Star Trek Enterprise Bridge Playset

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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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Roel Versteeg

7 months ago

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

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DanielD349

8 months ago

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

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CharlesJ71

11 months ago

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

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DanielD349

1 year ago

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

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ChristopherB293

1 year 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

1 year ago

Would you be building a shuttlecraft next?

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McDaver

1 year ago

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

I am 3d printing part of it!

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Whovian123

2 years ago

that is awesome!!!! did you build the whole ship???? or just the bridge???

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D_WeibergWhovian123

Reply 2 years ago

Thanks. Actually built most of the sets from the show. Still finishing up a few things but here is a shot of another room.

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RickD38

2 years ago

I'd be interested in commissioning you to build one for me. Let me know if you're interested. Thanks and great job! Rick

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D_WeibergRickD38

Reply 2 years ago

I'd be open to discussing it however it is quite a bit of work. I learned a lot of what not to do on this project.

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time_killerD_Weiberg

Reply 2 years ago

Are you still open to doing a commission job on this?
thx

Lee

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D_Weibergtime_killer

Reply 2 years ago

Sure. I'm open to exploring it. I have still been working on it since this post.

Send me a direct email at davidw@mnfx.com

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time_killerD_Weiberg

Reply 2 years ago

Are you still open to doing a commission job on this?
thx

Lee

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RickD38D_Weiberg

Reply 2 years ago

I was in bad car accident a week ago. Please call me on my cell: 337-371-0375.

Thanks,

Rick

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D_WeibergRickD38

Reply 2 years ago

Sorry to hear that. Will be in touch.

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RickD38D_Weiberg

Reply 2 years ago

I'm going to one up you and see if you would be interested in making a the bridge set for the 6" Art Asylum figures. They made Captain Kirk's chair but I'd like the complete bridge set to display the figures at my office.

My conference room at my office is the briefing room from TOS and I display my Star Trek prop collection at the office too.

At the 6" size it would be possible to add lighting effects for the consoles and displays.

Let me know what you think and you can contact me at 337-371-0375 or rickcdalton@outlook.com

Thanks again and great work!

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D_WeibergRickD38

Reply 2 years ago

Rick,

I tried contacting you. Check your email or contact me at davidw@mnfx.com

Thanks

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RickD38D_Weiberg

Reply 2 years ago

Can you can me at 337-371-0375 to discuss the bridge project. I am very interested!!

Rick Dalton

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Dwargh

2 years ago

Great work!

Where did you get those textures you printed and to glue on the surfaces?