How do commbadges and pips stick?

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How do commbadges and pips stick?

Post by FaxModem1 » 2016-06-02 10:48pm

Simple enough question, how do the pips and commbadges in TNG, DS9, and Voyager work? When seen off the a person's uniform, there is no lapel pin, nor is there a magnet to hide it in place. So, in universe, how do they attach?
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Re: How do commbadges and pips stick?

Post by Borgholio » 2016-06-02 10:51pm

They often make a noise when pulling them off or putting them on. I gather it is some kind of miniature latch of some kind or a molecular bonding mechanism. Babylon 5 did the same thing with their combadges...they stuck to the skin without adhesive.
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Re: How do commbadges and pips stick?

Post by Batman » 2016-06-02 10:59pm

Err-how do you know there IS no magnet to hold it in place? The magnet would be on the inside of the uniform so you'd never see it and about half the real-world replicas worked that way.
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Re: How do commbadges and pips stick?

Post by Axton » 2016-06-03 02:22am

That was my thought. Magnet is embedded behind the fabric.
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Re: How do commbadges and pips stick?

Post by Crazedwraith » 2016-06-03 02:34am

They stick very well thank you.

Magnets or some sci-fi adhesive.
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Re: How do commbadges and pips stick?

Post by SpottedKitty » 2016-06-03 03:11am

Technobabble-powered static cling, I always thought.
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Post by FaxModem1 » 2016-06-03 04:39am

Crazedwraith wrote:They stick very well thank you.
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Post by Prometheus Unbound » 2016-06-03 05:15pm

FaxModem1 wrote:
Crazedwraith wrote:They stick very well thank you.
:lol:
It's from when someone once asked the producers at a con how do the heisenburg compensatory work and they replied 'very well thanks'
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Post by SpottedKitty » 2016-06-03 08:25pm

Prometheus Unbound wrote:It's from when someone once asked the producers at a con how do the heisenburg compensatory work and they replied 'very well thanks'
Should have added "as long as nobody looks at the status display"... Image

(FWIW, the version I heard, it was Patrick Stewart being asked about the warp drive; wouldn't surprise me if there were a dozen or more versions making the rounds.)
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Re: How do commbadges and pips stick?

Post by U.P. Cinnabar » 2016-06-03 11:25pm

SpottedKitty wrote:
Prometheus Unbound wrote:It's from when someone once asked the producers at a con how do the heisenburg compensatory work and they replied 'very well thanks'
Should have added "as long as nobody looks at the status display"... Image

(FWIW, the version I heard, it was Patrick Stewart being asked about the warp drive; wouldn't surprise me if there were a dozen or more versions making the rounds.)
I've heard both, actually. Micheal Okuda at a Vulkon some years ago answered the Heisenberg compensator question with "very well, thanks," and Stewart used that same answer to someone who asked about the warp drive at, I want to say, a Dixie Trek, but it was so far in the distant past(like yesterday), that I can't be sure.

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