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Iron Sky The Coming Race

Status: In pre-production
Producer: Tero Kaukomaa
Director: Timo Vuorensola
Release: TBA

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Gutting out Vestal Celestial

Created by Timo Vuorensola on January 25, 2016 Deadline: Not set


Vestal Celestial was a brand new space shuttle meant for passenger transportation, but was used later on as an escape shuttle from the Earth in the wake of the nuclear holocaust. The ship made its’ way to the former Nazi Moonbase and has been sitting there for the last 20 years, only to be gutted out and used for spare parts in the rebuilding of the Moonbase. Obi (the heroine of the film) has been trying to put it together with whatever she managed to scrape off from Götterdämmerung and other disabled Nazi ships.

The task is to help us figure out how would this ship – picture in the Media section – would look like when gutted and then reassembled.

Attached, you’ll find few images of the ship itself in its’ current shape.

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February 10, 2016

any hardpoints?

What I wanted to ask is…you wish to see scraped ship hull, some skeleton after Obi’s “intervention”?
Im asking becouse Im not sure if the ship is bound to stay in orbit as a ghost ship or be reshaped after scavenging but operational?

Its all about those two paths of destruction ^_^

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February 8, 2017

Problems with design

I’m afraid that thing on the pictures would never fly. Looks nice, but you wouldn’t even get it off the ground.

Thrusters are heavily oversized. The ship is not even large enough to keep enough fuel for this many thrusters.

Plus: Your engines are turbines. What are they supposed to suck on in space?

The bottom part is all wrong. It looks as if you put the heatshield on the top and the guns on the bottom – wrong way around! This ship would break apart and burn on re-entry.

No reverse thrusters? You don’t need to reduce your speed?

Guns: if you put them where they are in your bottom picture, you shoot your own fuselage.

Your “wings” are only attached to the ship via a tiny bridge and make no sense in any universe. Let’s forget for a moment that they are aerodynamically useless: they are structurally not sound. Their own weight would make them break apart and fall off the ship like the dingle-dongle of a guy with leprosy.


  • heatshield on the bottom, not the top.
  • loose the bloody turbines.
  • give those wings a break! They need to rest on something.
  • single thruster is enough (would be out of fuel though by the time it reaches the moon)
  • make more room for tonnage (can’t build a whole moonbase without cargo, or can you?)
  • loose the curves, make it more clunky (curved surfaces are very difficult to manufacture even on Earth, and in space aerodynamic shapes are utterly pointless)
  • remember that space stations always have their hatches facing down towards earth, due to safety concerns. Which is why shuttles always have them facing up. Not just because you don’t want a hole in your heatshield, but also because when they depart they can just “drop away” from the station into a lower orbit instead of needing to accelerate (and possibly crash into the station in the process).

If you want to see what a dismantled space-wreck looks like in real life, just search for “Buran”. As you will see: heatshield gone, electronics gone, otherwise: intact.

First thing people would break and/or steal is the heatshield. Because it is glued-on ceramics. Very useful for all sorts of things, small tiles that are easy to transport and easy to dismantle. Also most difficult to reassemble. I mean: forget the ceramics–where the hell do you pick up glue in space?

People would basically break the door first. Then steal electronics and other easy to remove parts. Especially any modular units in the cockpit. Plus electronics contain rare materials. Next: copper wires. Steel plating would be stolen last or not at all, because it is difficult to remove and transport. Not worth the effort.

Reshaping and reassembly would require massive modifications to heatshield, energy system, thrusters. With the resulting heatshield smaller than before, the ship might be shorter and/or smaller due to the lack of available shielding material. Electrical systems would need some creative modifications. Without access to advanced electronics, you would need some heavy-duty hydraulics to get that baby to do what you want.

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