Archive for February 20th, 2011


Builder of the original TOS Enterprise passes on…

Richard C. Datin Jr., only child of the late
Richard C. and Mary Loson Datin,
formerly of Laguna Hills, CA
passed away on January 24, 2011 in Reno, Nevada.

Richard built the large-scale models of the Starship Enterprise for filming of the original STAR TREK television series.

Richard C. Datin, Jr.
October 10, 1929-January 24, 2011Born in Syracuse NY, on October 10, 1929, during his lifetime he resided at a number of places, including Petersburg, VA, Brooklyn, NY, Hollywood, Malibu, and Lafayette, CA, Reno and Sparks NV.

A 1950 graduate of New York Institute of Applied Arts & Sciences of Brooklyn NY,
where he acquired a degree in Architectural and Structural Technology. Richard pursued a career of engineering and of the arts, culminating in his own long-time business of building architectural and structural scale models for firms in the Los Angeles area. Among his most noteworthy accomplishments were studio models for the original The Star Trek TV series, plus Petticoat Junction and numerous props for TV commercials such as Alka-Seltzer, and Jolly Green Giant during the 60’s. This brought him to be employed by Twentieth-Century Fox for the motion picture Tora, Tora, Tora. Later he found employment at Litton Industries, AMTD Division in Venice CA and Bechtel Power in San Francisco.

His career changed abruptly in the mid-1970’s when he moved to Nevada where he was engaged by the Nevada Historical Society as a researcher, followed by a brief stint at UNR Special Collections.  His love of Nevada history, railroads and research abilities brought him to furnish weekly articles for the Carson City’s Nevada Appeal for a number of years. In 1979 he was selected as the founding curator of the Nevada State Railroad Museum. As an avid collector of old toy trains and vintage post cards, Richard became a dealer at many antique shows up and down the coast.

Following his retirement in 1989, he dedicated most his time researching a number of pet projects including writing and publishing a history of Virginia City’s International Hotel, as well as a pictorial of Reno’s past utilizing his vast collection of historical post cards.
Other projects still on the shelf included a history of the famed Reno Arch, the history of Reno and a comprehensive history of the Carson & Colorado Railroad.

In the meantime he found time to search the Datin Family ancestors who originated in France, and compiled an up to date genealogy history that included Louis XIV and others clear back to 1096, translated the Duke d’Antin’s memoirs, and was able to visit each of the French-born Noel Datin’s (his great-grandfather) early day locales from Kentucky, Missouri, to Illinois. He also initiated several informational websites telling of his past accomplishments and favorite subjects.
He treasured his travels, particularly along the Oregon Coast with his long time companion now surviving wife Margie, as well as occasional train trips to San Francisco, Denver, Chicago, and New York City.

Burial will be at Nauvoo, Illinois,  among his many relatives, including great grandparents Joseph Noel and Catherine Sparks Datin.

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She’s starting to look like the Nautilus…

Yesterday I finished up the method for opening and closing the hull to access the WTC and battery. Simple. A flange at the stern and in the front I filled up the upper hull bow with epoxy. Put some wax paper in the lower bow and closed it up until the epoxy hardened.

I added a former to the lower bow that extends to the upper. Drilled a hole through it and into the epoxy. I fitted the ram with a brass tube of the same diameter to fit the hole. All you do to open and close is remove the ram. I didn’t get pictures of this but I will. It’s the end of the day for me.

Today I started in on adding the hull parts. The wheel house is still removable at this point. There’s a lot of parts still to go inside it and the floor and PE stuff-lights. But I wanted to get the hull all sorted out and even primer on it tomorrow. Wheel house will be last.

More tomorrow and here are some pretty pictures. She’s a beaut!


She’s a big girl. I just got to have myself one of these!

PE parts fit like gloves. Just excellent.


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