If you are a reader of this blog, and if you read this post, and if you are a new Firefly fan, you are now having this conversation with yourself:
“Oh, woe is me! My parents waited too long to have sex, and so I was born too late to purchase a set of Serenity’s Limited run blueprints. Sure as liquid excrement, no one who owns one is gonna want to let it go. Oh, woe is me!”
Well, I’m here to set you straight. One, it’s very likely your parents had sex many moons and many times before you were conceived, let alone born. For all them who might be of a young age, yes, your parents had sex; get over it. Two, for enough money, you can buy anything. And three, and this is important, you can own the next best thing for much less money . . .
I gots to tell you . . . had I know this was gonna be out, I don’t know if I would have bought the limited blueprints set.
Who am I kidding! Of course I would have bought it, but I also would have, and did, buy this fine offering by QMx: The Serenity Blueprints Reference Pack. You can read about it HERE, and there is even a gallery of all the pages (click on the link next to the big picture).
Edited to add: The PDF describing all the pages can be found HERE.
Sure, the gallery only offers up small photos, but I am here to show you a few of the spiral bound, 16″x12″ pages telling you all you ever wanted to know about Serenity. There are 33 pages, including a reproduction of all the blueprints in the limited release. They are smaller than the sheets in the limited set, but legible, and just as beautifully drawn.
This not a full size photo, but still readable, and the actual printed page is awesome, and easier to handle than the poster-sized originals (click for larger version).
But that’s not all . . .
This beautifully crafted product has all sorts of history in the development of Firefly Class ships, notes from engineers, production notes, and . . . well, here; I’ll list the description on the link hardly anyone will click on:
A full-page blueprint of Serenity’s Flying Mule.
A full-page blueprint of Inara Serra’s Shuttle.
A page of all of Serenity’s builders’ plaques.
A page of warning labels and other signage.
Four pages with all the bridge computer screens.
A page with all of Serenity’s door designs.
A copy of the confidential Allied Spacecraft Corp. memo outlining the development and introduction plan for the Series 1 Firefly.
A transcript from the do-it-yourself ship maintenance vidfeed, Boost Your Boat.
A page from the yard log of Austin’s Salvage documenting the arrival of the Independent’s Gunboat Cerberus.
The top-secret engineering blue book entry on the amazing new Series 4 Firefly, code-named Kestral.
Let me show you some of the stuff (obviously, not all).
I really like this reproduction of Serenity’s logo, except it seems out of place with the documentation for the construction and development of the ship. Unless I’m misunderstanding what this Reference Pack is supposed to be, the name Serenity came into being only after Mal bought the ship from what looked like either a salvage or used ship lot.
But, like I said, I really like these logos, so I’ll let it slide (as if I had a choice).
The plaques are interesting, as is this reproduction of the ad campaign before the Unification Wars, when spirits were high, and the future seemed bright.
The price, in my opinion, is relatively modest for what you get (and no; I don’t get a kickback).
Obviously, I don’t want to reproduce all the sheets here, but trust me; they are a joy to leaf through.
. . . er . . .provided, of course, one is a Firefly fan. I can’t understand why anyone would not be a Firefly fan, but I’ve long since stopped trying to figure out why people want to live diminished lives. Some do, and that’s that.
I’m adding one other item here, and do so only because it’s a single item, and it’s not enough to merit its own post. I am referring to the Firefly 10th Anniversary Celebration Art Print. In my post about the Firefly Ship’s Paper I quoted Mal with regards to flying a Firefly . . . and here it is, part of this 27″ x 40″ poster:
I’ve had clips from the show in the previous posts, but this time I’m including something different.
You see. there are a lot of passionate fans out there, and that passion spans everything from creating art, to writing fan fiction (my one and only attempt is HERE), to writing songs . . .
It’s an easy search for other fan-produced songs, and I leave that to them who care.
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