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

Monday, October 4, 2010

Star Trek: The Experience TNG Captain's Chair & Ops Station Restoration

On Sat. April 10th of this year, the California based entertainment memorabilia auction house Propworx presided over a historic "Star Trek: The Experience Warehouse Sale" in Las Vegas, Nevada at which many large bridge set fixtures, starfleet-themed panels, starship models and model sections as well as wardrobe items from the attraction were offered to the public. I was fortunate to acquire the Galaxy Class Captain's Chair and the Ops Station at this event; and have recently created some non-backlit LCARS panels to display with the furniture, as the original glass panels employed at The Experience were not included.

The following photos show the original state of the Captain's Chair and Ops Station console/chair at the warehouse sale itself; and shortly thereafter in an unused second bedroom ...

Below are some more recent images of the Galaxy Class starship fixtures with mock LCARS panels in place. While the LCARS graphics are simple ink jet printouts on clear transparency paper that have been affixed to the undersurface of the acrylic panels, and are not backlit at all; they are accurate representations of the actual displays and control menus designed by the TNG prop department for the screen used Captain's Chair and Ops Stations ...

Of course, my pet Minka has successfully completed extensive Starfleet training and is fully certified and competent in the use of the Operations console (maybe) ...