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Old February 3 2013, 06:45 PM   #35
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Re: Tallywhacker

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Gary Kerr included it in the Polar Lights model, because Gary Kerr handled and examined the 11-foot model, took measurements and reference photos, and helped disassemble the model for its Smithsonian restoration. Anybody else in this thread handle, photograph and measure the model before its Smithsonian restoration? Hm?
Beat me to it. This was widely discussed as Gary Kerr and Round2 shared their research and development of the big 1/350 TOS Enterprise kit. That and other surprising little oddities that few realized were there all along even from the beginning.

The notorious gridlines were the most hotly "discussed" issue. Gary Kerr's research and archival evidence establishes the lines were added when the 11ft. miniature was modified into series production form. The lines are definitely there drawn in pencil yet become hard to see when viewed from a distance or seen on the resolution of CRT televisions. Even digital remastering of the episodes later seen on dvd and modern flatscreen televisions really don't show them off, but they were indeed there (and can be seen in some shots). The argument really got rolling when R2 decided to include the gridlines as etched or engraved detail on the 1/350 model kit---their opinion is that the drawn lines on the 11ft. filming miniature were a quick-and-simple way to depict a physical detail that would have been too costly and time consuming to do any other way.

In fairness R2 included the gridlines as a finely etched detail although not quite as fine as they would have preferred. It also has to be said that the etched lines can rather easily be filled in and painted over if one really wants a completely smooth look to their model. Yes, it's a bit time consuming but no real challenge to any decent modeller. I have one of R2's TOS Enterprise kits and it's gorgeous. I, too, wish the lines were etched more finely, but that said I don't find them at all obtrusive. Once I prime and then paint the model the lines will become even harder to see, which is as it should be in my opinion. It must be said that even as they are they become hard to see when you're several feet away from the model.

In some if not many respects the 1/350 kit is a better representation of the intended starship Enterprise than the original 11ft. miniature which was saddled with production compromises and faults that simply weren't noticeable onscreen.

- the main saucer wasn't a true circle all around.
- the three concentric recessed lines on the saucer's underside were not cleanly done.
- the nacelles were not exactly the same length.
- the windows aren't equally spaced if the decks are supposed to be all the same height (which is a non-issue since the decks don't have to be all the same height).
- one never seen side of the ship was unlighted and near completely unfinished.
- detailing was lacking on sides of the nacelles never seen onscreen.
- the nub behind the bridge dome isn't offset if the bridge is really meant to face directly forward.

I'm sure there are others I'm overlooking.

This isn't to fault the craftsmanship of TOS' creators, but acknowledging the limitations of television production. Indeed it is very much to their credit that the 11 footer came across so convincingly onscreen.
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