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Offline Gadgetron_3000

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[Enterprise Refit Cutaway Poster] Sharing Is Caring
« on: April 05, 2018, 01:46:57 pm »
Hi, Everyone!

Back when Star Trek: The Motion Picture was in production, master technical illustrator David Kimble was commissioned to work on several things related to the movie: a set of official blueprints published by Pocket Books and a huge 22" x 48" full-color cutaway poster of the Enterprise refit.  I was lucky to get both items during the years between the first two movies and have kept them in decent shape since.

Recently, I decided to see about getting the poster itself scanned so that I could have a digital copy.  The poster was only released for sale two times: from 1979 into the early 1980s and then once more when Star Trek IV hit theaters in 1986.  The second release, however, saw some changes.  The "-A" marking was shoehorned into the artwork, a few questionable color changes were made, and the size of the poster was smaller (down to 24" x 36").

Anyway, a local print shop took a stab at scanning my poster on a huge, professional HP PageWide XL machine usually used for rolls of design blueprints.  They ended up giving me a gigantic 56696 x 27444 resolution image at 1200 dpi which takes up nearly half a gigabyte of storage space.  In the end, however, the scan wasn't anywhere near perfect.  The upper and lower parts of the poster weren't usable since the age of the poster caused wrinkles to appear in the scan.  But the most important part of the image...the Enterprise...came out pretty good.

So I did some crop work until I was satisfied with what I ended up with.

Long out of print, the original cutaway poster is quite rare, and finding one in decent condition is even rarer.  I know many people would love to have the image itself, so I wanted to share it with you all.  From the cropped image, I've re-scaled it down to several sizes starting with an 8K resolution (7680 pixels wide) all the way down to a 720p (1280 pixels wide) one.  Six different resolutions in all which should just about cover anyone's personal needs.

If you would like to view and download the various resized images, please send me a private message through this forum and I'll get a share link to you.  All I ask is that you don't use the images to make any sort of profit from.

If you have any questions, let me know.  Otherwise...enjoy!

To learn a little bit about David Kimble, check out this YouTube video about his home town of Marfa, Texas here: https://youtu.be/6OAc3gx9K3Y?t=2m23s.  His segment is at the 2:23 point of the video.  For some history on the making of the poster image, check out this article: https://www.motor1.com/features/140724/star-trek-starship-enterprise-cutaway/.  And finally, if you would like to support his work, consider purchasing his award-winning book David Kimble's "Cutaways" Techniques & Stories Behind the Art (ISBN-10: 1613251734 / ISBN-13: 978-1613251737): https://www.amazon.com/David-Kimbles-Cutaways-Techniques-Stories/dp/1613251734.

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Re: [Enterprise Refit Cutaway Poster] Sharing Is Caring
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2018, 02:56:46 pm »
This is Awesome, Gadgetron! Looks like I will be DM'ing you.

I have a room that needs this one on the wall!

Thanks again for making yours available.

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Re: [Enterprise Refit Cutaway Poster] Sharing Is Caring
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2018, 09:53:24 pm »
This is wonderful! I've not seen this poster since it first came out.Thank you for posting this!  :)

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Re: [Enterprise Refit Cutaway Poster] Sharing Is Caring
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2018, 11:23:36 am »

I have never seen a cutaway illustration of the Enterprise before. :)

Offline Shawn McClure

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Re: [Enterprise Refit Cutaway Poster] Sharing Is Caring
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2018, 07:49:36 am »
That is awesome Gadgetron.   Believe it or not a guy at work was cleaning out his garage two weeks ago.  He had this poster but had no where in his house to put it up so he gave it to me.  Now I need a place to hang it.  Anyway, I'm going to PM you for the image.  Thank you so much for doing this.

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Offline rmpitzer

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Re: [Enterprise Refit Cutaway Poster] Sharing Is Caring
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2018, 10:46:04 am »
I have the second issue poster that Gadget refers to.  It's been rolled up since I bought it not long after Star Trek IV played in the theaters.  Other than the tear at the bottom it's in pretty good shape.



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