Jack's Compass... My take on the Captain's "unique" navigational instrument .

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by crypto, Aug 15, 2015.

  1. crypto

    crypto Active Member

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    I have slowly been gathering items for a Captain Jack costume and found that the compass is one item that proves hard to find.

    The cheap costume compasses out there look to cheap and nasty and to be honest being in Australia they aren't cheap once postage/shipping has been added.

    I found some scale plans and decided to make my own.

    I drew out the templates onto posterboard (compressed cardboard) and then cut them out and started assembling them.


    A piece of pvc pipe was used for the inner part of the compass, I then filled the cavity with resin to add a little weight and to give screws etc something to grip to .

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    A Christmas bauble made a good dome for the lid, this was doubled up to make it stronger.





    Stay tuned .. more to come ......................
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2016
  2. Mr Mold Maker

    Mr Mold Maker Sr Member

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    Looks very promising so far..keep up the good work!
  3. DrMcoy

    DrMcoy Sr Member

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    fantastic! i am a big fan of the movies and this prop, and yours is coming along nicely -- thanks for posting progress pics.
  4. Kasdren

    Kasdren New Member

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    Its looking good; if you use some super magnets hidden in your glove you can make the needle point in any direction you want with the slightest movement of your palm.
  5. Tuckanator

    Tuckanator Active Member

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    Very cool, any chance you vould post the link to the plans you found?
  6. JC777

    JC777 New Member

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    Looks good so far :) Nice call on using the bauble for the dome, it looks pretty much spot on. Hope to see more of your build soon.
  7. crypto

    crypto Active Member

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    I had forgotten all about this build until I found it in amongst some gear I was cleaning up.

    I need to get this finished before it ends up hidden on a shelf somewhere .... :p

    I used 2mm card on the edges.

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    Once all the edging was done the whole piece was undercoated.

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    More to come ................
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  8. PHArchivist

    PHArchivist Master Member

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    Did a toy conversion for a JS compass - one of the most fun and rewarding projects I've done.

    Yours looks great so far! Be careful with reference - some books (POTC Visual DIctionary, IIRC) have the image flopped.
  9. crypto

    crypto Active Member

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    I found a "dial face" I was happy with and printed it out and glued it to a piece a card.

    A couple of nuts added to the back allow it to sit and spin on a cut down nail that is glued into the bottom of the compass body.

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    Card and plastic sprue used to make the central piece of the compass.

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    More to come ..............
  10. DrMcoy

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    looking good!

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