Firefly PAL 5 conversion

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Kaylee

Well-Known Member
Back beofre these wonderful resin casts were being offered I spent weeks looking about for an original PAL. Needless to say, I came up short handed, so I decided to make a non-canon version from a PAL 5+ which is much more readily available.

The original is here:


I scraped all the text off the back, removed the knob, the wire belt loop, ground off the speaker face, and sanded and filled and sanded and filled and sanded and filled more times that I'd care to count.

This is the result so far:






I have a set of FRS walkie-talkies on order, one of which is going in here. I also need to make a label for the back, add a belt clip, and generally clean it up.

But I have a couple questions..

1. Any suggestions on what to fill in the speaker area with? Some kind of microphone or speaker or filter or something?

2. Any ideas on how to get that clear plastic part covering the LED out without breaking it?
 

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jason1976

Sr Member
Very nice work. I'm imprest. I'm shure that Gary is going to be a bigger help then I could be with your questions.

Jason
 

Kaylee

Well-Known Member
Thank you all.

Here's the image I'm going to use for the backplate -- I don't suppose y'all have any suggestions (or corrections to my Babelfish Chinese? :) )



As usual, anyone who wants the file is welcome to it. :)
 

jason1976

Sr Member
WOW. It looks great, and thanks for sharing. I don't think I've ever seen the back of the real prop, but if it didn't have that on it, it should have. :) You know, this show, and it's props, just may end up being a Rosetta stone, for non chiness speeking foks like myself. (Or I could just take a class. :lol )

Jason
 

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Kaylee

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Thank you.

I don't think the original had anything on the back, save perhaps whatever the original manufacturer might have left on there. I'm hoping I'll have some help with the Chinese soon -- I'm sure what's on there now is butchered to the point of high-larity, but I updated the graphic a touch. I hope the tech specs on the left aren't too out of line for something meant to talk to a relatively close spaceship and/or other crewmembers. Any HAM geeks care to correct me? :)

That should read:
Max range: 42 Km/LO-LOS
(ie, 42 Km ground-to-ground, Low Orbit-Line of Sight ground to ship)

Max Transmission Pwr: 14 Watts
(about three times what it looks like modern hand-held HAMs have)

Frequency Range: 132-2400 MHz (certainly not all-inclusive, but rather "a little here, a little there")

 

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