I just got word that Quantum Mechanix Inc will be offering what looks like a beautiful set of of blueprints of the spaceship "Serenity" from the movie of the same name. I gotta admit I get a little goosebumpy just looking at the images. Reminds of the giant cutaway poster I had of the Starship Enterprise in my bedroom growing up that I spent hours and hours staring at and imagining all sorts of nerdy adventures. ("Warp core breach! The Klingons have taken deck seven!")
The series of blueprints become available for purchase for around $100 on April 7. Meanwhile you can head over to Washtown in Second Life to ogle a virtual display of the illustrations. And then have a walk around the virtual Serenity build to check for discrepancies, like a true fanboy/girl. The complete press release follows…
From the Press Release:
Press release: QMx and
Washtown partner for Serenity Blueprints exhibition
Browncoats, now you can make your own Firefly. Quantum
Mechanix Inc. (QMx), a privately held developer of licensed, high-quality
entertainment replicas, today announced the Official Serenity Blueprints set,
the first studio-approved blueprints to document every aspect of the
Firefly-class transport’s systems and design. Those blueprints, 10 images of
cutaway and detailed schematics, are on display at Second Life’s largest “Firefly”
fan settlement, Washtown, from April 1 to April 22.
Five hundred years in the future, “Firefly” is
about a renegade crew aboard a small spacecraft, Serenity, that’s just trying
to survive despite the dangers of the smuggling life and the government agents looking
for their fugitive passengers. The FOX show, by “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”
and “Angel” creator Joss Whedon, was cancelled after 14 episodes
despite critical acclaim. Studio interest and the successful sales of the DVD
set led to a big-screen sequel, “Serenity,” written and directed by
Whedon and starring the original cast. Fans of the series, called “Browncoats,”
have formed a powerful online community and regularly hold events to raise
money for charity.
A limited-edition run of 750 sets signed by creators,
Geoffrey Mandel (graphic designer, Serenity) and Tim Earls (illustrator,
Firefly; set designer, Serenity), the Official Serenity
Blueprints set contains 10 18" x 24", full-color,
heavyweight matte-finish sheets of the ship, Serenity. This blueprint set is
the definitive resource for any Firefly or Serenity fan interested in the
design and function of Serenity, including the shuttles and mule.
“If you’re a Browncoat or you just love spaceship
design, you will want one of these sets," said Andy Gore, QMx director and
project manager for the blueprints. "When we started this project, our
goals were to tell collectors everything there is to know about Serenity, make
it all make sense, and make it so beautiful, you’ll have a hard time deciding
which ones to hang on the wall." "The deeper we went into this
project, the more there was," Gore continued. "What started out as a
nice set of blueprints turned into a Ph.D. dissertation on advanced materials,
aerospace engineering, theoretical physics and classical art. They turned out just
so, well, shiny."
The Official Serenity Blueprints set encompass months of
work verifying every aspect of Serenity, distilled from hundreds of set photos,
architectural drawings, CGI files, and volumes of background material used to
produce Serenity, the movie. They represent the sole official and complete
documentation of Serenity’s design, layout and systems, revealing details not
seen in the movie or TV series or in any other previously published source
material, either official or fan-made.
“For the first time, fans will be able to answer
important questions like, ‘Where are Serenity’s showers and how does the
ship get refueled?’" said Steve Dymszo, president of QMx. “Fans will
also learn where the life support and the ship’s armory are, that
Serenity has escape pods, and that both the fresh water and passengers reside
awfully close to the reactor.”
In Second Life, Browncoats have formed Washtown, a small
town in Burnet that simulates the Chinese-Old West feel of the show. After you
finally stop wandering the decks of the Firefly ship Raven you can walk the
streets of Washtown and visit the Firefly-themed shops and
business es. And for three weeks, you can see the
Serenity Blueprints on display and get a free promo book.
The display is at http://slurl.com/secondlife/Burnet/137/104/46/
Please contact Cabridges Fanwood (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
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