This variation of the Soyuz spaceship was designed to be compatible with the Buran space shuttle. In a case of emergency on board Buran, the Soyuz spaceship would dock to the Buran orbiter and evacuate the crew.
Three models of the European Red Wood Ant Formica rufa. The models represent the three castes: The female worker and queen, and the male drone. I made the ants for a personal book project about a Wood Ant colony.
The female worker ants are relatively small, wingless and sterile. Nearly all ants in a colony are workers. They do a huge variety of works in the colony. For example: They take care of the queen and the brood, repair and expand the nest or leave the nest to forage for food.
Queen ants resemble large worker ants. Distinctive differences are the lack of long hairs, the voluminous thorax (it contains the flight muscles), the wings and the large glossy abdomen. The main purposes of queen ants are the founding of a new nest and the production of eggs.
Male ants look very different from female ants. Their body is dark, the head is small with large compound eyes, they are winged and the shape of the abdomen is lengthy. The only purpose of the short-living males is the copulation with virgin queens after the nuptial flight.
An accurate 3D-Model of the Soviet space shuttle “Buran”. The model was created in cooperation with Vadim Lukashevich for the Buran.ru project.
The real Buran project was cancelled before the completion of the spacecraft. The only remains of the project are incomplete prototypes and mock-ups. My task for this 3D model was to create a completed and fully fitted version of the Buran shuttle, based on original plans.
The outside of Buran is relatively well documented, and I could rely on original plans and photos. Reference material on the design of the interior (like the payload bay and the modules) was very limited. In order to create a convincing model, I put a lot of effort into the design of this areas.
I’ve built the model as detailed as I could. My goal was to create a model, that works in long shots and extreme close-ups.
In addition to the spacecraft, I also build two modules that were designed for Buran. The grey module is the docking module. The spherical part is connected to the main cabin and contains the airlock. The cylindrical part contains an extendable tunnel and is equipped with an APAS docking system at the top.
The cylindrical module located in the middle of the cargo hold was a prototype for future modules. The module was also equipped with scientific instruments for the test flights of Buran.
Another important part of the model is the landing gear. The construction of the gear was quite difficult because I had no information on the exact dimensions of its components. I had to find the correct proportions visually, with photos as reference.
A 3D-model of the spaceship Kliper (Клипер). I build the detailed model for an illustration project during my illustration studies. The task of the project was to design a hypothetical article for a magazine. As subject, I chose the the attempt of Russia to build a reusable replacement for their old Soyuz spaceships. After finishing the illustration project, I continued to work on the model and tried to build it as detailed a possible. The result are the following renderings.
Some closeups of the model. They show the tiled heat shield, the service module, sensors, rendezvous antennas, engines, etc.. The last closeup shows the rocket adapter with integrated escape rockets.
The ship is designed to carry six astronauts. They sit in the winged front part. The cylindrical back part contains the docking equipment, instruments, oxygen and fuel. At the end of the mission only the front part with the crew returns to earth. The back part remains in space and gets destroyed when entering the earth’s atmosphere.
My version of Kliper isn’t 100% accurate. The references I used were very rough, and the design procedure wasn’t finished when I build the model. To compensate missing information, I used a lot references of the Space Shuttle, Buran and other similar designed spaceplanes. This method helped me, to develop a convincing 3D model.
After finishing the model, I created a space environment to show, how the Kliper spaceship would look like in space.