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Sssssssssssssss! June 3, 2006

Posted by karltate in props, Star Trek.
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Another Classic Star Trek post… this time featuring the Gorn from the episode "Arena"!

"Arena" is a fan favorite because it's got all the classic Trek elements… Enterprise under attack, Kirk forced to fight hand-to-hand with an alien lizard man… and of course that familiar Vasquez Rocks location.

Gorn 19

Gorn 12

Gorn 17

Gorn 05

Here's a rare shot of the Gorn suit when it was being built by prop wizard Wah Chang. Note the blood-red eyes (changed to disco-ball rhinestone-studded eyes before filming), and the ventilation holes down the front (which would be hidden by the creature's Gorn Garment).

Gorn03 Stsketch

Gorn01 Stsketch

An original Gorn foam-rubber mask was auctioned in a Profiles in History auction earlier this year. The mask had been owned by Fred Clarke, publisher of "Cinefantastique" magazine.

Gornpih 04

Gornpih 05

Photo credits: "Star Trek Sketchbook" by Solow, Profiles in History


Kirk to Enterprise May 31, 2006

Posted by karltate in props, Star Trek.

OK I admit it… I'm a Trekkie. Hey, I was a Trekkie before it was cool.

I'll let that sink in for a minute…

Anyway, back in the Seventies, there was a lot of Trek crap floating around, but it was just that: crap.

These days, there's a ton more Trek crap, but it's of much, much higher quality.

Master Replicas, for example, has released quite a few Star Trek and Star Wars prop replicas, more accurate and feature-laden than any fan could dream of back in those early days of proto-fandom.

If only we had then what we have now…

(cue up the "hurtling-back-thru-time" music sting…)


Photo illustration by Karl Tate

Set phasers to stun May 25, 2006

Posted by karltate in props, Star Trek.

Picture-of-the-day time! This one features one of my favorite props, the phaser from classic Star Trek.

This replica was built by my friend Scott, who goes by the handle Centralrepair. He worked from my blueprints, which I drew from examining screen captures from the show, and the best images available of the screenused props.


These replicas are as close to the original props as we could make them…. Scott even replicated the complex mechanical linkages inside the prop that caused the sight to rise and the light bulbs to light when the thumbwheel is turned on the hand phaser.

– k