I'll be sharing the details in future installments but I'll share a piece of what I have in mind. A significant part of my collection is comprised of various screen-used bridge panels as used on the Enterprise-A and the Excelsior in Star Trek V and VI. I want to show the panels off in a way that is reminiscent of the actual bridge set.
|The Master Systems Display aboard the Excelsior in ST6.|
But as cool as it is, it's not a very visually exciting piece, especially when compared to the Excelsior graphic which seems to be about 5-6 feet wide and dominates the bridge's background. There's a number of different panels around the bridge of the Enterprise that show various images of the ship, but nothing very large.
Here's what the actual Turbolift graphic looks like:
And here it is on-screen:
Pretty cool, right? I just wish there was more to it. So, to that end I thought I'd try my hand at making one that could be used in conjunction with my screen-used pieces. Here's my first go at it:
For additional inspiration, I turned to none other that Doug Drexler himself who created the MSD panel for the Enterprise-B as seen in Star Trek: Generations. Here's a shot of that panel:
Doug did a great job of using the Okuda design approach. I've always been a fan of this work. In his Ent-B version, Doug combined the side and top views which give a more detailed overview than a panel only featuring one view. However, the Enterprise-B itself is a more elongated design than the Enterprise-A, being based on the Excelsior. That elongation lets the two views better fit a more horizontal space that would the Ent-A. This profile is done as a cut-away so I borrowed/stole heavily. Thanks, Doug!
Of course, if filmed today, Star Trek VI would present these graphics on live screens that could dynamically change their views on the fly. Content on the screen would be updated in real time with the fictional starship data being constantly revised.
Alas, there will be no 5-foot TV screens in my display. So I'll stick with the traditional static approach which will yield a more authentic match to the source material.
So that's where I'm at. At least for today. I'll no doubt revise this several (million) times because, well... that's what I do. You can check out all my screen-used panels HERE.
I'll be sharing additional components of my over-all display over the coming weeks and months ahead. I hope you'll check in. Until then, as always –