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Re: Paint Schemes for Full Thrust - Reply

From: Phillip Atcliffe <P-ATCLIFFE@w...>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 1997 13:49:47 -0400
Subject: Re: Paint Schemes for Full Thrust - Reply

John Medway wrote:

Quoting Robert Crawford:
>> ... The SFB minis have almost no surface detail, making it tough
>> to make them look like anything like except a cartoon.

>Yeah. Even Micromachines beat the snot out of 'em on detail.

>I really liked the level of detail that the Star Trek ships (CinC ?)
>produced for FASA had. Made the ones Task Force has for SFB
>look like total crap. I just wish TFG would buy the molds or 
>something, since the better ones are no longer being produced.

I think you guys are being a bit unfair to TFG here. SFB is based on
and if you look at the ships from that show, you'll see that they don't
_have_ a
lot of external detail. Heck, there's been an argument running for years
as to
whether the original USS Enterprise had as much surface detail as the
Gamescience/TFG miniatures depict it as having (the infamous "deflector
grid"). So it's unfair to decry the accurate depiction of smooth ships
as lacking
detail. The Micromachines TOS ships are quite crude by comparison with
TFG miniatures -- it's a limitation of the soft plastic that they use.

There's nothing to say that a real starship, if and when they are built,
will be
smooth or lumpy a la the FT miniatures. My guess is that like, say, the
CSM, they may start smooth (for ease of construction) and grow lumps 'n'
bumps as time goes on.

That said, I have to agree that the FASA miniatures were excellent,
although the
engine pylons on the movie-era Enterprise were much too thin. But the
detail was terrific, and accurate, too -- the movie ships had much more
detail on
their outsides than did the tv ships, and this was reflected in the
Micromachines could use a lesson from these guys, because a lot of the
on some of their TNG-era ships is very crude (not to mention the _weird_

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