Welcome! As part of its ongoing mission to document the Art and Production History of Star Trek, this site will present technical articles on Star Trek prop and costume authentication - focusing on The Original Series - with detailed photos and episode screenshots to complement the information presented; as well as feature pictorials to showcase Star Trek memorabilia in private & public collections, present rare Behind The Scenes TOS imagery & discuss other topics.
Gerald Gurian is a 40+ year collector of screen used Star Trek memorabilia and a passionate fan of TOS
- Star Trek TOS At Auction Part I - Gurian Collection Highlights - Greg Jein TOS Hero Type II Phaser
-Authenticating a TOS Communicator -6 Myths About Star Trek Prop Design -Star Trek 3rd Season Command Tunic
- Design Features of TOS Tricorders -Star Trek Props At National Air & Space - TOS Leatherette Tricorder
- TOS Federation Sciences Dress -Desilu Studio TOS Prop Fabrication - Unreleased Allen/Gurian Prop Photos
- The Beautiful Women of TOS Part I -TOS U.S.S. Enterprise 11' Filming Model - Captain Kirk's Chair from TOS
- Spock Ears -TOS Control Panels & Displays - Mr. Spock's Science Station
- TOS Soundstage at Desilu -TOS Shatner Romulan Pants - The Beautiful Women of TOS Pt. II
- TOS Galileo Shuttlecraft -Greg Jein TOS Cage Laser Pistol - TOS 3rd Season Midgrade Type II Phaser
- Dr. McCoy's Sickbay on TOS -TOS Balok Puppet Head - Captain Kirk "Mirror, Mirror" Tunic
- Greg Jein TOS Hero Tricorder -1992 Smithsonian TOS Cast Video - TOS 1st Season Command Tunic
- TOS "Where No Man" Silver Contact Lenses -TOS Special Effects: The Transporter - The Art of Matt Jefferies
- TOS "Space Seed" Gold Mesh Jumpsuit -Gorn Costume from "Arena" - Rare TOS Behind-the-Scenes Videos
- TOS Stunt Type II Phaser -1993 Bill Theiss Estate Auction - TOS Shatner Command Dress Tunic
- TOS Elasian Royal Guard Tunic -TOS Finnegan Silver "Shore Leave" Tunic - TOS Science Officer Tunic "The Cage"
- TOS Shatner Early 1st Season Command Tunic -William Shatner TOS Tunics At Auction - TOS Shatner Late 1st Season Command Tunic

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Star Trek:TNG 3rd Season Working Science Tricorder

Presented below are some detailed photos and videos of a screen-used Star Trek: TNG working Science Tricorder prop that was made by Ed Miarecki for the 3rd Season of the series. Amongst the enhancements built into this TR-580 Tricorder VII model are a series of 8 cascading green LEDs on top to represent a built-in sensor scanner; as well as a highly detailed backlit LCARS screen. The first and second season Mark VI tricorders had a detachable scanner and much less sophisticated graphics. The silver speckled paint scheme was maintained for the 3rd Season Tricorders, as well as the use of an internal magnetic switch to initiate the light effects when the Tricorder is opened. After almost 19 years, most of the lights and LEDs in the prop continue to operate; however, the LCARS screen no longer illuminates. The prop is powered by a 6 volt Type J battery (which has been replaced a couple of times); and does not feature any built-in sounds. For Star Trek: TNG; it is believed that all sound effects for props were added as part of the post-production work. Some of the props on Star Trek: Enterprise are known to have built-in sound.

Etched onto a circuit board; and somewhat obscured by a tangle of red and white wires, on the left side of the image below is the year 1990 and the letters SFMA (Science Fiction Modelmaking Associates) the name of Ed Miarecki's prop company at the time.