My number one, all-time holiest of grail props—since I was about 11 years old—is Dr. Crusher’s medkit. I’ve been reluctant to start work on it because of how perfect I know I’ll want to get it, but I think it’s about time to start doing some planning, thinking, and research.
I believe the first appearance was in “I, Borg” (01:29)
And it makes many subsequent appearances through the later seasons. Here is a nice closeup in “Realm of Fear” (40:35)
The Sternbach concept art:
HMS/Prop’er made the originals out of vacuum formed bodies
The first of the multiple ones that they made had an aluminum ratcheting door that could be held open in various positions using a ball-end spring-loaded bullet catch that would lock into hemispherical indents in the aluminum door. These photos are from Mike Moore’s Flickr:
This one was sold at auction
Subsequent cases were all plastic
from Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Continuing Mission
Many of these have been sold at auction as well
It appears in the TNG blu-ray extras
Blu-ray Season 6 Documentary on sets and props - Alan Sims with medkit (08:29)
TNG Season 1 Blu-Ray bonus material: “The Making of a Legend - Year One (2002)” 08:11
Dimensions given by Mike Moore at the RPF were as follows:
The overall dimensions for the Medkit are 13.5" tall x 9.5" wide x 3.25" deep (thick), with the top being 6.75" and the bottom 6" across. The door measures 7.25" tall by 5.5" wide, and the Tricorder compartment is 3 3/8" tall by 2" wide.
Some of our own members have done some amazing scratch builds, including:
And @RustyH is working on a DS9 rebuild.
I want to make the one with the ratcheting door, and while I am fortunate enough to own a set of original HMS shells, I’m also interested in perhaps vacuum forming PETG shells so my final one will be super sturdy. (I’m also always nervous about just having a single set of shells and accidentally irrevocably screwing them up while trying to do my build-up.) So I’ve started work on a 3D model, beginning with designing vacuum forming bucks.
Using all my sources, (mostly the auction photos and known dimensions), I traced the profile
(This is two bucks stacked on top of each other—thicker than the final cut-down size of the medkit).
For each buck, I got four layers of 10mm thickness and one layer of 6mm. I glued them together, using dowels as registration pins to get the layers properly aligned.
I then used a 5mm radius bearing bit to mill the edges to their accurate radius.
This will need some body filler and sanding to get everything smooth, but it came out pretty well, I think. I’ll be writing more about vacuum forming soon, but suffice it to say that once one has shells, they have to be trimmed down. The best practice for that is described here, which I applied to my HMS shells.
More adventures to come, but I just wanted to provide a little update on where I am so far and to solicit any thoughts anyone else may have.