Hi fellow trekkers. I’ve been a Star Trek fan from TOS in the 60’s through today’s big screen version, and have been making stage props for over 15 years. Being a veteran, I have always believed we would in Gene Roddenbery’s vision have of a future with minimal war, and there would be no hungry children, or the need to work in order to feed your family. In the early 80’s, I submitted to screen plays to paramount, for Star Trek movies, which did not pan out because I was not willing to relocate to LA to meet with a Bob Lowen, who negotiated with writers who made submissions to Paramount.
Every stage prop I make is hand-made, using xactor blades, scroll/coping saws, sanders and a drill press. I tend to use whatever material I have around the house, or can buy from a local hobby store. I have no machining tools whatsoever, and take a lot of pride in my hobby; trying to attain near exact replicas of the props I create. What is always difficult when building a prop is getting the dimensions correct. Each one I constructed I had photo’s, and in a few instances, videos to base the dimensions on,
I have around 30ish hand made props, not including the ones purchased from Master Replicators and other manufacturers; that are part of my extensive Star Trek collection. I will post shortly still photo’s of my work. Although I have been asked on many occasions if I wanted to sell my work, each one is a one-of-a-kind, I would not be sure how to set a price for them.
The phase rifle Kirk carried and Jeffrey Hunter utilized, took 7 months to plan, and 8 months to construct. The phaser rifle from Star Trek Generations took about 4 months to design and craft. These are not 3d printer made, so the final product depends on the materials I use and the circuits driving the effects.
I am running into one logistics problem, that maybe someone can help me with. I am transposing a playmates tricorder to a near working version with over 70 LED’s and staging lights. The problem is that I cannot find a single small battery source, that I can use to drive all 70 LEDs and their circuits. I am going to try a smart phone battery next…we will see how it works out.
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I have not watched the newer Television version on CBS, due to the fact they drifted from Gene Roddenbery’s vision of the show. Star Trek was never meant to be a dark drama…my opinion…