(written from a Production point of view)
Tony Meininger was a studio model creator who, as an independent contractor, operated his own modeling shop, Brazil-Fabrication & Design. He began his association with the Star Trek franchise with two early single contributions as an outside subcontractor to Star Trek: The Next Generation, in the form of the Delta Rana warship physical studio model for the 1998 episode "The Survivor", and the subsequent painted fiber glass model of the spaceborne lifeform in the 1990 episode "Galaxy's Child". This was eventually followed-up by him and his company becoming the primary studio model vendor for the first four seasons of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and first two seasons of Star Trek: Voyager.
He built the models of the Defiant-class, the Danube-class ships and the Federation attack fighter as well as the miniatures for the Voyager pilot episode "Caretaker" with the exception of the Maquis raider. He also modified the Galor-class model for it to become the Keldon-class in Deep Space Nine's third season. Meininger's most notable work however, were the physical hero studio models builds of the space station Deep Space 9 (he was featured in the 1994 documentary Movie Magic–"Models and Miniatures: A Model of Perfection" during that model's build) and the USS Voyager model.
Outside Star Trek, he has, while operating his company, worked on the blockbuster movie Titanic (1997), and, after closure of his company, as a freelance uncredited model shop supervisor on the science fiction comedy My Favorite Martian (1999) . As freelance model shop department manager he subsequently worked on the science fiction film Mission to Mars, the action comedy Shanghai Noon (both 2000), as an uncredited model shop/miniature construction supervisor on the science fiction film Reign of Fire (2002), and as an uncredited scenic key artist on War of the Worlds (2005).