Who's made their own tech manual?

Discussion in 'Fan Productions' started by jaygibson77, Jul 8, 2013.

  1. jaygibson77

    jaygibson77 Lieutenant Red Shirt

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    Mr. Scott's Guide to the Enterprise, Mandel's Officer's Manual, and a couple discussions on other pages got me to think about how much I loved these as a kid. I poured over these until they fell apart. I made notes in them. I planned one day to make my own. Well, that's pretty much a cut and paste job.

    Originally, I was just going to update the books and supplement them with color pictures, print and simple binding. Then it snowballed. Why stop there? Why limit myself? Design my own ship. Don't like that bridge? Replace it with another one.

    So I was going to take the best parts from both (and a couple other books) and make the ultimate fan manual ... but it got too big. And now it looks like two volumes.

    Has anyone else ever done this? Any advice for the newbie? Should I make it one huge volume, or two books -- one as a guide to the ship and another as an officer's manual/textbook?
     
  2. DestinyCaptain

    DestinyCaptain Commander Red Shirt

    Did it back in 87'. Cut, paste, sketch and photocopy. Borrowed heavily from the manuals you mentioned as well as the Enterprise Flight Manual that had sketches of the TMP/WOK/SFS era consoles. That was pre photoshop, so no real tips there...
     
  3. Potemkin_Prod

    Potemkin_Prod Commodore Commodore

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    We created the ORION PRESS Lexicon which has only material from TOS, TAS, TMP-GEN, and the material from our fan fiction. Thing ran over 300 pages, and we sold 4. LOL I also have a notebook of collected articles from various magazines and fanzines that give a lot of details of stuff I actually refer to (consoles, uniforms, ships, etc.) during production.
     
  4. Mario de Monti

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    I´ve been thinking about making one for some twenty years now, but never made it beyond the early planning stage.

    In mine, I´d focus mostly on Starfleet, with a lot of starship drawings I make myself, and try to stay pretty close to what we get from TOS and the first movies, with only very few fictional designs.

    But as Potemkin_Prod said, there really isn´t a market anymore for hardcopy manuals like that, when there´s so much stuff easily available on the internet. So you´d be doing it just for yourself, basically. But of course that can be fun and worth the effort, too :)

    Mario
     
  5. jaygibson77

    jaygibson77 Lieutenant Red Shirt

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    It's all just for me, just for fun. I finally decided on a Sovereign class that has a lot of extras. Created some of my own rooms, borrowed heavily, etc. Like I said, it's just for me.

    Found uniforms I liked. Some different interiors. Just wish I could have found a better phaser. My 3-D art is lacking. I never liked the dustbuster phaser design.

    I'll post my table of contents. Maybe get some feedback.

    Yeah, DestinyCaptain, I've been collecting Trek materials since I was a kid. This manual would have a great diagram. That manual would have a better one. And I was always a sucker for the unofficial stuff. Years ago I had xeroed a lot of stuff and cut, pasted, then copied again. This time, in digital, and I'm pleased with things. I guess it's one of those personal things.
     
  6. Maurice

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    This seems more like a Fan Art topic than a Fan Productions one.
     
  7. publiusr

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    If Charts sell, maybe we will see more sold.
     
  8. Mysterion

    Mysterion Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    So, you mean the copy sitting next to my desk represents 25% of your total sales on that title? :eek:
     
  9. Potemkin_Prod

    Potemkin_Prod Commodore Commodore

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    Of our sales, yes. I have, of course, seen bootlegs of it for sale at conventions throughout the Southeast. ;)
     
  10. Mysterion

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    Am sorry to hear that on both counts. I have found it to be a handy reference many times.
     
  11. Potemkin_Prod

    Potemkin_Prod Commodore Commodore

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    I'm flattered. Thanks! And I use it for Project: Potemkin, too. :)
     
  12. Barbreader

    Barbreader Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    When one makes lists or manuals for oneself and offers them to the public, at worst you have something that is useful to you. Over time... who knows.
     
  13. USS Jack Riley

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    Randy - how much for a manual or where do I go to order one?
     
  14. Potemkin_Prod

    Potemkin_Prod Commodore Commodore

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    I'll send you a link, Doug.
     
  15. Crusso

    Crusso Ensign Newbie

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    Send me a link also!
     
  16. Potemkin_Prod

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  17. jaygibson77

    jaygibson77 Lieutenant Red Shirt

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    If this thread is in the wrong place, I apologize but the category description did say "Creating our own Trek canon!" which is what I'm doing.

    Or was doing. I was setting this in the post TNG era -- the way I wanted things, or thought they should be -- then I saw a model of the new Enterprise bridge and some cool graphics, so it might be nuKirk's era. I just wish I had costumes pics.

    And has anyone ever made a bathroom? What does a starship bathroom look like!!!
     
  18. King Daniel Beyond

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    ^Link to the new Enterprise bridge model, please!
     
  19. jaygibson77

    jaygibson77 Lieutenant Red Shirt

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  20. King Daniel Beyond

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    Thanks! That's bridge pic is pretty cool, although they put turbolifts on both sides, when the right-side door actually opens to the corridor and open lobby area beneath the dome.

    And the graphics are excellent! You might also be interested in these Into Darkness graphics too: http://www.jorgeonline.me/portfolio/star-trek-into-darkness-2/