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    Nov 17, 2011, 5:43 AM - Star Trek 3D Chess Set - Build, & Finished #1

    While the chess from Star Trek TOS was seen in a few episodes, the chess set created for Star Trek - The Next Generation, was a permanent fixture in the set deco for the 10 Forward Lounge on the Enterprise.

    Even for brief fleeting moments, it can be seen in the vast majority of scenes that were filmed in 10 Forward.

    ....... plus, I'm currently watching TNG, and wanted to build this one


    This is the original prop.





    And as it appeared in TNG, (as well as in Sisko's quarters on DS-9) and in the final episode of Enterprise.









    The original prop was sold by Christie's in 2006, for $28,800.


    This is my $45 version


    Waste not, want not (aka pieces of wood from the garage)





    Cut, joined and filled.





    I tried sanding masked out parts of acrylic plates to get a frosting effect, but it didn't work out





    So I went the mask and paint way

    I used a blade and a ruler to cut the protective covering of the acrylic into squares, removed alternate squares, and painted the exposed areas.








    Results of paint, with the acrylic rods stuck onto the underside.





    And the final replica after putting all the bits together and using a set of glass chess pieces.

    Sanded down the frame, painted it and the base silver, stuck the smaller plates to the larger plates, the large plates onto the frame, and placed some chess pieces around.





























    Last edited by Alan Castillo; Nov 18, 2011 at 4:39 AM. Reason: Added info.
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    Nov 17, 2011, 7:47 AM - Re: Star Trek 3D Chess Set - Build, & Finished #2

    That looks great! Always wanted one of those!
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    Nov 17, 2011, 7:51 AM - Re: Star Trek 3D Chess Set - Build, & Finished #3

    Very creative! Do you know how to play it? lol!
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    Nov 17, 2011, 7:54 AM - Re: Star Trek 3D Chess Set - Build, & Finished #4

    Spock and Data request coordinates for Beam-Down!
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    Nov 17, 2011, 7:56 AM - Re: Star Trek 3D Chess Set - Build, & Finished #5

    You did an outstanding job. This is a great prop--looks like it was gratifying to make. I also really like that it's an affordable prop to create--and you showed 'progress' shots. I'll bet you inspire at least a few folk around here to take on a new DIY project.

    Nice work. The small chess pieces you chose look good too.
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    Nov 17, 2011, 8:19 AM - Re: Star Trek 3D Chess Set - Build, & Finished #6

    Thanks for the comments !

    No Dave, I don't know how. But he does

    The most 'expensive' part of the cost was the chess set jediscout
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    Nov 17, 2011, 9:10 AM - Re: Star Trek 3D Chess Set - Build, & Finished #7

    Great build! Especially your work with the acrylic (which I always manage to mess up...) It came out looking perfect.
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    Nov 17, 2011, 11:41 AM - Re: Star Trek 3D Chess Set - Build, & Finished #8

    Tried one of these years back, may have to give it another go. Nice work.
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    Nov 17, 2011, 11:48 AM - Re: Star Trek 3D Chess Set - Build, & Finished #9

    That's really awesome work!
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    Nov 17, 2011, 12:32 PM - Re: Star Trek 3D Chess Set - Build, & Finished #10

    you made it look to easy, with only 6 progress photo's makes it seem like you whipped it up during lunch

    looks great though, and i didnt know there was different rules for it, i thought it just had different levels to make it look more confusing, spock always made it look simply though
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    Nov 17, 2011, 3:51 PM - Re: Star Trek 3D Chess Set - Build, & Finished #11

    Thanks again everyone, it's much appreciated

    rosskow, there's not really much else to it other than what I posted. It may seem easy (and in a way it is), but it is actually a pain in the rear-end to make due to the 'delicacy' involved
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    Nov 17, 2011, 4:34 PM - Re: Star Trek 3D Chess Set - Build, & Finished #12

    Very cool piece, great job
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    Nov 17, 2011, 7:27 PM - Re: Star Trek 3D Chess Set - Build, & Finished #13

    Neat! Very clean build.
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    Nov 18, 2011, 3:59 AM - Re: Star Trek 3D Chess Set - Build, & Finished #14

    nice, any dimensions for those, who also want to tackle it?
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    Nov 18, 2011, 4:26 AM - Re: Star Trek 3D Chess Set - Build, & Finished #15

    Thank you gentlemen

    YCL, dimensions roughly as follows :

    'Large' board - 14 X 14 X 0.4 cms
    'Small' board - 7 X 7 X 0.4 cms
    Rods - 5.5 cms X 0.8mm diameter.
    Base - 17.5 X 15 X 1.5 cms
    'Main' Frame - 32 cms tall x 0.8 cms thick
    Total Height - 40 cms

    Note - It is not 1 : 1.

    First I estimated what 'volume' of space I could afford to give it without it looking too bulky in the overall prop room deco. Then I bought the chess pieces, and worked backwards with their dimensions from there, using screen-grabs and proportional calculations.

    According to Christie's, the original prop was 25x10x20 inches.
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    Nov 18, 2011, 7:34 AM - Re: Star Trek 3D Chess Set - Build, & Finished #16

    25 inches tall? No wonder my Franklin Mint one I shelled out for back when I had money always felt too small (it's only 13"). Inevitably when playing, someone would reach for a piece in the middle of a large board and knock the small board while trying to squeeze their hand underneath. At least it came with a set of rules, though.

    OK, actually it didn't, I complained, they sent the TOS booklet in German! - I'd bought he TNG board- complained, eventually got the right booklet.

    BTW I used the exact same mask-and-spray-silver technique (should be able to re-use those boards) together with what looks like the same clear and frosted glass chess set.
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    Dec 19, 2011, 3:09 AM - Re: Star Trek 3D Chess Set - Build, & Finished #17

    That looks great! Very nice job.
    Incidentally there was once a clear acrylic plate that fit into the hole in the base, with an insignia "etched" on it. Most of the "etched glass" on the show was also paint on plexiglas, like the windows in the doors leading into Ten-Forward.
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    Dec 19, 2011, 5:54 PM - Re: Star Trek 3D Chess Set - Build, & Finished #18

    Awesome work! and I love your display area.....
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    Dec 19, 2011, 7:13 PM - Re: Star Trek 3D Chess Set - Build, & Finished #19

    That turned out great. I'm actually surprised that there aren't more replicas of these boards out there. I thought it would be a pretty popular prop.
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    Dec 19, 2011, 10:30 PM - Re: Star Trek 3D Chess Set - Build, & Finished #20

    Nice!! Here's my Replica of the TOS Set:

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    Dec 19, 2011, 10:48 PM - #21

    This looks awesome, and I'm super jealous. All you need, now, is a set of those awesome tumblers with the finger and thumb indents.

    Also, is it just me, or are the platforms in the first photo on a diagonal, whereas yours are perpendicular to the stand? It's hard to tell in any of the photos, with all those levels.
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    Dec 19, 2011, 10:55 PM - Re: Star Trek 3D Chess Set - Build, & Finished #22

    It looks to me in the first pic like they intentionally skewed the boards to show more of the board in one picture. They were definitely not like that in the show.
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    Dec 20, 2011, 7:23 PM - #23

    Yeah. Wasn't sure, but stuff like that always throws me off, anyway.
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    Sep 21, 2012, 5:39 PM - Re: Star Trek 3D Chess Set - Build, & Finished #24

    Keep up the good work guys, great collection
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    Sep 21, 2012, 7:50 PM - Re: Star Trek 3D Chess Set - Build, & Finished #25

    Awesome. I never get the ideas to pull off things like these. Any chance of someone producing a vector of the board stand (so we could make one of our own?)

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