As I mentioned in the last post there were two other production drawings from Star Trek: The Motion Picture (ST:TMP) I recently acquired of the Bridge superstructure by Andrew Probert —which arrived earlier in the week. I got the first one scanned at high-resolution and it’s now ready to share.
The production drawing titled “Locating the VIP lounge” was done by Mr. Probert when they were working out where to situate the aforementioned VIP/Officer’s Lounge within Enterprise.
It is undated, but we know from the details the lounge design shown in this cut-away that it was done prior to the other Probert production sketch I still have to scan, which is dated “2-18-79”.
We know this came before the other one because of two key things in the drawing.
One, the lounge design itself was an earlier concept with slightly different seating components. Mainly the lower seating area in this earlier design was a round sofa as opposed to the later design which was realized for the FX shot looking out of the aft windows for the Vulcan Shuttle arrival in the film. In the image on the right is a concept sketch by Probert of this earlier design.
Two, this drawing shows a slightly different shuttle docking port area, with the aft bulkhead angled outward at the base, and the docking port area “cut-into” this angled back structure. This was altered in later designs with the aft bulkhead being completely vertical and not set-back or “cut-in” for the docking port.
For these reasons it is reasonable to place the timeframe of this drawing as after January 10, 1979, when Probert drew the concept sketch of the Bridge/2-3 deck superstructure exterior which was mentioned in the previous post. But before February 28, 1979.
Now you may wonder why I am now saying “2-3 deck” instead of the “B/C deck” name which I have been up till now?
Well a fellow ST:TMP fan, Joshua Tucker, commented when I posted my previous blog post in the Star Trek the Motion Picture Appreciation Society Facebook page—yes there is such a thing, and yes I am a member of it—pointed out that within ST:TMP (and even in the original television series) they almost always used a numeric designation for the decks, and not letters.
I had fallen into the usage of the term “B/C deck” because it is commonly used in various modeling boards, and in some of the fan-created technical manuals and blueprints. But Joshua brought up a good point in how I should probably refer to it by deck number in these documents I am creating.
So numbered decks it is going forward.
At any rate, like the production drawings and sketches, I am “publishing” the digital images of this piece in several resolutions:
As before, the original scan was done at 600 pixels per inch (PPI) which is overkill, and so I will not be publishing that one here on my blog. That said if for some reason anyone wants to get a hold of the full 600 PPI image, I would be open to doing so by request.
Again I took the scan and brought it into Adobe Illustrator to digitally “redrew” it, cleaning up and making the lines consistent, perfectly straight—where the lines were of course intended to be straight—and cleaned up some of the slop in the drawing.
I am also publishing a layered PDF file of a digital “recreation” of the piece, which can be downloaded in the link below:
It is a layered PDF meaning there are different image layers that can be turned on or off. For this particular drawing, I have two different versions drawn within the PDF.
The first is done to the size of the drawing itself, which is not exactly to the 1:120 scale of the filming miniature, though it is quite close. Using the 12′ dimension stated vertical size of the aft lounge windows shown in the drawing itself and measuring that precisely, we can mathematically work out this is at approximately a 1:118.0375 scale. Where 30.987 mm = 10′ feet.
So there are a set of layers with the artwork, dimensions, constructions lines, etc. all at the actual scale of the drawing. They are listed with a label suffix saying “1:118 scale”.
I have also scaled that drawing by 98.36% to make it precisely the 1:120 scale of the filming model. So there are a set of layers with the artwork, dimensions, constructions lines, etc. all at that scale and are listed with the label “1:120 scale”.
Anyway, I hope to tackle the remaining Probert production sketch I recently acquired next, then back to fishing up the “film accurate” set of drawings for the Bridge/2-3 Deck. Then bring all that in my 3D modeling software to work out ceiling lines and clearances. This’ll then allow me to finally finish up the VIP/Officer’s Lounge blueprints.
At that point, I will post all that along with the high-resolution scans of the two Ekker production blueprints of the Lounge miniature/set piece I picked up at auction earlier this past Spring.