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#1 Colby

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Posted 02 July 2008 - 04:08 PM

I was curious if anyone had any high quality scans of the prop Firefly/Serenity credits. I was experimenting with the thought of making "disposable" cheap printed prop money that could be carried in conventions and such without worry of losing or damaging valuable replicas. I found a smaller version of it but it's not quite big enough to make into a printable prop.



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Posted 02 July 2008 - 06:11 PM

I have some of the firefly money that were being sold before QMX started making them

not sure I can get good pictures of them - (don't have a scanner) but can try...

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Posted 03 July 2008 - 05:01 AM

I have two...

www.rookscastle.com/photos/1serenity.jpg
www.rookscastle.com/photos/2serenity.jpg

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Posted 03 July 2008 - 08:38 AM

QUOTE (Rook @ Jul 3 2008, 07:01 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>


Awesome! That's perfect!

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Posted 03 July 2008 - 06:49 PM

if you have the two official Firefly companion books, they also have good pictures of the currency (paper and coin) used on the series...

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Posted 05 July 2008 - 06:25 PM

Could it possibly be illegal to oh, say, counterfeit currency through photocopying? I'd hate to see the Alliance start hunting you down - they're tenacious, you know.

Hey, out of curiosity, are you making those two sided by any chance?

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Posted 05 July 2008 - 09:59 PM

When I printed mine, I did it on clear transparency paper as seen in one episode of the series.
But honestly, it looks MUCH better on regular paper.

I think I just copied the image files and put 2 or 3 on a single sheet of paper.
You could always reverse the image and print double sided too, but you have
to be really careful to get both sides to line up properly... which is a pain.

Not that I condone copying Alliance money. That would be wrong. wink.gif

But... theoretically... One could make a copy, and then photocopy those copies
to make bundles of bills for give aways or prop parties, etc.

You need to figure the price point though. Does it cost less for you to print them out on your
own printer, or pay $1.00 to make color copies at a copy center?

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Posted 06 July 2008 - 03:24 AM

I have some BSG graphics and am trying to figure out what kind of paper to print it on. I don't wanna use normal paper either. Any suggestions?

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Posted 06 July 2008 - 06:12 PM

Depends on what you plan to do with them I imagine, but quite
often glossy inkjet photo paper works well. If you can layer the
graphics over a colored background you can print on transparency
paper as well, and then lay that over a white background.

Also, it depends on the type of graphic. Ship graphics (computer screens,
bulkhead stencil or logos) can be printed on the transparency,
but "official" documents should be printed on a higher quality
document paper.

Just a suggestion.

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Posted 07 July 2008 - 11:25 AM

I am using a nice quality paper (resume paper) for my BSG money and it looks and feels very nice. It will also hold up to folding a little longer than regular paper I think.

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Posted 13 July 2008 - 11:38 PM

I found VERY good copies of different varieties of Firefly money here in PDF format ready to print!

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Posted 14 July 2008 - 09:18 PM

Those are very good prints of the bills....

I believe they use real Chinese coins for the silver currencies (like the aluminum ones they use in China)

I find it strange that they print the characters for the word "bank" (yin hang) on the right hand side of the Firefly bills, but not the NAME of the bank (you would usually find a few more characters before the ones for "bank" - like for Bank of China (zhong guo yin hang - four characters)

and why not use the number characters for the denomination? like the characters for 1,000 (yi qian), 500 (wu bai), 100 (yi bai), 50 (wu shi), 10 (shi), 5 (wu), 1 (yi)

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Posted 15 July 2008 - 05:37 AM

QUOTE (foxspirit @ Jul 15 2008, 12:18 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I find it strange that they print the characters for the word "bank" (yin hang) on the right hand side of the Firefly bills, but not the NAME of the bank (you would usually find a few more characters before the ones for "bank" - like for Bank of China (zhong guo yin hang - four characters)

and why not use the number characters for the denomination? like the characters for 1,000 (yi qian), 500 (wu bai), 100 (yi bai), 50 (wu shi), 10 (shi), 5 (wu), 1 (yi)


Why? Because the show was made by Americans for American TV. If you handed someone a brightly colored piece of paper covered in Chinese writing (Or Japanese, or Korean...) would they know what it was without seeing big numbers on there?

Most US TV viewers wouldn't. Keep in mind it WAS on the Fox network . wink.gif

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