Hello everyone! Well, one fine day not so long ago I happened to find a cardboard box around here filled with many old drawings and world building notes of mine. When I say old I really mean it, since the drawings and notes in question were created back in 1992 or perhaps even earlier than that. Back then, little me was fascinated by Space stories and starships of various types! I was quite surprised to find the drawings that described what today I call the Original Warship. I had parts of a story in my mind back then, and the space vessel in question was supposed to be the protagonist ship and also a home for my rather tragic, unhappy and mentally unstable characters as they ventured into travels and combat. The original design later evolved into wildly exaggerated versions that just got larger and larger, the space weapons also became sheer madness and the project was eventually abandoned... and today, so many years later, I have come to the conclusion that the original concept was the best of all and that it even had potential to be real Science Fiction instead of just Space Fantasy. In this thread, I would like to explain the Original Warship and get some feedback from a realistic and scientific point of view. Style and Design The original warship was a very simple design, with a rod-like shape and a very thick and strong metallic hull designed to resist a lot of punishment in battle. It was quite similar to a real submarine, windowless and boring, instead of the stylish designs seen in famous space stories out there. This type of design and materials allowed the warship to ram enemy vessels at high speeds, almost like a giant space bullet, and also it would suffer little or no damage after impact. It was just a huge and extremely solid piece of metal, with very little openings for weapons and for the crew to get in and out. Engines, fuel storage, oxygen reserves, command bridge and other critical areas were deep inside the ship, also protected by a heavy and honey-like substance which occupied most of the interior of the warship. This substance helped to absorb impacts and also to repair the hull in combat. Size and Mass The original drawing proposes two scale systems, which resulted in two very different lengths for the same ship design. Here I want to talk about the Compact version because I feel that it's the most realistic one, and I am starting to feel quite fond of it in comparison to the middle-size version. According to scale, the Compact Warship would be about 520 meters long and 90 meters thick. I have estimated that the total mass would be about twelve million metric tons if we consider both the powerful hull and the heavy liquid stored inside. A total midget if compared to the crazy sizes of many Fantasy spaceships, but still it would be bloody impressive it you witnessed this thing for real and just about to crash into your city! The middle-size version was about 1350 meters long and 240 meters thick. There are no estimations for the big-size class warships of this space navy, but the drawings imply that they existed. Propulsion system and Armament Well back then I did not know anything about antimatter, and so the Original Warship depended on Hydrogen Isotopes and Nuclear Fusion to survive. It was essentially a wild Fusion Rocket quite similar to the propulsion system of the hypothetical Orion starships, except that the nuclear blasts would take place inside of the vessel. This thing also had the ability to channel crazy powerful fusion blasts into controlled bolts and beams of plasma to attack other vessels with, by means of electromagnetic fields perhaps. The other weapons were described as machine guns capable of delivering kinetic energy in the range of 30 kilotons with every bullet, very useful for space combat and also for planetary bombardments. A third weapon was supposed to be some kind of extremely aggressive, caustic liquid that the warship could spray at enemy vessels in order to weaken their hull or even destroy them completely before they could fight. They did not carry any kind of smaller ships inside, and the crew was limited to very little numbers. So, what are your thoughts about this space warship? Is it somewhat realistic, or perhaps not quite? Does it make you want to know about the story and characters involved?