These are some concept models of your first spacecraft in TorchShips. It is an armed freighter – rebuilt for light combat, scouting, and convoy raiding. Approximately 150 meters long. It is crewed by 5 people.
Here is a comparison shot alongside the USS Saratoga – a US Navy carrier launched in 1955 (the Saratoga is 324 meters long).
(USS Saratoga model credit – WilliamT)
The frame is built around a central reinforced truss. The habitat ring is nestled deep in the structure, very near to the center of center of mass to reduce crew stress when the ship changes orientation quickly.
Corvette (no fuel tanks attached)
From left to right we have the reaction drive (blue), aft armor shield, secondary fuel tank (gold), habitat ring (green), reactor (gray), 3 weapon mounts (dark grey cylinders), magazines (black), and the fore armor shield.
Corvette – with fuel tanks attached
We’ll write more about ship design in later posts – but it is safe to say that form definitely follows function in the TorchShips universe – you won’t see a lot of fins or wings on deep space capable ships. A good reference if you’re interested in realistic spacecraft design is Atomic Rockets – specifically basic design.