The Shuttlecraft Galileo has been moved from storage in Ohio, where it has been for 20+ years to Master Shipwrights, a professional boat restoration facility in New Jersey where it will undergo a massive, ground-up restoration.
The decision to use Master Shipwrights was two fold:
1) It was decided a boat restorer was the perfect entity to restore the Galileo. Galileo was built by Gene Winfield in the 1960s of wood on a metal frame. A boat builder has expertise in working in these materials.
2) We needed the Galileo restored in a facility close to Adam, who is undertaking the entire cost of the restoration by himself. This way Adam can monitor the entire process
While the move itself from Ohio was uneventful, the Galileo, and Master Shipwrights were victims of Hurricane Sandy, which hit New York in October. Master Shipwrights facility was flooded with two feet of water. Fortunately, Galileo was up on a trailer and was unaffected! How terrible would it have been to make it through 45 years of travel and neglect to suffer a dismal fate in a hurricane?
Master Shipwrights, owner Hans Mikaitis
Down to the metal frame as the wood gets replaced where needed.
Hans and his crew are working to a very high standard. Recently, teh process of restoring the Galileo was reviewed by the curator of one of the largest air and space museums in the country and we were told Hans and his team were doing EXACTLY what a museum expects in a restoration of this type. So you know Galileo is getting the treatment it deserves.
And Galileo was noted in a New York Times article naming the Galileo one of the top 10 most interesting items at auction in 2012.
Help us restore the Galileo and share it with all Star Trek fans!
The original filming set of the Galileo has been in storage in Ohio for the past twenty years. While an extensive restoration was undertaken in the 1990’s, the Galileo is in very bad shape.
This Galileo Restoration Project intends to acquire the Galileo, put it in a non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation, run by a team of professionals. If we successfully acquire the Galileo, we will transport the Galileo to the chosen restoration facility. We expect restoration costs to be over $ 100,000 to get it to its original state. We will then have a fundraiser on Kickstarter to raise the money to restore Galileo.
Note that we are a team of dedicated, experienced professionals (who just happen to be total Star Trek geeks too). Fans can be assured that we will:
1) Restore the Galileo in the most professional and accurate way possible.
2) Make the Galileo available for fans to see and tour the Galileo for the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek.
3) Find a permanent home for the Galileo in a museum that will guarantee she is always available for public viewing in a safe, indoor environment.
Alec Peters is the founder of Propworx, which has handled studio prop & costume auctions for Battlestar Galctica, Stargate, Iron Man and Iron Man 2, as well as the official CBS licensed Star Trek auction. Alec is an attorney by training who is smart enough never to have practiced and has started 5 companies. Alec assists CBS with the Star Trek Archive.
Adam Schneider is Principal at Deloitte and one of the premier collectors of Star Trek screen used ship filming miniatures. He owns over a dozen miniatures including an original Deep Space Nine filming model, Zefram Cochrane’s Phoenix filiming miniature from First Contact, and the Space Dock holding the Enterprise A in The Motion Pictures.