05 December 2007

3D Challenge #018 - One person spaceship

Note: Please read the guidelines for participating in the challenge. The purpose of the challenge is to have fun and bring SketchUp users together and help each other learn and get better at using our favorite 3d modeling program. We will remove comments that are objectionable or offensive.

This week's challenge:

One person spaceship

With very few examples available, the subject for this challenge demands a bit of imagination. We are going to model a spaceship for one person. There are no limitations to the ships purpose, size, shape, style or used technology for as long as it is designed for one person. It could be a one person fighter, an escape capsule or just a normal transportation vehicle for the future. All options are open, so let your imagination go crazy on this challenge. A nice example of a one person spaceship is the Tie Fighter from Darth Vader of the Star Wars movies, as shown in the image above.

Good luck ALL!

3d Warehouse tag: 3d challenge 018

Due Date: Wed, Dec 12 (Challenge closed)

Click here to see the submitted models for this challenge.

Cobra MK1 by Marian

2 nd Place
Flying Saucer by Jacob

3 rd Place (4 Way Tie)
One Man UFO by Jeff Myers
Scorpion Fighter by Tom (Cartographer_Tom)
Big Shooter - Steel Jeeg (Go Nagai 1975-76) by COSEDIMARCO
Simple Spacepod by SketchUp Guy

Congrats to ALL !!!!!!


  1. General notes:

    Remember to post a link to your model in the 3D Warehouse on the blog, so everybody knows you submitted it. You can use the hyperlink code creater on the frontpage of the blog to create the code for a hyperlink in your message. Copy this code and paste it in the comment box on the place where your want the hyperlink to be. More information about participating with the challenges and uploading models to the Warehouse can be found in the "3D Challenge participation manual" in the useful links section on the frontpage of the blog.

    Challenge suggestions are welcome to be placed on the blog. Items will be noted and compiled on the moderator’s list. At that point, the initial comment for the suggestion may be deleted so as to maintain a streamline challenge thread for use of posting entries for the challenge and comments to models. Challenge suggestions have always been welcomed and taken under consideration.

    Good luck with the challenge...

  2. A small preview of my next model. Work is still in progress.
    1 person Spaceship album

    A toy spaceship made of carton, pvc pipes and carton sealing tape.

    I hope I won't be out subject.

  3. Here are 2 right now I am very good @ futuristic.

    < http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/details?mid=5946cb3b3301d503b37fca423862ecf0 >


  4. I still can't get a URL tag for my models I have tried so sorry you have to copy and paste the tag to the URL.

  5. @COSEDIMARCO©: Allthough it might be a toy spaceship, it's still a spaceship for one person. So, it's still perfectly within the boundaries of the subject.

    @Jeff Meyers: You don't need to know how to create a hypelink with the code. We create a code generator for you on the frontpage of the blog. Insert the url of your model and the name you want the hyperlink to have, then press the create code button. Copy the created code and paste it here in the comment box at the place where you want the hyperlink to be. Use the preview option to check if it's alright before submitting.


  6. Hi all

    Could someone tell me the maximum number of faces that can be displayed with minimum requirements (600 MHz Pentium® III processor, 128 MB RAM, 80 MB of available hard-disk space)
    and number of faces that can be displayed with recommended requirements (2 GHz Pentium 4 processor or higher, 2 GB RAM, 500 MB of available hard-disk space/15GB for Vista, 3D class Video Card with 512MB of dedicated memory / 2.1+ GHz G5/Intel™ processor, 2 GB RAM, 400 MB of available hard-disk space, Graphics card that is OpenGL compliant with 512MB video memory) ?


  7. Hi all,

    Here's my contribution to this spaceship challenge. It's not a specific spaceship, but if I would have to think of a purpose for it I can imagine it's the future version of the present day supercar. Lots of power in a streamlined design. If I can find some time I might add an interior to the model.

    Model at the warehouse

    Image album of the scenes


  8. Bill Breen
    There should be separate areas for work,sleep and eating. For sanity.

  9. Here is my spaceship. it's a combination between a transformer, a spaceship, and a truck.

    Transformer Spaceship

  10. Hi all

    Here's my Solar Glider. I'd like to add some more details, but this time I want everyone to be able to have a look at my model, so I kept the polygon count as low as possible.
    As soon as I know how many polygons a low-end computer can handle I'll add some more details.


  11. Hi Nase,

    Nice model so far...

    Concerning your question, I don't think anybody can give you a maximum number of polygons for a specific configuration. There are still to many variables that would influence that number. Think about programs running in the background, shadows turned on/off, hidden geometry turned on/off, maximum number of polygons sketchup can handle, etc.


  12. @Nase

    An idea could be to create the model as you prefer and then create an image gallery with all the views could better show your work.

    This is the way I model too.

  13. Although in space aerodynamics are useless, and a brick would travel just as efficiently as a bullet, space ships should always "look" fast. Just to intimidate the enemy. :)

    scorpion fighter

  14. Hi Marco(?)

    I like that idea, especially the way you do it, presenting a making.of :).

    But my goal is to find a kind of a limit - like number of faces - that still can be viewed properly within SU and without the need to buy a boxx...
    The SU-developpers must have had something in mind when they released the "minimum requierements" and I'd like to know what.


  15. Hi Nase

    Minimun requirements are made just to sell software. You should know that real requirements are very different. (microsoft docet). :-)

    Marco is Ok. It's my real name.
    COSEDIMARCO just means "ThingsofMarco" in Italian.

  16. Started thinking of ideas and couldn't resist doing the intrepid Spaceman Spiff.



  17. one man rocket

    This is a one man rocket (spaceship) The wheels, chair, The body, wings were made by me.

  18. As usual, when it comes to sci-fi themes, I get a bit carried away. Here's, inspired on Star Wars B-Wing Fighter, my model for this Challenge:

    PG6-A Patrol Gunboat

    And the link to the Picasa Album

  19. Here's my toy spaceship

    Cardboard Space ship

    and the Image Album as well.

    Ooops! You have posted the spaceship post in the last 3D challenge #17 comment area. :-)

  20. Howdy All, here is my model for the 018 challenge. Thanks Marco for letting me know that I put it in 017 by mistake. I tried to render this model but after 36 hours the Ray tracing had only got to 23%. So I don't know if I'll try it again.
    Photon Vortes Racer

  21. This challenge give me the oppurtunety to go on with my collection of the the Mecha series of the '70s so...
    from Go Nagai's "Grendizer" anime, (maybe someone old man would remember this) Koji Kabuto's TFO.

    Image Gallery

  22. Last one
    Miwa's Big Shooter from Steel Jeeg (Go Nagai 1975-76)

    Image Gallery

  23. @Joe Sketchewa

    Hello Joe

    I'm sorry but you will not be able to enter the challenge with the current model. The rules prohibit use of pre-made components. All models must be created within the challenge timeframe and all original. I give you credit for stating that a component was used and being honest. Possible you can replace the rest of truck with your own design.


    Again, all models must be made within the challenge dates. You can add the tag to the models but PLEASE add something in the description or title in warehouse that these are not entries for voting. It is always nice to see work that has been previously developed and gives ideas to the rest of the community, but a statement that it is for viewing only is necessary.


  24. Here is my model


  25. @ Bluesdog
    Thanks for your indications, I've deleted the previous post with the links to my old models.
    I will only add a link to the image gallery, so someone could take inspiration :-)

    I've also update the "TFO" and the "Hover Pilder" with a new and simple (we are in the 70s) Cockpit chair.
    The one I used was a modified version of a component present in my Time Machine Challenge model.

  26. aa hi,can i make a suggestion for 3d challenge?...i guess i may..i would like to participe at a 3d challenge with concept cars :D...i hope u ll take in conssideration this suggestion...with lot respect for a good job..cya

  27. Where is my model?
    Can't find it anymore, except I follow the link I posted above.
    Had a look at 'My models' - negative and I also couldn't find it when I used the link to the other challenge 018 models. Weird.

  28. Hello Nase

    The link you originally posted works but the model in NOT in your models or in the 3d challenge 018 link. Did you update since you first posted? Sometimes the warehouse has a lag time. It is strange. Try to upload again and see if it corrects the problem.


  29. Hi Bob

    I didn't update the model; the only thing I did was creating a picasa album, but I can't imagine this interferes.
    I'll upload the model again tomorrow, need some sleep.


  30. don't feel bad Nase, mine is gone too.

    I did not update or anything, too weird.

    this happened before (can't remember when or what) but that model magicaly re-appeared just as oddly as it dissappeared. I thought it was just my imagination that time. seems google has a flaw?

    maybe aliens stole it for designing their own spaceships. boogers

  31. ok, now it's really strange, I go to my collection, and it says 22 models.

    I click it, and it says 17 models.

    I click my link here, and it goes to my "scorpion fighter" but I search that phrase and it doesn't show up.

    what the heck?

  32. Don't worry. Google is doing server maintenance or similar, it has already happened. Your models would magically reapper in a short time.

    @3D Challenge Team
    Maybe you should extend due date.

  33. Hi jacob,

    quick, change your model tag: it should look like 3d challenge 018 , flying saucer instead of 3d challenge 018 flying saucer

  34. Thanks nase. Shows up fine now for me.

  35. The following models were found in the warehouse with correct tag and within the challenge timeframe, But no blog entry was found. They will be added now.

    Spaceship by Coasterdude184

    Space Ship by ilikepie

    Simple Spacepod by SketchUp Guy

    Space craft by Maurice S.

  36. here i made a maglev train