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News Update

We had a fun Star Fleet Teams this time around, late in February.
Since Chat/Teams is built into Windows 11 and Microsoft seems to want to effectively replace Skype with it, I thought I would try and use that, and it worked quite well.
We had quite good discussion about all sorts of things.
Thanks to all who joined!

Off the back of that, I have added the link to Andy Thomas' youtube channel to the links page:
	Excelsior's Domain - YouTube
If you like Babylon 5, you'll have a good time there.

We have a great thread going on the forum about Tony's reconstruction of PPA.
There are a lot of really nice images uploaded there:
	Screen Accurate Large Scale PPA
I look forward to that hopefully getting updated further.
36 0 comments  › Start a forum discussion. 2024.03.15 

New Showa Sketchbook

I'm pretty sure I've not seen this one before.
Anyway, it's now headed to the FROM JAPAN warehouse.
Once it gets to me, I'll scan it and you can have a better look at the cover illustration.

Update: This item has arrived. I'll scan the cover to get a better image of the illustration.
28 0 comments  › Start a forum discussion. 2024.03.15 

Star Trek: Starfleet Academy Intro (25th Anniversary Edition) - JTVFX

Someone had the great idea of re-creating, in high definition, the introductory video to the Interplay game: Star Fleet Academy, which is maybe the greatest Star Trek game ever done.
Take a look here:
	Star Trek: Starfleet Academy Intro (25th Anniversary Edition) - JTVFX

PS: I don't embed youtube videos into the site any longer.
The last time when I did that, Brave reported that the site was loading tracking cookies, which it is not supposed to do.
When I looked at it further, they were all google analytics cookies from youtube.
That's fine, if they want to do that sort of thing over there, but we're not doing it here.
26 0 comments  › Start a forum discussion. 2024.02.27 


About the most vexing feature removal for me in Windows 11 is the ability to put the taskbar down the side, especially, given that the new taskbar is enormous and takes up a great deal of vertical space.
Hacking the Windows registry to get the taskbar down the side, as commonly suggested, doesn't seem to work, but there are alternatives.

I put on ExplorerPatcher and it seems to work for me.
In fact, it makes the whole thing easier to use, since the "(lack of) Control Centre" in Windows 11 makes some things harder to do, and ExplorerPatcher gives you the Windows 10 taskbar behaviour and appearance back.
You can also make the taskbar icons and buttons smaller again, a la Windows 10, which is helpful for multi-tasking.

Another avenue might be to use StarDock Start11, which looks very impressive, but ExplorerPatcher has been sufficient for me so far.

Windows 11 still feels like a beta product and Microsoft has given me no wins since Windows 10 Mobile, which was nearly 10 years ago.
28 0 comments  › Start a forum discussion. 2024.02.25 

Hobby Japan Moderoid Dai-X Article

I was using nitter as a way around having an account for twitter and connecting to their servers directly.
Sadly, the 'guest accounts' on twitter, which were used by now-unsupported versions of the android twitter app, and facilitated content delivery prior to client login, have been removed. 
Without that, nitter has no way to work, and you now have no other way to browse content on twitter without logging into an account, so I created a little burner one to search after Star Fleet / X Bomber content ...

I turned up the below article, which I don't think I spotted in the past, about the Moderoid Dai-X model and how to get the most out of it when building it:
	"X Bomber" Big Dai-X becomes MODEROID! Check out this powerful example based on restored props!
It has some good photographs.
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Things are quiet on the Star Fleet front.
I put together my (very) little model of a Thunderbolt from possibly the least-well-known Gerry Anderson show: Firestorm, that's been sitting on my shelf for absolutely ages.

It's such a nice design, it's a pity there isn't a bigger one available anywhere.
27 0 comments  › Start a forum discussion. 2024.02.16 

Server move on 8th Feb

Server move seems to have gone well,
I noticed that the cron job for search indexing wasn't pointing to the right place to find the bash script after some changes that I made the other month.
That's fixed now.
28 0 comments  › Start a forum discussion. 2024.02.09 

X-Bomber v0.84j

Re-adding the X-Bomber Original player ship, which is closer in some ways to the one in the show ...
 - Pulse-fire neck lasers with additional sound effect kindly provided by BladeZ

 - Clickteam Fusion runtime updated from 293.10 to 295.10
 - Glitch with X-Bomber pulse guns in L6-10 fixed
 - FG hologram effects getting further improved in L6 ...
 - Player searchlights (for night mode etc.) implemented
 - X-Bomber crew no longer chatter when playing as The Skull
 - 'Points of interest' objects improved
 - L16 reactor beam weapons fixed

Mission Briefings
 - Solar system map generates faster
 - Interesting glitch with map labelling fixed
 - Adding further DVD screengrab images to mission briefings ...

Main Menu
 - Ship selector in main menu displays images of player ships
 - Main menu mini-map looks a bit more map-like

 - Re-work quantum blaster unselected/beam mode
 - Fortress reactor core sprite to resemble death planetoid
27 0 comments  › Start a forum discussion. 2024.02.07 


Folder preview

I spotted this nice illustration over nitter...
I like the 'anime-isation' of the characters and appearance of the Dai-X, and it was interesting to see the stages that the artist went through in creating the image.
28 0 comments  › Start a forum discussion. 2024.01.29 

OK So, Not a Star Fleet Update ...

... but here's a cool thing, by Bernard Chan, for any Macross enjoyers:
	ArtStation - YF-35 KUSANAGI
26 0 comments  › Start a forum discussion. 2024.01.04 

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