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

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

The restored Original Series U.S.S. Enterprise filming model at the National Air and Space Museum

On Friday, July 1, 2016, Gen. John R. Dailey, the Director of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. presided over ceremonies that celebrated both the 40th anniversary of the opening of the building in 1976 as well as the official public re-opening of the Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall.  

A wonderful component of the Flight Hall re-opening for all Star Trek fans worldwide was the return to public display of the cherished 11 foot Original Series U.S.S. Enterprise filming miniature; which has been the subject of an extensive, highly sophisticated, almost 2 year long restoration effort that has spectacularly succeeded in returning the model to it's late 60's in-studio, original filming state - and has ensured that this national treasure will survive for the enjoyment of future generations.

The Enterprise model now occupies a place of honor alongside such historic craft as the Wright Brothers' Flyer; Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis; Chuck Yeager's Bell X-1 aircraft; John Glenn's Mercury Friendship 7 capsule; an Apollo Lunar Module, LM-2; and the Apollo 11 command module Columbia within the 19,000 square foot, fully renovated Flight Hall - the major redesign of which was enabled through a generous $30 million gift from The Boeing Company.

It is truly fitting that the restored U.S.S. Enterprise miniature has been returned to public display during 2016 - the 50th anniversary year of the franchise itself - as we are just over two months away from celebrating the historic broadcast of the 1st televised Star Trek episode, "The Man Trap", which aired on September 8, 1966.   The starship model is now exhibited in a special, climate controlled display case and appears in front of a beautiful, Robert McCall space mural which serves as a stunning backdrop.

Below are some images of the restored model, courtesy of the Smithsonian NASM and photographer Kelly M. Phillips in association with Trekcore.com.   Readers are encouraged to visit http://tos.trekcore.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=132 to view the complete gallery of 37 detailed images taken by Kelly Phillips during a special press preview of the exhibition hall that was held on June 28, 2016.