(written from a Production point of view)
The Japanese-language Star Trek: Official Guide 4 - Mechanics reference book was the fourth in a series of "Official Guides." Numbers one and two were illustrated guides to TNG and DS9/VOY respectively while number 3 was a general history on Star Trek. This fourth volume dealt exclusively with physical studio models. It collected stills and behind-the-scenes photographs of the various models, keeping text to a minimum. A licensed book, the author, Osamu Kishikawa, was granted access to Image G and Greg Jein's workshop and pictures of models, taken on those occasions, are featured in the book. A noteworthy section is Chapter 3, which contains a feature length (Japanese language) interview with Jein, one of the very few ever given by him up until then. It remains the only specialized title on the subject of the Star Trek (physical) studio models to date.
Production value of this softcover in a dust jacket book, like its companions in the Official Guide series, was high; full color reproduction of pictures, printed on high quality glossy paper.
Chapter 1: Starships of the the Federation and Earth Registry
- USS Enterprise (NCC-1701)
- USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-A)
- USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-C)
- USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D)
- USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-E)
- USS Voyager (NCC-74656)
- USS Reliant (NCC-1864) / USS Saratoga (NCC-31911)
- USS Kyushu (NCC-65491) / USS Jenolen (NCC-2010)
- USS Excelsior (NX-2000/NCC-2000)
- USS Sutherland (NCC-72015) / USS Phoenix (NCC-65420 / USS Farragut (NCC-60597)
- USS Pasteur
- USS Defiant (2370)
- SS Botany Bay DY-100
- USS Stargazer (NCC-2893)
- USS Adelphi (NCC-26849)/USS Zhukov (NCC-62136)/USS Excalibur (NCC-1664)
- Galileo / Galileo II
- Travel pod
- Air tram
- Type 15 shuttlepod
- Type 18 shuttlepod
- Type 6 shuttlecraft
- Type 8 shuttlecraft
- Type 9 personnel shuttlecraft
- Template:ShipClass Runabout
- Deep Space Station K-7
- Space Station Deep Space Nine
- Vulcan Shuttle "Surak"
Chapter 2: Alien Starships
- Klingon Battle Cruiser
- Klingon Battle Cruiser "K'tinga-class"
- Romulan Bird-of-Prey
- Klingon Bird-of-Prey "K'vort and B'rel-Classes"
- Klingon Attack Cruiser "Vorçha-class"
- Klingon "Negh'Var-Class" Warship
- Romulan Warbird
- Romulan scout ship / Science Vessel
- Borg cube / Borg sphere
- Borg Ship
- Cardassian Warship "Galor-Class"
- Ferengi "D'Kora-Class" Marauder
- Jem'Hadar Attack Ship
- Maquis Ship
- Kazon-Ogla Warship / Predator-Class Warship
Chapter 3: Technology
- Interview with Greg Jein