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Plagiarism is such an ugly word... by SWAT-Strachan Plagiarism is such an ugly word... by SWAT-Strachan
I gave the person who "created" the smaller image many opportunities to discretely remove their post to a particular Facebook page, as they were trying to pass the smaller image off as their own work. Now if they had just posted it as an image manipulation, I would have applauded it, but trying to gain likes by passing it off as his own work really pisses me off as a photographer.

Sorry Phill, but I gave you plenty of chances to avoid this.

Click the image above and you can view it at full-size.

1: If you look closely, you'll notice that the Starfleet logos on the nacelles of the smaller photo are backwards (reversed image).

2: The pylons either side of the bridge are at a much steeper angle than those on the Eaglemoss model (which the smaller image is supposedly a photo of).

3: Every illuminated window is matched in both images (as the model doesn't have lighting, the 'creator' of the photo would have to add these digitally, and to match them exactly, after denying seeing the larger photo goes against all laws of probability!).

4: The angle and lighting of the ships is identical.

5: One of the stars in the larger imaged survived the soft-focus blur that was applied to the smaller one, and is still visible above the right nacelle.

6: The level of detail, even on the smaller image, exceeds that which is present on the model.


The larger image can be found by following THIS LINK, and can be found half-way down the page. As you will see, the blog is dated as the 11th of February 2013, which is 6 months before the models were available in the shops, and roughly 10 months before the Alternate Future Enterprise D was released to subscribers.
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MikeZ83 Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The funny part is that it was only a matter of time until someone noticed it, since Prologic's D is the best one that's publicly available and therefore well known (the better models built by Gabe Koerner, Tobias Richter, Dave Clark were only ever shared with a handful of people).
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SWAT-Strachan Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Tobias Richter, now there's a name I haven't heard in a long time! ı remember him from back in my Commodore Amiga days, in fact I think I still have a lot of his old Trek animations saved somewhere.
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MikeZ83 Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He's actually still quite active in that regard and runs his own little successful visual effects company: www.thelightworks.com/
If you want to see some of his more recent work, just look at the now widely known CG model of Andrew Probert's original design for the Enterprise-C or the various CG ships (Enterprise, Stargazer, Traditional Excelsior, Miranda, ...) used in the Blu-ray version of TNG where the original elements could not be re-used.
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SWAT-Strachan Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I've seen some of the remastered TNG episodes, and I have to say that Herr Richter has done a bang-up job of recreating the sequences. Good to know he's still in the 3D business, he's come a long way since the old 16 bit 512kb Amiga A500 :D.
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MikeZ83 Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Tobias and some of his employees built many of the models. The actual animations spliced into the episodes were done by (depending on the season) another company and CBS'  own in-house team.

There's a nice collection of pics of his Ambassador and Connie at www.modelermagic.com/?cat=110 (also features some of the model kits from his personal collection, but you'll get the idea) and if you want to see more of what he's up to, check out the build threads for some of this models used in official Trek projects (Blu-rays, merchandise, DVD cases, promo material) and unofficial stuff like fanfilms: www.scifi-meshes.com/forums/se…

And those Amigas are what got the ball rolling, more specifically the 2000s Foundation Imaging used for the effects on Babylon 5 (first two seasons before Doug Netter drove them out by starting his own competing company and FI moved on to transition Star Trek Voyager into an all-digital show, starting the transition with the second season) and not only proved that it's doable but also paved the way for an emerging industry (CG visual effects in the TV business) through their close cooperation with NewTek (the company behind LightWave).
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Seanguy4 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You know, your not the only one that gets annoyed with people doing this kind of stuff.
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SWAT-Strachan Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Especially when they keep denying it, even when presented with irrefutable proof. Luckily for him, either he himself, or the page admins deleted the post before I could publicly embarrass him. Still, I know his name and I will be keeping an eye on his future posts, just in case...
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Seanguy4 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree 100%
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