Eric Olds, Enterprise Crewman & Department Head
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Eric Olds, Enterprise Crewman & Department Head

Here Eric Olds is wearing a one of the most common background costumes seen in Star Trek II (1983) through Star Trek VI (1991). The band around the left sleeve on this jumpsuit displays the department color— just like the officer’s jackets. The rank pins, service pins, and belt buckle are also the same as those seen on an officer’s uniform but they are silver instead of bronze or gold. In the screen version of this uniform, the padded collar and cuffs were originally made with a trapunto machine. However, for this uniform replica, Eric hand-stuffed those areas. Unlike the officer’s shirts, these uniforms do not follow department colors. Eric took several liberties with the phaser prop seen in the photo. This particular prop replica is based on the "assault phaser" created for Star Trek V. Instead of creating a faithful replica, Eric altered several details including moving the grip closer to the front and omitting the "extended magazine" to make it more similar to phaser props seen in previous films.


When Eric isn’t busy pursing his costuming and prop-building hobby, he passes the days as an accomplished aerospace engineer. In fact, he’s a real rocket scientist as he has been responsible for electronics packaging as well as mechanical and mechanism design on Mars Rovers, Earth orbiting spacecraft, and instruments that have flown on the International Space Station. His proudest moment was being part of the successful Mars landing of Curiosity. Even he admits that the Entry, Descent, and Landing plan looked pretty scary. In his remaining free time, Eric enjoys inline hockey, tinkering on engines, and watching endurance sports car racing like Le Mans (he mostly roots for Porsche). Some of his favorite films include 2001: A Space Odyssey, Primer, Blade Runner, and Aliens. His favorite television shows are Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, and The Walking Dead. And when it’s time to spin up some tunes, he loves The Church, Radiohead, and Hot Hot Heat. When he was growing up he was a child of the 80's and a fan of alternative, and he still has a soft spot for groups like Duran Duran and The Cure. He grew up in the Central Valley area of California but now resides in Los Angeles. Eric is recently married to Jean, the love of his life.