Hero Phaser Scratchbuild

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  1. robn1

    robn1 Master Member

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    I've been commissioned to build a TOS hero phaser 2.

    I had started a build several years ago, but I got sidetracked and put it aside. It was made back before all the great reference we now have was available. I wasn't on the interwebs back then, a lot of you guys were discovering all the phaser's mysteries and I knew nothing about it. My main sources of info was an article in Star Trek The Magazine, and Jlong's article. I made this P2 from styrene sheet following the pics from those mags. I took these pics about four years ago, but the build is 9 or 10 years old.
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    I compared it to the newer pics available now and it wasn't to far off. A little on the big side, but the contours and proportions were very close. Instead of starting over, I decided to make corrections to the old one. It was made to be the final piece, but now I'll be making molds to cast parts in fiberglass. I've been cutting it down to size, and improving the general shape. I'll then plug up the holes to prepair for molding. I also improved the handle, though I will probably redo it.
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    This is where it is now. Many thanks to REL for the tip on Bondo Gold :thumbsup
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    A little more filling and some primer, then I'll move on to the P1.
     
  2. AJK001

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    That looks great so far and I can't wait to see more pictures. If this comes out like your other builds, I'm sure it is going to be perfect.

    Good luck with the build.
     
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  3. Roger Ramjet

    Roger Ramjet Sr Member

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    I love to see anyone tackle my favorite weapon in Scifi. Good luck with the project.
     
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  4. Sean

    Sean Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    That looks awesome so far.can't wait to see more.I wish I could do schematic drawings like those in the background. I can't even use Google sketchup...:cry
     
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  5. robn1

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    Thanks! I'm so glad to get to finish this project after so long, and I have a client to pay for it :lol

    The plans were drawn by a Trek Prop Zone member. He studied all the available pics and drew them in CAD.
     
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  6. Sean

    Sean Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Nice!Its going to look fantastic.....
     
  7. Apollo

    Apollo Legendary Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I'm sure someone is going to be pleased with the end results

    Looking forward to your progress
     
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  8. gyoung2993

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    Awesome work !!! Will be watching this with great interest....in the future,you can make me one too...lol......
     
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  9. thegreatgalling

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    That looks excellent so far!
     
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  10. phez

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    Double post
     
  11. phez

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    Awesome project, I have always wanted to take a crack at that myself. I can not wait to see how this turns out!!!!
     
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  12. robn1

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    Thanks, I appreciate it!
     
  13. micdavis

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    Top of the heap.

    Nothing better than a Phaser 2 project.

    Please make it Black and White.
     
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  14. robn1

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    Thanks.

    That's up to the client. I'll ask if he wants both versions.
     
  15. The Dude

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    Very nice!
     
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  16. StarTrek101

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    Really awesome. I did the same exact thing as you some years ago. If you need any help, just ask.
     
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  17. robn1

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    Thanks guys!
     
  18. SurferGeek

    SurferGeek Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Your buildups are always top notch Rob. I'm sure this will be the same.

    Subscribed!
     
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  19. Maelstrom

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    I think this is the 1st scratchbuilt phaser thread I've seen. Everything I've always seen has been kits or conversions. Very nice work!!
     
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  20. robn1

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    Thanks guys! I'm still working on the trigger box contours, I like the front but the rear needed more filler. The home made handle connector will be replaced with a twist plug.
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  21. robn1

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    You did? Heck boy, post some pics!
     
  22. robn1

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    I got the trigger box done. It took a lot of little rolled up pieces of sand paper, but the curves are just right. Next I'll cut out the rear end to make a receptacle for the fins.
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  23. WinstonWolf359

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    That looks REALLY outstanding! Great work! :)
     
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  24. boodha

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    Those are some sweet curves. Great work. Thanks for posting your WIP.
     
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  25. Volpin

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    Beautiful work, and also so very clean and tidy! I wish my workspace looked half as situated during my projects.

    Would you mind elaborating a bit more on the "Bondo Gold" you're using? Looks like some nice putty, and I'm looking for something between Apoxie Sculpt and Bondo to do some filling work with.

    Keep up the fantastic work!

    Edit: what program do you use for your blueprints? Looks like Inventor or similar.
     
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  26. nwjedidave

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    Amazing work so far!
     
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  27. robn1

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    Thanks a lot guys! I cleaned a very small space for the pics, but the table is a mess! I lose my x-acto every time I set it down :lol

    Someone else made the plans, I believe in CAD. They're available on The Trek Prop Zone. He studied all the photos, and examined a real mid grade phaser as a basis for the plans.
     
  28. vetteboy1982

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    Thats awesome Rob. I always loved that weapon, and the communicator.....VERY COOL !
     
  29. robn1

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    Thanks!

    Got four twist lock sockets yesterday, plugs are still en route.
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  30. robn1

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    Sorry I missed this before. I haven't used Apoxie Sculpt so I can't compare, but I've heard good things about it. Bondo Gold is a premium version of the regular Bondo, it bonds to more surfaces like styrene and sands smoother and easier. It doesn't tend to clog the sand paper as much. It has a lime green color but uses the same red cream hardener as the regular.

    I was a little iffy on the fillet around the trigger box, I couldn't judge the symmetry until I threw some primer on it. Looks pretty good I think. There are still some gaps and pin holes, I'll tend to them later. I just wanted to get a better look at the shape.
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    Today I'll get a piece of poplar to make the P1 from, and work on cutting out the rear fin area.
     
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  31. micdavis

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    ::drools::
     
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  32. Felgacarb

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    This is looking great. I always love a good phaser build-
     
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  33. robn1

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    Thanks!

    I've been cutting out the rear where the fins go on. I marked it out and scribed it with my x-acto. The ruler has a grid along it's full length that helps keep everything at right angles.
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    I continued scribing with my panel cutter.
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    And finished with an x-acto saw.
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    Then I cleaned it up with a file. I'll be closing it up with some sheet styrene, so I cut the opening out a little large.
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  34. robn1

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    I still have some clean up to do, but I got the rear fin slot boxed in.
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  35. Tiberius Kirk

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    Great work!
     
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  36. robn1

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    Thanks.
    Fillin' in the little pin holes.
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  37. darth_myeek

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    Fantastic Rob!

    and I really really hope you are my secret santa :love

    Mike
     
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  38. Chrisisall

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    Ho man, Rob, this is monumental stuff here!! I'm modifying some Art Asylum phasers that seem to be turning out okay so far, but this... THIS is AMAZING!!!(y)thumbsup(y)thumbsup(y)thumbsup(y)thumbsup(y)thumbsup:thumbsup
     
  39. MattMunson

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    This tool right here! Where can one find one? What's the exact name for something like that? I'd like to be able to find it online.

    ALSO, great build, sir! Looks really great!!!
     
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  40. robn1

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    Thanks fellas! I appreciate it.

    The tool is called a panel scriber or just a scriber, it's a modeling tool. Mine is the Squadron one Scribing Tool (squ10202) Squadron Miscellaneous Hand Tools but most say the Bare Metal Foil one is better Introduction To Using Bare-Metal Foil - Bare-Metal Foil Co.

    You can scribe lines and grooves with it, and it makes fast work of cutting through too. Scribing with an x-acto leaves a raised ridge of plastic on each side of the line. The scriber removes a curl of plastic for a cleaner line.
     
  41. MattMunson

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    Thanks for the links!
     
  42. Sean

    Sean Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Dude this project is fantastic.and I didn't even know there was a little saw attachment blade made for exacto.I could have used that so many times it's pitiful.looking awesome!
     
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  43. Chrisisall

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    I like the X-Acto knife for that myself- snapped off tip & held in reverse, then I gently hold it at an angle & go through it again to remove those ridges. The scribing tool makes a 'V' cut (at least, the one I have does, and I couldn't find a non-'V' one), and that doesn't work for most of my projects. Still, I DO use it for a lot of other things beside panel lines...
     
  44. robn1

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    Thanks! Not x-acto but you get the idea, a #11 blade with saw teeth #33 Replacement Blades (5) (zon39-925) Zona X-acto Knife Blades
     
  45. boodha

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    Wow, this thread is quite the source for info! Thanks for a great read on some great work Rob!
     
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  46. tim

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    The tool also resembles a periosteal elevator.


    And a reaaaaaly hope a run of cast parts shakes out at some point. :)
     
  47. gyoung2993

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    Where do I find a couple of metal parts ,for the phaser so I can start mine,I will use your post as a reference,but dont want to do anything until I aquire all the Parts I need.......
     
  48. robn1

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    Check with Sporak and Nicksdad, between the two of them you can get just about everything.
     
  49. gyoung2993

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    Thanks so much and that is phenominal work,by the way......
     
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  50. robn1

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    Things slowed down over the holiday, but work continues. I filled in my faux twist plug hole in the trigger box. It looks like crap here but it's smooth.
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    I had to sand back the front wall a bit. It was backed up with epoxy and I sanded right through the plastic, there's nothing left but epoxy!
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    I got a few twist lock plugs a while back, but the receptacles are too tall.
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    I got some panel mount versions, they need to be sanded down on the sides but they're much shorter.
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    Here's a few shots with a Jlong P1 in place. It doesn't quite fit but it's a cool preview.
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