HERE IS A LINK TO THE PHOTOS
So I’m posting this here under the guise of being a resource for reference, but really I wanted to show off my PADD collection. This represents 20 years of collecting. PADDs are what got me into collecting Trek props, and all these years later I still love PADDs.
Lots of train of thought writing to follow, so the short version is that I posted photos of my entire PADD collection on Facebook. You can view it in the “Star Trek Prop Enthusiasts” group. Other PADDs have come and gone through my collection, but this is all of the PADDs currently in my collection. I recently liberated a number of them from the prop annex (a.k.a. my uncles house), and for the first time have all of them together at home. I spent the last two nights taking photos and had a blast dusting them all off. Some of the graphics are a little faded, but otherwise they are in great shape.
The FB “likes” and comments are fun, but this is really the community where I wanted to showcase the collection. Sorry that there is no easy way to link you to the posts with the photos, but hopefully you will check it out. I would have put them up here but posting 70+ photos would have been a mega chore. FB makes it too darned easy to post a ton of pics online for easy viewing. LINK TO PHOTOS ADDED ABOVE
I would be happy to post more photos here showing specific details and some of the back sides of these PADDs. I only put shots of the PADD fronts on Facebook. I would also enjoy taking some group shots organized by show/movie theme or even in groupings by builder. Many of these were built over the years by our very own @Cmdr.Kerner, @Alex_Walker, @EWilliams, and @Eric_Ardros . There are also some favorites from Chris Avilla and even a little set of Marco Enterprises PADDs with lights and sound. Ill try to post more detail on some of the favorites here and answer any questions you may have.
PADDs are what got me into this hobby in the first place. In the mid 90’s I was a young Trekkie with a bin full of Trek action figures and a growing display of the role play toys and ships. The ships and role play toys were always my favorite! When the Playmates line fell apart I made the jump to props. I remember the first PADD I bought was a resin kit for $45 from a little place near Ohio State University called Starbase Columbus. I was with my Mom, before I could drive. When she saw the bubble filled slab of raw resin I had spent all that money on we promptly turned the car around and she made me return it. A year of so later I was at a convention and bought this from a vendor…
The PADD has aluminum front and back plates sandwiching a black plastic middle. The back side has a UFP logo and a SNDN that are inset pieces of laser etched plastic. I actually owned a number of these over the years, and still have some of the graphics that you can swap out for a variety of looks. This Defiant PADD was the first and started me down the road of prop collecting. I still have a soft spot for PADDs. I used to think that you could only have so many phasers and tricorders (I was wrong BTW) but every PADD is different, unique, and fun.