Archive for August, 2010

Set Detailing for Starship Farragut

While the Starship Farragut Set Construction Crew continues their efforts in St. Marys, GA – I’m sharing an update on some of the set detailing happening up here in the Washington, DC area. 

My Dad built three ‘scanners’ for our ship sets – one for the science station, one for the engineering station, and the other for the side transporter console mounted on the wall. 

Got Scanners?

The completed scanner in the middle is one that was made in the early 2000’s with help from my dad using measurements derived from the Desilu blueprints of the original “Spock Scanner.”  Thanks to Starship Farragut and TREK FAN Film supporter, Ralph Miller for authenticating my measurements for accuracy. 

I could be wrong, but I don’t recall the Engineering Station or the Side Transporter Console having the turn knob or the ribbed fins on top – I’ll have to research this further to confirm.

Completed Science Scanner in Action

The three scanners need to be further sanded and primed – didn’t have any light or medium grey primer lying around, so I used some old dark grey primer.  By the way – this is the same color used for the bases of our Burke chairs (chair bases for the 2nd & 3rd seasons were dark/charcoal grey and the chair bases for the 1st season were black). 

Cut Burke Chair for Back Insert

Speaking of ‘Burke Chairs” – I’m working on four Burke chairs for our sets (three bridge chairs and one armed chair for the Captain’s Quarters).  The original TREK chairs had the lip cut out for securely holding the chair back.  I cut the lip off the chair above using a Jigsaw – my first attempt and it was surprisingly easier to do than I thought.   I still have to use the hand belt sander to even out and smooth the exposed armed area.  Special thanks to Ralph Miller and Mike Bednar for their guidance and  tips, as well as to my Dad for all his help.  

On my last blog update – I provided some pics of a screen-used Burke.  I eluded to a ‘friend’ in California who owns an original Burke chair and who allowed me to remove it for measuring and doing a tracing of it.   This person’s name is Brian Makepeace (wanted to get his permission prior to posting – received it after posting the last blog).  Working with a tracing of his chair back – made a revised back pattern for enhancing its appearance.

Lastly, my dad helped to make some of the small black boxes that are mounted on each bridge station for the datatapes to rest when not in use.

New Meaning to the Words, “Little Black Box”
I’ll be posting a set construction update with pictures from our Project Manager, Mike Bednar and from the St. Marys’ team later this week.   

Scratch-Built TOS Star Trek Props


In looking for some old photos, I came across some that Mike Bednar gave me of some scratch-built, Star Trek – The Original Series (TOS) props he made in the early 1990’s.

The first one is of the classic phaser pistol weapon.  Keep in mind that when it was constructed, there were no BlueRay discs, DVDs, and the Internet was still in its infancy.  Mike used what reference was available at the time, as well as common-found items to construct the prop you see before you.

A Work of Art...

The next one is of the iconic communicator – the communications device used to confer between the ship’s bridge in space to the landing party on the planet.  If you didn’t have this baby, you were pretty much out of luck!  Again, Mike used what limited reference material was available with common-found items.

Another "Bednar" Prop

Both are two examples of great work and like Mike, I too was fascinated by these props.  Unfortunately, Mike sold these pieces of art to a fan shortly after making them.  Perhaps one of you reading this blog possesses it!

For the Starship Farragut project, Mike is our main propmaster and makes many of the props used in our films.  In fact, just as Irving A. Feinberg was the propmaster on the original series of Star Trek and where the cast and crew referred to props as “Feinbergers,” we too refer to our props in similar fashion, “That’s a Bednar.”