3rd Season TNG Cobra Head Phaser FINISHED!

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by Mr. Nagata, Nov 1, 2011.

  1. Mr. Nagata

    Mr. Nagata Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I finally finished this bad boy up. It's a hero Type II "Cobra Head" phaser from Star Trek: TNG. I wanted to make as accurate a version of the hero phaser as I could and I've never seen one made quite like this. This is a pretty rare cast of the third season body which was the only version of the cobra head to appear on screen that had electronics installed (to my knowledge anyway). It had to be hollowed out. It's not the HMS/Roddenberry kit, which is more based on the later season body.

    The main difference is the emitter, which is larger on this version than on later season phasers (apparently it was shrunk down to fit better into the holsters). The features are also more rounded. It's painted with Krylon Bright Silver, not 7173, which was also consistent with the earlier phasers (again, from what I was told).

    The electronics are from GMprops. This particular set used surface mount LEDs rather than traditional green rectangulars, so I made a faux panel made from the chopped-off tops of green LEDs and laid it over the top. Seems to work just fine. I also had to cut an access panel on the bottom, which is held on with magnets.

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    And here's a video of the features:

    Star Trek: TNG Cobrahead Phaser - YouTube
     
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  2. -E-

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    Absolutely gorgeous. Great work!
     
  3. MattMunson

    MattMunson Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Looks really great, and yes, that's a rare one. I call those the "fatties" as they appear to be holding some water weight or something. Excellent build up, and great pics. Please keep them comin'!
     
  4. Dave Porter

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    That does look great, and I really like the idea of the magnet back.

    Seems more TNG to not have to deal with screws.
     
  5. C0mmand3rC0dy

    C0mmand3rC0dy Sr Member

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    The piece looks fabulous, I love the nice smooth look the surface has,

    absolutely gorgeous!
     
  6. Mr. Nagata

    Mr. Nagata Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Not water weight, Matt. Electronics. Because this style body was the ONLY true hero prop.

    (Sorry, had to brag. It's taken me years to get a third season phaser that was hollow for electronics).
     
  7. Alan Castillo

    Alan Castillo Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    It looks really sleek :cool. Beautiful :thumbsup :thumbsup :thumbsup
     
  8. silverskyes402

    silverskyes402 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    That is one of the sexiest things i've ever seen, seriously, incredible job!
     
  9. Badmonkey

    Badmonkey New Member

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    Brilliant! You have done a fantastic job...I want!
     
  10. Apollo

    Apollo Legendary Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Well done!!

    She's a keeper!!
     
  11. Zendragon

    Zendragon Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Wow very very nice!
     
  12. StarTrek101

    StarTrek101 Member

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    Really nice work.
     
  13. Monster Dave

    Monster Dave Sr Member

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    I agree - Looks GREAT!
     
  14. StarTrek101

    StarTrek101 Member

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    I'm like seriously amazed. This is beautiful. How much would you want for it if you are interested in selling.
     
  15. masterjedi322

    masterjedi322 Sr Member

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    Another great build, Ryan. The paint job came out great!

    Sean
     
  16. Ruddigger

    Ruddigger Sr Member

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    Flawlessly done.
     
  17. USS Endeav

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    That is, untouchable.
     
  18. Anakin Starkiller

    Anakin Starkiller Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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  19. Mr. Nagata

    Mr. Nagata Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Can anyone verify that that is indeed a screen-used piece? I spoke to one of the TNG guys at one of the SoCal prop parties and he couldn't remember for certain if they ever put lights in the later models. So I can't discount it. But I also can't remember a time when I ever saw the lights on the later models on screen. Again, I could be wrong.
     
  20. AGxM

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    Beautiful!
     
  21. Apollo

    Apollo Legendary Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Well the dolphins had them iirc

    Hopefully Mike will chime in

     
  22. Mr. Nagata

    Mr. Nagata Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Yeah, I know those had lights for sure. I'm specifically talking about the later cobra head. There were two different sculpts. The first one that showed up in season 3 looked sort of bloated and had a larger emitter (the one I have here). It's also the only sculpt (I believe) that had lights in it that were seen on screen. The second sculpt was the one that's more commonly seen. It was a more angular sculpt and the emitter was shrunken down a bit to fit better in the holsters. These showed up (I believe) around season 5 and lasted the rest of the show, and were also seen on DS9 and Voyager. Most of these didn't have the power meter on them, and I don't think they were ever seen on screen with functional LED's being used.

    The auction that Anakin Starkiller posted looks like the later sculpt, but has a functional power meter on it. But I have no idea if that was ever seen on screen, or if it was even production made. There's a lot of fakes out there, particularly in the Trek prop world.

     
  23. E Williams

    E Williams Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    That 4th season hero phaser was a prototype and is written about here: https://www.yourprops.com/Type-2-Co...Trek-The-Next-Generation-TV-1987-YP60171.html

    This is likely the phaser mentioned in post #9 in this thread: http://www.therpf.com/showthread.php?t=127756&p=1914245&viewfull=1#post1914245

    I thought there was a thread here talking about it but now I can't find it. Maybe the owner will pop up and write a bit more about it :)

    BTW, your 3rd season hero build looks wonderful, Ryan. I was just re-reading this thread last month and it inspired me to get going on converting one of Myron's kits into this style :)
     
  24. BlasterGuy83

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    This is amazing!!! If I could afford it, I'd ask ever-so-nicely for a commission.
     
  25. Ruddigger

    Ruddigger Sr Member

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    This thread is from 2011... I commented on it back then too, still rad.
     
  26. Winchester1701

    Winchester1701 New Member

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    great looking phaser!!
     
  27. nick daring

    nick daring Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I love when grea old threads pop back up. Good projects never die.
     
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  28. Majapi69

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    Mr Nagata,

    Love your work, really quite good.
    Wonder if you could help me out, I have been looking to make one for myself., only thing is I can't find a decent idea of the correct dimensions, overall length, height and width.

    Will take a shot if I have to but do you remember where you got yours from or did you just wing it?

    Hope you can help me out,

    Matt.
     
  29. MustangGTR1

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    I do know that from 4th to 7th some had the led bars and some did not
     

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