As European I'm not that different from the homegrown fan in appreciating Star Trek and in trying to express my attachment to the whole franchise. That being said, I do have a preference namely the unsung heroes of the whole experience, the Starships or the "Belles of the Ball", as former Star Trek Production Illustrator Doug Drexler once called them. I used to be in my youth a modeler and I distinctly remember the frustration of not being able to get good reference pictures of the studio models. It is something that has always irked me ever since. No longer a modeler, I do still have a burning desire to know everything there is to know about Star Ship design and their makers. And now, as Star Trek: The Original Series slowly fades into memory, former production staffers and outsiders have started blogging or otherwise sharing their experiences through the web and details and imagery in general are becoming more and more available, availability of which I could only dream of not that long ago. True, some information was available before the advent of the Internet, but it was almost always fragmented and scattered over a myriad of publications (and often not in that good a quality), and actually still is in this Internet age.
Fortunately former Star Trek production staffers like Doug Drexler, John Eaves and many others have started blogging and sharing their knowledge with others, finally enabling us to get more coherent behind-the-scenes stories and images. And even before them non-studio affiliated people, pioneers like William S. McCullars, through his, now unfortunately defunct, IDIC-websitewbm; David Shaw who pieced together much of the earliest history of the two original Enterprise studio models and posted his findings on several blogs; Curt McAloney, who owns clippings of the only known two color behind-the-scenes films, enabling him to publish the only known Original Series studio model color stills on his StarTrekHistory-website and modeler Kuhn Global, who provided a platform for photographs of the various studio models on his ModelerMagic-website, have started the work on chronicling the history of the studio models.
Through their gracious efforts I'm more and more able to piece together the real life stories of the forgotten heroes and their creators of Star Trek, the Star Ships. And Memory Alpha provides a great platform to collect all the fragmented information into a coherent story and maybe one day their whole story will have been told as thoroughly as the stories are on the live performers.
Being a MA archivist and back ground researcher is my primary interest, and my work did solicit the above kind acknowledgments from former Star Trek production staffers. While I am understandably proud of these, the purpose of this section is not in any way meant as, for lack of a better word, "self-glorification", but rather to serve as an aid for me to keep track of my work. Contributions I've made as archivist, which include the early ones as User:126.96.36.199, my ID before registering, are the following:
Listed below for reference sake are transcripts of private email correspondence, I had the good fortune and privilege to engage in, with former Star Trek production staffers, regarding sundry matters such as picture use permission and supplementary background information. I reserved the right to redact privacy sensitive information, such as email addresses and confidential matters, with "[...]".
Visual Effects Coordinator: picture use permission
Onderwerp: Re: Requests
Van: Privateer Pictures <[...].com>
Datum: Tue, 17 Sep 2013 14:46:48+0100
Aan: rob [...]<[...].nl>
Sorry for not seeing this for so long. I've been working on several other jobs and have pretty much ignored my Privateer Pictures account.
First, feel free to use any of the photographs as long as they are used appropriately and no in a derogatory, inflammatory or unpleasant manner.
On 19 Apr 2013, at 18:09, rob [...] wrote:
> Dear Mr. Buckner,
> Allow me to introduce myself. I'm Robert [...], a prolific editor on the Memory Alpha Star Trek Wiki site. The reason I'm writing to you is on behalf of this site, as I'm asking your permission to use some of your photographs. While I'm perfectly aware that I might come across as a run-of-the-mill "Trekkie", my only recourse to that is to direct you to the articles I've written under my ""Sennim" pseudonym, for the Memory Alpha site being the most elaborate:
> - http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Constitution_class_model
> - http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Galaxy_class_model
> - http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/CGI
> In those I've taken excepionally care to give credit to where credit is due. In this vein I'd like permission to use images you've given to http://flare.solareclipse.net/ultimatebb.php/topic/6/2781.html#000000 and http://www.ex-astris-scientia.org/articles/ds9tm.htm to be also used as illustrations for:
> - http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Centaur_type#Physical_model
> - http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Miranda_class_model#Other_filming_models
> As for credits, Memory Alpha is very strict about these, I could give it to your user profile (you know you have one over there as http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/User:AdamB), or to your personal website, as you prefer.
> As this is not enough I'd also like to have your permission to publish your photograph, holding the Yupp model as featured on the DrexFiles for:
> - http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Adam_Buckner
> resulting in somewthing like this:
> - http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/David_Lombardi
> I'm perfectly aware that this is much to ask for, but that being said, I'm also convinced of the nescessity of giving credit where credit is due to all those production staffers who have slaved in anonomity, giving generations of viewers of Star Trek something they always remember.
> My two cents.
> Warm regards,
> Robert [...]
> P.S.: [...]
Refit-Enterprise Model Painter: picture use permission & background information
Onderwerp: Re: EBook purchase
Van: Paul Olsen <[...].com>
Datum: Sat, 12 Jan 2013 09:21:10+0000
Got it, thanks very much and thanks for the heads-up, will check my PayPal settings...In the meantime you might want to check out my Memory Alpha profile
I'm an editor for that site with a special interest in studio models, and have written for it for four years now. One of the major articles I've written is
that includes your contribution as well, from what I've been able to piece together from your website and your replies on several modeler blogs. On my to do list are entries on you yourself (if that is alright with you) and now your book as well (once I've read it that is). You can sample my style of writing in the Ron Gress entry. If I have your go-ahead, might I have permission to use three pictures? The ones I'm thinking of are the one you sitting next to the model, you with Patrick Stewart and of course the book cover...
Again thank you very much and kind regards,
Well...that site is VERY impressive...the work that has gone into it and the accuracy is overwhelming. By all means use any of the pictures you want. On anything about me, if you reference the book (which I assume you will). I would appreciate a link to the book site, if you don’t mind.
Great to see an up-to-date photo of Ron Gress...I haven’t seen Ron for over 20 years...he’s a very talented artist and a lovely guy. But as you’ll see in the book, Mark Stetson is the real gentleman of the bunch, and deserves all his good fortune. I couldn’t have written the book without Mark’s kind and constant input. He’s always there for his friends.
I think you’ll find Richard Taylor’s contribution interesting, in terms of what Andy Probert has said---[...]...Richard and Jim Dow were the big boys in the creation of the Enterprise, and Chris Crump designed the life-saving, strong-as-an-ox armature of the model, which saved my ass on several occasions when I banged into the saucer or the nacelles. And Mark was the man who guided the final finish before paint on the model...he was meticulous, and knew his craft backwards and brought everyone else up to his level. The finish on the model would not be there had it not been for Mark leading the way.
All the best,