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Starship Spotter (Star Trek) Paperback – 19 Nov 2001

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Star Trek (19 Nov. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074343725X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743437257
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 0.8 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 540,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Adam 'Mojo' Lebowitz and Robert Bonchune are the art team behind many of the spectacular CGI effects and space battle sequences that have characterised recent Star Trek television episodes and feature films. Their sensational images can be seen to good effect in the annual Star Trek: Ships of the Line calendars as well as in the Starship Spotter.

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Intended to be Starfleet's preeminent vessel for exploration, research, and defense, the Constitution-class starships were the largest and most ambitious design of their day. Read the first page
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Johnmcl7 on 12 April 2008
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Given the generally positive reviews for this book I have to say I've been very disappointed with it and wouldn't recommend it at all, there's far better resources online.

So first off, what do you actually get? The book contains a good variety of ships which have four pages each - this is broken down into one page of 'waffle' with a description of the ship and its purpose, a half page showing a wireframe model of the CG ship (not a more useful cutaway), the stats for the ship (which are not always correct) and then a large two page picture of the ship itself.

The 'waffle' as I've called it is just that as there's no meaningful insight into the ship at all, a simple example is the aeroshuttle from Voyager. This is a small Captain's Yacht which you can see the outline for on the underside of Voyager similar to the one seen for the Enterprise-E in Insurrection. In the series it's never seen nor mentioned with the most common fan speculation for this being that Voyager was pushed out the door in a hurry and this part was not added. This book references the aero shuttle but doesn't actually mention why we never see this. Similarly for the other ships I didn't find any of this information of any interest whatsoever.

The CG wireframe model is too small and rather badly aliased making it difficult to make out any of the detail, I don't really see the point in it as it doesn't show any of the fictional ship's inner structure as it should.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Enigma VINE VOICE on 26 Jun. 2003
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Everything you ever wanted to know about starships from accross the Star Trek galaxy, from the D'Deridex-class Romulan Warbird to the Sovereign-class Federation starship, this book has vital statistics such as weapons loadouts, shield strengths and types, the speed ratings, a short history, in some cases manufacturing notes and even the model of computer core it has.
THere is a simple rule in my head nowadays - if you want to know anything about a particular starship, or just want to state at a VERY detailed, crystal clear, high-res photo of a starship, this is the book for you. No Trek fan should go without it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Enigma VINE VOICE on 19 May 2003
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Those of us who watch Star Trek and feel more drawn to the ships and their technology than the characters who crew them may crave a book dedicated to those ships, with information, images and backgrounds to each of the famous starship classes.
I found one, it's called Starship Spotter. Inside are four pages for every major class of starship ever seen - from the Akira class right through to the D'Deridex warbird and even Species 8472 bioships - which include two-page high-detail, colour images, and two pages of raw info (and a small wireframe diagram). Within these pages you will find information on their weapons systems, their defensive shields, their computer systems, warp speed ratings, crew compliments, mass, dimensions and every other piece of information you could ever want to know. You'll also find background information (such as the design process and ship's mission), and what appearences the ship has made onscreen.
This book might be small, but it contains everything you ever wanted to know about starships, and even has pretty pictures for us to drool over. 5 out of 5, and a must-have for Trek fans everywhere.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "crazy_freak_master" on 4 Sept. 2005
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This book is just great.
It has 4 pages on each ship featured. It includes a historical and design background, a spaceframe image, technical specifications followed by a high resolution image of each and every ship. All of the written details are really interesting for any hardcore trekkie, as are the technical specifications. The images are fantastic in their detail. All of the major starfleet vessels are included, and many alien vessels as well.
The down sides however are that there are few technical specs for the non-federation ships (apparently due to the "federation" origin of the book and the classified secrets of the vessels) but this is easy to overcome. Another downside is that a number of the high res pictures are unfortunately at perculiar angles, showing a few of the ships from pretty useless viewpoints. Also, it is a slightly dated book that does not include the new nemisis warbirds, nor anything from the Enterprise series.
Even after these downsides, I must still say that this book is brilliant and well worth having as part of any tekkies collection.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr President on 14 Dec. 2002
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This book is a wonder to behold. The Star Trek books, episodes etc are great but this book has a special quality to it. Fantastic illustrations and details about the starships make them so real and tangible, i almost wanted to build them.
From Borg Diamonds to Romulan Warbirds. This book has got the lot.
I cant wait for the next edition to come out, so it will include the new style of Romulan Warbirds coming out in the new Star Trek Nemesis film.
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By Mike Renshaw TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 25 Aug. 2013
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This is a comprehensive book that lists most Starfleet vessels, as well as some from other races.

The format is a full page of data, with wireframe image and then a two page full colour spread of the ship in question. The problem for me is that the book spreads the colour pictures over the pages and this spoils the effect - I would have prefered these to be on single pages but that might just be me.

Not sure how accurate some of the information in here is (I spotted a couple of basic errors), but it's certainly detailed enough and covers at least to the end of the Voyager TV show, including Species 8742, and the Borg as well as stock races such as the Klingons and Romulans. As mentioned, the Federation is well represented as you may expect and even has worker bees and experimental craft listed.

It's okay, but most of the stuff you could get on the web - where it excels is in the (computer generated?) pictures that are unique and do look really good.

It's really one for fans, as it's expensive for what it is, but I liked it. However after a first read though I'm not sure how much I'll go back to it.
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