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Monday, August 1, 2016

The Smithsonian Enterprise Restoration Video

The Smithsonian released this awesome video of the restoration of the USS Enterprise filming miniature.  OK, not so miniature!  But a must watch!
 



This is a short film showing the process of the detail paint work on the restoration of original U.S.S. Enterprise miniature. The work was done between the 11th and the 23rd of April 2016 at the Smithsonian’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy facility. The model is now on display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C.

Enjoy!

Alec

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Kevin Hanson Prop Fraud Revisited.


Note:  I originally posted this on March 30, 2014.  It need to be reposted, because Kevin Hanson continues to defraud people.


This is about the FRAUD committed by Kevin Hanson, who runs The Trek Prop Zone  and Michael Moore of  HMS.  Together they have committed fraud and passed off fake props as real ones.  And, when confronted with proof, have avoided owning up to it, proving their intent to defraud.

SUMMARY:

I was sold two replica props as screen used by Kevin Hanson.  He got them from Michael Moore at HMS.  I have not only Ironclad proof that they are fake, but caught Michael Moore in a lie about where he got them from.

Kevin has refused to refund my money.  While I had not made any claims that he intentionally sold me these as fakes, his refusal to refund my money, and his insistence of playing games and defend Mike Moore in spite of the facts has changed my mind.

Most importantly, Michael Moore continues to sell props claiming they are screen used and authenticating props.  Now that he has been caught passing off replicas as real, every transaction he is party to is suspicious.  This is a huge deal for this hobby and you need to be aware of this.

FACTS:

Kevin sold me two Enterprise pistols, a Phase Pistol and an EM 33.   They turned out to be fake (ironclad proof).  Kevin bought them from Michael Moore, of HMS props who claimed they were real and he got them from the propmaster on Enterprise.  Not only are the items not from ISS, the only maker of these Enterprise props, (the Phase Pistol is an HMS replica), but I spoke to the prop master, Craig Binkley at length and he NEVER gave anything to Mike Moore.

Kevin Hanson has refused to ackownledge evidence that just about everyone who knows Star Trek props agrees is ironclad.  Thus I will be taking Kevin to small claims court.


Alec



EVIDENCE PHASE PISTOL IS A REPLICA


According to Craig Binkley, the prop master for Enterprise:

  1. ISS was the ONLY vendor for the Phase Pistol and EM33.  In fact ISS did 99% of the props.
  1. Craig NEVER gave Mike Moore any props.

This Phase Pistol is a recast clearly and has aspects that closely match the Rod.com kit, (produced by HMS).  The tells are numerous and the evidence is undeniable.


EVIDENCE

The most obvious tell is the pour spout (or air vent) on the inside of the Phase Pistol.  This was NOT done in the original mold created to produce the screen used props at ISS. However this same pour spout (or air vent) can be seen on the Rod.com kit (produced by HMS). This is a clear tell that the prop in question did not come form the original ISS production molds. ISS (P9) vs Kevin recast (P10), which is identical to Rod.com (P11) 

P9 ISS
P10 Kevin Recast
P11 Rod.com
The obvious drooping line in the mid section is also something that matches none of the screen used props but does match the Rod.com kit (produced By HMS). ISS (P1) (P2) (P3) (P4), VS Kevin recast (P5) (P6) (P7) (P8), which is identical to Rod.com kit (P30) (P31).

P1 ISS


P2 ISS
P3 ISS
P4 ISS
P5 Kevin Recast
P6 Kevin Recast
P7 Kevin Recast
P8 Kevin Recast
The Phase Pistol is painted the wrong colors (P12) which is identical to Rod.com kit (P30), (P31).  These are the colors recommended in the Rod.com Phase Pistol kit instructions (P32).  These are NOT the colors that ISS painted the Phase Pistols and which were used on the show. See screen used prop (P20).

P12 Kevin Recast

P30 Rod.com
P31 Rod.com

P20 Screen Used Phase Pistol

P32 Rod.com Phase Pistol Instructions

The round portion on the bottom of the Phase pistol is painted a different color. This is wrong.  On screen used pieces it is the same as the body (P20).  This piece being painted the highlight color was also done for the Rod.com kits (produced by HMS). (P30) (P31) and is noted in Rod.com Phase Pistol kit instructions (P32).

 
Also visible on the HMS site:

http://www.hms-studi...hase_Pistol.jpg

HMS of course made the Rod.com kit.


There are other facts showing it is a mere recast:

The Phase Pistol is shorter due to it being recast from an ISS version (P13) (P14).

The Phase Pistol is cast in grey resin.  The ISS Phase Pistols were cast in a white resin (P9) (P10).

The nozzle is a separate piece as on the Rod.com kit.  On the ISS non-hero version it is part of the main body of the gun.

1/16th inch thick acrylic was used by ISS for the inserts.  This gun uses 1/8th inch thick acrylic.

The vents where the acrylic goes are too wide.  They are much narrower on the ISS version.

Tape was used in the recasting to cover holes on the inside of the cowl.  This happens when recasting.  The tape is clearly seen visible having now left its impression in the casting. (P15)


P13
P14
P15

SUMMARY

The only other place that used these colors, painted the bottom piece dark rather than light, made the drooping inset line, and had a pour spout inside the main body is on the HMS Phase Pistol Kit made for Rod.com.  This is a HMS replica, similar to a HMS Rod.com kit and there is no way to deny that.



EM 33

This is not an ISS version.  No other vendor created these.  This is a replica.


CONCLUSION

Craig Binkley, the prop master has said that he never gave Michael Moore any props as Moore claims.

The Phase Pistol is an HMS replica.  It was not in existence when Michael Moore claimed he was given it by the prop Master.

The EM 33 is clearly a replica as well.  And based on Mike's claims of the Phase Pistol, his claims on the EM 33 are not credible.


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Propworx Auction # VIII Announced



Propworx is pleased to announce our Star Trek Auction VIII, featuring the collection of award winning costume designer Robert Blackman! Robert worked on Star Trek: The Next Generation from season three through seven, as well as all of Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager. His massive collection consists of over 300 pieces of original hand drawn and computer generated concept artwork spanning all three shows.

Along with his collection of concept artwork this auction will feature cast and crew gifts from Robert, and a selection of production used scripts and production material. This special auction will take place on June 4th, 2016 and will lead into our huge Star Trek 50th anniversary auction taking place this August, which will feature props, costumes, production material, crew gifts, and the remaining Robert Blackman artwork.
                                                                                                     
Please keep an eye on our facebook page www.Facebook.com/Propworx as well as our website www.Propworx.com for updates on each of these upcoming auction, and if you have any questions please feel free to contact us at Auctions@propworx.com.


 

Friday, April 15, 2016

Data Arm for Sale at Prop Store



Data's arm from the episode "Phantasms" is up for sale at Prop Store.  It is rather expensive, but cool none the less.

From Prop Store:

Data’s (Brent Spiner) hand and sleeve from the sci-fi television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. The piece was made for the sixth episode of the seventh series, titled “Phantasms,” for a nightmare sequence experienced by Data where he was attacked and dismantled by workmen. 

The hand has been cast in latex and painted gold to match Data’s skin tone. The hand extends up into a forearm, also made from latex which is covered by a length of a uniform sleeve with a brown satin lining. A thin metal rod is located within the arm which was held by the actor during filming. There are slight chips and marks to the paint on the hand. The piece remains overall in good condition. Dimensions: 53.5 cm x 17 cm x 7 cm (21” x 6 ¾” x 2 ¾”)

Item size - 36.61" x 6.69" x 2.76" (93.0cm x 17.0cm x 7.0cm) 


 
While an interesting item, you would have to be a total Data nut to shell out $ 5,989 for this prop.  That is an rather high price for what I would guess is a $ 3,000 prop  (and that again would be for someone who just loved the character).   

Also, what is the provenance of the item?  Where did it come from?  I am always big on this.  Not that it is likely that this is a fake.  None the less, every prop seller owes the buyer the provenance of an item or how it was authenticated.  

Alec



Sunday, March 13, 2016

Enterprise Panel for Sale



STAR TREK: ENT “FAUX GAGES AND INDICATORS”

A faux instrument board made for scenes in various episodes of Star Trek: Enterprise. The item is composed of sheet plastic with rounded corners and graphical applications adhered to its face. The item depicts multi-colored indicators and statically positioned gauges. The indicators are labeled ‘CMD’ on one item and “AUX’ on the other. The item measures approx. 12.5 X 5.25 inches.

Looking to get $210 and I'll pay shipping. Paypal preferred.

Interested?  Contact Andy at andy@3rdchair.com

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

The Enterprise Restoration at the Smithsonian


Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum conservator Malcolm Collum tells us about how the Smithsonian team pulled apart the classic "Star Trek" USS Enterprise model for their work.

Courtesy of Trekcore!

Friday, February 19, 2016

Ricardo Degado Sketches up for Auction




There are 9 fantastic Ricardo Delgado Concept Sketches up for bid in the Live Auctioneers Auction this coming week.

Ricardo Delgado Bio:

Ricardo Delgado is a film and comic book artist. He has worked on acclaimed films such as The Incredibles, Men in Black, and Apollo 13. Delgado is the creator of the Age of Reptiles comic book series, as well as one of the Production Designers of Disney's Atlantis – The Lost Empire. In early 2000 he published the four issue sci-fi series "Hieroglyph". 

He worked as an illustrator for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine's first season. It was his idea to place a baseball card on Captain Sisko's desk in the series as a decorative item, leading to the creation of the Buck Bokai character. Delgado was heavily involved in designing the station and its interiors such as ops and the promenade. The starships he designed include the Miradorn starship that was seen in DS9: "Vortex". He also worked as an illustrator on Star Trek: First Contact.



 
  
 

You can bid on the items here:


Alec

 

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

MACO Space Suit from Enterprise





MACO Space Suit

This suit was originally made for the motion picture "The Core" and later rented by the Enterprise Costume Department. Sadly the costume hasn't aged well and jumpsuit and the back pack have had considerable deterioration. Shoes, gloves etc. look fine. It still displays very well, there's no problem to the thick jumpsuit itself, just the outer layer.

If interested, contact me and I will pass it on to the seller, a well known Star Trek Prop, Costume & Auction member. He is asking $ 3,000.

 







Monday, January 18, 2016

"Let This Be Your Last Battlefield" Gloves



Star Trek prop collector Paul Savoy posted this awesome lot for sale on the Star Trek Prop, Costume & Auction Forum as well as eBay.  It is costume components of Frank Gorshin's costume from "Let This Be Your Last Battlefield".

Original Screen Used Costume from STAR TREK TOS The Original Series :
Worn by Frank Gorshin as Bele from the planet Cheron, in episode "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield"


 - Pair of Screen Used Gloves
No COA but following history :
  • Profile In History Hollywood Auction 12 ebay portion, lot #467, July 2002
  • Julien Monterey Pop Auction, lot #62, Aug 2004
Come with Julien Original 2002 Auction Catalog, Bills and Tag. Ebay history pages and description
 - Bele Pants
 - Bele Costume Card, from the archives. The card contains an authentic piece of Bele fabric
 - Franck Gorshin Bele Signed Card
 - Description photo and tags


 
 
 
The lot is sold, but this is a good reason to join the Star Trek Prop, Costume & Auction Forum!

Alec