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Old 12-29-2015, 10:37 AM
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Star Trek: TMP Punch-Out Bridge Book

So, a while ago I was cruising the Internet looking at Star Trek merchandising from The Motion Picture era when I discovered this book. Itís a paper model of the TMP Enterprise bridge that measures 15Ē when assembled. I immediately became obsessed with getting one. They became available 2-3 at a time on eBay, but they were often in the $30-90 range. Also, I wanted to build the model, so I looked for a copy that was pretty haggard at the spine so I wouldnít feel bad about pulling it apart. In the end, I bought three books (two for back up), picked the worst cover and got to work.

This book was designed by Tor Lokvig and is nicely put together. However, it is the illustrations by Chuck Murphy that steal the show. He did an amazing job capturing the actual look and feel of the TMP era bridge. It is incredibly accurate to the set piece. Most parts are spot-on. Some match the original bridge blueprints that changed by the time the pieces were actually built. Iíve always liked the look of the TMP bridge the best. Except for the fact it needed a little more color, itís clean look and smooth lines always worked for me.

I didnít want to push the parts our and risk damaging them, so I took some extra care. First, I cut the spine of the book to separate all the pages. Then, I used my X-acto to cut the parts away from the sheet. Next, I used my precision scissors to trim away any excess paper from the edges. Finally, I edge colored all the parts as needed. I kept all the scrap in case I needed any small patch pieces.

Although my goal was to build this model as-is, I didnít adhere to the original tab-and-slot method. I had these as a child and they always wound up with big folds, creases or tears from trying to get the pieces together. So, I used my ďadvancedĒ paper modeling skills with glue to create a better and stronger model. The instructions are very clear and Iíll only mention the parts I deviated from.
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Old 12-29-2015, 10:40 AM
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CHAIRS

All the chairs are the same except or Kirkís chair, which is blue. For assembly, I skipped all the tabs. I glued where the armrests come together on the bottom, then glued that whole part to the bottom of the chair. I also glued the flaps on the chair back in place, as well as where the chair back and base folds over. Since the bottom was now glued, I folded the gray flaps for the top of the chair stand toward the center and glued them to the bottom of the chair.
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Old 12-29-2015, 10:49 AM
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WEAPONS STATION

With all these parts, I used a ruler to help fold parts along the scores. The weapons station has a curved upper section, so I used a dowel rod to curl the part. I inserted the bottom tab of the curved section and glued it from behind. I edge glued the rest of the part in place
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Old 12-29-2015, 10:57 AM
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CONSOLES AND HELM

The two long pieces are the science consoles on each side of Spockís chair. I glued the flaps in place.

All the stand-up consoles fold back on the themselves. They will insert through slots in the walls. I made sure to trim off any white edges where the die cut was off and edge color the parts.

The helm is the most intricate fold, but it isnít difficult. Again, I skipped trying to insert tabs and glued everything in place. Once assembled, the ends of the helm are open and look funny. I used some scrap of the same color to close them up.
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Old 12-29-2015, 11:12 AM
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COMMAND DECK

This is the raised deck section containing the helm and Kirkís chair. I assembled and glued the bottom deck section but it was very weak. To keep it flat and add some stability, I cut sections of foam core and chip board to make some internal supports. The upper section just has Kirkís chair to hold, so I skipped the supports. Then, everything was glued into its final position.
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Old 12-29-2015, 12:11 PM
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Looking good, will enjoy following this to see the end result.
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Old 12-29-2015, 04:02 PM
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Looking good so far. In no time at all you'll be ready to do battle with the Kligons.
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Old 12-30-2015, 08:36 AM
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LOWER DECK

The lower deck comes in 4 interlocking pie pieces. I thought about trimming them flush and edge gluing them, but decided to stick with the instructions and keep the original ďfeel.Ē I did modify the interlocking tabs by cutting the curved edges off that provide the ďlock.Ē This let the tab slide straight through with no creasing, then I glued it in place. I went back and did a little gluing at the overlaps on the parts to keep the floor flat. Then, I pushed up all the riser supports.

To make sure the model stayed flat and secure I used spray adhesive to mount it on a extra-thick piece of flat cardboard I got from work. Iíll come up with something to make it a more presentable display base.

To strengthen the floor, I cut pieces of foam core to the height of the riser supports. I glued them into ďTĒ shapes and glued them to the riser supports and the center of the rear flap.

Next, I assembled the stair and glued the bottom of the slots for support. Then, I placed them in their slots on the riser ring and glued them in place.

The riser ring covers the gap between the two deck levels. Youíll see that 3 of the riser supports are black with letters on the edges. These supports connect the ring sections. Do NOT glue the ring sections to each other like the picture here. Luckily, I only had mine taped together, so I could get them apart to attach them correctly. Instead of slotting the ring ends on the riser supports, I glued mine into position.
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RAISED DECK

The raised deck is also made from 4 interlocking pieces. I used the same method to assemble this as the lower deck. I also cut off the tabs on the gray section that are for securing the deck to the slots in the base. I glued these in place as I worked my way around.

When I got to the last section I had a problem. Somewhere my pieces were off. I donít know for sure if it was the way the parts were cut or if I assembled the floor slightly out of whack, but the tabs and slots didnít line up. I could also see the floor didnít line up exactly with the riser ring. There should be a slight overhang of the deck above the riser, but on one side the deck was flush with the ring and on the other it had a significant lip. I decided to wait to put on the last piece.

I moved on to the railings. The were simple, a little fragile. To keep from crushing them, I cut sections of bamboo skewers to length, colored them with silver Sharpie and glued them to the center of the rail post. I used my X-acto to make the railing slots in the floor a little longer to give myself some leeway and avoid forcing the railings in and possibly twisting or tearing them.

Next, I glued 3 of the 4 railings in, along with Spockís consoles and chair, and Chekovís weapons station.

Time to figure out the last deck piece. The best way to assemble it was to use the line up the tab toward Spockís station, then cut off the tab toward the view screen and glue the deck in place. This caused the outer edges to not line up exactly, and I had to trim a little off the front to get the deck edges to line up, but it worked OK.

Finally, I glued the other 2 chairs in place.
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Old 12-30-2015, 09:14 AM
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WALL SECTIONS

The walls donít need much. Just insert the consoles in the appropriate place. I used Super Glue gel to lock the consoles in position at a slight downward angle.

The turbo lift doors are a little tricky. I folded the door openings and the door housings as instructed. But, if you use the tabs and slots youíll likely get a loose door that doesnít line up well. I inserted the wall tabs and then glued where the tan wall meets the turbo lift door to avoid having a big seam. Then, I glued the turbo lift housing at the top instead of using the slot and tab. This made for a tighter housing, and the slot and tab werenít lining up well to begin with. The doors simply sit the the little pocket youíve made.

The gray flap at the base of the turbo lift housing goes over the edge of the tan wall opening. I glued mine in place. I had the port side housing a little off when I glued the wall edges, which angled the whole door down a little. Pay attention to the fit if you decide to use glue like I did. The starboard door came out perfect.
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