Let’s keep the Medical prop train going…
On Crusher’s table of props this box often makes an appearance in the lineup and is notable it’s amazing level of blandness.
And a giant comp of appearances including a really nice big shot of the back from Imaginary Friend.
Great another prop to spend hours online guessing! I was thinking it could be an a/ or part of a old matrix printer.
It’s probably some super random industrial machine housing like the other Crusher desktop machines.
Where to start looking? So many machines of that era have a similarly vague look.
For example, a punch card reader
This one is my favorite of the Crusher consoles, actually. I like the bland and beige TNG stuff best.
It certainly gives the overall impression of something that does sheet feeding, like a pen plotter. But it’s hard to tell how much it has been modified.
Anyone have any new thoughts on this?
This is my favorite piece of Crusher office equipment but alas I’ve not come up with anything yet—though certainly not for lack of trying! I’m sure one of us will come up with something eventually. This group never ceases to amaze me in what we can turn up.
Just asked the Okudas about this one. All they remembered was that it was a found object and likely modified by or under the art direction of Alan Sims.
Is Sims someone who ever shows up at conventions or talks with fans about his work? It might be worthwhile to see if he’d be interested in answering some questions. IMDB says his son is an entertainment reporter, so that could be a way to contact him.
Another nice shot of this prop in Tapestry-
This is indeed a pen plotter:
the HP 7475 plotter.
–Paul E Musselman
It’s defintely not that model. Way off in shape and features.
The prop t two holes at the top corners which makes me think that there was perhaps some kind of lid cover that rotated on that axis. It may have looked quite different whithout that feature.
I’ve looked at lots of printers and plotters without finding a match. I’ll keep an open mind, but I think it’s going to end up being something completely different and weird.
Closest matches I’ve found so far are laminators (the dial is a temp setter on those), but still nothing quite right.
Could it be a vac pull in clear, given all the light openings? The big centre panel may have been added to give the thing the right form/come out of the pull a little easier. It certainly looks a lot cleaner than some of the other Sick Bay dressings and I can’t think what would come off the shelf with that many backlighting opportunities…
The only thing that makes me think it’s a retrofitted found item is that circular pocket on the right. It seems an odd detail to leave on a custom-fabricated shell. I guess the same also goes for that hole on the sides. It gives the strong impression of holes for two ends of a roller bar of some kind.
Two other categories of devices that come to mind are vacuum sealers and paper binding machines. But I’m not having any luck with those searches either.
Yes, I looked at a lot of those spiral binding machines too and couldn’t find anything there either. But vacuum sealer is a new one for me. Keep at it everyone; we’ll crack this nut eventually. This is one of my all-time favorite props!
Nothing like a good thread bump to get the gears turning again on a prop part.
Incidentally, I recently noticed that this shows up behind Dr Stubbs when he’s getting zapped in his quarters in “Evolution.”
Still no luck but I did find these Scantron machines that would have been right at home in sickbay