Making a Star Trek Alpha Hero Communicator

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pielock373

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Made a new buck that has many of the features of the original screen used comm's including the wank on the control panel area. Here is a shot fresh off the vac table.






 
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ecl

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Looking really good! The vintage hubs really make a big difference (although a subtle detail).
 

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pielock373

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To bend the lid all you need is a hammer and an oak 1x3. Start to finish, 25 minutes.


The first edge, bang with hammer on wood edge.



Second edge, bang again.



Third edge, you guessed, bang again!



And the back edge, more of the same.



So you end up with 4 turned up corners that I grind down on a belt sander.



The sander.



Corners leveled.



Sand bottom flat.



Sitting next to a JLong lid.



Test fitting



 
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pielock373

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Pretty slick just banging out a hero comm like this, like no big deal...except it is a big deal. Great stuff.

I've made 30 or so of these by hand like this. It really is muscle memory at this point. Without any ruler or measuring device I can make them the same exact size and shape every time, my wife will be watching me make them, she shakes her head and says "I don't know how you make it look so easy?" I've always said if you want something bad enough, you will find a way to make it happen. If you don't get what you want, then you didn't want it bad enough!

It's the same with the Moire rings. I lathe them out without picking up a micrometer. Each one is the exact same every time. Muscle memory!!

Steve
 
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