Dad Builds Scale Model "Star Trek" Bridge

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This is a Toy

Star Trek Bridge Playset
Star Trek Bridge Playset. David Weiberg/Instructable

A dedicated Star Trek fan (who is being called the World's Greatest Father by the Internet) decided to create a fully detailed replica of the original USS Enterprise bridge from the original series for his eight-year old son. The whole thing is created from wood, but lovingly detailed and incredibly polished. Here are the photos and details of this amazing playset.

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Another Look

Star Trek Bridge Playset
Star Trek Bridge Playset. David Weiberg/Instructible

On his introduction, creator David Weiberg explained, "This project started when I found my old Star Trek TOS [The Original Series] Playmates figures. I gave them to my eight-year-old son who had become a fan of the old show. He began building simple cardboard play pieces. Inspired by the clean wooden design of some of his other toys I set out to design and create a modular play set that he could use to assemble various rooms aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise. I wanted a set that could break down and store easily. I tried to use scrap materials where I could. The bridge was the biggest challenge so I started there." 

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Star Trek Playset Disassembled

Star Trek Playset Disassembled
Star Trek Playset Disassembled. David Weiberg/Instructable

The attention to detail in the playset is nothing short of amazing. No one would have been surprised if he simply painted some random boxes and handed them to his son. But he didn't. Weiberg wrote, "After doing research, I found some existing blueprints of the bridge. I scaled everything to match the size of the figures. I came to realize that the Playmates figures are not exactly human proportion. A friend who is a toy nut informed me that the Playmates figures are in the proportion of children. Makes sense for toys, I guess. So I had to make some adjustments while keeping [the bridge] as accurate as possible."

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The Construction

Star Trek Playset Unpainted
Star Trek Playset Unpainted. David Weiberg/Instructable

Weiberg created the bridge with individual wooden pieces that could be assembled into different combinations. The bridge playset includes consoles, multiple chairs, a captain's chair, and a viewscreen. The chairs are cast from molds with shaped Apoxie putty to make the cushioned backs, and Flexstone spray is used on the floor to give it the carpeted look from the original ship. All the graphics are reproduced from the original show.

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The Details

Star Trek Playset Details
Star Trek Playset Details. David Weiberg/Instructable

In this photo, you can see more of the details in the remarkable graphics. Weiberg explained, "After doing research (fortunately there was quite a bit out there), I then laid out graphics in Photoshop. This took a lot longer than I thought it would. I printed them on photo paper. I found that the gloss paper held the color the best when clear coated. The viewscreen was built with interchangeable screen panels. I printed different images and glued them to the different wood inserts. I left a few blank so my son could create his own viewscreen images."

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The Playset in Action

Star Trek Playset in Action
Star Trek Playset in Action. David Weiberg/Instructible

It seems like the Internet was Weiberg's best friend when it came to reference material. He used it to find the blueprints for the bridge, and to find images to print and glue onto the consoles. Once completed, the playset could be played with a variety of ways. All the consoles put together look almost photo realistic when seen without the toys, but with the toys, you can see what incredible fun can be had. The Playmates action figures have never looked better.

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The Final Result

Son Playing With Playset
Son Playing With Playset. David Weiberg/Instructable

In the end, Weiberg wrote, "Once everything was dry, it was then time for a test assembly by an eager client. The modular nature [led] my son to almost immediately create a multi-deck configuration. He has already asked how soon he will get the rest of the ship."

I think we're all looking forward to seeing what other amazing projects he has in store. If you'd like to create your own version of this amazing playset, Weiberg has a detailed breakdown of the whole construction process available on Instructable.com.