Richard, you stumbled right on it! The lines represented the Enterprise's radar detector!
Not only that, but I recall hearing that several of those windshields actually shattered; I think it had something to do with too quick temperature changes on the surface of the windshield if it was particularly cold outside.I remember some years ago Ford came up with a windshield defroster which was a thin coating which could be heated. It was discontinued shortly there after when car owners discovered it also blocked their radar detectors 100%...
Here are some additional answers to your burning questions:I only recently discovered this thread and am amazed at the amount of detailed information it contains. It seemed that on every page I was learning something new or was seeing new detail I had never seen before. It’s also been amazingly gracious and generous for Gary Kerr to take the time to share with everyone what he learned and observed during the restoration process.
I’m working on a 2nd pilot version using the 1/350 kit and am in a research phase. Currently I’m focusing on the lights that were added for the 2nd pilot.
Gary, if you have a moment, I wonder if you might look over my list/inventory below and comment on anything I might have incorrect or have missed based on your notes from examining any unreleased high-res images or footage. I would greatly appreciate any input.
I've always assumed that was just a light bulb failing during the shot.Hello Gary!
I hope you had a good holiday. Thank you very much for your further feedback! I remember reading about the holes on the saucer rim and the underside that were left open in your article in Sci-Fi and Fantasy Modeling. Both parts of your article were excellent by the way and it's unfortunate that you weren't able to publish your full series of articles as planned. Also unfortunate that we've lost such a quality magazine.
Regarding the flashing lights on the neck and on the starboard aft side of the secondary hull for the 2nd pilot - I've seen clips where the lights go from on to off, but never back on. Most notably the slow left to right pass the ship makes during the opening credits of Where No Man Has Gone Before. Maybe the lights were timed so slowly that to see them flick off then back on would have required an unusually lengthy shot. Can anyone think of an episode that had a shot of the 2nd pilot configuration showing these lights flicking off then on again? Or even starting turned off then flicking on?
Thank you again!
Sadly, we're heading towards a BD only world. It's pressure from the studios more than anything else because Blu Ray is harder, more time consuming to master and frankly, if you use a dual layer DVD you've got more than enough space to not need to over-compress the data.I wish they would put out that Roddenberry Vault on DVD.
I think all you'd need is the Blu-ray device and an HDMI cable connecting it to your receiver. At least that's how my "theater" is set up: TV, DVR box, PS3 all connected to 5/1 receiver w/ HDMI cables. You'd just need to make sure your receiver has enough HDMI inputs.It has nothing to do with cost. I have a home theater setup and to tear it apart for what little I'd use it makes it not worthwhile.