservation of this fantastic document!

(I created this account just to post this comment)

Edit: P.S. Is the Supremacy (Mega-class Star Dreadnought) anywhere on this? (Just read more of your description. Too big. Got it!)
Onikage108 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2018
It's amazing and nauseating; like a rollercoaster!
DragonBlade666 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2018
This is simply genius! Thank you for this piece of art.
Nightshaders Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Where's the CSO-Class supercarrier from Halo? I see the CAS-Class, and these are very similar in appearance but very, very different in size, with the CSO-Class being 28.9 kilometers.
Medieval75 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2018
You spelled harbinger wrong on the Mass Effect Reaper ship. Quality work by the way.
CodyR95 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2018
While they look similar, the Imperial Leviathan Factory Ship is actually a World Devastator
JTNGUYEN1994 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2018
Starcraft 2 Legacy of the Void - The Spear of Adun update please
Ionenschatten Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2018
I miss the spear of adun :c
Demothi Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have to favorite this so that I can see about buying prints of this (I will buy it in a way you earn on it because that's a lot of work) for some of my friends and myself. Really awesome image and I love the concept!
ElliotDenton Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
An ultimate collection of spacecraft of all time... Any chance of getting this as 3D scene?
CaligulaClone Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2018
Where's Rama????

NO RAMA???????
superluscious Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2018
EncrtiaDude Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2018
That's... That's amazing. Very nice work. I think one of the greatest pieces I've ever seen on DeviantArt so far. Just in awe.
Catdestroyerofworlds Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
It... it's all here...

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axelfirekirby Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
if you had this as a fleet how powerful would you be?
alexichou90 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2018
over nine thousand
axelfirekirby Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Airplanes7 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What about the Orville or the Chimeran battleships from Resistance 2
decoylady90 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2018
Just got this printed. Ordered a poster style print at Sam's Club 24x36 inches; due to small review print size, I couldn't see if I got it all in...I did cut off the following: not included based on top edge is "starship size" on Left and  "Republic-class star destroyer" on right; at bottom best way to tell where it is cut off is for "the fifth element earth navy battle ship" all you can see is the words the fifth element. Could probably benefit from 2-3 more inches width and 1 more inch in length if the option is available to you. The print itself turned out great and the writing, while tiny, is legible and ships aren't blurry.  
Mann-of-LaMancha Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Smartdonkey: You don't have the Earth colonist sleeper transport vessel "Avalon" (from the movie "Passengers")!!!
Captain Obvious: Duh, this was posted 4 years before that movie was even made, broh.

Bottom of the chart, but thanks for providing Farscape vessels in the comparison. Amazing compilation, kudos!
DarkHermes443 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2018
Is the death star on here by chance?
Mann-of-LaMancha Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amidst all the blabber up above:

"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 organization, 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"
Selina727 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2018
Egg Carrier is roughly 550 meters, from Sonic Adventure 1.
ginandra Featured By Owner Edited Feb 19, 2018
hey! Man I haven't touched deviantart in years, I had to go back to my email to have my acount restarted solely for the purpose of this coment!
My godfather's bday is coming up, he is very special to me and I want to give him something meaningful. I really want to give him this print as a present, but when I went to print it, it was pixelated. I was wondering what are the chances of having the whole thing vectorized, I do profesional design in Illustrator, maybe we could work together on this, what do you reckon? 
ELmeiu Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2018
¡ADVERTENCIA! ¡Sigue leyendo! ¡O morirás, incluso si solo miraras la palabra advertencia! Una vez había una niña llamada Clarissa, tenía diez años y vivía en un hospital psiquiátrico, porque mató a su madre y a su padre. Se puso tan mal que fue a matar a todo el personal en el hospital para que el gobierno más decidiera que la mejor idea era deshacerse de ella, por lo que armaron una habitación especial para matarla, lo más humanamente posible pero la máquina no funcionó. que estaban usando salió mal. Y ella permaneció sentada en agonía durante horas hasta que murió. Ahora, todas las semanas, el día de su muerte, regresa con la persona que lee esta carta, un lunes por la noche a las 12:00 a.m. Se arrastra a tu habitación y te mata lentamente, cortándote y mirándote sangrar hasta la muerte. Ahora envíe esto a otras diez imágenes en este sitio, y perseguirá a alguien que no lo haga. Esto no es falso Aparentemente, si copia y pega esto a diez comentarios en los próximos diez minutos, tendrá el mejor día de su vida mañana. Te besarán o te invitarán a salir, si rompes esta cadena verás una pequeña niña muerta en tu habitación esta noche. en 53 minutos alguien dirá que te amo o lo siento
Raszagalex Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wish you gave xiaorobear some credit for the Zerg and Protoss drawings, actually.

StarCraft to Scale by xiaorobear
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