It's What's Inside that Matters (December 25, 2010)

Bandit LOAF

Long Live the Confederation!
In 1999, a company called SciPubTech announced plans to publish a poster of the Wing Commander movie's version of the TCS Tiger Claw. It was a very exciting prospect--SciPubTech was known for mind-blowing cutaway posters of Star Trek and Star Wars spacecraft.

Sadly, it was not to be: the poster suffered several delays and the release was ultimately cancelled. Thanks to a postage-stamp sized preview showing the unfinished image, though, fans knew that a great deal of work had been done on the project.

Years of repeated attempts to contact SciPubTech about the image were met with silence; either the company had gone out of business entirely or they just weren't interested in talking about the Wing Commander poster. Finally, we decided to try a new tactic--find the artist responsible for the poster. Research revealed that Christopher Cushman was the man responsible for several of SciPubTech's iconic Enterprise posters... and NinjaLA was able to track him down!

Christopher turned out to be a very kind person and a fellow sci-fi aficionado who appreciated our cause. We learned that the Wing Commander poster was actually done by his equally talented brother, Matthew Cushman... and that it was finished and colored!

So, without further ado, here is a holiday present for WingNuts everywhere--the absolutely beautiful long lost Tiger Claw cutaway poster!



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Original update published on December 25, 2010
 
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Marc

Commodore
A high-res. printer!
Santa, I need a high-resolution printer!

...Santa no, come baaaack!
 

Red Baron

Rear Admiral
Wow!

The SciPubTech site is still online, anyone knows if orders placed there are being processed at all?
 

NinjaLA

Alex Von T.
blows you away how pretty that carrier is in such high detail. It almost makes me wish there was a scene in the movie where half the ship is peeled away in a broadside.
 

Bandit LOAF

Long Live the Confederation!
I can tell you exactly how long it was for me. According to my e-mail backups, the poster was announced February 12, 1999... and then we got this from Mr. Curshman on October 9, 2010. That is 4,257 days. :)
 

Mekt-Hakkikt

Mpanty's bane
That's great, thanks for sharing this with us.

On the Dralthi's cockpits are markings - do you think it's a projected HUD or even more decoration?
 

Mancubus

Rear Admiral
Do we know anything about a ship from lower left corner of the poster (I think it's a destroyer of some kind?) class, stats etc? I really like the design
 

Wedge009

Rogue Leader
I think they're the two destroyers that the Claw engages in the movie, though I can't recall for sure - looks like one of them has already been blown up by Paladin ('au revoir, mes amis!').
 

Red Baron

Rear Admiral
Do we know anything about a ship from lower left corner of the poster (I think it's a destroyer of some kind?) class, stats etc? I really like the design

Well we do know that it's the (movie version) Ralari-class Destroyer

Length
385m

Mass
18,000t

Cruising Velocity
250kps

Weapons
2 Turreted Lasers
15 Point-Defense
2 Antimatter Guns
8 Torpedo Tubes

Armor
Fore and aft meson shields
25cm fore/15cm rear armor
20cm port/starboard armor

If that is of any help
 

ChrisReid

Super Soaker Collector / Administrator
Yup, Ralari:
wcmralari.jpg
 
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