Swiss Army Gangway

Concept Sketches and Early Versions Inspiring The New Model

My Ray dream Designer version of the station’s primary gangway design.  It was intended to accommodate multiple docking mechanisms


An early sketch I did trying to get the “Swiss-Army Knife” idea worked out.  At the time, I think I was actually inspired by some silly, cheap, all-in-one screw driver set with replaceable bits and storage in the handle.

Another more orthographic sketch of the gangway structure.

In fact I remember being inspired by a plethora of cheap, utilitarian, plastic parts; Everything from the bottle caps off dish washing liquids to the intravenous flow regulators from a short hospital stay.

Sketch of the fuel tanks and the large deflector plates they hide behind.  I envisioned the deflectors would rotate downward if and when the tanks needed to be replaced.

An early realization of the sketches in Ray Dream Designer.


~ by starstation on October 7, 2010.

2 Responses to “Swiss Army Gangway”

  1. I totally “get” how you would be inspired by simple everyday objects – I think of Richard Dreyfuss in Close Encounters, trying to recreate something buried deep in the creative imagination. The Enterprise was based on ordinary objects that were recombined to form something totally new, that looked more like real-world engineering … and not like a man-made UFO.

  2. Yes! Someone finally listened to me about the Swiss Army Knife! 😉

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