Recent content by Dan Efran

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    handmade Superman crystals

    The green rod came from Delvie's Plastics. It's colored cast acrylic (unpolished). Here's the relevant page: http://www.delviesplastics.com/p/Colored_Acrylic_Rod.html I chose the color "2092 Transparent Green". I couldn't tell from their picture if it would look right, and even when the rod...
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    Space Ship Int. / Garage Build (Bay 05)

    Love this project. The helmets really add a lot!
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    handmade Superman crystals

    Thanks! I decided I had room for another crystal, so I made one more; this time I got the whole process on video. So I might edit together a little video tutorial on this, rather than just posting a handful of build-process pictures and a wall of text like I usually do.
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    handmade Superman crystals

    Display stand is pretty much done. I may still make a few adjustments to the tubes. And it already needs dusting...probably always will. I'll try to figure out better lighting and get some more pictures. But overall, I'm delighted with how this turned out.
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    handmade Superman crystals

    Yeah, I'll explain how I did it. But I t'll take a little while to get my thoughts and pictures organized. I'm working on the display stand....
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    How to build a set of spinning concentric rings? (Mass Relays, Gravity Drive, etc.)

    Re: How to build a set of spinning concentric rings? (Mass Relays, Gravity Drive, etc Yeah, at that scale, good luck. But also take a look at the spinning paperweight seen in Aliens. It's a similar contraption and uses mostly weights and gravity, I think?? I haven't seen one in person in decades.
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    handmade Superman crystals

    One of the first props of which I ever wanted a replica was the green crystal from Superman (1978). Along with a handful of the clear crystals to go with it. They're such pretty props, and fairly important to the plot at various points. After wanting them for almost four decades I decided it...
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    Problems with Shapeways "Frosted Detail" 3D printing plastics

    Fascinating. If I'm not mistaken, alcohol tends to attack acrylic, fogging or even cracking it. So if this is an acrylic material, your alcohol-based cleaning methods might be a dead end that's actually making things worse. I'd stay away from solvents in general, but the mineral spirits may be...
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    Blade Runner 2049 Memory Spheres made of stuff I already had.

    The memory spheres are one of my favorite props in Blade Runner 2049. A while ago I noticed that I already owned a quartz sphere that looks sort of like one: Not exactly the right look, and probably too small, but not bad for something I already had in my house. More recently, my son decided...
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    Converting Blade Runner water gun grips with translucent paint?

    I thought of that too, and tested some tamiya transparent amber on similar blue plastic. It definitely turned it green, not orange. A second test, with a layer of silver paint followed by multiple coats of the tamiya, looked better, but still not very good. I think resin grips are the way to go.
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    Upgrading a Rubies TOS Phaser 1+2

    I scratchbuilt the frame that goes on the front of the P1. That was a lot of work! It's a smaller part than it looks like - only about an inch wide. Mine came out a little rough, but it should be good enough. (I might fill a few tiny gaps later.) I actually built this about three times...
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    Upgrading a Rubies TOS Phaser 1+2

    Looks like my closest-match brass tube is about one size too big... ...but I think that's a pretty subtle discrepancy, and I have a clear rod that fits very nicely in the tube. I'll probably go with these for the P1 emitter, even though the size isn't exact.
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    Upgrading a Rubies TOS Phaser 1+2

    So I was doing a little research, and...is it me, or is there something a little off about the control panel layout on this P1? Yeah, I didn't want to do major surgery on the top of the P1. Building up the bottom will be hard enough. But I guess I'll probably have to alter all those holes...
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    Upgrading a Rubies TOS Phaser 1+2

    ...Then I cut my other index finger, in almost the same spot, but this time with that tiny saw. Guh. Pro tip: when you're holding a part you're cutting, make sure your fingers behind the part aren't behind the cut line. Usually I'm good about that, but I guess I forgot this time, and tools will...
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    Upgrading a Rubies TOS Phaser 1+2

    Halfway there. This tiny razor-blade-size saw I learned about recently on the RPF was somewhat useful... ...but I did most of the cutting with my old favorite, a plastic scriber. If you haven't used these: you drag it back towards you along the cut line you want. The point on the side (not...
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