Chris Foss, before Ridley Scott dropped him from the production, had been creating many concept drawings for the design of the Nostromo, and so it went that when they needed to design the final thing.
Although Chris Foss was not directly involved with the design of the final Nostromo, Brian Johnson went away with Chris Foss's and Ron Cobb's designs to build the final spaceship and while Ron Cobb's exterior design loosely inspired by Foss' work was used for the Nostromo, one can find that features from Chris Foss' other designs found their way into the ship.
|Ron Cobb's earlier Nostromo|
|final Nostromo sketch on yellow paper by Ron Cobb|
b) Upper Thrusters and main body shape
|Tug with enigmatic upper engines|
|Nostromo's upper engine intake openings|
The main M- shape of the Nostromo is similar is near enough borrowed from the vessel below left with "Fountain Line" written along the side of it's "Proton Drive" engine, while the upper engines upon the Nostromo are noticeably very reminiscent of Chris Foss' snake like space ship segmented like a train on the right. However Chris Foss put the M shape of the final Nostromo down to the shape of an aircraft part used rather than something from his own artwork
|The "Fountain Line" tug|
c) The Engine Intakes
(see Chris foss alien temple-interior for more images)
|detail from pyramid temple interior|
|Chris Foss pyramid temple interior|
d. Nostromo's initial colour of yellow
The Nostromo model initially went through a yellow paint scheme that Jon Sorenson acknowledged was inspired by Chris Foss designs.
e. Also read the section Yellow Nostromo