A little over a week ago, I received an item I purchased via eBay. It was the shipping container used for the United States Navy’s AN/SSQ-47B sonobuoys. Why you may ask? Because it is actually one of the most widely re-purposed real-world object used as a prop and set decoration within the Star Trek universe.
This past week I began working on the generic corridor sections beginning with the “curved” radial sections as produced in Lora Johnson‘s Mr. Scott’s Guide to the Enterprise as well as the numerous photo references and blu-ray screencaps. I did this to begin to try and reconcile the deck levels in the primary hull, which obviously impact how the deck and window levels within the bridge superstructure are arranged which I have been working on for some time.
While I have not updated my blog in the past two months, it’s not because I have not been working on a bunch of things in the digital 3D realm for the Enterprise drawings from Star Trek: The Motion Picture (ST:TMP). I have simply been spending a lot of time doing a deep dive on the travel pod doors to reverse engineer the docking port at the back of the Enterprise Bridge deck. That in turn will inform the Bridge/2-3 Deck superstructure.
I finally finished the digital reconstruction of the second production sketch from Star Trek: The Motion Picture (ST:TMP) I recently acquired by Andrew Probert. It is the basic “final version” plan and elevation sketch of the Officer’s Lounge that was the basis for making the SFX miniature, and was intended as live-action set as well. I have both the new digitally redrawn version and the high-resolution scans up of the original posted and now sharing them.
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.
After a slight delay I received one of several original Star Trek: The Motion Picture (ST:TMP) production drawings I had recently acquired of the Bridge and B/C deck superstructure last week. The first one to arrive was sold to me by Lora Johnson, who was the author of Mr. Scott’s Guide to the Enterprise.
After a trip to New York City, and also doing various other life-related things, as well as other various Star Trek related illustrations and researching, early this week I finally got the high-resolution images of the Star Trek: The Motion Picture (ST:TMP) blue-line drawings (aka “blueprints”) I picked up earlier this year, from the imaging studio where I was having them converted into digital images.
Did some more work on the Officer’s Lounge re-drawing this evening and last. I have pretty much completed the details of the starboard-side planter area. This is a reinterpretation of the way the plants, the soil and even the 23rd century koi fish (yes there are fish in the original blueprint drawing) as well as other decorative garden area elements are drawn.
Over the weekend I did a little more digital re-drawing of the Enterprise Officer’s Lounge blueprint. In doing so I have found that some of the hand written dimensions do not match what is drawn. In several instances some of the stated dimensions are simply “wrong” for the dimension of the element as drawn in the scale of the drawing itself.
I finally unpacked the original movie “blueprint” production drawings I won at auction back at the end of April and began photographing them. These were construction plans produced for both Star Trek: The Motion Picture (ST:TMP) and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (ST:TWK) from which the live-action sets where constructed from. In addition there were two drawings produced by Robert Abel & Associates, for Magicam to work from in order to build the original U.S.S. Enterprise filming model.