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Old December 30 2014, 08:31 PM   #1
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Good news for the Enterprise!

Good news for the Enterprise: http://blog.nasm.si.edu/behind-the-s...85691899406988

Gary Kerr, Doug Drexler, Andrew Probert and Rick Sternbach.

I'm happy.
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Old December 30 2014, 09:50 PM   #2
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Re: Good news for the Enterprise!

Some good sources ther, but not all of those people are experts on the original ship.
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Old December 31 2014, 02:30 AM   #3
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Re: Good news for the Enterprise!

Warped9 wrote: View Post
Gary Kerr, Doug Drexler, Andrew Probert and Rick Sternbach.
Mike and Denise Okuda also on the panel.
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Old December 31 2014, 03:41 AM   #4
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Re: Good news for the Enterprise!

I'm surprised Greg Jein isn't a panel member. He built the 5.5-foot Enterprise seen in DS9 "Trials and Tibble-ations." He had to develop considerable expertise to do that. The Okudas are better known as authors of the Star Trek Encyclopedia and Chronology, two excellent books but not relevant to model restoration.
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Old December 31 2014, 08:50 AM   #5
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Re: Good news for the Enterprise!

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Some good sources ther, but not all of those people are experts on the original ship.
Who's still left that is?
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Old December 31 2014, 04:19 PM   #6
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I don't think there is anyone left around who was there and involved when the model was built. Oh, sure there are the remaining main cast and some others, but they would have no expertise regarding the model. So the most essential ones to have on hand would be those well versed in researching TOS and more particularly those most knowledgeable regarding the model.

I think Gary Kerr is at the top of that list because I don't think anyone has researched the 11 footer more than he has. Andrew Probert was involved in redesigning the ship for TMP (and Rick Sternbach as well but I'm not sure.) So he might have had access to original construction drawings and the 11 footer before undertaking the redesign. Yes, Greg Jein did recreate the miniature for DS9, but I believe there were differences between his model and the original although I don't know if those differences were intentional or production compromises.

Doug Drexler has certainly been involved in recreating the model onscreen and his most recent work creating a model of the ship for Star Trek Continues shows he's well aware what the model originally looked like.
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Old December 31 2014, 04:43 PM   #7
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ZapBrannigan wrote: View Post
The Okudas are better known as authors of the Star Trek Encyclopedia and Chronology, two excellent books but not relevant to model restoration.
They were also consultants on TOS Remastered, which did involve recreating the appearance of the original miniature, both the pilot and production versions.



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I don't think there is anyone left around who was there and involved when the model was built. Oh, sure there are the remaining main cast and some others, but they would have no expertise regarding the model. So the most essential ones to have on hand would be those well versed in researching TOS and more particularly those most knowledgeable regarding the model.
Well, Howard A. Anderson, Jr. and Darrell Anderson are still alive, though they're 94 and 81 respectively. They might be worth consulting, but there's no telling how much they remember.


Andrew Probert was involved in redesigning the ship for TMP (and Rick Sternbach as well but I'm not sure.)
IIRC, Rick only worked on interiors and equipment for TMP, not the ship miniature.


Doug Drexler has certainly been involved in recreating the model onscreen and his most recent work creating a model of the ship for Star Trek Continues shows he's well aware what the model originally looked like.
Doug has also worked on a number of restoration projects of his own, including a recent restoration of Uncle Martin's ship from My Favorite Martian.
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Old December 31 2014, 04:57 PM   #8
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Doug Drexler has certainly been involved in recreating the model onscreen and his most recent work creating a model of the ship for Star Trek Continues shows he's well aware what the model originally looked like.
Doug has also worked on a number of restoration projects of his own, including a recent restoration of Uncle Martin's ship from My Favorite Martian.
Something much more obscure than the 11 ft. TOS E.
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Old December 31 2014, 05:33 PM   #9
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I've been reading Memory Alpha's article on the studio models for NCC-1701, and it says that Gary Kerr was present for part of the previous (Miarecki) restoration and took extensive photos and measurements of the miniature during its initial disassembly. So he may be the best-qualified expert on the state of the miniature before that restoration (its third). Kerr later used his measurements to create the blueprints for Jein's "Tribble-ations" model, and the measurements were also the basis for the digital models used in TOS-R and "In a Mirror, Darkly."
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Old December 31 2014, 05:41 PM   #10
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Gary Kerr was also instrumental in the creation of the 1/350 scale model kit from Round 2- the most accurate kit ever made of this subject.
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Old December 31 2014, 07:01 PM   #11
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Gary Kerr was also instrumental in the creation of the 1/350 scale model kit from Round 2- the most accurate kit ever made of this subject.
And the engraved gridlines on the model were not Gary Kerr's call, but Round2's Jamie Hood (I believe).
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Old December 31 2014, 08:18 PM   #12
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Re: Good news for the Enterprise!

Speaking of the restoration, Trekcore has a new, exclusive interview Dr. Margaret Weitekamp, the lead conservator on the project:

http://trekcore.com/blog/2014/12/smi...rprise-update/
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Old December 31 2014, 09:18 PM   #13
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Those new x-rays they took sound really interesting. It sounds like they expect to release them in a few months.
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Old December 31 2014, 09:29 PM   #14
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With no one, or almost no one who originally worked on it still available for consulting, how do you weight the advice of those available?
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Old December 31 2014, 09:43 PM   #15
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Some good news for a change - I'll take it.
The Brady Bunch photo is great. Lots of Star Trek All-Stars. Loved the close up photo of the traction cracking too, such detail of a legendary artifact.
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