Firefly Serenity (Unfinished) Fan Art

  • April 09, 2013
  • Blender 2.6x
  • Render: Blender Internal
  • Creator: Trager
  • License: CC-BY-SA
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This is something I started WAY back in 2008-2009 in 2.49 when I was really first learning how to model. I took it upon myself to try and recreate this fine, shiny vessel from a famous online tutorial done by a gentleman named Treybor over on the Lightwave forums (I don't believe you can find the material for the tutorial online any longer, but Google it for more details).

The final version of this is lost to The Black, unfortunately, as the file became unreadable somehow. This is the closest version I could reconstruct from those older versions into a 2.6 .blend file. I am planning on a new version of this beauty with Blender 2.6 and the new modeling tools available. I will be releasing a finalized version of this in the near future, hopefully recovering the missing elements (landing legs, shuttles, CRUDE interior) or quickly remodeling them for a finished Serenity. Until then, I've been "Badger"ed to release this, so I shall, under CC (CC-BY-SA of course, I spent literally a year of my life on this thing, so hey... credit). If used, you must credit the model to me, or if modified and/or re-distributed under CC-BY-SA, original credit for the model to yours truly.

The file contains the ship as you see it in the image(s). 2.5 million verts, about 2 million faces, so you need some power for this. The ship components are on seperate layers, and I'm not sure if I set and labeled a naming convention for the individual objects. Feel free to texture, modify and use the model, it does constitute "fan art," it is not an exact duplicate of Serenity, but it is big-damn-heroes close. So don't push it by trying to use it for anything "commercial" where you and I would end up getting sued by FOX, Ok? In fact I'd like to see what some ol' fashioned Browncoat will do with this, if you'd like to share your images with me for a compilation, I'll include my contact info in the .zip archive.


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(Update: Cleaned up and ordered the layers, object names and parented everything so it is less confusing, anyway)


  • poifox profile picture

    The Firefly series is so old that I'm sure this model has more verts than the original models they used in the show lol.

    I'm a big Firefly fan, great job and thanks for the share :D

    Edited April 10, 2013
  • Trager profile picture

    You may be right LOL. Even the movie version was pretty low poly. My pleasure to share with my fellow BlendHeads!

    Edited April 10, 2013
  • ChrisKuhn profile picture

    Wow, I must be getting old... I totally remember when that show came out:) But good chance you're right about the polycount. My understanding is they had a less-than-stellar budget to work with, even back then.

    Edited April 13, 2013
  • Dracio profile picture

    This is a wondefull Model and I real beaty

    can`t wayt fore more

    Written April 12, 2013
  • ChrisKuhn profile picture

    Huge Firefly fan, and that's gorgeous.

    Edited April 13, 2013
  • Trager profile picture

    That is very much appreciated, I've seen your work, so that is a compliment to be sure!

    Edited April 14, 2013
  • ChrisKuhn profile picture

    Thanks... I actually tried to do this back in the day... but I got really frustrated with it:) Even with good blueprints, it was driving me nuts. But looking at this now... I feel inspired to re-attempt it:)

    Edited April 14, 2013
  • Dubock profile picture

    I cant even fathom how detailed this model is, Its brilliant

    Edited May 16, 2013
  • Akira_san profile picture

    Thank you.

    Edited June 13, 2013
  • Trager profile picture

    My pleasure, it was a labor of love.

    Written July 26, 2013
  • killerfirefly profile picture

    Firefly has always been my most favorite TV show of all time. Many times I have considered trying to recreate Serenity, but get lost when trying to find descent blueprints. Have you considered trying to do the inside with as much detail as the outside?

    Written July 02, 2013
  • Trager profile picture

    Absolutely, I'm reworking the missing pieces of the ship now - landing legs, interior, and shuttles. The old interior wasn't as detailed as the exterior, but I plan on expanding that to an accurate "set-worthy" interior of her too. It takes a looooooongggg time, but the new modelling tools means I don't have to all of it by hand this time.

    Written July 26, 2013
  • Trager profile picture

    I don't think there are any "official" blueprints anywhere, but I have a pretty extensive stash of orthogonal shots from ZOIC (who did the original and movie versions).

    Written July 26, 2013
  • ChrisKuhn profile picture

    You've inspired me... my version is currently under construction here:

    (I'm doing the TV version for mine, rather than the movie)

    Written October 19, 2013
  • RelishRelisher profile picture

    it is saying the file is invalid for me...

    Written September 04, 2014
  • btbaker profile picture

    Awesome! Will you be texturing this?

    Written April 29, 2015
  • justinmichelson profile picture

    great model!! i loved that show and am just getting into 3d modeling this is going to help me so much! now, off to rip this thing to pieces and then see if i can put it back together!

    Written April 12, 2016
  • VectorMaximus profile picture

    Looks like someone aims to misbehave.... lol

    Written May 20, 2016
  • mikala profile picture

    A beauty!

    Written April 11, 2019
  • JohnMarchant profile picture

    Great model and ive been looking for a detailed Serenity. Did you ever get around to finishing her and texturing her.

    Written May 12, 2019
  • DOugl profile picture

    Just started learning GUI CAD from years of coding with OpenSCAD and wanted to learn Blender and found your model. Amazing work @Trager. And super thanks for sharing!

    Written May 29, 2021