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.   
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One Response to “Set Detailing for Starship Farragut”

  1. Jim Richards Says:

    The microtapes and holders look sweet! One of those small but important things that, if it’s not there, it just doesn’t look right. Now all you need are the clips they had at some stations to hold the earpieces when not in use.

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