Do you know what it takes to sail a Firefly?
Capt. Malcolm Reynolds: Love. You can learn all the math in the ‘Verse, but you take a boat in the air that you don’t love, she’ll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps her in the air when she oughta fall down, tells you she’s hurtin’ ‘fore she keens. Makes her a home.
Good answer, Mal, but wrong.
QMx released the official set of Serenity’s ship’s papers, and you can read the description HERE. For them who usually don’t click on links, this was another limited set run of 1,500. I have number 240.
The short description is as follows (but the PDF is worth reading):
“The Ship Papers set includes 13 full-color sheets of various sizes up to 8-1/2 inches x 14inches. Certificates are hand stamped with the official seals of the Alliance and are hand signed in English and Chinese by the appropriate Alliance officials. The documents contain endorsements required to operate a variety of ship systems, and also include system maps, operating licenses, safety inspections and a wealth of background material on what it takes to operate a Firefly-Class Transport in an increasingly bureaucratic and restrictive ‘Verse.
The documents come wrapped up in a fashion-grade, hand crafted leather wallet with brass fittings and a handmade screw-down plate. The Official Serenity Ship Papers are designed to pass muster with the most ornery Alliance thug and the most discriminating Browncoat.”
As usual, QMx did a fine job of adding little details to their work, and consequently I am all ready to sail a Firefly . . . I just need the Firefly.
Oh, and to change my name to Malcom Reynolds.
Mind you, I ain’t saying I can fill them boots, but as Book said, “If you can’t do something smart, do something right.”
The papers include stamps from some of the Alliance ports of call (when legit visits were made).
And include the bill of sale along with specifications of the ship.
The diagrams with all the red indicate non-standard cargo areas, which seem a strange thing to have if you plan to be a smuggler. I don’t mean the extra cargo areas, but having them marked seem as defeating the purpose of all them extra areas.
Some might have read the Pulse Beacon code, but as all know, that beacon met with an untimely fate . . . but fear not!
It’s the little things that QMx do that make these things a joy to own and discover.
And they’re shiny, to boot!
Finally, if one is planning on gallivanting through the ‘verse, one needs salvage licenses. Not that you have to abide by their silly restrictions, but it gives you a legitimate excuse to be out there.
There is more to the papers, but one can read about them in the PDF linked above.
All of the photos can be clicked to get a larger and more legible version in a new window or tab.
As a bonus, here’s the scene with the opening quote:
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