You Can Tour This Star Trek Replica Deck
While franchises from Harry Potter to Star Wars have enjoyed some incredibly loyal viewers over the years, Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek remains the gold standard for fan dedication. In time for the 50th anniversary of the original 1966–1969 series, Trek devotee James Cawley has just finished a scrupulously accurate replica of the Enterprise's bridge.
Located in Ticonderoga, New York, Cawley’s project began nearly 25 years ago when he received set blueprints from costume designer William Ware Thiess. Working in his spare time, Cawley assembled the proper materials and corralled help from the Trek faithful to slowly recreate a working, interactive facsimile of the original set. The captain's chair, McCoy's sickbay, and other locations made famous by the Desilu-produced series have all been modeled after Thiess's papers and footage from the show.
The end result was plenty convincing: In 2003, Cawley began using portions of the set to film Star Trek: New Voyages, an online fan series funded by donations.
Since Cawley will charge visitors for the tour ($22.50 for adults, $11 for children), he took the necessary steps to obtain permission from CBS Consumer Products. The Trek tours are set to begin at the end of the month.