Thanks, There’s still a lot of finish work to go once warmer weather sets in but it’s a functional computer now. The last photo is actually online logged into TFW from the TOS Desktop Monitor/Computer and reading this thread.
I laid everything out so that the modules can easily be removed and re-assembled after final painting and external details are done. The switches are lightly epoxied in place so they’ll hold for function but can still be removed to paint. I don’t like the idea of fully epoxying them in place, I may seal threaded fasteners through the front of the base filling them so they’re not visible. Long term this will make for a better solution in case a switch needs to be replaced in the future.
Ordinarily I like to build props that are as close to screen used as possible, i.e.: not adding sound cards etc. to props that didn’t have them. However, since 5th grade when I really got into TOS I’ve thought it would be great to have a real computer like these in Star Trek. Thanks to the Mitch’s wonderful TOS Desktop Monitor Kit and today’s technology I realized now is the time to put together a grail prop with only some minimal external alterations.
I didn’t want to revert to a 4:3 aspect in today’s HD world, thus I ordered an HD 10.1" LCD Display Module (specs below) from eBay. In searching and studying specs I found one that closely fits Mitch’s kit with slight modification to the width of the kits monitor hood. (Found a close match and ordered direct from China to give it a whirl). Because the display module is slightly wider I removed the sides of the original hood. I’m planning to remove the top & bottom of the original to put in a new full hood. The MDF side pieces of the original hood broke in the process of removing them, I had also tried unsuccessfully to sand them wider to fit the display module when they were still glued in place.
I’ll order a custom sized piece of anti-reflective clear plexi from a framing shop to protect the display replacing the white plexi supplied with the kit. The aspect and sizing is different using a 16x9 HD Display so I’ll determine final sizing once the replacement hood is assembled and glued in place. Right now the LCD display module is protected with the glossy clear film supplied on it to keep it protected until final assembly. The clear anti-reflective art plexi will need a specially sized blue border decal on top of it as well.
Again my build requires modifications but it’s so worth it on this one. Hope to inspire others to explore what’s possible. There might even be a tablet that fits the kit or could be similarly modified to fit.
So here are the specs of the display unit I ordered direct from China…
10.1" TFT LCD Display Module 1080P HDMI+VGA+2AV
Display size 10.1 inches
Dimensions 228.6 × 149.2 × 2.39typ
Viewing area 216.96 (H) × 135.60 (V) mm
Resolution : 1280 × 800
Panel Type TFT
Display Color 16.7M (6bits + Hi-FRC)
Contrast Ratio 600:1
Interface Type Digital
The number of wiring 40 PIN LVDS
LED back light
Operating temperature -20 ℃ ~ 80 ℃
HDMI+VGA+2AV Driver Board:
Dimension: 90.57 X 65.60 X 12mm
Work Voltage: DC 12V
Up to Resolution: 7~22inch up to 1920*1080
Input: Dual/Single LVDS interface
Work Current: 200~250mA
Input Signal: HDMI VGA AV
1 x 10.1" TFT Hig-Resolution Display Module
1 x HDMI+VGA+2AV Driver Board
1 x Keyboard with IR receiver
1 x 10 Pins Cable