Question About the McMaster Bridge Blueprints

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Question About the McMaster Bridge Blueprints

Joined: February 28th, 2017, 9:58 pm

February 28th, 2017, 9:58 pm #1

Hello Everyone,

Long time lurker, but first time poster.

Like many people, I've always dreamed of building my own TOS bridge, but for now I'll just have to settle for building a virtual version.

A long time ago I made pretty good progress on building the bridge, but I'm afraid my 3d modeling skills weren't quite up to the task.  But I've decided to give it another go.

Until your site came along, the McMaster blueprints of the TOS Bridge seemed to be main source for anyone wishing to create their own bridge.  However, in looking at your site I see that there are numerous differences.  I greatly respect what Michael McMaster did, considering that he was proworking from publicity images and film stills.

My question is - How accurate are the McMaster blueprints?

(Sorry if this opens up a can of worms...)
 
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Joined: April 29th, 2007, 8:38 am

March 1st, 2017, 3:55 pm #2

No can of worms at all. The McMaster blueprints were certainly an amazing accomplishment for there time and still it's amazing how much he got right but time has proven them to be not so accurate.
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Joined: February 28th, 2017, 9:58 pm

April 20th, 2018, 4:59 pm #3

I've started from scratch on building a 3d model of the TOS Enterprise Bridge.

This model is being built so that 1 unit in the computer equals 1 foot.

At this stage I feel like there are three issues with the McMaster blueprints:

1. Drafting Errors, i.e., mirroring issues (e.g., between left/right sides), and mismatched measurements between different plan views (e.g., top and side).
2.  Additional / Elaborating on Details, i.e., missing cross section through the center of the controls console; details on the construction of the stairs; plan views of the overhead display insets; the vents at the base of the consoles; plan views of the red alert indicator, dedication plaque, and turbolift diagram.
3.  Correcting Errors between the McMaster blueprints and set photos.

Here are a couple of images of my WIP 3d model.  I still have a long ways to go on the details, but I think the basic shapes are there.





Cheers,

-Tom
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