Rank Pips - Star Trek TNG - gold electroplate, no puncture magnetic alignment For Sale
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Rank Pips - Star Trek TNG - gold electroplate, no puncture magnetic alignment:
This is a solid metal, neodymium gold-plated set of rank insignia pips as seen on Star Trek: The Next Generation. This set is adjustable, and allows the ranks captain, commander, lieutenant and ensign.This set includes eight (8) gold-plated solid metal pips in the exact size (8mm), spacing (3mm) and color (gold) of the screen-used Next Generation original costumes. Four (4) of the pips are separated and can be added individually. Four (4) of the pips are fused permanently into a backing casing that holds them precisely in line and at the exact spacing (3mm) of the original screen-used uniforms.With the 8 pips (4 adjustable, 4 permanent), you can create the ranks Ensign, Lieutenant, Commander, and Captain.
I created this set specifically to address several shortcomings of the rank insignia that you normally see for sale:First, these are solid, gold-plated metal. Not plastic or resin. Captain Picard's pips look like metal. And nothing looks more like metal than metal.Second, these are magnetic, not pin-backed. With pin-backed, you have to worry about the fabric puckering and warping as you punch holes in it. Warping is especially a problem when you have more than one pip pinned side by side. In my experience, you may get one pip looking good, but you'll never get them perfect when several are side-by-side. Either the fabric will warp, or one pip will droop. You'll notice that Captain Picard's collar never looked puckered or uneven. This set lets you achieve that look.Third, even if you get a pin-back rank affixed to a shirt without the fabric warping, getting the spacing exactly correct between the pips is almost impossible. If it's wrong, you have to pull out the pin, put a new hole in the shirt and try again. With this set, each of the four rank pips matches up exactly with a matching pip on the backing piece. The neodymium magnets on the backside are perfectly aligned, and simply "snap" their matching sister pin into perfect alignment. You can do this without putting a single hole in your shirt, coat or costume. And you can continually adjust without consequence.A final benefit of this design is once you have this on your shirt or collar, and you're not quite happy with the overall placement or angle, you can simply slide or tilt the entire backing piece under your shirt. Because of how strong these neodymium magnets are, you must fully intend to slide it around for it to move. It will not shift accidentally. The pips on the outside of your shirt will simply shift to accommodate the new position of the backing piece. And it stays put in the new position. This is really helpful if you're trying to get the angle on your collar just right.These gold-plated magnets are neodymium, and not rare-earth. The benefit is strength (at the expense of being more expensive). In a couple of the photos, I show it affixed to a down puffy coat, just for fun. This coat is almost a half-inch thick of insulation. It is impossible to accidentally knock this thing off. To remove it, you have to deliberately intend to separate it because the neodymium magnets are so strong.You can add and remove pips in real-time, changing the rank from captain to commander to lieutenant to ensign.
These pips are the exact color, size and spacing used by the costume designers on Star Trek: Next Generation. They are 8 mm in diameter, with 3mm of spacing. The dimensions are accurate to within 0.2 mm.Made in the USA. Free shipping. And free returns if you're not happy.
BONUS: if you want an additional 4 stainless steel pips, for no additional cost, see my other listing, item number 325700913555. I don't include the stainless steel ones in this listing, automatically, because most folks don't care. They just want gold Next Generation pips. But the stainless steel ones, in precisely the same size, were used in later series of Star Trek. I can afford to give them away because they are really not that expensive. The gold ones are what is expensive--they cost me many times more. Here is the listing if you want 8 adjustable pips total, in gold and stainless steel both, for the same price: REVIEWS:"These are the best pips I've ever owned! Strong magnet!!! Can't wait to take the starship out of spacedock with them!!! Thank you." --fortier4"NICELY DONE, every problem with TNG magnetic pips SOLVED. No more sliding or falling off! These are strong, and the shape and colour are perfect. And lightning fast delivery! I expect to order more sets of these. This maker is a hero! I’ve been let down by so many janky pips. My descendants will sing the songs of this victory for generations to come until the meaning of it all is lost to time and the connection to these very pips that were passed down to them will be long forgotten." --SaintOfThePit