That's the right approach. Having preconceptions can backfire and make one ignore objective truth, due to the emotional attachment.We have photos of the control console that were taken when 3 cratefuls of Enterprise parts (and the Tholian ship) arrived at the museum in April 1974. Today there is no trace of the console anywhere. That would NEVER happen today. I think part of the problem is that back then, the Enterprise was regarded more as a novelty, and not as the historic icon that it's regarded today.
I've been trying to let go of my preconceptions regarding the model, and go where the evidence takes me.
That's the console that is visible in some behind-the-scenes photos from the 60's. It arrived at the museum in 1974, and if I had to guess, I'd say somebody at the museum decided that the console was superfluous because they wouldn't use once the 11-footer was on display. The console is probably in the basement of somebody who used to work at Rogay, or it's deep in a landfill in the DC area.What's this control console??
And I'm thinking much could be learned from the switches and rheostats, the voltage and amperage and tolerances, how many operations were controlled, maybe even an operational guide or notes taped inside a door or something.The control console was literally a console that controlled the lighting, nacelle motors, etc.
Sorry, but that's one of the photos that are restricted for the museum's use only. The console has slider controls for items such as saucer lights, pod lights, pod motors, nav lights, etc.Great work Gary!
Any chance of a photo of the control console?
Keep this stuff coming!
This is probably the most sad part of this journey. I understand it has to do with conditions agreed to by the donating individuals, there are any number of reasons why a person might not want these restricted pictures shared to the masses, but, damn, ya know? It's not government or trade secrets after all.Sorry, but that's one of the photos that are restricted for the museum's use only. The console has slider controls for items such as saucer lights, pod lights, pod motors, nav lights, etc.
A replica console in a scale matching the 1/350 as it represents the 11 footer would a great diorama...
Nope, it wasn't CBS. In fact, one of the main CBS licensing guys is on the restoration committee and has been extraordinarily helpful in smoothing the path and helping to "make good things happen."And I could be wrong and it's CBS/Viacom/Paramount embargoing them for that 'unseen pictures from Star Trek' magazine/book that's still being solicited by Amazon for later in the year.
Wouldn't you like to know? <insert evil laugh here>Agreed, which is why long ago I had suggested that was the way to display the Enterprise at the museum. Context. Show 'behind the curtain' and all that, even if that means the left side has the visible trench and wires held to the model with gaffer's tape.
I don't think that's what we're going to get. I suspect they'll finish the left side. Maybe not.
That's it - except has a much better copy!Based on this description of the control box by Craig Thompson (from the William S. McCullars IDIC page article on the 1972 exhibition):
"When we picked up the model for display, it had a rather large and very heavy metal electrical control box that stood upright on the floor. I'd say about waist high by 2 1/2 feet wide and 9 to 10 inches deep--I may be way off here--it's been a long time."
I assumed that the control box is at bottom center in the attached photo I had downloaded from another thread on this site (now forgotten).
I get that, but it doesn't stop me from feeling sad over it.Nope, it wasn't CBS. In fact, one of the main CBS licensing guys is on the restoration committee and has been extraordinarily helpful in smoothing the path and helping to "make good things happen."
When the dust has settled, the public will be granted access to the photos that belong to the museum. Other private individuals & organizations are willing to help with the restoration, but don't want their photos made public, and the museum has to respect their wishes.