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Horizon USSR space station

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Horizon Orbital is one of the first - and remains one of the largest - fully self-sufficient orbital installations. Designed before the spread of the standardized station projects, in the early expansion era when each station was an individual project and a massive undertaking, it was laid down in 2157. Seen at the time as both a symbol of mankind's newfound aspirations and - in a much more pragmatic sense - a significant investment in attempts to shorten the supply lines and centralize logistics, the project proved immensely successful, and a lot of later large-scale zero-g construction projects took their cues from the Horizon. Built with modularity in mind, the station has seen constant extensions and extensive reworks. The shipyard and manufacturing arms were added in 2225, making the Horizon the biggest and longest serving space station in the history.

Personal project I've been busy with for a while. I thought about making a large-scale piece, fairly grounded sci-fi piece like this for a long time. The station was inspired mainly by the old soviet illustrations and the nostalgia for 70s sci-fi and depictions of space exploration era. I wanted to make a tribute to that era - modernized and grounded, but still resembling the old illustrations.

At 130 million polygons, the model is at a practical limit of what you can achieve with Sketchup on a generic PC. Any higher, and you'd need a professional workstation. I worked on it in spare time, and it took three months to complete, and it would probably been even slower if I din't end up using my kitbash. Even with it, details were the biggest time sink - since this was a personal project, I could afford to go through the design and detail each part, and I did.

The kitbash I've made for it is now on sale in the store: check it out! www.artstation.com/karanak/sto…
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thecollision998New Deviant

space station!this girl resembles a whole colony!

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TigerEstoqueHobbyist General Artist

Wait , you made this in SketchUp? wtf dude...

Delta406's avatar
Delta406Hobbyist Photographer
The technical details make the sheer beauty of this piece even more staggering. 
mhe608's avatar
Absolutely in love with this station!
ButILikeTauNeutrino's avatar
Oh. My. Holy. Freakin'. Goodness. It's beautiful!!
Does it rotate around its main axis?
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VitaZheltyakovProfessional Digital Artist
Amazing
wyky's avatar
wykyHobbyist Digital Artist
Very impressive, awesome work well worth the time!
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DemonicCriminalHobbyist Digital Artist
GIGANTIC! I can't even imagine what nerves of steel it took to finish this, even knowing some parts may have been reused, it's absolutely stunning!
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MIgerusanTTEProfessional Digital Artist
You are mad Karanak, you know that, right? hehe jk Awesome skills and details, your work never disappoints.
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reyraoStudent General Artist
You should work at CIG
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KaranaKProfessional Digital Artist
no way
hobbitshire's avatar
Great detail, especially with the planet as a background.
MajorWraith's avatar
просто шикардос, ты лучший Каранак обожал твои арты еще с Елитгеймза, как же хочется побольше такого в этой жизни....
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KaranaKProfessional Digital Artist
Спасибо, приятно слышать.
2662450188q's avatar
苏维埃还行
Sun229's avatar
旁友泥嚎
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苏维埃还行
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COELEBORNHobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome! Lov the details!
JQuasarD's avatar
Whoa! Awesome. Commendations!

Your attention to detail, your colour choice and lighting are superb.
geraldscar's avatar
Amazing... Remember me USG Ishimura
CharlieFleed's avatar
wouldn't the solar panels be mounted on motors and be turned toward the Sun?
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DESTROYERsansPapyrusHobbyist General Artist
Cool, my friend would like this
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Richard-James Traditional Artist
Russia should biodome the moon.
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I love it :3 !!!
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