A Tale of Two Worlds is a project that was completed by Barnaby Ward, Jack Nesbit & Reuben Smith for a 400 level science fiction paper at Massey University Wellington.

A Tale of Two Worlds is a project that was completed by Barnaby Ward, Jack Nesbit & Reuben Smith for a 400 level science fiction paper at Massey University Wellington.


After the discovery of a range of new species of insect within a concentrated area of Papua New Guinea, a small team of National Geographic adventurers (one biologist, a bug expert, a geologist, a translator,  a native guide and a native bodyguard) travel to the remote area to investigate and catalogue. Weeks into the expedition, and in the heart of the jungle the team discover something remarkable - a primitive tribe of no more than 30 individuals is thriving in a dense pocket of unique flora and fauna, providing them with everything they need to survive.

Once the exploratory team establishes first contact with the tribe, they begin to investigate the area and discover that an alien space craft has evidently crash landed in the centre of the Oasis, and could be the cause of the sudden exponential growth of unique flora and fauna.

Credited as the find of the century, the National Geographic team begin to document the tribe, the environment, and the spaceship for an expose in the next issue of National Geographic.

Drop Ship

The model of the drop ship was created first by drawing concepts of what it could look like then building a 3d model in can from the selected drawing. The shape was achieved by taking the 3d model and putting it through 123d Make and cut out of MDF to scale on a laser cutter. The body was then built up with builders bog and cebatool to the required level of detail and following that an immaculate paint job was added along with extra finishing touches. The whole model took 3 weeks to complete.

Progress shots can be found in the process section below.

“This extra-terrestrial vehicle is a feat of technological brilliance. The sophistication of this machine has baffled engineers, scientists and technologists....

Pitch Bible

After trekking a full day and a half through the dense swampland prior to discovering dozens of new species of plant-life we didn’t think we could get any luckier, but we were dead wrong. Having followed a narrow river further north than most of the local guides had ever travelled we happened upon something truly remarkable. A thriving village that appeared to be utilising a basic form of electrical current through wires linked between the surprisingly architecturally advanced huts. Despite the tribe having never encountered humans outside of their community before, their technology and agriculture was functioning at a much higher level than any other primitive tribe ever catalogued in New Guinea, or even anywhere else in the world for that matter.

The huts purpose is thought to be for fishing off as the surrounding lakes and rivers hold an abundance of over-sized fish which presumably act as the tribe’s primary source of nutrients". It wasn’t until we made friendly first contact on behalf of our guide that our team was able to explore the area further and uncover the source of this unique explosion of societal advancement that could never have been thought to ever occur naturally.

An extra-terrestrial spacecraft, similar in design to the spacecraft that eluded South African authorities along with the departure of the prawn mother ship in 2005, was located about a mile north of the village. Although there will never be a way to know for certain, we have hypothesized that this particular spacecraft may have been there at least one or two centuries before the arrival of the mother ship in Johannesburg and may have been acting as a scouting vessel before crashing in this remote area of New Guinea and fundamentally changing the essence and nature of a primitive tribe of no more then 30 people.

From an objective perspective it seems as though the tribe could not possibly comprehend the purpose and meaning of the spacecraft and rather than salvaging anything potentially useful from the spacecraft the tribe uses the structure to dry their washing on, or hang up fish to gut and prepare them for the rest of the tribe. Originating from the exterior of the spacecraft’s cargo container, the tribe have constructed their own significance for the symbols and they can be seen painted on trees and structures for miles around the village, though their intended meaning is unknown.

Some examples of the elaborate headdresses worn by the tribe chieftain and his many wives wear as a sign of social hierarchy within the tribe. Woven with available roots and vines, the headdresses also contain pieces of unknown alien metals. The tribe’s entire identity seems to have been created and developed around the crashed spacecraft taking particular influence from the foreign configuration of shapes and colours. The culture of repurposing was immediately evident upon contact, and there is undoubtedly an unusual system of hierarchy based on size and elaborateness of adornments, creating an unusual visual dichotomy between the primitive and the technologically advanced.

The profound effects of the intervention of the spacecraft on this tiny primitive village can be seen not only visually, but within their spirituality as well. Though communication was difficult, it would appear as though the tribe view the presence of the spaceship as a blessing from a powerful force worthy of worship that granted them strong materials to build their houses rather than what is likely to be the real truth.

Image Drawn by Jack Nesbit

Image Drawn by Jack Nesbit