Picard Desktop Computer (Preorder)
- Heavy Construction (individually CNC-machined polymer and aluminum parts)
- Automotive-grade Paint Finish
- Hand-made LCARS Graphic Using Accurate Materials & Negatives
- LED Backlight with Original Sound Effects
- Crusher/Troi Medical Variant Available in Tan
ORDERS WILL NOT BEGIN SHIPPING UNTIL DECEMBER*. MUST PRE-ORDER BY OCT 1, 2018.
*See below for shipping schedule. Additional products purchased with this item will also not ship until then.
We’ve spent nearly two years in research and development creating the crown jewel of the Picard Desk Set: a meticulous reproduction of the iconic desktop computer that appears in every Captain’s Ready Room scene of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Given the significance of this piece, we knew fans would expect perfection, so we have spared no expense in using the best engineering, materials, and fabrication techniques available. Each takes over a day to make, and the resulting replica is a deeply satisfying art object that strikes a careful balance between idealization and accuracy.
Where the originals were thin, hollow fiberglass shells, our re-creations are each individually CNC machined out a solid block of polymer, giving them impressive heft and a low center of gravity, while maintaining tight tolerances between mating parts and precisely replicating the external geometry of the originals. Brass threaded inserts are heat-set into the body to provide repeatable fastening and a fully sealed enclosure, with a custom-machined black anodized aluminum cover plate. A laser-cut felt pattern traces the bottom of the unit, allowing it to rotate and glide smoothly across a desk, just as the original does on screen. Professionally-applied automotive-grade satin paint finishes are used on both the black and tan variants.
Additionally, hours of painstaking hand graphic work go into the creation of each of these replicas. Rather than simply using a printed bitmap transparency, we went back to the traditional TNG art department technique of laying in costly professional Hollywood studio lighting gels behind each individual color in the LCARS graphic, with multiple layers built on top of each other and interacting in complex ways to accurately recreate the characteristic graphical look of the show. Both the Picard and medical variant graphics come from original art department negatives and have been cross-referenced for color-matching against their on-screen appearances. As on all original LCARS displays, a special window material is used to give the appearance of a blank computer screen when the backlight is turned off but crisp and vibrant graphics when the backlight is on. For the accent lines, rather than applying the white Chartpak tape used on the originals (which was known to curl up after just a few weeks of being on the prop), we’ve used sophisticated 3D modeling techniques to create a set of 2D dimensional die patterns that, when applied, perfectly trace the compound curves of the viewer base. This allows us to use premium graphical films used in the sign industry that are specifically optimized for longevity and UV resistance while still retaining the exact look of the originals. Note that all the inherent properties of these accurate manual processes will be present in your replica as they were on the originals, from the slightly wavy quality of the LCARS translite to the hand-applied tape lines.
Our custom circuitry recreates the sound and on-screen behavior of the studio prop, using original sound effects (absent ship background noise) and a high-quality backlight LED panel that is normally used in laptops but that has been customized for our replica. The unit can be powered from a wall outlet via USB (recommended) or 4 AA batteries (more accurate, but limited battery life).
Made in California, with US and imported components.
Due to the amount of slow and skilled hand-work involved in the production of each of these art pieces, we must strictly limit the quantity available to 90 units, delivered in waves.
- Wave 1 shipping December 25 (or sooner)
- Wave 2 shipping January 15 (or sooner)
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