Diamond Select Star Trek TOS Communicator Modification Project / Replacing Parts

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spacerone

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Going to start modifying an old Diamond Select Star Trek TOS Communicator I had lying around. Fortunately this one has the metal lid attached. Anyone interested in sharing ideas or participating is welcome to do so!:)



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spacerone

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A little further down the rabbit hole.
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Look what I found, it's a little baby speaker. How cute is that! :lol

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That's better. Now how does that bezel come off. :confused

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I got it! Just press on it. It was glued on.;)

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It's off! :)

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spacerone

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Now back to the project!

I don't want to remove the control plate area which is a tiny bit larger than it should be so I will have to improvise a bit. Time for the Sharpie marker to do it's trick.;)

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Now that's a work of art! :lol

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Time to make some noise. :devil

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Wait that hole is suppose to be a different shape.:cry

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I think that is better but I will have to check it with the replacement control panel part to be sure.:p

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Will be back right after station identification.:lol
 

spacerone

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A little more magic marker to finish my art work.:lol And a little more filing and presto we have a good fit for the mic.:D

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The control panel area looks much better now. !:thumbsup

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Time for a J-B Weld break! :popcorn
 

spacerone

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These holes are way too small but a good starting point. Keep them centered if you can.:unsure

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The one on the right is good size now. It is the same size as the original hole was.

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They need a little adjusting though.

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Now those two holes will work .:eek

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Need to find a way to get the new aluminum hubs to attach to the plastic ones.:facepalm

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Stay tuned! I'll be back! :cool
 

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spacerone

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And the project continues.:p

Just installed three little halo's.
How heavenly it looks now.:angel

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It's J-B Weld time again! :popcorn

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spacerone

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Had to trim the spinning wheel so it would fit inside the inner ring.
Went around and around with sand paper.:wacko What a pain! :(

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Now it fits inside without touching the sides.:)

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Now what is the best way to cut circles out of the plastic moires without marking them up. :unsure
 

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spacerone

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Cut the two circles out.
Had to paint the back of the smaller circle with white paint and then put a piece of sticker paper on it so the glue won't show through the paint.

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I off centered the smaller circle so it would look like the alpha hero and placed it on the wheel.

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This is how it looks when placed inside the inner ring with the clear plastic moire centered on top.

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Now with the outer ring on top.

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Now isn't that a nice little spider.:)

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spacerone

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Man, I'm enjoying seeing this progress. ::thumb::

Happy to hear it! :)




I had to reduce the height of the inner ring a little with some sandpaper. It was too tall to fit with motor mechanism in the way.

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After many test fits with the communicator partially assembled with the motor mechanism, clear moire and outer ring in place I was able to determine the correct height and centering for the ring.:)


J-B Weld hold her steady !:lol

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The new alpha ring now fits like a glove.;)

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spacerone

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Time to glue on the painted moire with the paper on back.
Maybe a little to the left.:p


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That looks better. Maybe just a tiny adjustment.:rolleyes

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Now that works for me! ;)

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spacerone

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The silver paint was a little faded at the mid plate area so I added a fresh coat.

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I was told that if you remove one of the solder spots on the circuit board that bridges a connection you can recover one of the Mr. Spock phrases ("Your signal is very weak, can you turn up your gain?").

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So I removed the connection at this location and at first it did not work when I went through the phrases.:( But then I removed the batteries for a short while and reinstall them and pressed the button again to go through the phrases and there it was, the extra phrase. It worked! :) How cool is That! :cool
 

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