Introduction: Build the Starship Enterprise From Useless Office Supplies

For the Star Trek fan in every office, you too can build this NCC-1701 Enterprise from junk in your desk drawer. Easy to assemble. Impress your friends. Makes a great gift or holiday ornament.

Step 1: Parts

You will need:

3 medium size binder clips
1 large binder clip
1 sharpie pen
2 ink pens with colored end caps (or pencils). They need not be working.
3 CD's (one preferably silver and unscratched).
Glue stick
Hot melt glue gun or other adhesive (in a pinch, tape will also work).

Step 2: Assemble Saucer Section

Glue the 3 CD's together with a glue stick.

Step 3: Modify a Binder Clip

Remove the handles from the large binder clip and install them on one of the medium sized binder clips. You will no longer need the large binder clip.

Step 4: Assemble the Hull

The hull is the sharpie pen and 3 clips.

Arrange clips in the fashion shown in the picture. Remove handles from the non modified binder clips after you install them.



Step 5: Engine Assembly

Remove guts of the pens and install the end caps from red pens. (optional).
The red caps will face forward.
Pencils and other writing instruments will work as well.

Step 6: Attach Engines to Hull

Glue (or tape) pens to binder clip handles as shown in picture.

Step 7: Add Saucer Section to Hull

Glue CD's to the the front binder clip as shown in the picture.

Step 8: Results

All finished. Use a lunch bowl as a decorative stand.

Step 9: Bonus Section: the Starship Reliant

With a few extra parts, you can make the Starship Reliant as well.


Step 10: Conclusion

Aside from the binder clips (and glue), all the other parts came from the recycle bin.
The total cost was less than $5.

For a future project, it may also be possible to make a Romulan Bird of Prey using similar construction methods:
http://www.cloudster.com/sets&vehicles/STromulanBirdOfPrey/RomulanBirdOfPreyTop.htm
http://www.fantastic-plastic.com/ROMULAN%20BOP%20PAGE.htm

Comments

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FoxyP made it!(author)2016-11-17

is it possible to use a third medium sized binder clip? I don't have any big ones.

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uwezi made it!(author)2016-02-13

Hahaha, yes this is also a great idea!

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brianpotter made it!(author)2014-11-01

oh my gosh thank you sooo sooo much i made this for my brothers 18th birthday and even attachd some red LEDs at the ends of the pens!!!

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MicioGatta made it!(author)2014-09-18

It's great. I think this is the first instructable on instructable.com I saw!

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dragonvpm made it!(author)2014-05-24

Great Instructable! I made two and this is the one that ended up in my office for all my office-mates to envy ;-). I added the domes the way potatojesus suggested and used an old button from our sewing kit's stash of lost buttons for the front dish. Thanks for posting the Instructable!

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Derin made it!(author)2009-07-22

A,B,C or D?

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crash770 made it!(author)2012-05-21

And NX-01, E, F, J, and XCV 330

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potatojesus made it!(author)2008-12-02

I had waaaaaaay to much fun with this. I'm afraid my OCD took over and I went a little bit overboard. The colors were nail polish I raided from my wife's collection. The nubby thing on the saucer section is a piece of wax I molded using the bottom of a wine glass. Also I added a deflector array to the front of the hull (not pictured). It was a dime I pounded into a concave shape. Thanks for the fun project.

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spizman made it!(author)2011-08-13

Just letting you know,but defacing government coins is illegal.

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Aethereal made it!(author)2012-04-28

Only if it has the Queen on it; you can draw on American bills and wreck the coins. You're not supposed to, but it's not illegal. It is if it's a Canadian dime though xP

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tinkerC made it!(author)2010-11-14

THIS. LOOKS. AWESOME! Could you please make an instructable on this, I would LOVE to get as good results as you did. Amazing work, BTW!

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Keira_Yagami made it!(author)2009-02-04

how did u get the little hump in the center. U did great on this it rocks!

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potatojesus made it!(author)2009-02-04

I had a wine goblet that I used as a mold. I took a tea candle and took out the wick. I sprayed the inside of the goblet with cooking spray then put the candle in the goblet. Then I stuck it in the microwave to melt the wax. After it melted into the bottom of the goblet I put the goblet in the frig so it would set up. With some gentle prying, the molded piece of wax popped right out. I made two, one for the bottom and one for the top of the saucer section. I did have to sand to flat part of the wax a bit to flatten it a bit. Then I glued to to the saucer.

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musicalbee2003 made it!(author)2009-02-05

I would really like to see the bottom and front of yours. Would you mind posting a few more pics?

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potatojesus made it!(author)2009-02-05

here you go.

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TFElite made it!(author)2009-08-11

how did you get the letters?

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Keira_Yagami made it!(author)2009-02-08

sweetness! I'm gonna have to do this. (Once i find my Glue Gun)

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Jetpack5 made it!(author)2012-04-24

Awesome!

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sploge made it!(author)2009-02-01

pure genius could not be better ...unless it really flies...... wait does it really fly ........

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spizman made it!(author)2011-08-13

Probbably would if you put wings on it(or a rocket engine. XD)

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sierrabravo made it!(author)2010-02-14

KHAAAN!!!  This is awesome, i'll have to do this at work tonight (although I bet some buzz-kill will ruin it...)

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spizman made it!(author)2011-08-13

That, or the Klingon Empire!!! Muahahaha! MUAhaha!MUAHAHAHAHAHA--
*cough* *cough* *wheeze*

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tinkerC made it!(author)2010-11-14

I LOVE THIS! Next trick: The Enterprise D, or E :). This is one Instructable I am going to build in the next two minutes!

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spizman made it!(author)2011-08-13

:( u furgots the NX-1

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chellspecker made it!(author)2011-05-12

Great model! The first link above, to cloudster dot com doesn't seem to work. It looks like that domain isn't registered. Are you sure it's the correct link? The other one is fine. Thanks.

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spookylean made it!(author)2011-05-10

Here's a little homage:

https://www.instructables.com/id/X-Wing-Fighter-from-Office-Supplies/

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endeavourkid made it!(author)2011-04-10

Cool

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ddarkeststar made it!(author)2011-03-02

I don't imagine they leave you alone in the supply cupboard very often. :-)
Excellent models

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idkwthiam made it!(author)2010-12-15

omfg!!! love it. mom is a trekie. im new .will someone please show me how to make reliant.ill be your bestest buddie.Q("Q)

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Mirime made it!(author)2010-09-18

Frekin' awesome!!!!!!!!!!!! Now I have to make one to annoy older sis....... that Pa'tak.......... dosen't even know who the klingons are:( oh well gess she'll learn soon ;D

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yoyonut made it!(author)2010-09-12

amazing my dad is a huge treky, he will love it!

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ryanninjasheep made it!(author)2010-06-20

How are you supposed to take the handles off??

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S5114 made it!(author)2010-07-15

you squeeze them hard and they come off easily.

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ryanninjasheep made it!(author)2010-07-19

oh

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ryanninjasheep made it!(author)2010-06-20

THIS IS SO COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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ryanninjasheep made it!(author)2010-06-20

imagine this in space with captain picard on it! woo-hoo

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NutandBolt made it!(author)2010-04-28

Great  instructable So simple and it looks great. Will be cool to make starfleet from stuff we have around. keep on the good work. fellow trekkie.

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XOIIO made it!(author)2010-03-18

Bird of prey would lookfantastic! I love this instructable!

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chrisofec made it!(author)2010-03-13

Great, easy project!  People who walk into my office immediately take notice of it!  Here's mine...had to use pencils, but thought it came out pretty good.


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twocvbloke made it!(author)2009-04-17

You forgot the "rollbar" on the Reliant model, you have to have the rollbar otherwise it's just a Miranda v.II (Miranda being the class of ship)... :) Love the models though... :D

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TyMan210 made it!(author)2009-12-18

 That's exactly what I thought!

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Brucie83 made it!(author)2009-02-08

Wow! I want to see more Star Trek ships now! Or any Sci-Fi ships! Keep it up!

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Gamer917 made it!(author)2009-08-06

im going to make a paper star destroyer soon i might post an instructable

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Gamer917 made it!(author)2009-08-06

yes it will be an imperial class stardestroyer

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chaderoo2 made it!(author)2009-07-28

They have a E enterprize from picard to.

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sciencensorcery made it!(author)2009-05-07

This is awesome! =) I just featured it in my weekly column on Fandomania:

http://fandomania.com/fandomestic-ten-trek-tributes/

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TheMoonMaster made it!(author)2009-04-07

I'll make it... so.

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lucariothelegend made it!(author)2009-03-31

heeheeeheeeeeeee

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Keira_Yagami made it!(author)2009-02-28

Can u use the Hot glue to glue the Cds together?

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