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    Mar 12, 2015, 5:03 AM - Re: Making a Star Trek Alpha Hero Communicator #26

    Another beautiful comm Steve.

    Joe
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    Mar 12, 2015, 5:34 PM - Re: Making a Star Trek Alpha Hero Communicator #27

    Setting the jewels.
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    Mar 12, 2015, 8:41 PM - Re: Making a Star Trek Alpha Hero Communicator #28

    Test fitting the stopwatch.


    All metal is cleaned up and top shell is glued into place. This shot really demonstrates how tight the Pull is on the shell! The 8 year old in me is very pleased!! Will be installing the stopwatch and Moire this weekend.
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    Mar 12, 2015, 9:03 PM - Re: Making a Star Trek Alpha Hero Communicator #29






    TMOST pose
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    Mar 12, 2015, 10:10 PM - Re: Making a Star Trek Alpha Hero Communicator #30

    Looking fantastic!
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    Mar 13, 2015, 4:52 AM - Re: Making a Star Trek Alpha Hero Communicator #31

    A thing of beauty for sure....
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    Mar 13, 2015, 5:07 AM - Re: Making a Star Trek Alpha Hero Communicator #32

    Love it. How many heroes does this make for you now Steve?

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    Mar 13, 2015, 5:21 AM - Re: Making a Star Trek Alpha Hero Communicator #33

    JFB64 said: View Post
    Love it. How many heroes does this make for you now Steve?

    Joe
    This is the 8th

    steve
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    Mar 13, 2015, 5:57 AM - Re: Making a Star Trek Alpha Hero Communicator #34

    norbauer said: View Post
    This is just indescribably beautiful. An absolutely, utterly perfect build. How do you solder the grill on so perfectly?
    What I do is cut the silver solder into 1/16th " lengths and lay them placed 1/4 " apart on the inside edge of the lid/frame connection. Then dowse it with liquid resin, then heat with a micro-torch from the outside and the solder just liquified right in!

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    Mar 13, 2015, 11:28 AM - Re: Making a Star Trek Alpha Hero Communicator #35

    What kind of solder did you use?
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    Mar 13, 2015, 11:31 AM - Re: Making a Star Trek Alpha Hero Communicator #36

    Very clever way of soldering the lid! It does look extremely clean.
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    Mar 13, 2015, 1:49 PM - Re: Making a Star Trek Alpha Hero Communicator #37

    THIS is art.
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    Mar 13, 2015, 4:31 PM - Re: Making a Star Trek Alpha Hero Communicator #38

    Here is the product that I use, for $10 you get the solder and the liquid flux in a neat kit. Also here is the micro torch I use.

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    Mar 13, 2015, 6:19 PM - Re: Making a Star Trek Alpha Hero Communicator #39

    I see Scotty went off on a bender and lost his wallet.

    I'll tell him you are keeping it safe for him!
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    Mar 13, 2015, 6:58 PM - Re: Making a Star Trek Alpha Hero Communicator #40

    Hey Steve, where did you get that solder?
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    Mar 13, 2015, 7:13 PM - Re: Making a Star Trek Alpha Hero Communicator #41

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    Hey Steve, where did you get that solder?
    At my local hobby store but you can get it on line to. Stay Brite silver solder in google it will come right up.
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    Mar 13, 2015, 8:12 PM - Re: Making a Star Trek Alpha Hero Communicator #42

    Thanks Steve.

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    Mar 14, 2015, 9:34 AM - Re: Making a Star Trek Alpha Hero Communicator #43

    The spacer in place.



    Moire before the trimming.

    Moire trimmed.

    Finished moire.

    Video:
    http://vid249.photobucket.com/albums...psfn97xmbc.mp4

    - - - Updated - - -

    Next is the stem winder...
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    Mar 14, 2015, 10:00 AM - Re: Making a Star Trek Alpha Hero Communicator #44

    Wah!!!
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    Mar 14, 2015, 10:05 AM - Re: Making a Star Trek Alpha Hero Communicator #45

    That is really cool.

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    Mar 14, 2015, 10:56 AM - Re: Making a Star Trek Alpha Hero Communicator #46

    Here is a nice compare set of shots between the first hero I ever made using a john long kit and my latest scratch build. Notice the moire is blurred because I didn't use a spacer and the two elements are not close. This really illustrates the need for the spacer! It's a night and day difference.


    Scratch build on the bottom.



    Scratch build on the top.
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    Mar 14, 2015, 11:28 AM - Re: Making a Star Trek Alpha Hero Communicator #47

    You scratch is clearly more precise!
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    Mar 14, 2015, 11:47 AM - Re: Making a Star Trek Alpha Hero Communicator #48

    That is the worst communicator replica I've ever seen. To save you from the stigma of social embarrassment, you should pack it up and send it to me.

    Okay, seriously, that is a beautiful piece of craftsmanship that clearly out-shines any of the hero props used for the series (not that I'm telling you anything you don't already know). Now that you have a tricorder and (apparently) a number of communicators, is there a Type 2 hand phaser in your future?
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    Mar 14, 2015, 12:31 PM - Re: Making a Star Trek Alpha Hero Communicator #49

    You mean like this?










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    Mar 14, 2015, 12:38 PM - Re: Making a Star Trek Alpha Hero Communicator #50

    *sigh* I hate you.






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