I love how giant, weird and clunky this thing is.
I haven’t built a good file of reference for this thing yet. What are the appearances of this beast?
This one is a favorite of mine. It appears extensively in Voyager as well.
@MustangGTR once told me “The gray ribbing on the side is 40pin Flat Color Rainbow Ribbon IDC Cable Wire Rainbow Cable”
It doesn’t appear to use any found parts, unless there was a giant whistle out there.
It was a pain in the ass to make. It is all custom including the petri dish. the base was all 1/4" acrylic sheet. The center support was turned alum. which also had the bearings for it to turn. The bearings were just ball bearings in a slot in the alum. support. The head was plastic tube and 1/4" sheet acrylic. The backlight for the screen was JKL mini fluorescents. The top cap is turned acrylic the rounded tubes on top of that were acrylic tube with acrylic half domes. The ribbing is corrugated sheet rubber. Screen had switch for on/off I think under main round body. petri dish turns on in slot with micro switch in slot. This piece from what I remember was heavy. If there was a giant whistle out there I would have used it.
When I read the first line, “I love how giant, weird and clunky…” I first thought you were going to talk about Beverly’s hair!
Seriously, though, I love that medical computer thing. Very cool stuff.
Above it was said the ribbing one was rainbow ribbon cable. Do you disagree about that?
Also, when you worked on props that ultimately had LCARS panels and pin striping, would you incorporate that yourself, or turn over a “naked” prop to the art department to finalize?
Wow. This is a goldmine of information. Thanks, Mike! This is also a rare case where my guesses about how everything was made actually turned out to be right. One thing you didn’t mentioned, though: how was the main body made? A vacuum formed shell in two halves?
Isn’t that what he’s describing here?
Oh, good point. I was confusing that with what he referred to in the next sentence as the “top cap.”
I built the main head of this prop as well as I did all of the elec. on it. I am saying that we used corrugated sheet rubber for the ribbing on this prop. In some cases we would use ribbon cable or Evergreen corrugated sheet. As to the Lcars during TNG and DS9 we would not be supplied with the Lcars. They would be made after delivery as they would not know the sizes until we delivered . As to the pin striping some times we would do it and some times it would be done after delivery. During Voyager we in many cases would supply them a finish prop with Lcars and any pin striping. All so If I am thinking strait the top round acrylic part was were we had the batt. access. 2 screws held it down covering a large hole on top with I think 6 9 volt batteries inside.
Awesome pics! Thanks so much!
Mike, does it ever seem weird to see the props you made for the shows go up for auction for hundreds or even thousands of dollars? That’s got to be a bizarre experience! Goes to show you how good your work is!
Well what is sad is when you work on a show for as long as I did and you still get no credit for your work. Until later when people discover that the Prop Master did not in reality make any of it.
Now that you mention it, you’re absolutely right! I don’t think I ever saw HMS in the credits. That’s definitely a huge oversight. Do you ever get some of the props sent back to your shop after a show is over or does the studio just buy them and that’s it?
It varies depending on the show.
The scanner that this thread about appears in the Voyager episode “The Cloud” as well. Just had the (displeasure) of watching that old clunker of an episode yesterday.
They Cann’t all be gold
As someone who has worked in TV production, I totally get it. Doesn’t change that it was a clunker though.
I did a 3D model of this one for a recent project. I bet it’s not 100% accurate because I only intended this to be a far away prop, but it might be of some use:
Also, it was also used by Dax on DS9 “The Passenger”.