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Tumbleweed Supporting Member of TMP03 Jun 2018 5:09 p.m. PST
DesertScrb03 Jun 2018 7:03 p.m. PST

Hi Tumbleweed. I'm a longtime Starfleet Wars fan (for examples, see posts on my blog Super Galactic Dreadnought: link ). I even interviewed one of the sculptors of the minis line for my blog: link

In your listing, you state:

There is also an "Observer's Directory & Identification Manual" booklet printed in the same format as the WWII era Office of Naval Intelligence ship recognition manuals. This last item was created as an inside joke at Superior Models because one of their contributors actually worked for ONI for many years.

Asking as someone with an interest in the history behind these minis, could you elaborate on this comment? I'd love to hear more on how this game and its background came about.

Also, what you list as the "New Mantis" appears to actually be the older version of that miniature. The first version had the separate turrets, the second version had the hull and turrets as one casting.

Oracle Supporting Member of TMP04 Jun 2018 5:08 p.m. PST

I had the same book many years ago, wish I could find it now. ;/

Tumbleweed Supporting Member of TMP04 Jun 2018 8:37 p.m. PST

I can't tell you how the game rules were developed, but the Office of Naval Intelligence connection involved a friend of mine who provided Superior with many of the drawings and photos they used to build their master ship models for WWII. The starship booklet was written and published in the same format as the WWII ONI ship recognition booklets.

The New Mantis was listed as such in the color-illustrated flier provided with the lot up for auction. I did not add the word "new" to indicate that it was a new model. That was what Superior actually called it in their flyer. The idea that it could be an update of an earlier model simply called the Mantis never occurred to me until you mentioned it. So if the version in the lot currently up for auction has trainable turrets, then it must be an earlier version of the model as you indicate.

With regard to the trainable turrets, your observation would indicate that they initially tried that idea and it didn't work out, or they decided to modify their master model and make a new mold and cast the turrets onto the hull as a production expedient. As a caster myself (The Viking Forge) I can tell you that I would much rather prefer not to mess around with separately-cast turrets!

Thank you very much for your input and clarification. I agree that the history of Superior Models is a fascinating topic and I share your desire to learn more about it. I visited John Carter at Superior Models in Claymont, Delaware several times and must confess that he influenced me and several other miniatures producers in the hobby more than we are willing to admit!

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