Step 8: Get back to the controls...

I had to make do with limited art supplies on hand so here are the results.

The papier mache to form the instrument panels came out pretty rough. I was using paper bag paper which is too stiff for fine details and I was running out of glue so the glue/water mixture was not optimal. Also, 87% hot humid summer days do not really encourage papier mache to dry.

The rocker switches, buttons, lamp bezels, and toggle switches were all formed by folding cardboard or rolling up thin strips of cardboard to form the base. Papier mache rounded off the shapes.

When the papier mache dried, I painted the three instrument panels with some oil based porch paint I found, it is still sticky so you might notice some smear marks on other parts.

I used construction paper for the colored switches and lights. A layer of packaging tape covers it and gives it that glassy sheen. If you snip the tape where it bends or folds, you can get it to conform smoothly to the shape you want it to be.,

I wrapped the toggle switches with a bit of the white duct tape.

I had no blue paint so I tried a crayon to color the intercom. Didn't come out so well. The grille material is a piece of fiberglass drywall tape that I glued in there. A black crayon was rubbed over it to accentuate the grid pattern.

Make a memory chip by wrapping a piece of cardboard that fits into the slot with construction paper. I couldn't find any old floppy disks to use.

Lastly, cut small pieces of white paper to make the labels for the instrument panel.

I love this creative, fun Instructable! It made me feel kind of like a kid again while reading it. Your laid-back style, "I'm going to create this using what I have(simple tools, misc household materials, etc)" attitude, and sense of humor are inspiring. Maybe your next project should be a Star Trek float for next year's Trekfest in Riverside, Ia! :)
<p>Thanks, just click on my username to get to a list of all my projects. You might find some other interesting things. Welcome to Instructables.</p>
<p>Transforming my dad's old office chair to this. Should i do it for his birthday....</p>
<p>Do it! Do it! If not, there is always this <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Star-Trek-USS-Enterprise-Phaser-Red-Shirt/" rel="nofollow">http://www.instructables.com/id/Star-Trek-USS-Ente...</a></p>
I just found this, its wicked, I can just see my bro sitting in it, one hand on his chin, looking as thoughtful as he can manage, it really is awesome, :) x
Aye, Then the young lad should be outfitted for <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Star-Trek-USS-Enterprise-Phaser-Red-Shirt/" rel="nofollow">a red shirt.</a>
I would have my self one of those, red is best, not to mention how cool it is :) but alas in our house my children follow star wars, but I am sure gmjhowe will try at some point to educate his neice and nephew in the ways of star trek, I proffer star trek my self, but time will tell on that battle, :)
wow if i added a leather chaiar did it in sheet metal it be coole but nice for cardboard
steampunk star trek?
star trex card board isnt sturday hey a cap-tin kirk seampunk would be coool
klingons are on the starbord bow
Red Alert!
Battle Stations.<br />
Banhammers on stun, Mister. And be careful of using ad hominems lest you be reduced to a cubeoctahedron of 17 essential vitamins and minerals.<br />
No flaming, cuz I won't hesitate for one second to throw you into The Brig.<br />
You people are having too much fun with this.
<em>Scrape 'em off Jim! </em><strong>;D</strong><em><br /> <br /> -</em> Dr. Demento 25th anv. cd the firm<br /> on you tube there is a video of them singing this song under Star Trekin'- the firm
beep boop beep
Okay I don't have much time to post this comment because my dads installing a new printer but who cares at least I get the old one with a touch wich I'm gonna break off so I have a none working sanding galaxy! Oh! Sorry godda go
Well Done!
Ok. I think I'll talk to work about Halloween. I'll dress up like Capaint Kirk, and get some of the other people in my section to dress as various characters as well. Would be a hoot. "Ohura! I think the aliens are trying to communicate, put it through the translator!"
At Halloween last year I dressed up as a terrorist from afganistarn it was pretty convincing especially for an old lady down the road and do you know what she did she hit me with a shoe talk about trick or TREAT not trick or whack me in the face with a shoe
Grammar/Trek Nazi: It's spelled &quot;Uhura&quot;.<br />
It would be great for this year's Halloween contest in some way. Good luck.
weak i want one that is made out of wood or metal, and has real buttons. and isnt kurks chair a lowback lether chair? if you wanted to do picards chair from TNG you could take a 1990 somthin ford tunderbird front seat and add those armrests and a swivel base and you would be allmost there
Sorry, but the replicator seems to be malfunctioning...<br/><br/>If you care to carefully read the text, the premise of this project was to take any ordinary office chair, doesn't matter what type, shape, or form, and add appendages to make it similar to the original Captain Kirk's chair. Yes, the original was based on a 1960's &quot;Madison&quot; lowback leather fixed chair no longer in production. <br/><br/>If you have any understanding of &quot;art&quot;, I am capable of building a scale replica of the chair including the entire bridge if needed so I will temper your comment and issue <strong>you</strong> the challenge to build one and show us.<br/>
Oh, KIRK, James Tiberius Kirk, FTW!
well,james SR did not want tiberius on his son's name :P<br />
Only in a terrible alternate reality...<br />
&nbsp;i got a chair that will work well from a collage surplus shop&nbsp;
THIS...IS...AWESOME!<br /> <br /> Someone with some tech skills could certainly integrate the tv remote into a wooden one :) or simple wasd and a keypad or something .<br />
&nbsp;Nice idea! &nbsp;I would have really gone to town, gutted some old electronics, and gizmo-ed the heck out of those arms, but you include the&nbsp;necessary functions...:)<br /> <br /> Excellent work!&nbsp;
but Kirk's chair is black leather!!...<br /> <br /> Nice work-just like the original props, built form garbage, I may have to do this with my chair, only, interface it with my computer, throw in some real buttons and switches.<br />
It looks like a printer =]<br />lol!<br />
Win :D
Good idea, however, on closer inspection, the buttons and switches look like... Well... Sliver gumdrops... Other than that, great Instructable! Maybe you should try to get some real switches and buttons and try to find some floppies (Zip Disks would do in a pinch.)
hmm, I suppose you could make the instrument panels entirely out of candy, carved up gummy bears, licorice, mints, etc. It would make an ultimate snack/couch potato chair though.
BRILLIANT! A gingerbread Captain's Chair!
Ha. I'm hungry : (
Wow. Cardboard, swivel chair - you're giving me ideas.... L
I don't think one can make one to fit the <em>royal throne</em>.<br/>
You want me to prove that wrong?! L
We need to clarify which "royal throne" we are talking about...
OK then - you mentioned it - what <em>are</em> we talking about?<br/><br/>L<br/>
Here across the pond, the "royal throne" means the best seat in the house, the toilet, where you are king or queen of all you survey.
Yes it means the same to me. Project on the shelf to be picked up at some point. I've got a printing calculator, I like the idea of turning that into a TP dispenser... L
This idea amuses me. Especially so if you do make Captain Kirk's chair as part of the toilet. Would you update with comments about your "captain's log"? I really couldn't help asking this, so please forgive me. ;)
Look, there seems to be a wormhole that appears periodically to engulf matter and anti-matter...
*BOOM* captains log:The wormhole that we harnessed as a "toilet" device seems to backfire with antimatter.My rear burns.
HAH! Both hilarious. One would hope that backfiring would never occur. Poor bottom.

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