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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Enterprise Studio Model Moving Photos

Courtesy of

The U.S.S. Enterprise studio model from TOS Star Trek: The Original Series, which has been on public display at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum since 1976, was removed on September 11 from the lower level of the museum's store -- where it's been ensconced since 2000 -- in order to prepare it for its new display location in the Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall, set to open in July 2016, in time for Trek's 50th anniversary.

Star Trek - Enterprise at Smithsonian
The current main hall at the National Air and Space Museum, Milestones of Flight, has on display such icons of spaceflight and aviation history as the Wright Brothers’ plane, the 1903 Wright Flyer and Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis. Visitors there can also see John Glenn’s Mercury capsule, Friendship 7.

Star Trek - Enterprise at Smithsonian

Milestones of Flight will be the beneficiary of a full renovation and expansion, courtesy of a $30 million donation from the Boeing Company, and will be renamed the Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall. Further, according to the National Air and Space Museum, the overhaul will take into account its revised definition of the word "milestone." Where once "milestone" meant "the first" in space travel or flight, it will now embrace "an artifact having significant or widespread cultural, historic, scientific or technological impact."

I for one am looking forward to the old girl's unveiling in 2016.  Field trip anyone?


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

TOS Enterprise Model to be Restored for 50th Anniversary

From Air & Space Magazine:

Paramount Pictures didn’t know what they were giving up 40 years ago when they donated the 135-inch studio model of the U.S.S. Enterprise—the fictional, 23rd century starship at the center of the groundbreaking science fiction series Star Trek—to the Smithsonian. Star Trek had been canceled after three seasons five years earlier; the first of the now 12 Trek motion pictures was still five years away. Though the first Star Trek convention had taken place in 1972, there was little reason to suspect the beloved but low-rated TV show—unique for its optimistic vision of a future where men and women of all races and ethnicities, not to mention non-humans, merrily travel the galaxies together “to seek out new life and new civilizations”—would blossom into a 50-year multimedia franchise, and a model for every organized fandom to follow. (The 48th anniversary of the first episode of Star Trek’s original air date was earlier this week.)

The model, which arrived damaged and in pieces, was initially hung as part of a “Life in the Universe” exhibit in the Smithsonian’s Arts & Industries Building. The National Air and Space Museum, where the Enterprise has spent the 21st century thus far on display in a custom case in the basement of the gift shop, wouldn’t open for another two years.

Once NASM opened, the Enterprise spent most of the years between 1976 and 1999 suspended from the ceiling. As Margaret Weitekamp, curator of the Museum’s Social and Cultural Dimensions of Spaceflight Collection, explained to an audience of Trek loyalists at a public lecture last night, the model was initially regarded more as a piece of decor than as an object deserving of preservation and scholarship in its own right. That distinction influenced the approach taken during its most recent restoration, in 1991, which included a new paint job and detailing intended to help the model live up to the memories many visitors have of the starship they originally saw on tiny, primitive TV screens. This is different from trying to make the model look as authentic as possible, or closest to its condition when used in filming the TV show. The fan community has been critical of these efforts to improve the model’s appearance, Weitekamp said—and she sympathizes with their greivance.

Regardless of whether the Enterprise is more important as a symbol or as a tangible object, one thing is certain: The model was a TV prop built as cheaply as possible almost half a century ago.  It was never intended to be hung, and a series of X-rays taken in 1999 revealed stress fractures in the wood. The model has been displayed on a stand, as originally designed, since then.

Though it’s been restored three times already during its stay at the Smithsonian, it’s in need of a major overhaul to return it to something like its original status on the Starfleet duty roster, and that’s finally about to happen. After 13 years in the gift shop, NASM has removed the model from public view for restoration at the Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy center near Dulles International Airport in Virginia. The restoration is expected to take roughly 18 months. When the Enterprise returns to the National Mall, it will at last be given a spot on the downtown Museum’s ground floor. It's new home will be in the Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall, which will remain open to the public as it is refurbished in preparation for NASM’s 40th anniversary celebrations in 2016.

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The Enterprise studio model spent most of the years 2000-2014 on display in the basement of the museum's gift shop. (Eric Long, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution)

Monday, August 11, 2014

Screen Used Alien Head Prop from TNG's "Darmok"

A great piece of Star Trek history is on eBay now, although a bit expensive.  It is the alien mask from "Darmok".  

The description:

You are bidding on a screen used Alien head known as the E-Adrel creature that I purchased from It's a Wrap Hollywood when they were the auction company of choice for the Paramount sale of their Star Trek TV and movie props. Its a one of a kind piece, not a recreation and was actually used in one of the more memorable episodes of TNG (Episode "Darmok" Season 5 Episode 2). Purchasing a resin phaser or Tricorder for your collection is neat but they aren't one of a kind and have the same story as this screen used prop.
It comes with the COA from Its a wrap hollywood. In the episode, they applied post editing special effects to it as you can see in one of the pictures. It's a Wrap and Christies were the two main auction houses that the Star Trek Prop and Set lots were sold to. I am selling it because I just moved to a new house and their really isn't room for me to properly display it (admit tingly my wife is making me do it). It is a one of a kind piece and there really isn't any other legitimate memorabilia from TNG that is on eBay that is as unique and recognizable and this piece. Because of the age of the piece, it does show cracking and missing pieces of Latex around the base. This is normal wear associated with a television prop from almost 20 years ago. There are some pieces of the latex missing from the bottom. It was that way when it was shipped to me. The head is fixed to a wooden base for storage in the paramount backlot facility. Shipping will be expensive due to the size and the complexity of making sure the prop doesn't get damaged. Check my long history and feedback on eBay and purchase with confidence.

You can find the mask on eBay here:

Monday, July 28, 2014

Kevin Hanson - The Fraud Continues

The HMS / Kevin Hanson Fake Phase Pistol

I hate using this blog for anything personal, as my stalker Don Hillenbrand does all the time.  This is the premier Star Trek prop blog for a reason. I have, for almost 8 years now, given out the best advice and information possible and help protect and enable the collecting community.   Gerald Gurian, who writes the other major Star Trek blog and I are friends and work together to get the best information to you, our readers.

But the nonsense with the prop fraud Kevin Hanson deseves attention.  Whenever a dispicable, lying, fraud tries to perpetuate his lies, it needs to be called out, so good people dont get taken.

Kevin Hanson has already proven his dishonesty by selling fake props and then lying about them.  Read about that here:

Now he has taken to trying to accuse me of the type of fraud HE engages in.

Kevin Hanson sent this message to the Star Trek: Phase II Kickstarter (which I ran for Phase II) trying to cause trouble.

Does this violate Kickstarter rules since the person raising the money, Alec Peters, is not in any way affiliated with Star Trek Phase II? He even made up a production company name in order to do this. All of the money has gone to him and he is not legally obligated to turn it over to the project. His most recent company, Propworx, went bankrupt as did a string of other companies that he started and ran into the ground.

I feel for the Phase II people if they get caught in the cross-fire from any inappropriate money issues and potential legal consequences.

So here is the truth (something Kevin clearly knows nothing about).

Kevin Hanson Lie # 1

Alec Peters, is not in any way affiliated with Star Trek Phase II


I am a producer on Star Trek Phase II.  Something Kevin would know if he did the slightest bit of actual research.  

Kevin Hanson Lie # 2 

He even made up a production company name in order to do this. 


Phase II productions is a user name.  The Production company is "Retro Film Studios", which is 100% owned by James Cawley, who asked me to do this Kickstarter for him.

Kevin Hanson Lie # 3
All of the money has gone to him and he is not legally obligated to turn it over to the project. 

While all of the money went to a separate account I own, it was immediately used to pay Phase II bills at the direction of James Cawley, the Executive Producer and owner of Phase II.  This is how honest people work Kevin.

Kevin Hanson Lie #4

His most recent company, Propworx, went bankrupt as did a string of other companies that he started and ran into the ground.


While Propworx went through a bankruptcy (like say MGM, GM, every major airline and millions of other legitimate companies), that is the only company I have ever had that did so.  One company I started sold for $ 16 million.   (It should be noted Kevin Hanson has no job and lives off an inheritance, so he clearly knows nothing about real work).

So once again, we see how dishonest and despicable this fraud is.  Star Trek prop collectors should stay away from him as well as Don Hillenbrand, who is helping to promote prop fraud by enabling Kevin Hanson, and attacking me (once again) on his blog.  In fact Don is also promoting Michael Moore videos about props.  And we have already proven in the same article that Michael Moore sells fakes and lies about the provenance.  So Don is clearly promoting fraud as well.  Way to protect people Don!

I have a reputation of protecting the collecting community by exposing fraud.  My list of accomplishments and the people I have helped is second to none in the Star Trek community.  Good people need to know who they can trust and who is only out for themselves.  Kevin Hanson and Don Hillenbrand are the latter.


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Christie's Catalogs - $ 29.99 a set!

So you want a set of Christis's Star Trek auction catalogs?  They are now $ 29.99 on Amazon (plus shipping).

Go here:


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Our friend Anthony Sforza makes it onto Cnet!

Our good friend and fellow IAW veteran Anthony Sforza gets the attention his amazing collection deserves in this video!

And you can read the article on Cnet here:


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

15 Star Trek Props Hitting the Market

The original Memorabilia Company in England has 15 props for sale.  The items are choice, but the prices high.

From The Original prop Company:

This collection of 15 props includes a wide range of items, from Scottys torch for £1,295.00 to a 30 year old Starfleet phaser from Star trek II ‘The Wrath of Khan’ and a number of fabulous items made by the specialist Star Trek prop maker Richard Coyle, of RAC Props ( including a very special Klingon pump-action beaked nose disruptor. A solid very heavy piece made of cast resin with a sliding black pump and painted in the familiar Klingon rust, metallic silver and black colour scheme with distressed finish.   This wonderful piece was screen used in Star Trek VI and has also been matched to an original 1989 photograph on RAC Props website gallery showing the identical piece. Providing the ultimate authenticity for any Star Trek collector and will be sold for £4,495.00 Richard Coyle has also confirmed in writing that he made this special pistol along with other items that will be going up for sale including a still working Klingon Tricorder made for Star Trek V & VI and a fabulous Starfleet Assault Phaser ‘Hero Version’ used in Star trek V & VI priced at £3,495.00. For the smaller budget original Paramount parking passes can be bought for £100.

All the items in this collection were originally obtained from a named Star Trek prop master with written provenance held on our files. Each item comes with full details within the Certificate of Authenticity.

To confirm, the items being listed will go on sale at a stated and fixed price. There shall not be an auction process. However we expect the props due to their rarity to attract widespread interest amongst the Star Trek community and beyond.

Check out their website here:

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Star Trek Themed House Selling for $ 35 Million

This may well be the best Trekkie themed house we have seen.  

"Internet mogul Marc Bell, former CEO of the adult networking site FriendFinder, has put his 27,000-square-foot, eight-bedroom, 16-bathroom Florida home on the market, with one very special feature: an unbelievable entertainment area that includes a Starship Enterprise bridge-turned-movie-theater, a massive '80s-style arcade and a Call of Duty-decorated gaming room."

The Tuscan style estate has eight bedrooms, 16 bathrooms and a nine-car garage with car lifts.

Read more and see the entire photo gallery here.

And cough up $ 35 million if you want it!


Monday, April 14, 2014

Tash Yar "Yesterday's Enterprise" Costume

Angelo Cifaldi recently added a top notch costume to his collection, the Tasha Yar Yesterday's Enterprise costume.  Here is what Angelo had to say about it:

I got it from John Nichols in August of 2013. I started collecting costumes and props at the Christies Auction in Oct 2006 and continued through Its a Warp on eBay and thereafter to the present. My focus was and is the TNG TV series and the TNG movies. My goal from the beginning was to get costumes and props from every major weekly crew member and major characters from the movies and TV Series. I also wanted items from my favorite TV episodes and my favorite guest characters. Since there were so few Tasha Yar costumes and due to the fact that I focused first on the characters that appeared in all the seasons of TNG or many seasons Tasha Yar only became a focus after I achieved my initial goals. Thus, for about 4 years I have been looking for a Yar. Since John knew my want list he  contacted me when he was looking to sell the costume as he refined his collection. With the addition of Tasha Yar the only other major recurring character I am missing is Miles O'Brien.

Tasha Yar's Alternate Timeline Uniform

Worn by Denise Crosby as Tasha Yar in the iconic Star Trek: TNG season three episode #163 “Yesterday’s Enterprise,” which aired the week of February 19, 1990.  

The Episode:

While on a routine mission, the Enterprise-D discovers a bizarre rift in space, which reveals an unidentified vessel which is revealed to be the Enterprise-C.  Both ships are now on an alternate time line, with Tasha Yar alive, where the Federation is in the midst of a bloody war with the Klingons.  

The Costume:

The modified third season style Starfleet jumpsuit uniform is gold and black with an altered collar and black cuffs with gold piping.  The belt is reflective silver colored vinyl with black vinyl trim with two molded resin gold metallic Starfleet emblem badges.  Replica com badge and rank pips complete the costume. The TNG wardrobe tag reads: “Ep 163 ...Tasha  Denise Crosby  1 military style Starfleet uniform. gold & blk.”  Christie’s 40 Years of Star Trek, Lot 636, Friday, October 6, 2006.

A fine costume from one of TNG's best episodes.  Angelo scored!


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Kevin Hanson & HMS - Prop Fraud

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.


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 no 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.


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.



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 kit, (produced by HMS).  The tells are numerous and the evidence is undeniable.


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 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 (P11) 

P10 Kevin Recast

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



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 kit (P30), (P31).  These are the colors recommended in the 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

P20 Screen Used Phase Pistol

P32 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 kits (produced by HMS). (P30) (P31) and is noted in Phase Pistol kit instructions (P32).

Also visible on the HMS site:


HMS of course made the 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 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)



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  This is a HMS replica, similar to a HMS 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.


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.