Star Trek TOS Enterprise Bridge - Upscaled Ron Caudillo Design

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Hailing Frequencies, Open. Well guys, it's been a while since I posted and I made the statement in the last post that I was going to finish the Space: 1999 Hawk before starting anything new. Well, we know what an empty promise that can be with hobbies. When the mood strikes, don't fight it. And over Thanksgiving I got in the mood to work on this thanks to BBC America's ST marathon.

This project actually started a few years ago when I built the Star Trek: TMP Bridge Model Book. I knew that could be scaled up to fit the Mego 3 3/4" TMP figures, but it would take a lot of work. Then, I bought the Reaction/Funko Star Trek 3 3/4" figures and knew an upscaled TOS bridge would need to happen, also. I already had Ron Caudillo's fabulous vector bridge model on the "To Do" List and knew that would scale up with little effort. All I had to do was figure out the percentage to upscale (132%), make some personal changes to the design and break the pieces down to print on 8.5x11 paper.

This bridge model is a great, simple design for building. Since the bridge is sectional the build of each station is mostly a mirror image of every other station. Therefore, there won't be a lot of lengthy description. Whenever a station has anything specific to it I'll call it out.

So, after a long layoff, it's time to head back to the 23rd century.

1. DEFENSE SUB STATION
After printing onto heavy card stock, cut notches where the folds go. I mounted the Defense station on 2mm chipboard and cut the same notches into the chipboard. That gave me guides for where to put the scores into the chipboard. I cut the scores with a triangular needle file. I cut out the recessed screen area, then the display out of that, as well as the lower displays. I also made an extra trim piece that goes around the outside of the upper display to raise the detail. Actually, I should have omitted that because it wasn't part of the real bridge. I found better resolution art for all the upper displays and replaced that. I moved the lower displays to the rear, but you'll see that change later. With just the displays on paper, they do give me the option for lighting if I want to try for it later.
 

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The lower section of the station is also on 2mm chipboard. I raised the detail around the lower access panel edge.
 

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The side panels are mounted on 2mm chipboard and cut into separate sections.

Trying to get the short fold above the lower displays was not going well. I cut the piece in two and glued them back together.

And here's Scotty with the Defense station. After I did this part I found I'd done the lower displays backward. They were boxed shapes that slid into holes in the station, so they should have been "raised." I replaced the displays on this piece and you'll see the final look on other stations.
 

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2. ENGINEERING SUB STATION
This station followed the construction of the previous part, except it shows the "raised" displays and control panels.
 

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3. COMMUNICATIONS
This station followed the construction of the previous parts, except it is twice as wide. I glued a small strip or card stock to the back of where the lower section comes together for strength.

The viewer is just card stock that is edge glued. I made extra side dials and glued them to 2mm chipboard for raised detail.
 

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Lee Clifton

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Nice work. I've thought about the same thing for my 6 inch Star Trek figures.
 
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Very nice to see the bridge enlarged and layered up for detail. Perfect way to display action figures as well!
 

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Great idea!! I bet Ron will enjoy seeing this. ;)
This is GREAT! And I do enjoy seeing your wonderful improvements! My skills are limited so I like seeing the models taken to the next level (in your case many levels :)).

Really enjoyed this and will be anxiously looking for more!

Ron Caudillo
 

bgt01

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Hi everyone seeing this. Hope you are all doing well. I've had almost no time for hobbies in the last couple of years and that won't change any time soon. But, I still find a little time every now and then and I used some of that for this project.

4. LIBRARY COMPUTER/SCIENCE STATION
This station followed the construction of the communications station. I glued a small strip or card stock to the back of where the lower section comes together for strength. The viewer is just card stock that is edge glued. I made extra side dials and glued them to 2mm chipboard for raised detail.

I'm out of practice so the seams aren't great, but at least Spock finally has a place to work.
 

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