Wow so much good stuff on the site! Hopefully this will be a good addition. There was a "great idea" "poor execution" TV show in the 70s called Starlost that had great potential but was fumbled along the way. I loved the ship though, it was awesome!
By the way, here is an idea of how massive this model was, as it was used as a set piece in one of the episodes:
Many years later I built a version of the TV show model in Sketchup and put it out on the Sketchup warehouse (it's still there if you would like a copy - needs cleaning up though) it was one of the first things I did in Sketchup and the mesh shows it.
Well, many years later the stuff I see here, and a guy on Deviant Art that used the old model in some of his work, has moved me to rework the model. I put together this yesterday:
Correct, only on a much larger scale. Each dome housed a different community or culture. However during the journey there was an accident, over the centuries that followed these communities lost track of the fact they were on a spaceship. Now the ship is on a collision course with a star and only one man knows of the problem and must find a solution while traveling to all these other domes looking for help. (more or less.. ) some episodes are on YouTube. First Ep
Interesting that you mention Silent Running, as Douglas Trumbull worked on both projects, and the pitch reel for the series uses Silent running footage.
I'm actually reworking the structure of the ship, substituting rotating "tanks" for the domes.
And are you going to give the surfaces little flourishes to distinguish them from one another? So if I were outside, I could tell which dome is the tundra dome, which is the desert dome, which is the ocean dome, etc? Maybe each has their own little design, much like how Japanese cities all have their own customized flag design.
You might be surprised by how strong things really are, and how little of it you need.
Oh man, I tried watching that first episode. Painful. PAINFUL.
I always thought the connectors were too spindly, and why are the domes all facing up, as if there is gravity in space? I would think a series of rotating cylinders, one for each habitat would be more suitable... unless each dome was supposed to land in separate locations when the destination was reached... I still love the show, but then, I'm a fan of terrible cinema... love MST3k!
I like the idea of a dome dropping from the sky on a newly discovered planet, but these things were supposed to be about 50 miles in diameter... ( the island of Manhattan is only about 10 miles long.) pretty scary thought!
Anyway, here is the latest in detailing:
Oh, and here is a animation I did sometime ago with another idea for the ARK. It looked more like RAMA, where 1/4 of each disk section would be a habitat:
I think the SFX live up to the original shows...
... OK guys, it's not a chain... I guess I'm going to have to change the design...
What was it called? The Masochist channel?
Found the show on UT,.....its hard to watch, really. The video/blue screen effects are tough to look at. Looks like they used rebar for the main structures of the model Good idea, acually.
I believe you are correct, If you are at all interested in the back story and other stuff, You can check this out: Saved by Archive.org
Actually, now I'm thinking not, because the rods were actually covered by tank treads to give them that look.
I'll check out that link.
Just checked the website, that's a lot of friggin' tank treads!!! Did you see the 'Easter egg' Space 1999 eagles on the model?
Yep, and what looks like a ton of padlocks... Oh, and the obvious engine half
Rebar - Could be, but the rods running down the length of the model are smooth and the tread wrap is pretty consistent without bumps that I assume would be there if rebar was used... Not sure...