It has been over 45 years since the original Star Trek graced TV screens, but somehow this 1:1 scale Galileo shuttlecraft prop from the original Star Trek has survived, though it shows it’s age.
Last year, the shuttlecraft sold at auction and the new owners, Adam Schneider and Alec Peters, took the prop to New Jersey boat restorers Master Shipwrights, and asked them to restore the old bird. Space.com recently interviewed the team about the restoration, and here are a few highlights of the conversation…
It’s probably taken 2,000 man hours of work. It’s a world-class restoration at a world-class shop. This is not me because I have no skills as an amateur doing work. This is a fabulous facility…Not only is it going to be cosmetically good, but from a structural point of view, from a quality of finish point of view, from a quality of wood point of view, and from an ability to move it safely without damaging it. It has never been in better shape.
There’s no word yet on where the Galileo will eventually land, but its owners hope to put it on display for countless Trekkies to enjoy. It is awesome to see people restoring a piece of sci-fi history out of love for the series. Captain Kirk would be so proud.