As some of you know, I was asked (thanks to my good friend Adam Schneider) to re-create the missing pieces on the original Helm / Navigation console from TOS for the EMP Museums 50th Anniversary Exhibit. Initially we proposed to do a very in-depth restoration similar to the scope being done to the Enterprise miniature. Our goal was to restore the console to the “last day of filming” condition. We had planned on repairing the damaged sections, repairing some of the structural issues and then restoring the finish where damaged while leaving most of the original finish intact. Due to budget constraints however, we were only able to replace the missing components. The console has NEVER been displayed properly. During the Smithsonian display in the 1990’s it had parts added that were not close to the original configuration. My goal was to make the replacement parts as accurate as I could make them which included the correct button colors, button heights, lighting intensity and lighting pattern. For the most part I think we succeeded; I think it turned out great and I would like to thank everyone that help make it a reality which include Adam Schneider, Dave Arland, Mike Paugh, Scot Irwin, Carl Mazur, Lou Dalmaso, Vic Mignogna and John Roberts.
Here are a few before and after photos.
Mike Paugh and I after we finished the installation of the components
The console lighting is comprised entirely of LED's so there will be no heat build-up.
NOTE: I know some of the rockers switches in these photos are in backwards; they were corrected before the exhibit opened!!! :)/>