Star Trek Enterprise Bridge Playset

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Introduction: Star Trek Enterprise Bridge Playset

This project started when I found my old Star Trek TOS playmates figures. I gave them to my eight year old son who had become a fan of the old show. He began building simple cardboard play pieces. Inspired by the clean wooden design of some of his other toys I set out to design and create a modular play set that he could use to assemble various rooms aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise. I wanted a set that could break down and store easily. I tried to use scrap materials where I could. The bridge was the biggest challenge so I started there.

Materials:

- Pine 2x4

- Pine 2x6

- 1/2 inch MDF

- 1/8 inch PVC sheet

- Flexstone texture spray

- Filler putty

- SEM High Build Primer

- Apoxie Sculpt

- RTV silicone

- Model Cast Urethane resin

- Behr Latex Paint

- Photoprint paper

- Polyacrylic spray

The Bridge:

After doing research I found some existing blue prints of the bridge. I scaled everything to match the size of the figures. I came to realize that the playmates figures are not exactly human proportion. A friend who is a toy nut informed me that the Playmates figures are in the proportion of children. Makes sense for toys I guess. So I had to make some adjustments while keeping as accurate as possible.

Step 1: Cutting Build Stock

I began by breaking the angles of the control consoles into three basic profile shapes. I then ripped the profiles on the table saw. This gave me the stock to build the consoles with.

Step 2: The Deck

Making the deck floor started with slotting a strip of 1/2 MDF plywood and cutting the “pie” pieces. Getting these angles right was critical. The slots would be used for registration of the different pieces. Eventually I filled the slots with inserts and filler to make smaller registration key slots.

Step 3: Consoles

Using the floor pieces as guides for the angles I cut and stacked the shapes to make the console perimeter. This proved to be very difficult because the upper consoles pitch forward. I found the easiest way to get everything in alignment was to glue the three layers together and trim the final angle on the table saw. On the bottom of each section I attached tabs for registration in the floor slots.

Step 4: Captain's Chair

Then I created the captain’s chair, and command console. These were basic wood construction. I cut block sizes and ripped thing pieces to make the seat parts. Everything was held together with a screw so it could swivel.

Step 5: Main View Screen

I then made the elevator and view screen. The viewscreen was built with interchangeable screen panels. I printed different images and glued them to the different wood inserts. I left a few blank so my son could create his own viewscreen images.

Step 6: Check Alignments

Everything seems to be lined up. Ready for finishing.

Step 7: Filler and Texture

I did a pass on everything with filler. Then used Fleckstone on the floor. The original set was carpet so it gave it a nice texture when painted over.

Step 8: Railings

I then used pieces of plastic1/8th inch PVC sheet to make the removable rails. They registered into the key slots in the deck which held them in place. I used spray paint for the black supports and red rails

Step 9: Primer

Everything then got a coating of SEM high build primer. The parts we then sanded and recoated to try to minimize some of the grain.

Step 10: Chairs

I used styrene to make a crew chair. I added padding to the captains chair and crew chairs with Apoxie putty. The bridge has multiple stations so I needed a lot of chairs so I poured a silicone mold of the master crew chair .

Step 11: Casting Multiples

I then cast multiples from urethane resin. I then painted the blue area and added printed details to the back. Everything then got a clear coat to lock it all in.

Step 12: Paint

With all of the parts sanded and primered they were ready for base colors. The details were going to be printed graphics so the painting required a minimum of masking.

Step 13: Client Review

Once everything was dry it was then time for a test assembly by an eager client.

Step 14: Graphics

After doing research, fortunately there was quite a bit out there, I then laid out graphics in Photoshop. This took a lot longer than I thought it would. I printed them on photo paper. I found that the gloss paper held the color the best when clear coated.

Step 15: Placing Details

I cut the detail pieces out from the prints and glued them onto the painted forms. Thats when the whole thing really came together. After some testing I found that Elmers white glue secured the best and didn’t alter the print. Finally I sprayed the parts with clear Polyacylic to seal the piece. I used gloss to give it toy like finish.

Step 16: Assembly

Then we assembled the pieces. Using the slots, the pieces all dropped into place.

Step 17: Finally

Once it was all assembled it really looked like the bridge. The little fudges I made to accommodate the weird figure proportions were hardly noticeable.

Step 18: Playtime

The modular nature lead my son to almost immediately create a multi-deck configuration.

Once played with the set could be easily broken down and stored.

He has already asked how soon he will get the rest of the ship.

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113 Comments

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julioh184
julioh184

10 months ago

Wow whats an amazing project. Looks so awesome. A childhood dream comes true. Wish playmates would have produced something like that. Is your project already finished and the entire set gots build? If yes would it be possible to show more pictures of everything.

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D_Weiberg
D_Weiberg

Reply 2 months ago

I did create more. I basically built the whole original set layout. My son started staging scenes and taking pictures.

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Furiafelina
Furiafelina

Question 3 months ago

I was hoping to find "instructions" for building one on my own. Precisely because scaling down to the playmates figures size is beyond my knowledge.

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D_Weiberg
D_Weiberg

Reply 2 months ago

Yeah the scaling was a little tricky. It is .80 of an inch equals a foot. Which is not super easy to translate. Also playmates didn't use true human proportions. The heads are bigger. I was told they made the proportions the size of a child. But I can't confirm that story.

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Alienking06
Alienking06

2 months ago

Space... The final frontier...

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DrMichaelUSMC
DrMichaelUSMC

10 months ago

Are you making any of these to sell? Depending on the price, I would definitely be interested.

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JAF1016
JAF1016

Question 12 months ago on Step 11

RE: The Chairs

Do you still have the molds for the chairs? What kinda price would you be looking at to cast one, or several? No paint or finishing required, I can do that on my own. I'm looking at possibly building something a bit less impressive and ambitious than yours, but possibly faster and more reproducible, and the chairs are literally the only thing that are a little too complex (as I don't really do casting). Thoughts?

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D_Weiberg
D_Weiberg

Reply 11 months ago

Thanks for the compliment. I don't have the mold anymore. It wasn't catalyzed properly and so had a short shelf life. Not really sure about the price. What would be reasonable? What is your timeline?
David
Davidw@mnfx.com

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JAF1016
JAF1016

Reply 11 months ago

I don't have a set timeline. As for reasonable, I don't rightly know. It was kinda a "you tell me" thing. *LOL*

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YOUTUBEFREEKYOYO
YOUTUBEFREEKYOYO

1 year ago

the way the picture was taken i thoughtthat you turned an entire room into the Enterprise

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DanielG705
DanielG705

Question 1 year ago

Very cool bridge set, but for us who can't measure, cut, and paint to save our lives what does something like this cost on commission?

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D_Weiberg
D_Weiberg

Reply 1 year ago

Thanks for the compliment. Not sure of the cost. I did it here and there over several months. It would likely be in the thousands. I have had a few inquiries about that. What would be your expected cost?

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time-killer
time-killer

2 years ago

I know this is an older build but, I absolutely love this. I'm disappointed and surprised a toy maker hasn't taken the bull by the horns and made a bridge set similar to this to go with the figures that were on the market in the 90's.
This will help a lot with my 1/12 build for QMX 12" Trek figures.
If you have the mold of the bridge chairs, I would be interested in a few for my Playmate figures.
thx
L

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Roel Versteeg
Roel Versteeg

2 years ago

Nice work!, they should sell these as play sets for the Trekkies under us.

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DanielD349
DanielD349

2 years ago

What paints and colors did you use? Looking for the right colors myself.

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CharlesJ71
CharlesJ71

3 years ago

Hey, I am 63 years old, but I am available for adoption.

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DanielD349
DanielD349

3 years ago

Are there measurements for the size of the consoles and such?

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ChristopherB293
ChristopherB293

3 years ago

Love this beyond words. Emailed you two emails with questions (hope they didn't go to spam). Please reply when you have time.

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McDaver
McDaver

4 years ago

Would you be building a shuttlecraft next?

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McDaver
McDaver

4 years ago

Very cool, I am building one for the old 8 inch figures.

I am 3d printing part of it!