This section is dedicated to the study, discussion and the accurate representation of the TOS Bridge Communications Station. All displays will be counted from the turbolift so that stations on the right will be counted clock-wise while the stations to the left of the turbolift will be counted in a counter clock-wise fashion. To avoid confusion all panels will be referenced as shown below:
Comm-1 was a 10" X 10" display and was located adjacent to the turbolift. None of the wording here on the graphic is from the actual display since there is no documentation of the original graphic.
And another great view from the episode "A Taste of Armageddon." The lighting here reveals some wrinkling in the graphic which was sandwiched between two pieces of glass. This was not unique to this display.
Comm-2 was a 10” X 10” display and was the second display from the LH side on the console. This display was one of the more recognizable of the show due to its distinctive patterns and its location behind the captain’s chair; it was seen a lot! The details are barely discernable but thanks to our friend Blu-Ray; they can finally be determined. On this display the bottom center light bulb at the green part of the graphic was burned out for most of the first and second seasons but was replaced during the third season so we can see the complete pattern in those episodes.
Comm-3 was a 12” X 10” display and located on the RH side of the console. The wording on this display is directly from the original artwork. This display appeared have more muted colors in the first season which was caused by the film stock used to film season 1. The film stock used in the first season did not represent yellows or greens very well making the yellow colors appears more gold and the green appearing almost white. A different film stock was used in seasons 2 & 3 which made the graphics colors vary in hue from the first season but the later represented the true colors of the various displays.
With this view we can see the depth of the display which was set back from the surface of the console. This scene is from the episode "The Man Trap" which was before they changed out the surface glass to frosted. Since the front pane of glass is clear; it gives a good look at the back set display. Notice the shadow created by the edge of the surface of the console face indicating the depth that the graphic was from the front.
Comm-4 is an 8” X 10” display located on the RH center of the console. This was a very busy looking display due to the small size, many lights and fast pattern sequence. Later on in the series it was frequently seen as a static display with no blinking lights or changing patterns
Comm-5 was a 12” X 10” display located on the LH center of the console. During the series this was a static display with no blinking lights or changing patterns.
Comm-6 was an 8” X 10” display located to the left of Comm-5. This displays lighting pattern sequence was relatively simple when compared to many of the other displays. Another feature of this display was that it shared the motorized timing switch with its neighbors Comm-7 and Comm-8 which results in the changes in the lighting patterns happening in conjunction with the adjacent displays. This display was auctioned off in 2003 at the Profiles In History, Bob Justman Auction
Comm-7 was a 12” X 10” display on the LH side of the console. This display was a bit unusual regarding the layout of the graphic. Its use of different shapes made it somewhat unique among the other displays on the Bridge. Thanks to Dave at Star Trek History who provided a great unused clip of this display which revealed the exact wording on Comm-7.
Comm-8 was an 8” X 10” display located on the far LH side of the Communications console. As mentioned before; this displayed shared a controller with its two neighboring displays on the Comm station which resulted in them all changing at the same time. The wording on this display has never been documented so the wording here taken from other sources. This display had a problem that plagued several other Bridge displays during the run of the series which was that the graphic part slid down below the lighting grid behind it; causing it to become misaligned (more on the construction of the displays can be found here: http://tosgraphics.yuku.com/topic/368/D ... units-made). The graphic was sandwiched between layers of glass which were taped together with black Gaffers tape. The displays would get very hot due the heat of the incandescent light bulbs which would cause the adhesive on the tape to loosen and would not hold the weight of the glass plates. The result would be that the graphic would slide down and become misaligned with the lighting grid behind the graphic. This has caused confusion over the configuration of the Comm-8 graphic because the larger rectangular parts of the graphic were missing the bottom side making it appear to be an upside-down “U” shape.