the Orion Fighters of Enterprise



model kit of the P-40

model kit of the P-40

art by Roy Williams

art by Roy Williams

big Roy

big Roy


combo page

combo page

version 1

version 1


version 2





These are some variations of Orion Fighters from “Enterpise” Episode #80 entitled “Boarderline” Early on the rough of this story was that these ships were to be Gorn ships and that was quite a thrilling thought. The architecture seen her still reflects that idea even though they are now Orion fighters. As a favorite enemy I wanted to put the Gorn as a solo pilot of a very aggressive gun ship. Based on the stylization of the Curtis P-40 these two ships were drawn to reflect that WWII in space look. in this pack of art and images there is the flying tiger logo. This is a great little side story during WWII, Disney cartoonist were constantly being asked to design nose art for our boys planes. It got to be such a huge amount of work That Disney appointed a group that specifically handled all the  designs for nose art. The P-40 in particular had these awesome shark teeth drawn on the engine cowling  and on the side of the plane was characterization of a fling Tiger. Well if you remember big Roy (Roy Williams) from the mickey Mouse club,,, he was one of the adult Mouseketeers who always was smiling,,,, he was the one who penciled this beauty. I have a book at home of wartime nose art and there was a little article crediting him with this early 1940’s art

13 Responses to “the Orion Fighters of Enterprise”

  1. 1 Jonathan Burke (TrekBBS' Praetor)
    March 26, 2009 at 9:30 am

    That’s really cool. I especially see the Gorn influence in version 1 – it kinda looks like a Gorn head.

  2. 2 johneaves
    March 26, 2009 at 9:34 am

    Yeah!!! These were really fun ones to work on!

  3. 3 Freak
    March 26, 2009 at 10:54 am

    Sweet single seater Fighters.
    I always though it was funny that the Klingon’s never had anything like that, after all they are the biggest Warrior Race in Trek. It would have been to see some Klingon fighter in the battles with the Dominion.

  4. 4 deg
    March 26, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    Gotta love the Warhawk, and love your versions based of her. Doin’ it Gorn-style, oh yeaaaaah. 🙂

    Cool lil’ back-story tid-bit about Roy too. Man could draw eh.

    Thanks dude. 🙂


  5. 5 Thorsten Wieking
    March 26, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    Yeah, that was something I was missing in the later incarnations of Star Trek – small, single or doubleseat fighters that look the job. I never really liked the small fighter-like space ships we saw in the DS9 battles, to me, they all lacked the sleakness necessary(?) for atmospheric flight which is something I would expect from a small craft.

    Great sketches, nice noseart.


  6. 6 Masao
    March 26, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    The ship with trilateral symmetry is very cool. How close was the ship in the episode?

    Of course, Teeth on a ship imply some kind of animal. Do you think the Orion homeworld has sharks or maybe some sort of terrestrial monster?

  7. March 27, 2009 at 3:23 am

    Cool ships. Shame they didn’t stick with them being Gorn designs, would have been great to flesh out the Gorn design lineage like that.

    So did you design the majority of the vessels for Enterprise, John? You mentioned the Suliban ships in an earlier post, were they Doug’s work or yours? Also, any idea who designed the Earth freighters (the J-class and Y-class), and the Klingon D5 battlecruiser (would be wonderful to see some orthos of that if there are any around! 🙂 )? I couldn’t find any deisgner credits for any of these on the web. Cheers!

  8. March 27, 2009 at 6:48 am

    Here are some screenshots from “Borderland” of the ships in action. A very fine design!

    • 9 johneaves
      March 27, 2009 at 7:17 am

      thanks for pulling those grabs, and Mondays blog will be this ship!!! I wanted to dig out the reference for it first so this one will be the follow up to yesterdays post. thanks!!

  9. March 27, 2009 at 7:25 am

    Cool, I’m looking forward to those shots!! 🙂 Do you happen to have sideviews of your designs as well? Those would come in handy for the starship database at Ex Astris Scientia:


  10. March 27, 2009 at 10:52 am

    I did not know that Roy from the original Mouseketeers and plane logos were his specialty. I learn something new every day.

  11. 13 Jay Smith
    April 2, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    The Orion/Gorn Tri-ship looks cool, real pitty it never showed up on Enterprise.
    Quick question: How big are the Orion Interceptors from “Borderland” meant to be?

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