cutaway drawing
Move the pointer over the numbers in the drawing
to access the legend
Tap a circle to access the legend tap anywhere else to cancel
Astrodome houses telescopes and other instruments – used for sightings and observations
Professor Matic's domain – the navigation bay
Main computer bay – each control point has its own smaller computers, but can switch into the main computer for very complex problems
Space jail
Laboratory – here Venus synthesizes the food supply and controls the ship's air conditioning; immediately forward is the sick bay
Spacious lounge – despite Fireball's terrific speed the journeys it makes to other galaxies sometimes last months; the lounge, therefore, has been designed for comfort so that the crew can relax from the often tedious daily routine
Hydroponics room – in here plants are grown in chemicals, they are used to help purify the air in the ship, a process whereby plants breathe in carbon dioxide and breathe out oxygen
Ribbed surface removes excess engine heat and disperses it into space
Generators and auxiliaries
Outer boosters housed in fuel tank fin – these help in steering the ship when used independently
Extra boosters
Atomic bay
Main engines
Control cabin with main instrument panel
Robert the Robot – pilots the ship if fed instructions
Airlock to jetmobile bay
Jetmoblie exit hatch
Starboard cubicles containing stores and spare equipment, armoury and workshop
Jetmobile bay
Rest room – used if nose-cone makes long stay on planet
Service area for first aid, food preparation and laboratory work
Oxygen store
Missile bay – carries interceptors and various additional missiles
Double skin hull, comprised of an outer skin for meteor protection and an inner wall of fuel tanks
Retro-rockets and positioning jets are placed at intervals around the hull
Boosters set in fuel fins
Casing and end-grille removed to show heat dispersal units
Entrance to telescopic tunnel – this connects the two parts of XL5; its heatproof walls keep it cool when it is extended through the blast chamber
Atomics bay
Port leg retracted – also one on starboard and one under the nose to form a tricycle undercarriage

Technical specifications published originally in TV21 1966 annual

Fireball XL5 blueprint
Phil Rae's Fireball XL5 blueprint published originally in SIG #6
©1982 Philip D. Rae
Fireball Junior
Fireball Junior
Fireball Junior with landing gear down. It can land independently of the Space ship.
side elevation
Side elevation
front elevation
Front elevation
rear elevation
Rear elevation
plan
Plan
jetmobile front
Front elevation
jetmobile rear
Rear elevation
jetmobile plan
Plan
jetmobile side
Side elevation

Elevations published originally in Fireball XL5 model sheet

Fireball XL5
Technical Specifications
name: Fireball XL5
designer: Reg Hill