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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Out Of The Silent Planet







"Weston! Weston!" he gasped. "What is it? It's not the moon, not that size. It can't be, can it?" "No replied Weston, "it's the Earth." - From Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis.

Here are some images of my scratch built 1/72 scale Weston Spacecraft from the C.S. Lewis novel "Out of the Silent Planet". Based off the 1965 edition book cover by Bernard Symancyk. with some slight alterations of my own.

From Wikipedia"
Out of the Silent Planet is the first novel of a science fiction trilogy written by C. S. Lewis, sometimes referred to as the Space Trilogy, Ransom Trilogy or Cosmic Trilogy. The other volumes are Perelandra (also published as Voyage to Venus) and That Hideous Strength, and a fragment of a sequel was published posthumously as The Dark Tower. The trilogy was inspired and influenced by David Lindsay's A Voyage to Arcturus (1920).
According to biographer A. N. Wilson, Lewis wrote the novel after a conversation with J.R.R. Tolkien in which both men lamented the state of contemporary fiction. They agreed that Lewis would write a space-travel story, and Tolkien would write a time-travel one. Tolkien's story only exists as a fragment, published in The Lost Road and other writings (1987) edited by his son Christopher.
Here is a fantastic video of an opening title movie credit roll created by David Scherbarth for a non existent movie "Out of the Silent Planet".
Though no movie has been made (Yet). It does give one hope. Enjoy.

out of the silent planet from David Scherbarth on Vimeo.

19 comments:

Pablo J. Álvarez said...

Nice scratch. I knew about it but is the first kit I see...logically

Warren Zoell said...

Thanks Pablo - Actually I think this is the only physical model of Weston's spacecraft. I haven't seen anyone else build one.

Hanny said...

Warren, this is fantastic. I have powerful emotions regarding the Space Trilogy, so this model is particularly significant. My father-in-law only decided to have children after reading the series, so thanks to Lewis I have my wife. Great job!

Warren Zoell said...

Thanks Hanny - Wow! You don't say!
"That Hideous Strength" is my favourite in the series.

kriz said...

One word my friend...WOW!

Warren Zoell said...

Thanks Kriz. It was a fun build.

Jeremiah Briggs said...

Thanks for the visit, I always pictured the space craft as a cross between the soyuz and a Jules Vernian creation.Its not every day you run across someone who likes C.S. Lewis' work apart from the Narnia books. Have you read the Great Divorce or Grief Observed?

Warren Zoell said...

I've read "A Grief Observed" but I haven't read "The Great Divorce" yet but I intend to. Have you read "The Problem of Pain" and his unfinished "The Dark Tower"?

"A Grief Observed" is a great read for anyone who is suffering loss.

Anonymous said...

Good stuff Warren!

Dave

Pat Tillett said...

Very creative. Art...

Warren Zoell said...

Thanks guys.

Manchu said...

Tres belle realisation et c'est une chose assez rare de voir un scratcht fait à partir d'une couverture de roman. J'apprecie d'autant + que je suis moi-meme illustrateur de couvertures de romans SF en France et grand fan de kits plastiques :)))BRAVO!!! et encore !!

Warren Zoell said...

Merci Manchu. J'ai juste eu un oeil à votre site et je dois dire que vous faire un travail très fin. Bien fait!

Dave said...

Amazing! The cover art for Out of the Silent Planet has long been a favorite of mine, not to mention the book itself. Seeing a model of the spaceship is the stuff of dreams! Though your artwork is a different medium than where my talents lie (graphic design), you have inspired me.

Warren Zoell said...

Thanks Dave - I'd love to see some of your work some day.

Dave said...

You can see some of my work at http://spacemandesign.com
There's a mixture of stuff I've done for my employer and some freelance.

Once again, nice work on that model!

Warren Zoell said...

I'll take a look.

Chad Reeves said...

Would you sell this?

Warren Zoell said...

Hi Chad - Sorry no. I'm too much of a CS Lewis fan.