STAR TREK: The Original Series - Hand Phaser Props - P2s and P1s

TOS Phaser

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STAR TREK: TOS Phaser Unit #2 (P2) and Phaser Unit #1 (P1) Props

It all began when Walter M. Jefferies (the future Art Director for Star Trek) was given the assignment to create a new hand held energy weapon that did not look like every other "ray gun" that went before. The first Star Trek "pilot" had "laser" pistols that looked like a western "six shooter".

HISTORY

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. Matt produced two working drawings for the Desilu Prop Department. One covered the "hand phaser" or "Phaser Unit 1" (P1) and the other covered the "Phaser Unit 2" (P2) and the "Phaser Unit 3" (the power pack grip/handle).

Matt Jefferies's Phaser Unit # 2 (P2) drawing:
Matts P2.png

Source of this drawing: Live Auction Group

The first working Hero P2s the Desilu Prop Department (DPD) made are very close to this drawing. In fact one member of the TPZ overlaid a photo of the Greg Jein (GJ) P2 (as it appears now) on a version of this drawing and the photo and drawing lined up almost exactly.


Matt Jefferies's Phaser Unit # 1 (P1) drawing:
Matts P1.png

Source of this drawing: Live Auction Group

The DPD did not make the first working Hero P1s exactly to this drawing. For example the rising sight opens in the opposite direction and the sight screen and the "push buttons" and the "snap lock" recess were not illuminated.

These drawing are the foundation of any Star Trek TOS Phaser study.

- - For those of you who cannot visualize what a 3-D object looks like - here are some photo mosaic drawings of what the P2 and P1 would have looked like if the Desilu Props Department (DPD) had made the props exactly to Matt's drawings (Note - the "forward facing louvers" are not
shown on either P1 side view):

Matt Jefferies's Phaser Unit # 2, side view (in Wah Ming Chang colors):
Matts P2 - left side view 2.png

Drawing Source: I drew this representation of what the left side view of Matt's P2 would have looked like based on the "Phaser Unit #2" drawing. (Qi Press is my company)


Matt Jefferies's Phaser Unit # 2, front view:

Matts P2 - front view.png

Drawing Source: I drew this representation of what the front view of Matt's P2 would have looked like based on the "Phaser Unit #2" drawing by Matt Jefferies.

Matt Jefferies's Phaser Unit # 1, side view and top view, with sight screen fully open:
Matts P1 drawing C for therpf.png

Note: Drawing error: The power push buttons are too far back - the second push button should be closer to the sight
slider control switch in the top view.

Matt incorporated several things in his original design (drawing) that were not produced by the Desilu props department (DPD):
Phaser Unit # 1:

· P1 safety – the trigger button was not operational until the sight was up

· P1 sight screen illuminated when in the [fully] open [up] position

· The power push buttons on the P1 were illuminated

· Clear sight opening on P1 (the rectangle above the nozzle in the front)

· Sight screen was rotated by rack and pinion to slider control (switch)
See Drawings: 2.1 and 2.4.

· Sight screen rotates 195 degrees to full open or full closed*

· A magnet inset into the bottom of the P1 for mounting it on a belt (the
DPD glued a piece of Velcro to the bottom half of the P1 instead.)


* Matt Jefferies's Phaser Unit # 1, right side view, xray-drawing, showing initial sight screen opening process:
Matts P2 sight opening.png

The sight screen was designed to move down and then revolve 195 degrees to full open. The DPD sight screen moved up.

Matt incorporated several things in his original design (drawing) that were not produced by the Desilu props department (DPD):

Phaser Unit # 2:

· Probe (emitter) on P2 would extend or retract by rotating the “range
adjustment” ring on the nozzle

· P2 Trigger unlocked when power pack (Unit #3) is rotated into position
(1/2 turn, 90 degrees) - - see my drawing reproduction on cover

· Recess on rear bottom of P2 body to receive spring lock of Unit #4 (Note: this recess was not found on the Greg Jein (GJ) P2. So the logical assumption is - this original phaser rifle ala Man From Uncle feature was not incorporated. I believe there is a thread on therpf that shows what the P2 would have looked like if the take down rifle had been built. - - I will look for the link.)


II. The second basis for studying TOS Hero Phasers is the Desilu "production memo" that "feek61" researched and compiled. The Desilu production memo entitled: "Inventory", dated 14July1966, provided by "feek61" reflects:

PHASER GUNS
4 Practical Guns - - includes #1 & #2 – Power Packs
4 Practical Power Packs (extra)
4 Power Packs to make Phaser #3
6 Wood Dummy Power Packs

5 Rubber Guns Complete #1 & #2 – Power Pack
4 #1 Guns

"PLASTIC GUNS"
10 Complete Dummy Guns #1 & #2 - Power Packs
9 #1 Dummy Guns
4 #2 Dummy Guns
4 Guns-includes #1 & #2 -- without Power Packs

===========================================
There is no doubt that 4 "practical" (or "working" or Hero) phaser unit 2s were built (P2s and P1s) in 1966.
THANK YOU FEEK61 !


III. The black and white (B&W) "practical" ("working" or "hero") Phaser Unit # 2 (P2).

The four B&W Hero P2s were filmed in episodes: 5, 6, 7 and 8. (Note: I use the production episode numbers - not the air date episode numbers or the "remastered" episode numbers.) I also nick named each B&W P2 to help me track them not only through the first 4 key first season episodes - but also after Wah Ming Chang "reworked" them into the iconic phaser pistols that every "baby boomer" recognizes.

The following B&W "practical" P2 is the Kirk P2:
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Drawing Source: I drew this representation of what the right side view of the B&W Hero P2 that Captain Kirk fires (at Dr. Crater) in episode 6, "The Man Trap".
Captain Kirk holds this B&W P2 with sight closed in episode 5, "The Enemy Within" (standing by Spock in Engineering - while searching for the "evil Kirk".



The following B&W "practical" P2 is the Spock P2:
B&W Spocks P2.png

Drawing Source: I drew this representation of what the right side view of the B&W Hero P2 that Spock holds in both episode 5, "The Enemy Within" and
episode 6, "The Man Trap".


The following B&W "practical" P2 is the Sulu P2:
Sulu P2 - right side view.png

Drawing Source: I drew this representation of what the right side view of the B&W Hero P2 that Sulu holds and fires in episode 5, "The Enemy Within" (he
uses this P2 to heat the rocks).


The following B&W "practical" P2 is the Scot P2:
B&W Scot P2.png

Drawing Source: I drew this representation of what the right side view of the B&W Hero P2 that Kirk wears on his gold pistol belt in episode 6, "The Man Trap"
(I think he initially wore the Sulu P2 until it fell off of his belt.) And Scotty wears this B&W Hero P2 on his gold pistol belt in episode 7, "The Naked Time".


Drawing notes: (1) The rounded push buttons instead of the flat top push buttons Matt's drawings specified.
(2) The control knob on the rear deck is taller than was specified in Matt's P2 drawing.
(3) The power pack grip was longer than the grip specified in Matt's P2 drawing.
(4) The power pack grip cross section was not exactly the same as the cross-section in the drawing.
(5) The power pack grip was not as wide.

The Spock P2 was in episodes: 5, 6 and 7. (The Enemy Within, The Man Trap and The Naked Time.)
The Kirk P2 was in episodes: 5 and 6 (The Enemy Within and The Man Trap)
The Sulu P2 was in episodes: 5 and 8 (The Enemy Within and Charlie X)
- - I think the forehead on this P2 was broken in episode 6 (The Man Trap)
The Scot P2 was in episodes: 6 and 7 (The Man Trap and The Naked Time.) - - This B&W Hero P2 was worn on Kirk's gold pistol belt and then Scotty
wore it on his gold pistol belt while trying to figure out where to cut the Engineering room bulkhead.


The following drawing represents the B&W "practical" Scot P1:
Scot B&W P1.png


Note: How the power push buttons were rounded and the sight screen slider switch control was implemented as a thumb wheel.
You can clearly see the rounded push buttons on the B&W P1 in the Kirk P2 in the Engineering scene of episode 5, The Enemy Within. And note how the shell cover is only on the bottom of the P1. Compare this drawing to the Matt Jefferies's Phaser Unit # 1, side view and top view drawing.

- - B&W drawing notes - I originally had problems with loss of definition when I made the P2 and P1 bodies black. The complex curves and corners were being lost. So as in the previous case I set the drawing to a lighter shade of gray. Matt Jefferies's Phaser Unit # 1, side view and top view drawing in the previous section is more correct. It was a photo mosaic rather than a "rendering".

The following Kirk P2 drawing is an example of the black body problem:
Kirks B&W Hero P2 - black.png

This drawing reflects one of the main reasons Gene Roddenberry did not like the B&W Hero P2s - the all black body causes a loss of detail.
I found no evidence in TMOST or in Herb Solow's books that Gene ever sent a memo regarding the color of the "phaser gun" to Matt during
the design stage. My guess - Matt chose black - because black or dark blue has always been the color of firearms.


IV. Wah Ming Chang (WMC) "reworked" the 4 black and white (B&W) "practical" ("working" or "hero") Phaser Unit # 2s (P2s). (Reference Desilu Invoice # 43977)

The following changes were made by Mr. Chang to the four B&W Hero P2s:

(1) Hand Phaser (“Phaser Unit 1” or P1):


· The body of the P1 was painted dark grey

· Aluminum rails were added to both sides of two of the Hero hand phasers. The Hero P1s with Velcro on the left side had an aluminum rail
added to the right side only and WMC painted a silver/white line on the Velcro on the left side to match the width and length of the rail.

· Diamond textured silver foil was added to the top of the sight cover

· A watch crown with a colored jewel was added to the top of two of the Hero hand phasers (P1s) between the sight control thumb wheel and the two force indicator windows. Two P1s apparently only received a jewel. (2 blue and 2 red)

· The two force indicator windows were replaced with a single curved window (now called the “half-moon”):

(2) Pistol phaser body (“Phaser Unit 2” or P2):

· The body of the P2 was painted a light cool (blue) gray

· Aluminum fins went over the molded fins on the rear of the P2 body

· The rear control knob (aluminum bar) was changed to a “ten turn” knob,

(3) Pistol phaser power pack grip (Phaser Unit 3 or P3):

· The white power pack grip (handle) was replaced with the special power pack
grips with the base plate with Valise plug prong cut-outs for P4 assembly.


The following photo mosaic represents the B&W Hero Kirk P2 after WMC "reworked" the prop into the "Unknown" P2:
KirK P2 final.png

This reworked B&W Hero P2 is first seen in episode 15, Court-Martial. Captain Kirk is holding the "Unknown" P2 when Finney jabs the
"reworked" Spock P2 into his back in Engineering.
NOTE Drawing Error: I could not get the the rear fin clips to curve as they appear in the Court-Martial Outtake clip of the "Unknown" P2.

The following photo mosaic represents two front views of two of the B&W Hero P2 props "reworked" by WMC:

Sulu and Kirk P2 - front views-C.png

The Sulu P2 ("Greg Jein") is on the left and the Kirk P2 ("Unknown") is on the right.

The following photo mosaic represents the B&W Hero Kirk P1 after WMC "reworked" the prop into the "Unknown" P1:
Unknown P1 -top and side views.png



V. AutoCad drawings of the "Practical" P2 and P1 ("reworked" by Wah Ming Chang) were made by Nelson Au in 2007.

Nelson presented his work on the TPZ as "sunking69". In my opinion the lines and curves of the drawings he posted in July 2007 were "spot on". Other members at the time disagreed and gave him their preferences. His dimensions were based on the JLong P1 Kit. Fortunately robn1 was able to provide the correct dimensions - see his corrected drawing below.

The following AutoCad drawings were posted by "sunking69" on or around 10July 2007:

P2 layout:
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P1 layout:
P1 Layout 7102007verd6.png


P2 sections:
P2sections7102007Veraf3.png


P2 detail:
P2detail7102007VerhuS.png


And the reason I preferred his original P1 drawing was because Nelson's P1 top view looks like the TMOST P1 top view :
Nelson P1 - TMOST P1.png



The following drawing with corrected dimensions, added by robn1, was posted 08Aug2022 (see robn1's reply):
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As you can see the length of the P2 saddle is 3.614 inches in robn1's corrected drawing compared to 3.72 inches in Nelson's 10July2007 drawing.
This difference in the length of the P2 saddle means the length of the P1 shown in Nelson's P1 drawing is also incorrect.


VI. The following Season One "black and white" (B&W) "Practical" / "working" / "Hero" - Phaser Unit # 2 (P2) trace table helped me (after going back to the key Season One episodes: 5, 6, 7 and 8) see which B&W Hero became which WMC Hero:
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Summary Season One P2 trace table:

(1) The Sulu P2 was damaged in Episode 6, “The Man Trap”. It was reassembled and used in episode 8, “Charlie X” and was not seen again.
(2) The Spock P2 = “Finney P2” (scene from “Court-Martial” and the Hero P1 in this close up was the B&W Hero Spock P1 or “TMOST” P1 after WMC.) The Spock P2 was last seen in episode 46, "The Gamesters of Triskelion". I believe the End credit shot in episode 72, "The Mark of Gideon" was taken the same time the close up shot was filmed in "The Gamesters of Triskelion". You can see the watch crown on the TMOST P1 in the left side view shot used for the end credits of "The Mark of Gideon".

(3) The Kirk P2 = “Unknown P2” (from deleted scene from “Court-Martial” and the “reworked” B&W Hero P1 in this deleted scene was the Kirk P1.) Captain Kirk carries the Kirk P2 into engineering when he was searching for Finney. The P2 that Finney holds against Captain Kirk’s back, for the famous close up shot, is the “reworked” Spock P2 aka the “Finney”.​

(4) Two B&W Hero P1s (Sulu P1 and Scot P1) had Velcro on the left side and two B&W Hero P1s did not (Spock P1 and Kirk P1). The Sulu and Spock B&W Hero P1s were approximately the same shape and size. The Kirk and Scot B&W Hero P1s were approximately the same shape and size.

The following photo mosaic drawing reflects the nozzle emitter length and nozzle center line location “tell” and forehead slope “tell”:
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The top P2 nozzle is the Finney P2 and the bottom P2 nozzle is the GJ.
NOTE Drawing Error: The bottom emitter appears to be cylindrical - however it is conical.
Nelson's P2 Detail Drawing (upper right) above reflects the forehead slope tells.
 

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TOS Phaser

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Greetings and Felicitations!

I have been studying "Star Trek: The Original Series" hand phasers (P1s and P2s) since the television show was first broadcast in 1966 on NBC.

Since there are no longer any prop archives or forums exclusively about Star Trek: TOS phasers available on the Internet - I will take the initiative and start one here.

If you have information and photos that can be shared here on this thread under "fair use" please do.

I will start the conversation with a brief introduction about the Star Trek TOS Phaser pistol.
It all began when Walter M. Jefferies (the future Art Director for Star Trek) was given the assignment to create a new hand held energy weapon that did not look like every other "ray gun" that went before. The first Star Trek "pilot" had "laser" pistols that looked like a western "six shooter".

Matt produced two working drawings for the Desilu Prop Department. One covered the "hand phaser" or "Phaser Unit 1" (P1) and the other covered the "Phaser Unit 2" (P2) and the "Phaser Unit 3" (the power pack grip/handle).


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Source of this drawing: Live Auction Group

The first working Hero P2s the Desilu Prop Department (DPD) made are very close to this drawing. In fact one member of the TPZ overlaid a photo of the Greg Jein (GJ) P2 (as it appears now) on a version of this drawing and the photo and drawing lined up almost exactly.



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Source of this drawing: Live Auction Group

The DPD did not make the first working Hero P1s exactly to this drawing. For example the rising sight opens in the opposite direction and the sight screen and the "push buttons" were not illuminated.

These drawing are the foundation of any Star Trek TOS Phaser study.

In my next post I will continue with the "Black and White" (B&W) P2s.

Comment: I originally started this thread in another forum because this thread is NOT about "replica props". This thread is about "props".

I am new to this forum and not yet fully up to speed on its rules and regulations. So I apologize to all members who came into this thread on or after 21July2022 thinking it is about "replica props".

This thread contains/will contain historical information on the original props, in particular the phaser props, that were made by Desilu Studios and then filmed for the television show Star Trek in the middle 1960s.

Greetings and Felicitations!

I have been studying "Star Trek: The Original Series" hand phasers (P1s and P2s) since the television show was first broadcast in 1966 on NBC.

Since there are no longer any prop archives or forums exclusively about Star Trek: TOS phasers available on the Internet - I will take the initiative and start one here.

If you have information and photos that can be shared here on this thread under "fair use" please do.

I will start the conversation with a brief introduction about the Star Trek TOS Phaser pistol.
It all began when Walter M. Jefferies (the future Art Director for Star Trek) was given the assignment to create a new hand held energy weapon that did not look like every other "ray gun" that went before. The first Star Trek "pilot" had "laser" pistols that looked like a western "six shooter".

Matt produced two working drawings for the Desilu Prop Department. One covered the "hand phaser" or "Phaser Unit 1" (P1) and the other covered the "Phaser Unit 2" (P2) and the "Phaser Unit 3" (the power pack grip/handle).


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Source of this drawing: Live Auction Group

The first working Hero P2s the Desilu Prop Department (DPD) made are very close to this drawing. In fact one member of the TPZ overlaid a photo of the Greg Jein (GJ) P2 (as it appears now) on a version of this drawing and the photo and drawing lined up almost exactly.



View attachment 1600007
Source of this drawing: Live Auction Group

The DPD did not make the first working Hero P1s exactly to this drawing. For example the rising sight opens in the opposite direction and the sight screen and the "push buttons" were not illuminated.

These drawing are the foundation of any Star Trek TOS Phaser study.

In my next post I will continue with the "Black and White" (B&W) P2s.
If you have photos, historical records, data or eye witness testimony please "reply" to the original post and share your information.
If you want to share your theories, ideas or just talk about the original phaser props - please post them to the thread. In this way we can keep this thread like a reference archive. Thank you.
 

TOS Phaser

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Comment: I originally started this thread in another forum because this thread is NOT about "replica props". This thread is about "props".

I am new to this forum and not yet fully up to speed on its rules and regulations. So I apologize to all members who came into this thread on or after 21July2022 thinking it is about "replica props".

This thread contains/will contain historical information on the original props, in particular the phaser props, that were made by Desilu Studios and then filmed for the television show Star Trek in the middle 1960s.


If you have photos, historical records, data or eye witness testimony please "reply" to the original post and share your information.
If you want to share your theories, ideas or just talk about the original phaser props - please post them to the thread. In this way we can keep this thread like a reference archive. Thank you.
The second basis for studying TOS Hero Phasers is the Desilu "Inventory List" or "production memo" that "Feek61" researched and compiled.

The Desilu production "Inventory List", dated 14July1966, provided by "feek61" reflects:

PHASER GUNS
4 Practical Guns - - includes #1 & #2 – Power Packs
4 Practical Power Packs (extra)
4 Power Packs to make Phaser #3
6 Wood Dummy Power Packs

5 Rubber Guns Complete #1 & #2 – Power Pack
4 #1 Guns

"PLASTIC GUNS"
10 Complete Dummy Guns #1 & #2 - Power Packs
9 #1 Dummy Guns
4 #2 Dummy Guns
4 Guns-includes #1 & #2 -- without Power Packs

===========================================
There is no doubt that 4 working or "practical" (Hero) phaser unit 2s were built (P2 and P1) in 1966.
THANK YOU FEEK61 !
 

TOS Phaser

Member
The second basis for studying TOS Hero Phasers is the Desilu "Inventory List" or "production memo" that "Feek61" researched and compiled.

The Desilu production "Inventory List", dated 14July1966, provided by "feek61" reflects:

PHASER GUNS
4 Practical Guns - - includes #1 & #2 – Power Packs
4 Practical Power Packs (extra)
4 Power Packs to make Phaser #3
6 Wood Dummy Power Packs

5 Rubber Guns Complete #1 & #2 – Power Pack
4 #1 Guns

"PLASTIC GUNS"
10 Complete Dummy Guns #1 & #2 - Power Packs
9 #1 Dummy Guns
4 #2 Dummy Guns
4 Guns-includes #1 & #2 -- without Power Packs

===========================================
There is no doubt that 4 working or "practical" (Hero) phaser unit 2s were built (P2 and P1) in 1966.
THANK YOU FEEK61 !
The "Black and White" (B&W) Hero P2s were first shown in episode 6, "The Man Trap". The B&W P2s were very close in appearance to the working drawing that Matt produced for the Desilu Prop Department (DPD).

The following replica drawing is one I produced for a project I have been working on. The replica drawing is based on Matt's "Phaser Unit 2" (P2) working drawing. PLEASE NOTE: This drawing is based on a modified photo mosaic of my Master Replicas P2 and Rod.com P1 - so the drawing is not a one to one match to Matt's original working drawing.

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One of the interesting things you will notice if you study Matt's original P2 drawing is the P1 emitter cannot be seen when the P1 is installed into the P2. See the side view ("Sec B") on Matt's original drawing - the forehead space.


The following replica B&W P2 drawing is a modified photo mosaic of my Master Replicas P2 and Rod.com P1 - so the drawing is not a one to one match to the original B&W P2s that were made by the DPD. And the gray areas of the P2 body are not black.

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TOS Phaser

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The "Black and White" (B&W) Hero P2s were first shown in episode 6, "The Man Trap". The B&W P2s were very close in appearance to the working drawing that Matt produced for the Desilu Prop Department (DPD).

The following replica drawing is one I produced for a project I have been working on. The replica drawing is based on Matt's "Phaser Unit 2" (P2) working drawing. PLEASE NOTE: This drawing is based on a modified photo mosaic of my Master Replicas P2 and Rod.com P1 - so the drawing is not a one to one match to Matt's original working drawing.

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One of the interesting things you will notice if you study Matt's original P2 drawing is the P1 emitter cannot be seen when the P1 is installed into the P2. See the side view ("Sec B") on Matt's original drawing - the forehead space.


The following replica B&W P2 drawing is a modified photo mosaic of my Master Replicas P2 and Rod.com P1 - so the drawing is not a one to one match to the original B&W P2s that were made by the DPD. And the gray areas of the P2 body are not black.

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In order to be able to tell which hero P2 you are looking at - you have to carefully study Episode 5, "The Enemy Within" and Episode 6, "The Man Trap". Specifically the scenes where Kirk and Spock are side-by-side in the shot - pulling off their P2s from their gold pistol belts at the same time and/or holding their respective B&W Hero P2s in the same shot. It would be helpful if I could post screen grabs of these scenes - and the "fair use" clause of US Copyright Law would allow me to do that for education purposes. However - I see no reason to expose this forum to false claims by outsiders when I can communicate what I am trying to say with drawings.

The following side-by-side comparison drawing shows two of the B&W Hero P2s that you can see if you carefully watch episode 5, "The Enemy Within".

Sulu P2 - Spock P2.png


Again these drawings are modified photo composites (of my MR replica P2) intended to represent two different B&W Hero P2s that you can see in episode 5 even if you do not have "Blue Ray"(TM) disks. Granted these are not screen caps - however you should be able to identify which Hero P2s these poor replica drawings represent by the "tells". I will give you a hint - the P2 on the right appears in both episodes 5 and 6. The P2 on the left appears in episode 5 not in episode 6. Another hint - Mr Spock holds the B&W Hero P2 on the right in both episodes.
 

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TOS Phaser

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In order to be able to tell which hero P2 you are looking at - you have to carefully study Episode 5, "The Enemy Within" and Episode 6, "The Man Trap". Specifically the scenes where Kirk and Spock are side-by-side in the shot - pulling off their P2s from their gold pistol belts at the same time and/or holding their respective B&W Hero P2s in the same shot. It would be helpful if I could post screen grabs of these scenes - and the "fair use" clause of US Copyright Law would allow me to do that for education purposes. However - I see no reason to expose this forum to false claims by outsiders when I can communicate what I am trying to say with drawings.

The following side-by-side comparison drawing shows two of the B&W Hero P2s that you can see if you carefully watch episode 5, "The Enemy Within".

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Again these drawings are modified photo composites of two different B&W Hero P2s that you can see in episode 5 even if you do not have "Blue Ray"(TM) disks. Granted these are not screen caps - however you should be able to identify which Hero P2s these poor replica drawings represent by the "tells". I will give you a hint - the P2 on the right appears in both episodes 5 and 6. The P2 on the left only appears in episode 5. Another hint - Captain Kirk carries the B&W Hero P2 on the right in both episodes.
I watched "The Man Trap" again last night and one of the tells for the drawing on the right - the screw in the trigger box may be in the wrong place.

I was looking through the key 4 early episodes for B&W Hero P2s: 5, 6, 7 and 8 (or "The Enemy Within", "The Man Trap", "The Naked Time" and "Charlie X" for those of you who only have access to the "remastered" episodes online and on DVD).

- - See my separate post in this thread for a theory on how all 4 of the B&W Hero P2s are in fact shown in these 4 episodes.

ATTENTION ADMIN: Please do not put my piecemeal "Theory Post" back in this post. I am trying to keep member theories (including mine) separate from this post. Thank you.
 
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TOS Phaser

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Theory I: Were the four B&W Hero P2s made before production filming started, shown in episodes: 5, 6, 7 and 8?

I now believe (and am in the process of verifying my hypothesis) that all four of the original B&W Hero P2s, made by the Desilu Prop Department (DPD) IAW the Desilu Studios production memo, dated 14July1966, entitled "Inventory" were in fact filmed in these 4 key episodes.

I now think:

- There were 3 different B&W Hero P2s filmed in episode 6, "The Man Trap".
And
- There were 3 different B&W Hero P2s filmed in episode 5, "The Enemy Within".

- Two of the 4 B&W Hero P2s were filmed in both episodes. - - Originally I thought 3 of the 4 were filmed in both episodes...

I reviewed high resolution screen caps of the B&W Hero P2s filmed in episodes 5, 6, 7 and 8 as promised to test my original hypothesis.

I now believe that my new Theory (I) is correct. I went back through the key early episodes (5, 6, 7 and 8) and found the following additional statements to be true:

- All four of the B&W Hero P2s were filmed in episodes 5 and 6! - - This is what I had to verify with another deep dive of the screen
caps.

- The fourth Hero P2 was filmed in two different, yet similar shots in episodes 6 and 7! - - I had been looking at these two shots all
along and did not see it!)
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Moved during first edit to maintain continuity:

Last night I was watching episode 11, "Daggers Of The Mind" and noticed something about the 'apparent' Hero P2 that Dr. Van Gelder points at Captain Kirk on the bridge (after carrying one of the new "midgrade" P2s in from the Turbo Lift)* - something I had not noticed before. So I went back and took another look at the four key episodes. It was late and I was tired - it had been a long day - so I will take another look at the evidence tomorrow.

I will report my findings tomorrow. Obviously - if any of you have already also observed this possibility - please post your observations here.

* And take a look at the P2 the Redshirt has on his gold pistol belt when he takes his post by the turbo lift door - it looks like a Midgrade not a "plastic". There is no doubt Dr. Van Gelder is holding a "plastic" not a "rubber" just before Captain Kirk kicks the P2 out of Dr. Van Gelder's hand as Spock applies the neck pinch...
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Theory II: Was the apparent "reworked" Hero P2 that Dr. Van Gelder points (up) in Captain Kirk's direction on the bridge - a "practical" (Hero) P2?

I now think the Van Gelder P2 (= the "Riley" P2) was the first first "accurate dummy" P2 made by the Desilu Props Department (DPD) for the following reasons/observations:

- The P2 that Dr. Van Gelder "points" at Captain Kirk (episode 11, The Dagger Of The Mind) was the first "non-working highly detailed dummy" P2 the DPD made. It looks like the "Riley" P2 in episode 13, Conscience Of The King.
- The "Lenore" P2 (episode 13, Conscience Of The King) was also a "non-working highly detailed dummy" P2. I now believe the "Lenore" P2 was the DPDs second attempt to make a non-working highly detailed dummy P2. The sight window of the Lenore P2 looks like the sight windows of the later "Midgrade" P2s made for "The Devil in the Dark".
- There is no horseshoe behind the sight window of either P2
- Both P2s have Hero parts - rear aluminum fin clips, 10 turn knobs on the rear deck
- The emitters on both P2s were short conical emitters
- The emitter on the Lenore P2 does not light up prior to the appearance of the animated phaser beam.
- The sight window of the Lenore P2 looks like the milky white sight windows of the later "Midgrades" of episode 26, "The Devil In The Dark".

I now believe the Van Gelder / "Riley" P2 was the DPP's first attempt to make an "accurate dummy" P2. (reference: page 273 TMOST)
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Theory III: Did Wah Ming Chang (WMC) use the "4 Power Packs to make Phaser #4" for his "rework"?

When I saw on the Desilu "production memo" entitled: "Inventory", dated 14July1966, provided by "feek61" - that four power pack grips had been fabricated by the Desilu Props Department (DPD) so that the Phaser # 4 (P4) or the phaser rifle could be assembled - I realized WMC did not add the base plates with the cut-outs to accept the Valise connector plugs to the B&W power pack grips, he simply used the 4 existing power packs that were made to assemble the P4 rifle! All he had to do was paint them.

PHASER GUNS
4 Practical Guns - - includes #1 & #2 – Power Packs
4 Practical Power Packs (extra)
4 Power Packs to make Phaser #4
6 Wood Dummy Power Packs

Also - I am wondering if the "6 Wood Dummy Power Packs" were the "reserve power packs" that Spock holds up in "Omega Glory"? They did not look like the Hero power pack grips with "tombstones". They looked more like the simplified grips on the "Midgrade" P2s of the second and third season. Thus was one of the six "Wood Dummy Power Packs" used to make the "Midgrade" molds?
 
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TOS Phaser

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I watched "The Man Trap" again last night and one of the tells for the drawing on the right - the screw in the trigger box may be in the wrong place.

I was looking through the key 4 early episodes for B&W Hero P2s: 5, 6, 7 and 8 (or "The Enemy Within", "The Man Trap", "The Naked Time" and "Charlie X" for those of you who only have access to the "remastered" episodes online and on DVD).

- - See my separate post in this thread for a theory on how all 4 of the B&W Hero P2s are in fact shown in these 4 episodes.

ATTENTION ADMIN: Please do not put my piecemeal "Theory Post" back in this post. I am trying to keep member theories (including mine) separate from this post. Thank you.
In the process of testing my hypothesis I discovered the fourth Hero P2 was filmed in two different, yet similar shots in episodes 6 and 7!
Thus my concern about the screw location in my side-by-side comparison drawing posted on Friday in the main thread (I will start numbering all drawings going forward) is no longer valid - because I was confusing the 4th B&W Hero P2 with the B&W Hero P2 that Kirk fires at Dr. Crater on the planet surface in the second combat scene of episode 6, "The Man Trap" - the same Hero P2 Kirk pulls off his gold pistol belt in Engineering when Spock asks him about his phaser in episode 5, "The Enemy Within". These two B&W Hero P2s are not the same phaser! See my the main thread for my latest drawing of what I now believe to be the fourth B&W Hero P2. - - I will edit the main thread ASAP.
 
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TOS Phaser

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I watched "The Man Trap" again last night and one of the tells for the drawing on the right - the screw in the trigger box may be in the wrong place.

I was looking through the key 4 early episodes for B&W Hero P2s: 5, 6, 7 and 8 (or "The Enemy Within", "The Man Trap", "The Naked Time" and "Charlie X" for those of you who only have access to the "remastered" episodes online and on DVD).

- - See my separate post in this thread for a theory on how all 4 of the B&W Hero P2s are in fact shown in these 4 episodes.

ATTENTION ADMIN: Please do not put my piecemeal "Theory Post" back in this post. I am trying to keep member theories (including mine) separate from this post. Thank you.
the screw in the trigger box may be in the wrong place.
This quote was referring to the B&W P2 in the comparison drawing (which was my first attempt to draw the B&W Hero P2 that Kirk holds in episodes: 5 and 6. And my statement was because I thought the B&W Hero P2 depicted in the following drawing was the same as the B&W Hero P2 that Kirk holds in both episodes.

The following Drawing is what I now believe to be the 4th Hero P2 filmed on gold pistol belts in episodes 6 and 7:

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Drawing 1.X: Fourth B&W Hero P2

In my efforts to keep track of the 4 B&W Hero P2s filmed in the 4 key episodes - I have been naming each B&W Hero the name of the character who first holds the P2. For example the B&W Hero P2 that Sulu uses to heat rocks on the planet surface in episode 5, "The Enemy Within" I call the Sulu P2. And by the same reasoning the B&W Hero P2s that Kirk and Spock first hold in episode 6 (and 5) the Kirk P2 and Spock P2 respectively . (I recognized two of the B&W P2s that Wah Chang reworked - however I did not want any preconceived ideas to cloud my investigation.)

I thought the fourth B&W Hero P2 was the Kirk P2 - and that a shadow was keeping me from seeing the screw near the nozzle. However I can clearly see the screw near the nozzle on the B&W Hero P2 that Kirk fires at Dr. Crater in episode 6. And it also has a cylindrical emitter - though the concentric cylinder emitter on the Kirk B&W Hero P2 is longer.

Another weird thing about the 4th B&W Hero P2 (and I think the Kirk P2 had this also)* the aluminum nozzle looks different - either the range adjustment ring (RAR) was not made the same as the RARs on the Sulu and the Spock B&W Hero P2s or the nozzle on the fourth B&W Hero P2 was made from a different type of aluminum bar stock material.
* You can really see this difference in the weapons locker of the Galileo 7 and when Latimer pulls out the reworked Kirk P2 aka (IMO) the "Unknown" P2 from the "Court Martial" episode deleted scene. (More on this later when I get to the Wah Ming Chang (WMC) "reworked" full color P2s.)

In keeping with my tracking idea - I will henceforth refer to the 4th B&W Hero P2 as the Scot P2 since Mr. Scot is wearing this P2 on his gold pistol belt when he is determining where to cut the Engineering room bulk head in Episode 7, "The Naked Time". Kirk also wears this B&W Hero P2 on his gold pistol belt in episode 6, "The Enemy With". However I had already applied the character name to the P2 that Kirk uses to stun Dr. Crater because I thought these two B&W Hero P2s were the same P2. I found the naming of the Hero P2s and P1s to be a better mnemonic than using numbers...
 

jonpaul0151

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Greetings and Felicitations!

I have been studying "Star Trek: The Original Series" hand phasers (P1s and P2s) since the television show was first broadcast in 1966 on NBC.

Since there are no longer any prop archives or forums exclusively about Star Trek: TOS phasers available on the Internet - I will take the initiative and start one here.

If you have information and photos that can be shared here on this thread under "fair use" please do.

I will start the conversation with a brief introduction about the Star Trek TOS Phaser pistol.
It all began when Walter M. Jefferies (the future Art Director for Star Trek) was given the assignment to create a new hand held energy weapon that did not look like every other "ray gun" that went before. The first Star Trek "pilot" had "laser" pistols that looked like a western "six shooter".

Matt produced two working drawings for the Desilu Prop Department. One covered the "hand phaser" or "Phaser Unit 1" (P1) and the other covered the "Phaser Unit 2" (P2) and the "Phaser Unit 3" (the power pack grip/handle).


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Source of this drawing: Live Auction Group

The first working Hero P2s the Desilu Prop Department (DPD) made are very close to this drawing. In fact one member of the TPZ overlaid a photo of the Greg Jein (GJ) P2 (as it appears now) on a version of this drawing and the photo and drawing lined up almost exactly.



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Source of this drawing: Live Auction Group

The DPD did not make the first working Hero P1s exactly to this drawing. For example the rising sight opens in the opposite direction and the sight screen and the "push buttons" were not illuminated.

These drawing are the foundation of any Star Trek TOS Phaser study.

In my next post I will continue with the "Black and White" (B&W) P2s.
I have an extensive archive of original photos of screen used P1's and P2's. To view some of these visit my YouTube channel per the link below https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYg_6isRS2s4KrmJYauIX2w Also, I can get you some files that can be downloaded BUT you will need to create (or have) a gmail email account to do this. I can do a thumb-drive with tons of images of screen-used phasers BUT I would need to know where to mail it. Thanks, Jonpaultrek2012 Jon-Paul usa 941.928.8128; leave a long voice mail if I do not pick-up.
 

Lost in Trek

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I have an extensive archive of original photos of screen used P1's and P2's. To view some of these visit my YouTube channel per the link below https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYg_6isRS2s4KrmJYauIX2w Also, I can get you some files that can be downloaded BUT you will need to create (or have) a gmail email account to do this. I can do a thumb-drive with tons of images of screen-used phasers BUT I would need to know where to mail it. Thanks, Jonpaultrek2012 Jon-Paul usa 941.928.8128; leave a long voice mail if I do not pick-up.
I see you are using some of my pics from my builds in your Wand Laser or Hero Conversion video without my permission.
 

TOS Phaser

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I have an extensive archive of original photos of screen used P1's and P2's. To view some of these visit my YouTube channel per the link below https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYg_6isRS2s4KrmJYauIX2w Also, I can get you some files that can be downloaded BUT you will need to create (or have) a gmail email account to do this. I can do a thumb-drive with tons of images of screen-used phasers BUT I would need to know where to mail it. Thanks, Jonpaultrek2012 Jon-Paul usa 941.928.8128; leave a long voice mail if I do not pick-up.
jonpaul01041, thank you for the offer. (The screen caps you included in one of your YouTube(TM) videos from episode 5 were very helpful in helping me complete my current project.) I will accept your offer - when I order some parts for my DS P2 from you next month.

In the mean time - I am trying to establish an archive in this forum that does not infringe the Rights of CBS Studios. "Fair Use" of Copyrighted material cannot be claimed, as a defense, when money is being made directly or indirectly. Though I am not selling anything on this forum at present - other members are and I too am thinking about selling some of my work when I become a "premium" member.

I do not want to help non-members do to "therpf.com" what they apparently did to the "tpz.com" ...
 

TOS Phaser

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In order to be able to tell which hero P2 you are looking at - you have to carefully study Episode 5, "The Enemy Within" and Episode 6, "The Man Trap". Specifically the scenes where Kirk and Spock are side-by-side in the shot - pulling off their P2s from their gold pistol belts at the same time and/or holding their respective B&W Hero P2s in the same shot. It would be helpful if I could post screen grabs of these scenes - and the "fair use" clause of US Copyright Law would allow me to do that for education purposes. However - I see no reason to expose this forum to false claims by outsiders when I can communicate what I am trying to say with drawings.

The following side-by-side comparison drawing shows two of the B&W Hero P2s that you can see if you carefully watch episode 5, "The Enemy Within".

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Again these drawings are modified photo composites of two different B&W Hero P2s that you can see in episode 5 even if you do not have "Blue Ray"(TM) disks. Granted these are not screen caps - however you should be able to identify which Hero P2s these poor replica drawings represent by the "tells". I will give you a hint - the P2 on the right appears in both episodes 5 and 6. The P2 on the left appears in episode 5 not in episode 6. Another hint - Captain Kirk holds the B&W Hero P2 on the right in both episodes.
Hey - does anyone know how to contact "sunking69" aka Nelson Au? Nelson produced outstanding AutoCad drawings of the TOS P2s and P1s back in 2007 and shared his work on the TPZ. I would love to be able to include his drawings in this thread. Thanks in advance to anyone who knows how to contact Nelson.
 

jonpaul0151

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I have an extensive archive of original photos of screen used P1's and P2's. To view some of these visit my YouTube channel per the link below https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYg_6isRS2s4KrmJYauIX2w Also, I can get you some files that can be downloaded BUT you will need to create (or have) a gmail email account to do this. I can do a thumb-drive with tons of images of screen-used phasers BUT I would need to know where to mail it. Thanks, Jonpaultrek2012 Jon-Paul usa 941.928.8128; leave a long voice mail if I do not pick-up.

jonpaul01041, thank you for the offer. (The screen caps you included in one of your YouTube(TM) videos from episode 5 were very helpful in helping me complete my current project.) I will accept your offer - when I order some parts for my DS P2 from you next month.

In the mean time - I am trying to establish an archive in this forum that does not infringe the Rights of CBS Studios. "Fair Use" of Copyrighted material cannot be claimed, as a defense, when money is being made directly or indirectly. Though I am not selling anything on this forum at present - other members are and I too am thinking about selling some of my work when I become a "premium" member.

I do not want to help non-members do to "therpf.com" what they apparently did to the "tpz.com" ...
Great. My email jonpaul0151@gmail.com. As for copyright issues; all my parts and star trek stuff are sold under a registered trademark "jonpaultrek2012 ® United States Patent and Trademark Office Reg. No.6,431,925". As a legit business, I have a copyright, patent, and trademark attorney. Patents last 14 to 20 years and apply to 3D physical objects exclusively. Copyrights and Trademarks (including registered trademarks) are for 2D things like; a unique-name, logo, photo, movie, or William Shatner's image as Kirk, also exclusively, these last 14 years each. The phrase Star Trek is two common words and is only trademarked (aka copyrighted) when the Logo is used (the Star Trek custom font and colors as registered with the US Patent and Trademark Office). TOS never applied for any toy or prop patents so you are 100% safe BUT do not cut and paste the official Star Trek logo even though it too has an expired copyright/registered trademark (CBS can be touchy about that as the re-runs do well).
Art Asylum does include a Copyright and Registered Trade Mark "raised" on the tail of the TOS toy phaser. This is a reference to the packaging images and logo not to the toy. The toy needs a patent but has none and never had one.
The attached 1991 prop phaser patent (now long expired since 2005) is one example of an item that Paramount patented. Paramount did this with movies and some TV phasers, and other items. The 2009 Star Trek movie prop patents will expire in 2022.
Paramount saw Lucasfilms make boatloads of merchandising money by patenting toys and alike. I understand that was "a new hope" for more $$ for Paramount/CBS. LOL.
In summary: As for TOS licensed products; the only thing CBS/Paramount can license to anyone is specific logos and specific images that CBS/Paramount is keeping current Copyrights and Registered Trade Mark's on. No TOS patents exist so I say why pursue a licensing deal? My business team sees no value in getting a license deal for such things. Did anyone notice the re-packaging graphics on the AA/DS phaser? Maybe 14 years elapsed so it was time for a new photo and a newly copyrighted and trademarked set of graphics?
 

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TOS Phaser

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Great. My email jonpaul0151@gmail.com. As for copyright issues; all my parts and star trek stuff are sold under a registered trademark "jonpaultrek2012 ® United States Patent and Trademark Office Reg. No.6,431,925". As a legit business, I have a copyright, patent, and trademark attorney. Patents last 14 to 20 years and apply to 3D physical objects exclusively. Copyrights and Trademarks (including registered trademarks) are for 2D things like; a unique-name, logo, photo, movie, or William Shatner's image as Kirk, also exclusively, these last 14 years each. The phrase Star Trek is two common words and is only trademarked (aka copyrighted) when the Logo is used (the Star Trek custom font and colors as registered with the US Patent and Trademark Office). TOS never applied for any toy or prop patents so you are 100% safe BUT do not cut and paste the official Star Trek logo even though it too has an expired copyright/registered trademark (CBS can be touchy about that as the re-runs do well).
Art Asylum does include a Copyright and Registered Trade Mark "raised" on the tail of the TOS toy phaser. This is a reference to the packaging images and logo not to the toy. The toy needs a patent but has none and never had one.
The attached 1991 prop phaser patent (now long expired since 2005) is one example of an item that Paramount patented. Paramount did this with movies and some TV phasers, and other items. The 2009 Star Trek movie prop patents will expire in 2022.
Paramount saw Lucasfilms make boatloads of merchandising money by patenting toys and alike. I understand that was "a new hope" for more $$ for Paramount/CBS. LOL.
In summary: As for TOS licensed products; the only thing CBS/Paramount can license to anyone is specific logos and specific images that CBS/Paramount is keeping current Copyrights and Registered Trade Mark's on. No TOS patents exist so I say why pursue a licensing deal? My business team sees no value in getting a license deal for such things. Did anyone notice the re-packaging graphics on the AA/DS phaser? Maybe 14 years elapsed so it was time for a new photo and a newly copyrighted and trademarked set of graphics?
jonpaul01051, I was talking about the use of phaser photos or "screen caps" taken from the television show on this thread.*

I did not mean to imply that your parts or other "stuff" were in any sort of violation.

I am well aware of the difference between U.S. Copyright Law and U.S. Patent and Trademark Law.

Thanks for the phaser patent pdf - I saw it when I was searching for patents on US survival kits and gear many years ago.

* Of which CBS Studios / Paramount does have an active Copyright in full effect on each episode of the show and the images contained in each.
 

mrwax

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I do not want to help non-members do to "therpf.com" what they apparently did to the "tpz.com" ...
Has there been confirmation that CBS had anything to do with TPZ shutting down? I have a really, really hard time believing that to be true, nor have I seen any company come in and make a stink about any images shared here. Also, this thread has nothing to do with making any money.
 

TOS Phaser

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Has there been confirmation that CBS had anything to do with TPZ shutting down? I have a really, really hard time believing that to be true, nor have I seen any company come in and make a stink about any images shared here. Also, this thread has nothing to do with making any money.
mrwax, I was trying to find the TPZ earlier this year to see what might have been posted (int the phaser thread) during my long absence and could not find my saved login page.

So I performed a search on the "Trek Prop Zone" and found a number of complaints and "rip off report" pages. I do not know if CBS or Paramount got involved. However the "rip off report" pages had the following inflammatory phrases in the title of the main report: "...Star Trek Property infringment, CBS infringment, Paramount infringment..." (incorrect spelling left in my quote).

Since this is the only forum left (I was unaware of Hero dot com which is now also gone) - I do not want to take any chances and have not posted any "screen grabs" from copyrighted shows or movies in any of my posts.
 

mrwax

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Interesting, I only drifted into TPZ a few times before it shut down, same with The Fleet Workshop, so I'm not aware of any of the specifics. Either way, I'm all for more phaser information.
 

robn1

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So I performed a search on the "Trek Prop Zone" and found a number of complaints and "rip off report" pages. I do not know if CBS or Paramount got involved. However the "rip off report" pages had the following inflammatory phrases in the title of the main report: "...Star Trek Property infringment, CBS infringment, Paramount infringment..." (incorrect spelling left in my quote).
Those reports are more than a decade old and were just a bunch of bunk. I don't know all the details of why TPZ has gone but it wasn't anything like this.
 

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