Behind the Scenes of Star Trek TOS Archive

  • During the course of Star Trek, we've seen many engineering tools.  As with so many props on Star Trek, these engineering tools are often an exercise in minim

    From the Star Trek Phase II Prop Closet: Yet Another Engineering Tool

    During the course of Star Trek, we've seen many engineering tools.  As with so many props on Star Trek, these engineering tools are often an exercise in minim

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  • We sometimes get questions about the "No Smoking" sign we have in our Star Trek Phase II transporter room:There were no "No Smoking" signs in The Original Series--neither on the bridge nor in the transporter room.  Other than an appearance on the Earth-like planet in the episode "Miri," the first appearance of a "No Smoking" sign (and fire extinguishers) is in the second Star Trek movie The Wrath of Khan.  Director Nicholas Meyer wanted to add a few touches that make the Star Trek universe and the people in it seem a little more real and a little more "like us" and not quite so idealized people of the future.

    No Smoking on the Starship Enterprise!

    We sometimes get questions about the "No Smoking" sign we have in our Star Trek Phase II transporter room:There were no "No Smoking" signs in The Original Series--neither on the bridge nor in the transporter room.  Other than an appearance on the Earth-like planet in the episode "Miri," the first appearance of a "No Smoking" sign (and fire extinguishers) is in the second Star Trek movie The Wrath of Khan.  Director Nicholas Meyer wanted to add a few touches that make the Star Trek universe and the people in it seem a little more real and a little more "like us" and not quite so idealized people of the future.

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  •  The path the old full-sized Galileo shuttlecraft prop has taken since Star Trek finished production back in 1969 is been a convoluted path.  After changing hands a couple of times and remaining mostly in California, it was bought by Ms. Lynne Miller in 1989 and shipped by train to her home in Ohio where some restoration efforts had begin.

    Original Galileo 1701/7 Full-Scale Mock-Up to be Sold at Auction

     The path the old full-sized Galileo shuttlecraft prop has taken since Star Trek finished production back in 1969 is been a convoluted path.  After changing hands a couple of times and remaining mostly in California, it was bought by Ms. Lynne Miller in 1989 and shipped by train to her home in Ohio where some restoration efforts had begin.

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  • As long as I had a post about Mister Spock's Jeppesen CSG-1 aviation slide rule:  ...it probably makes sense to talk about Spock's other slide rule that we saw in a few Star Trek epiosdes.  He used a different (yet nevertheless remarkably similar) device in a few other Trek episodes.

    Spock’s Other Slide Rule: a “Jeppesen (Warner) Model B-1 Slide Graphic Vector Computer”

    As long as I had a post about Mister Spock's Jeppesen CSG-1 aviation slide rule:  ...it probably makes sense to talk about Spock's other slide rule that we saw in a few Star Trek epiosdes.  He used a different (yet nevertheless remarkably similar) device in a few other Trek episodes.

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  • One of those obscure props that shows up from time to time in Star Trek is what's called an "E-6B Flight Computer." Probably the best shot of this prop is from "The Naked Time" (where Mr. Spock uses the device to somehow help him calculate some of the details of the breakup of the planet Psi 2000): Its actual first appearance is in "The Corbomite Maneuver" where it can be seen lying on the table next to Mr.

    Mister Spock’s “Jeppesen CSG-1 Pocket Flight Computer”

    One of those obscure props that shows up from time to time in Star Trek is what's called an "E-6B Flight Computer." Probably the best shot of this prop is from "The Naked Time" (where Mr. Spock uses the device to somehow help him calculate some of the details of the breakup of the planet Psi 2000): Its actual first appearance is in "The Corbomite Maneuver" where it can be seen lying on the table next to Mr.

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  • Periodically, we see a small portable device about the size of a telephone answering machine that is seen sitting on a tabletop or is sometimes being carried around by crewmembers.  This device is so non-descript, it's never been given a name - not even in non-dialog script commentary.  Star Trek prop aficionados have been calling these things "Task Monitors" which seems an innocuous enough term.

    #7 Prop: “Task Monitors”

    Periodically, we see a small portable device about the size of a telephone answering machine that is seen sitting on a tabletop or is sometimes being carried around by crewmembers.  This device is so non-descript, it's never been given a name - not even in non-dialog script commentary.  Star Trek prop aficionados have been calling these things "Task Monitors" which seems an innocuous enough term.

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