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‘Space Odysseys,’ a rare pre-Star Wars scifi magazine from early 1977. If they had waited a few more months until after Star wars was released they could’ve called it Space Wars. Actually they probably did.
A few scenes from my second favourite film of the 1970s Star Trek The Motion Picture. It had its flaws, but oh boy was it a visual feast thanks to the two special effects masters John Dykstra (Star Wars) and Douglas Trumbull (2001 A Space Odyssey, Close Encounters, Blade Runner).
I love the jacket artwork of TV ‘annuals’ like these 1970s Star Trek ones which promise a whole lot of cosmic action and excitement. Inside are full colour comic strips (often reprints of previously issued comics), ‘Space facts,’ crosswords and slightly lame board games. Inevitably when I find these cheap at second hand shops some kid has scribbled all over it (glasses on Kirk, badly filled in crossword etc), but its all part of the fun.
Lets talk about modelling. I don’t mean catwalks or clothes. No, I mean science fiction spaceship modelling. It’s one of the science fiction world’s hidden sub-genres, ruled by uber-nerds who speak in a language that includes words like decaling, putty, weathering and realistic battle damage. Personally I’ve never had the patience for modelling but I admire those who do. The beautifully presented (and expensive) Scifi & Fantasy Modeller magazine demonstrates just how serious the world of sci-fi modelling is.
These blueprints are by Chuck Boie from ‘Famous Spaceships of Fact and Fantasy and How To Model Them’ published in 1979.