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CrazyMatt March 22 2013 06:01 PM

Constellation Patch
 
From the William Theiss estate, sold some years ago (not to me dammit!)

http://img189.imageshack.us/img189/8292/connyback.pnghttp://img341.imageshack.us/img341/4639/connyfront.png

Looks to be a weave thingy (technical term) over gold lame with silver border stitching. Just like the Starfleet emblem that can still be found in craft stores, this patch seems to be based on readily available and inexpensive items.

feek61 March 22 2013 08:59 PM

Re: Constellation Patch
 
I looks like it originally had two pointed parts and they ended up folding the lower half underneath to truncate it making it more narrow.

Keith1701 March 23 2013 01:17 AM

Re: Constellation Patch
 
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CrazyMatt wrote: (Post 7835158)
From the William Theiss estate, sold some years ago (not to me dammit!)

http://img189.imageshack.us/img189/8292/connyback.pnghttp://img341.imageshack.us/img341/4639/connyfront.png

Looks to be a weave thingy (technical term) over gold lame with silver border stitching. Just like the Starfleet emblem that can still be found in craft stores, this patch seems to be based on readily available and inexpensive items.

Wow, I would like to have that myself.:)

Warped9 March 23 2013 02:08 AM

Re: Constellation Patch
 
The thing is as seen on a grainy CRT television it could look like anything depending on your imagination. The Starfleet insignia looks like a glittering stylized starburst or nova. It's only under good resolution that it looks like a flower.

Nerys Myk March 23 2013 02:43 AM

Re: Constellation Patch
 
To me it always looked like a breakfast toaster pastry I used to eat as a kid.

CrazyMatt March 23 2013 05:30 AM

Re: Constellation Patch
 
I should also give credit where it's due: Thanks Star Trek Prop Authority!


http://www.startrekpropauthority.com...starfleet.html

ZapBrannigan March 23 2013 07:31 AM

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feek61 wrote: (Post 7836064)
I looks like it originally had two pointed parts and they ended up folding the lower half underneath to truncate it making it more narrow.

Yeah. The back reveals its evolution, from a crude idea to a slightly-less crude finished symbol. :)

scotpens March 23 2013 07:38 AM

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Nerys Myk wrote: (Post 7837720)
To me it always looked like a breakfast toaster pastry I used to eat as a kid.

I always thought it looked like a pretzel.

ZapBrannigan March 23 2013 10:15 AM

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scotpens wrote: (Post 7838626)
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Nerys Myk wrote: (Post 7837720)
To me it always looked like a breakfast toaster pastry I used to eat as a kid.

I always thought it looked like a pretzel.

To me it looked like a cursive capital I.

If this symbol had been assigned to the Intrepid, people would have cried Racist, because it also looks like a pointed ear. :)

feek61 March 23 2013 04:17 PM

Re: Constellation Patch
 
This is what the patch may have looked like unfolded:

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b6...ps1fd5e7ef.jpg

MarsWeeps March 23 2013 05:52 PM

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feek61 wrote: (Post 7839763)
This is what the patch may have looked like unfolded:

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b6...ps1fd5e7ef.jpg

Thanks...I was trying to visualize that.

CrazyMatt March 23 2013 06:44 PM

Re: Constellation Patch
 
One of the things that facinates me about TOS is how they found cost effective solutions that (at least back then) looked so "uncheap."

The TOS production team was truly superb; this is yet another example. I always figured the patches worn on the uniforms were some highly stylized, esoteric things.... and after all these years to find out they were low cost off the shelf items found in craft shops, etc. ... My admiration is even greater than before to think they could make a silk purse out of a sows ear so well!

MarsWeeps March 23 2013 06:56 PM

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CrazyMatt wrote: (Post 7840219)
One of the things that facinates me about TOS is how they found cost effective solutions that (at least back then) looked so "uncheap."

You can thank the poor quality of the 1960's TV screens for that.

The Mirrorball Man March 23 2013 07:04 PM

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MarsWeeps wrote: (Post 7840294)
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CrazyMatt wrote: (Post 7840219)
One of the things that facinates me about TOS is how they found cost effective solutions that (at least back then) looked so "uncheap."

You can thank the poor quality of the 1960's TV screens for that.

When you watch old Doctor Who serials from the 1960's and then switch to the original Star Trek, the latter suddenly looks like a big-budget production.

MarsWeeps March 23 2013 07:08 PM

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The Mirrorball Man wrote: (Post 7840336)
When you watch old Doctor Who serials from the 1960's and then switch to the original Star Trek, the latter suddenly looks like a big-budget production.

Oh, I agree. TOS special effects were excellent for the 60's, probably the best sci-fi effects for their time. In fact, I've seen some Doctor Who episodes from the 70's and 80's that can't touch Trek's effects from the 60's.


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