Engineering Tool Prop: The One with the Yellow Crystal on the Handle

Engineering Tool Reproduction
Scotty had quite a number of different tools that he would use from time to time in Engineering and in the Transporter Room.  Many of these hand props were constructed in the last half of the second season–when Set Decorator John M. Dwyer came on board.  Often, these tools were used less as props (actually handled by actors) and more as set decorations (sitting inertly in the background, helping to paint the scene).  Of course, some of these props got more air-time than others; this is one that wasn’t seen very much.
 
One of those props we saw just a handful of times was a metal and plastic contraption with some kind of yellow crystal greeblie on the handle.  (The handle on the Tools  of the Future have colored greeblies!)
 
We first see this thing lying on the floor in Engineering on board the Defiant in the third season’s “The Tholian Web” (episode 65), Written by Judy Burns and Chet Richards, and Directed by Herb Wallerstein.  (You can tell it’s not the Enterprise because the Engineering “pipe chamber” is lit in blue light, rather than its usual red-orange color.)
Engineering Tool

We see it later in that same episode, as the transporter is being repaired:

Engineering Tool

And in the second and only other episode where this tool shows up, you can see it on the dusty tabletop in the opening teaser for the third season’s The Empath” (episode 64), Written by Joyce Muskat, and Directed by John Erman.

Engineering Tool

It’s not much to look at, but here’s our cool-o Star Trek New Voyage/Phase II prop reproduction.  It has the clear Plexiglas octagon (with a smooth circle on its inner edge).  It has a polished 1/8-inch gauge aircraft aluminum handle, and it has the obligatory “crystal” greebie on the handle–in this case, a yellow one.

Engineering Tool Reproduction

Engineering Tool Reproduction

Like most of our props, I got two, in case a back-up is needed in a pinch.  As with so many of our props, I don’t know when we’ll see it in one of our productions.  But keep your eyes open!

Credit for the fabrication of this prop, once again, goes to prop maker Mr. Gaston Huckabay, who fabricates so many of these fine prop reproductions for us.

As always, questions, comments, feedback, and, of course, “shares,” “likes,” or “+1s” are always appreciated.

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Author Greg Schnitzer

Gregory L. Schnitzer is Co-Executive Producer on the fan-based Internet series Star Trek New Voyages/Phase II (formerly known as Star Trek New Voyages). Greg is a Registered Nurse and is often in charge of Emergency Medical Services at the Star Trek New Voyages/Phase II shoots. He is also the production's Property Master and on-again, off-again Set Decorator. Born and raised in Los Angeles (which he still calls "home"), in real life, Greg is a Registered Nurse, currently working in Health Information Management at a variety of medical facilities in the greater metropolitan Washington, D.C., area. Find Greg's page on the IMDB at: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3348883

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