stone knives, bearskins & shuttlecraft

Discussion in 'Trek Tech' started by trekkist, Oct 25, 2013.

  1. trekkist

    trekkist Lieutenant Red Shirt

    Mar 14, 2008
    Before the 1980s closed, and the internet was born, I drew and sold a set of TOS shuttle plans which enlarged the exterior to contain the interior set as shown.

    Not much to look at by contemporary standards, my blues ( were a combination of painstaking study of video, photos, & the Trek Photonovels, as well as a few arbitrary decisions in terms of resolving the unresolvable (front window height, door placement, etc.). The route I took was to enlarge the exterior the minimum extent required to contain the set, which of necessity raised the nacelle footstep and door "porch" so high boarding would put crewmembers' thighs horizontal...but easy access isn't a feature of business jets either...

    What I now relate is not meant as bragging, but rather reported with a sense of absolute dumbfoundment.

    Last night, I came upon the following statement:

    "An interesting reveal in the recent Sci-Fi & Fantasy Modeller Vol. 26 issue. There's a pic showing the inside of the 22ft. shuttlecraft mock-up...Another little nugget gleaned from the magazine is a comment from Lynne Miller (then owner of the mock-up) from several years back when Gary Kerr had an opportunity to take some measurements and photographs of the mock-up during restoration. Apparently Lynne stated that Matt Jefferies had told her the 22ft. mock-up was built to 3/4 scale. If taken literally then that would mean the "real" shuttlecraft was supposed to be 29-1/3ft. long."

    Curious, I applied my plans' scalebar to my shuttle...and got the exact length cited by Jeffries.

    I may be insufferably pleased with myself for about a week.
  2. B.J.

    B.J. Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Jul 14, 2004
    Huntsville, AL

    Nice work though, especially since it was done in "the before time"! :techman:
  3. trekkist

    trekkist Lieutenant Red Shirt

    Mar 14, 2008
    The toughest thing back then was to keep going on what seemed an endless project (whose level of work isn't reflected in a few pages of rather simple lines). Without community interaction, the work took longer than simply research & drawing. I did end up selling a few hundred, though...but whether I "made a profit" depends on whether I considered the production free labor...

    Someday, I'll get a revision out there...undoing a few compromise decisions I made on the originals.

    David Winfrey
  4. Bernard Guignard

    Bernard Guignard Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Jan 25, 2005
    Hello Trekkist
    You did some very nice work on those plans. I own a hard copy set probably bought them through New Eye studio or Intergalactic trading post many years ago :) I'd be interested
    in seeing an updated set :)
  5. Mytran

    Mytran Commodore Commodore

    Aug 5, 2009
    North Wales
    Good to meet the author of these plans - I've always liked them and would much prefer travelling in a shuttlecraft of this size! Sadly, I never owned a paper copy, stumbling across them on Cygnus instead.
  6. publiusr

    publiusr Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Mar 22, 2010
    You have any other blueprint plans?