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Old 07-08-2009, 11:38 PM
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These are some Trek prop kits I've been commissioned to build.

First is a mid grade TOS phaser. This was supposedly a cast of a cast of an original prop. It suffered some major shrinkage, but it's lineage is still pretty cool. The owner wanted it clean and shiny, all the metal parts and the paint were polished with Novus polish. I made the phaser 1 thumb wheel from aluminum, shaped on a grinder and filed and sanded by hand. The aluminum nozzle, side knob and ten turn were supplied by the owner.

The phaser 1 is painted in Duplicolor gloss black lacquer, the phaser 2 in Krylon shadow gray. The owner wanted a metallic charcoal color for the handle. I painted it in flat black lacquer, then sprayed silver lacquer over it. The silver was applied with a spray gun in a very fine mist. This gave it a nice metallic look, without the grittiness of most metallic paints.





This is a phaser 1 from a resin kit, also painted in gloss black lacquer.






I trimmed away the emitter tube and made a new one from brass.


I also replaced the resin side rails with aluminum. These were cut with a coping saw, then shaped with a file and sanded. The resin rail is on the left.


The owner supplied a brass thumb wheel, which he wanted left brass, not painted. I made a mount to allow it to turn. The mount is brass tube soldered to a piece of brass sheet. I also added a brad and a brass wedge for the switch.






The kit included the clear rising sight. I added a light bulb for the emitter, powered by a button cell battery. Here are the works installed.




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Up next are three Jlong P1 kits. These were painted with a custom mix of Duplicolor lacquers, to match the color of Zynolyte primer. The sight on one was left clear, the other two were painted.




The owner wanted one built as the one seen in The Making Of Star Trek, with the watch crown light on top. He also printed custom graphics for the power meter, numbered 17-24. This is the two TMOST pics, with the kit on the right.



I added a piece of black styrene to the inside of the bottom covers. This helps to guide the screws, making it easier to assemble.
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Old 07-08-2009, 11:48 PM
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This is a communicator kit from HMS/Rodd.com. It was first done as a static, with the kit parts and a TMOST style moire.


The owner and I then decided to add the electronics from the Hallmark ornament. Sure, it sounded easy at first I glued in a pair of mini push button switches from "Transmitter Hut", which are wired to the contacts on the board. I also replaced the Hallmark LEDs with ultra bright clear ones in red, orange and aqua to match the TMOST jewel colors.


I made new bezels for the LEDs from aluminum tube. I sanded the LEDs to fit the tube. I did this by placing it into the chuck of my cordless drill, and spinning it against a sanding block. This is a test run on a cheapy LED.


The buttons gave me a problem- if I gave enough room for the buttons to be pressed, the hubs sat too tall on the buttons. They looked like a hat on a head.


I thought it would work better if the flange at the base of the hubs were a separate piece, this would allow the hub to be pushed without the large gap underneath. I cut rings from aluminum tube, these would be glued to the control panel. I made new hubs from aluminum tube, different sizes staggered together.




This is what the parts look like. LED bezel rings at top, hub parts below. One assembled hub is at the right next to a repro T-Jet hub.
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Nice stuff there partner.
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Frakking A, Robn!


Is that midgrade phaser the kit that I think it is???
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Thanks fellas!

Cat, yeah that's the Phaserfetish kit. It's a butt ugly hunk o' resin, with hundreds of bubbles to fill, but it cleans up nice.
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Didn't he pass away or something?


I still have mine - a PERFECT place for a cmaniam nozzle.

BTW I love what you did with those comm buttons.
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Didn't he pass away or something?
Yeah, about a year and a half ago. Happened very suddenly. I think he went into the hospital with flu symptoms, don't know any more. Sad
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That is sad. Dude did good work - I wish I'd have gotten an extra P1 to build a shield remote out of.

It would have been nice to see what all else he'd have come up with.
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