Original middle section array panel used on the Earth Orbital Drydock in the classic 1979 Robert Wise film Star Trek: The Motion Picture. The Federation calls on Adm. James T. Kirk (William Shatner) and the crew of the Starship Enterprise to contain an immense nimbused object that’s on a crash course with Earth. After investigating, the crew discovers that the alien cloud harbors artificial intelligence with an ominous primary directive. Crisis strikes when a probe dispatched by the energy cloud attacks the crew, abducting navigator Lt. Ilia (Persis Khambatta). An android look-alike containing her memories shows up soon after.
The famous dry dock was featured in various films but most noticeably The Motion Picture where it debuted, alongside the newly upgraded Enterprise-A. The original idea of a Drydock was created for the abandoned Phase II episode “In Thy Image”, but was later discarded and redesigned by Andrew Probert for TMP. The design, which was later changed with the help of director Robert Wise and Gene Roddenberry which utilized modular arm sections that could accommodate different sized ships. This model was created by Magicam under the supervision of legendary effects supervisor Douglas Trumbull, who also developed specialized cameras that could shoot up-close and inside the model for detailed shots.
This model section is primarily made of metal tubing with resin and plastic detailing. The middle array section features halogen lamps and a translight printed on clear acetate. There are various metal struts connecting the middle section to the outer cage, and various small attached resin detail parts. There are metal tube accents present on the top where it would have been attached to the main body of the dry dock, which feature the models original cut wires that would illuminate it. The model is no longer in functioning condition.
Included are four curved and straight resin detail pieces that would be attached to the sides and a thin metal rod detail that is removable from the main body. This item measures around 16″ x 16″. This piece has been painstakingly restored by professional model maker Ed Miarecki but still remains in excellent, screen used condition.
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