Author Archive for Greg Dietrich


Hi Gang,

LOTS of greeblies arrived over the weekend!  Enjoy!

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The Steamfest at Lowe Mill Show in Huntsville, AL

Hi Gang,

Mind Gear Labs was nice enough to let us piggyback and attend the Steamfest at Lowe Mill show right here in Huntsville, AL.  We only had a few days to get things together but it was a great turnout.  We had a great time promoting the project, meeting and greeting and making new friends…

Pre-show prep

There was significant battle damage to the console after Steamfest.  Many loose and broken wires, cracks and breaks to greeblies…  Worst was when the speakers popped…  UGH…  All fixable but still frustrating…

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Painted Seats, Swing Arms and a Nav Screen

Hi Gang,

Lots of little updates!

I took a few minutes to paint the cockpit chairs to match the original color until we upholster them.  I love the way the tan plays against the cockpit greys.  If planned, it was a genius move by the original designers.

I came home to this waiting for me by the front door!  These are the swing-away arms for the seats.  Daniel and I will be welding a mount/bracket

I then chatted with Scott (our newest member) who was able to get his hands on a mini CRT.  This will be used for the nav screen for the new upcoming console!


More to come this weekend.  Stand By!

Our New Home, Yokes and Some Panel Lights

Hi Gang,

Work continues on the project but the best news… we finally have a new home at Mind Gear Lab!  Enjoy

Work continues on the Yokes

Jessie and I finished up the panel light clear acrylic donuts

The team is meeting in the next few days to discuss how we’re moving forward.  We have several shows coming up in the next few months…  It’s gonna be a great year!

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Yokes, Seats and Panel Lights

Hi Gang,

TEDx Nashville was a success and the congratulatory handshakes are done… time to get back to work! ; )

As I had mentioned, the seats were a little too high and the console a little too low.  People were banging their knees on the lower instrument panel.  So… we’ve address both of these issues in preparation for the actual cockpit platform.

Mike and I then attacked the mounting plate for the ESB yokes.  Mike designed a quick image and laser cut the shapes that were adhered together.  The PVC yoke base slips into place and will be held together by various greeblies – more on that later

I then had a wild idea but I wasn’t sure exactly how or if it would even turn out.  As many of you know we’ve been desperately searching for the original panel lights used throughout the SW films.  Nobody has seen anything!  And then the idea hit me… what if I cut thin clear acrylic donuts and adhere them to backside on the panel light I fabricated?  HMMMM…  Would it work?

Finally… we have GREAT news!!!  Rob Adams from Mind Gear Labs was kind enough to loan us floor space in his lab for the entire cockpit to sit.  We couldn’t be more thrilled and we’re REALLY excited!  We start to move this weekend!

Stay Tuned!  More to Come!

TEDx Nashville Recap, Part II

Hi Gang,

As Chris mentioned, TEDx Nashville was a COMPLETE success!  Everything up until the morning of the show ran like clock work!  All that was left was a simple drive north…  Sounds easy, right?

I think things happen for a reason.  We know the Where, we know the How and we certainly understand the When… But it is the “Why” it happened that is so confusing…  UGH…

Chris stated it was probably best that we didn’t set up before the show… I guess things happen for a reason.  We arrived with only 15 minutes to spare before lunch break.  At noon 1200 people decended upon us…  It was AWESOME!

There are LOTS more pics and Vids coming in the next few days!  Jake was a madman with the camera and we’re going through all the images and finding the best ones to post.  Also, we’re having a professional photographer snap some pics of the console.  More on that later,

Finally… A HUGE THANKS goes out to the entire Huntsville team: Jake, Daniel, Mike, Jessie, Doug, Morgan, Scott and Tony (who was nice enough to stop by during those final hours). You all are absolutely amazing and I thank you ALL for your time, efforts, enthusiasm and your dedication to this project…  You have my respect and gratitude and I thank you all so very much.

Also, thanks to Chris and Leah for bringing the stand alone platform!  Sure is a lot easier than the cockpit!  ; )