Daniel Biringer Blueprints

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  1. Stibbons

    Stibbons Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    Does anyone know who Daniel Biringer was? He produced a number of blueprints which are on the Cygnus-X1 site- the Greynet-class Police Cruiser, the Whilwind-class Troop Transport, an Automated Bulk Freighter, the S-4000 Mobile Starship Dock and the Voltara-class Supply Ship.

    The last one is a favourite of mine, though I ditch the "experimental magnetic engines" for a pair of impulse drives and a couple of upper level warp nacelles. I use it as a sort of Federation Free Trader, mass produced and widely customised, Star Trek's Corellian YT-1300. It nicely fits in with the blocky rectangular aesthetic of the TOS era Independence-class Freighter and Sherman-class Cargo Drone. I have the blueprints for the Voltara and the Bulk Freighter and always have an eye out for the others.

    Starlog Magazine #10, from December 1977 has an advert that lists most of those mentioned here but also a sixth, a Tractor Tug. This is mentioned in the text for the Mobile Starship Dock but it's not on Cygnus-X1 and I've not been able to find any other mention of it.

    So, does anyone out there have this and is willing to give us a look at it and also does anyone know the whereabouts of Daniel Biringer?
     
  2. Ar-Pharazon

    Ar-Pharazon Admiral Premium Member

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    Internet Archive only very few Starlogs from the early days, but #10 is one of them. He is listed on page 36 under blueprints and it does mention a tractor tug there.

    On the Mobile Starship Dock plans they mention Tug Hangar Doors and 40 Tractor Beam Tugs. I'm guessing those are the ones you're after?

    This might be his email, if it's the same guy and he's 66 and living in Washington state: [SIZE=4]biringer@yahoo.com That hit seems to be connected to the San Jose, CA that was on some of those blueprints.[/SIZE]
     
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  3. Stibbons

    Stibbons Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    Thanks for the research but it turns out that I can't deliver an email to that address. Oh well.

    Yes, the text of Starlog 10 is on a few sites, and yes, it's that text that I was referring to on the Mobile Dock. They turn up for sale eventually, not so far on Amazon or eBay though, had to dig a lot deeper. I'll keep looking out.
     
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  4. Ar-Pharazon

    Ar-Pharazon Admiral Premium Member

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    There was a hotmail in the same record, but i assumed hotmail was long gone. I haven't gotten an undeliverable reply from it yet, so maybe..... writejan@hotmail.com
     
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  5. Stibbons

    Stibbons Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    Hey, I use Hotmail!

    Anyway, sent and no refusal, so we'll have to see. Thank you for that, we'll track him down.
     
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  6. Ar-Pharazon

    Ar-Pharazon Admiral Premium Member

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    Yeah, IDK if it sounds like the right email, but worth a shot. Good luck.
     
  7. Albertese

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    I like his designs. At the start of our current pandemic, I started to build a 1:1000 scale model of the Greynet Police Cruiser, but I never finished it. Cool little design.

    --Alex
     
  8. publiusr

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    I miss those early Starlog ads...
     
  9. Stibbons

    Stibbons Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    Well, found out what the tractor-tug looks like. About a week ago someone sold a load of blueprints on eBay, including four by Daniel Biringer. Annoyingly my regular searches didn't pick it up. The seller didn't ship to the UK, but I might have been able to sort something out. I has a peeved. A few of these I already have but there was the Graynet patrol cruiser, the tractor-tug and the Detroyat-class heavy destroyer, which I don't. Also there was something called the Vadenda-class freighter which is one hell of a weird thing that I've never even heard of before.

    As for the tractor-tug. It's a brick. A flying brick. Probably made of Lego.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/3341608004...=true&nordt=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557
     
  10. Timo

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    Well, Biringer's thing seems to be the creation of complex and comprehensive interiors, great for RPG'ing, but when you do that first and then draw an exterior to contain the decks...

    Who did the Vadenda? It has the appeal of a vast raft of timber, floating down a great river with amenities on huts riding on top of the logs. That is, unless it turns out to be really narrow in top view.

    Timo Saloniemi
     
  11. Stibbons

    Stibbons Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    Apparently Allie C. Peed III, same person who did the Gorn Defence Force Battle Cruiser and the Dreadnought blueprints.
     
  12. publiusr

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    I loved that Gorn ship