Another show-off: TNG 1st Season Mark VI Tricorder

Mr. Nagata

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Okay, so Matt already has a kick-ass version of this tricorder. I'm catching up.

I built this up from the roddenberry.com kit. Hero-izing it was a bit more involved than hero-izing the Ed Miarecki vacuformed versions. The electronics (awesomely done by Brian Makepeace using the original, circa 1987, obsolete components) were a bit more work to install. I built an opening mechanism similar to what was present on the original versions, as well as the little latch for keeping the door closed. I also installed a sound unit so I could get the cool ratchet sound (the first season tricorders had a mechnical system that apparently wasn't completely reliable).

The handscanner also has electronics, but I don't like to remove it because the ball catches that hold it in, while accurate, tend to destroy the paint.

Well, here she is:



And of course, a few movies:

Hi-res MOV format:
http://mercury.walagata.com/w/rnags/Props/season1markvi.mov

Compressed MPG format (so Munson can watch it on his obsolete system):
http://mercury.walagata.com/w/rnags/Props/season1markvi.MPG
 

masterjedi322

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Very nice build-up. I'm still cranking away on my 3rd season mark vi, but with the cold weather in my area I can't paint nothin.

Not a big fan of the 1st season trics, but you still gotta respect a nice build-up. Good stuff.

Sean
 

Mr. Nagata

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Thanks everyone.

Funny you should mention that. I originally had black tape on the bottom and painted the pivot rod black (like Munson's). But in my perusal of TNG episodes, all the first season reference I could find showed the bottom left gray. So I changed it. I like distinguishing it from the later seasons anyway.

Originally posted by DuneMuadDib@Feb 19 2006, 04:58 PM
Looks good.

Gonna put the gaffers tape on too right?
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Mr. Nagata

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Hehe. Yeah, I've got the tricorder disease bad. I never thought I'd do this one.

Originally posted by masterjedi322@Feb 19 2006, 05:08 PM
Very nice build-up. I'm still cranking away on my 3rd season mark vi, but with the cold weather in my area I can't paint nothin.

Not a big fan of the 1st season trics, but you still gotta respect a nice build-up. Good stuff.

Sean
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