Starfleet Command keyboard from STIV


#1

Continuing the discussion from Trek Original Cast Movie Thoughts & Ratings:

I figured it was time to start a thread on this since I received today the keyboard I believe was used to make the outer shell of this prop: a Tandy 1200 HD. I spent hours and hours, looked at literally every vintage keyboard for sale on eBay, and did tons of Google Image searching, so I’m fairly confident of this match, but I would welcome any feedback.

Given that I’ll probably cast the shell, I didn’t mind that it was so dirty, so I got a decent deal on it via eBay.


#2

Looks fun. What do you expect to use to make all those colorful keys?


#3

This is really way cool. That’s one of those props I’ve so easily overlooked through my probably 15+ times I’ve watched the whales. It’s realiy cool, and I especially like that it’s really a keyboard. I kinda want one on my desk. Will be so cool with a rechargable backlight in there.


#4

I was thinking of designing it in Illustrator and getting a Duratrans printed, like what @tosgraphics uses. The original was backlit by the desk beneath it, so I may use those LED backlight panels you use, Scott, in your desktop viewers as the light source. I think it’ll be that, plus a little bit of vinyl on the vinyl cutter and maybe some bumpons for the buttons? Or they may have been real switches; it’s hard to tell.


#5

…all power from reserve banks, Leningrad has lost all electrical power…

LOVE that scene and that guys voice…


#6

Haha. Yup. Same here! I love that the scene has Chapel and Rand as well.


#7

Cool project!
Just a static prop or will you try to incorporate any input functionality to it?


#8

Well, if he does opt for some functionality, I’d suggest he goes to David for any help with that.

The interactive buttons/features he builds into his Mk X’s are really kewl, so he’d know how to do it :wink:


#9

David’s post above actually gave me the idea that I’d like to install real buttons and have them play the sounds of that comm officer “Tokyo has total cloud coverage…”, etc. :wink:


#10

Incidentally, I found a different keyboard that has a matching chassis.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/151677630051?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&autorefresh=true


#11

I noticed last night that the buttons are back-lit sometimes and are depressable. So much for my bumpon theory. I’ll need to scour the Mouser catalog to see if I can come up with anything close.


#12

I moved 9 posts to a new topic: Starfleet Command single-layer acrylic PADDs


Starfleet Command single-layer acrylic PADDs
#13

Look what I just found in TNG “Peak Performance”!

18:54

STIV 27:07

20:45