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Old January 19 2013, 05:02 AM   #1
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Starfleet Command Insignia

In one of those weird, serendipidous moments, I happened across this little gem:



After reviewing HD screencaps at TrekCore, I agree: the Starfleet Command insignia was, in fact an ordinary filigree flower bead:



They sell for a buck. That and a little paint, and my next costume will have a Starfleet Command insignia.

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Old January 19 2013, 03:08 PM   #2
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Re: Starfleet Command Insignia

Well it's easy to see how it could pass for a stylized starburst or something of the like, particularly when you really don't see it that clearly onscreen (especially vintage CRT televisions).
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Old January 19 2013, 03:44 PM   #3
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William Ware Theiss, you are missed!
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Old January 25 2013, 10:35 PM   #4
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Re: Starfleet Command Insignia

And McCoy did surgery with salt shakers, while Luke defended the galaxy with a camera flash unit.
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Old January 26 2013, 03:14 AM   #5
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^^^Not being as big a Wars fan as I am a Trek fan, this reference escapes me. Elaborate please.

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Old January 26 2013, 03:20 AM   #6
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Good find, DakotaSmith!
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Old January 26 2013, 03:54 AM   #7
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^^^Not being as big a Wars fan as I am a Trek fan, this reference escapes me. Elaborate please.

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I forget what they're called, but certain old-timey cameras used to make use of cylindrical flash units about one foot long and a couple inches in diameter. At least three of these units turn up in the Star Wars films with surprisingly few modifications. One is Luke's lightsaber, another is either either Ben Kenobi's or Vader's (I forget which) and the third shows up as some instrument on the dashboard of Luke's X-Wing.

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Old January 26 2013, 08:54 AM   #8
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Re: Starfleet Command Insignia

. . . and the TOS Klingon belt buckles were painted cardboard and plastic bubble wrap.

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Old January 26 2013, 09:50 AM   #9
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^^^Not being as big a Wars fan as I am a Trek fan, this reference escapes me. Elaborate please.

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I forget what they're called, but certain old-timey cameras used to make use of cylindrical flash units about one foot long and a couple inches in diameter.
Graflex flash handle.



They added a solar panel from an old calculator and pieces of windshield wipers to complete the look of Luke's lightsaber.
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Old January 26 2013, 12:44 PM   #10
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It should also be mentioned that all the TOS medals shown onscreen were earrings and women's jewelry, and that becomes clear if you really look at it. I, however, prefer to retreat into my world of whimsey, reject that, and totally accept that they are honorable citations from the Starfleet.
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Old January 27 2013, 06:45 AM   #11
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^^^Me too.
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Old January 28 2013, 03:36 AM   #12
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It should also be mentioned that all the TOS medals shown onscreen were earrings and women's jewelry, and that becomes clear if you really look at it. I, however, prefer to retreat into my world of whimsey, reject that, and totally accept that they are honorable citations from the Starfleet.
Works for me.
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Old January 29 2013, 02:30 PM   #13
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Re: Starfleet Command Insignia

Captain Nebula wrote: View Post
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^^^Not being as big a Wars fan as I am a Trek fan, this reference escapes me. Elaborate please.

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I forget what they're called, but certain old-timey cameras used to make use of cylindrical flash units about one foot long and a couple inches in diameter.
Graflex flash handle.



They added a solar panel from an old calculator and pieces of windshield wipers to complete the look of Luke's lightsaber.
Fascinating, Captain.

And the Death Star's prime weapon controls were an old TV studio panel, with the T-shaped fader control activating the beam.
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Old January 29 2013, 03:05 PM   #14
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Re: Starfleet Command Insignia

And elements upon Vader's belt were segments of translucent garden hose. Honest, you can see the reenforcing "webbing" which I think was the point as it had visual interest. I read that somewhere and kinda' "laughed it off". Then I saw a life-sized "standee" in a store and looked at the belt. Sure enough, it certainly looked like a small half section of garden hose even if it wasn't actually that.

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Old January 29 2013, 08:54 PM   #15
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It should also be mentioned that all the TOS medals shown onscreen were earrings and women's jewelry
During "Court Martial" we learn that one of Kirk's decorations is "Starfleet Citation for Conspicuous Gallantry." What exactly does that mean? Did Kirk pause while running across a battlefield to pose for the cameras?

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And the Death Star's prime weapon controls were an old TV studio panel, with the T-shaped fader control activating the beam.
So Alderaan was, uh, wiped out? I wonder if that could be seen as a commentary on television...

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