Star Trek 3D Chess Set - Build, & Finished

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by Alan Castillo, Nov 17, 2011.

  1. Alan Castillo

    Alan Castillo Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    While the chess from Star Trek TOS was seen in a few episodes, the chess set created for Star Trek - The Next Generation, was a permanent fixture in the set deco for the 10 Forward Lounge on the Enterprise.

    Even for brief fleeting moments, it can be seen in the vast majority of scenes that were filmed in 10 Forward.

    ....... plus, I'm currently watching TNG, and wanted to build this one :lol


    This is the original prop.


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    And as it appeared in TNG, (as well as in Sisko's quarters on DS-9) and in the final episode of Enterprise.


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    The original prop was sold by Christie's in 2006, for $28,800.


    This is my $45 version :lol


    Waste not, want not (aka pieces of wood from the garage)


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    Cut, joined and filled.


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    I tried sanding masked out parts of acrylic plates to get a frosting effect, but it didn't work out :(


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    So I went the mask and paint way :)

    I used a blade and a ruler to cut the protective covering of the acrylic into squares, removed alternate squares, and painted the exposed areas.


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    Results of paint, with the acrylic rods stuck onto the underside.


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    And the final replica after putting all the bits together and using a set of glass chess pieces.

    Sanded down the frame, painted it and the base silver, stuck the smaller plates to the larger plates, the large plates onto the frame, and placed some chess pieces around.


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  2. Michael Bergeron

    Michael Bergeron Legendary Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    That looks great! Always wanted one of those!
     
  3. CousinDave

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    Very creative! Do you know how to play it? lol!
     
  4. Apollo

    Apollo Legendary Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Spock and Data request coordinates for Beam-Down!
     
  5. jediscout

    jediscout Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    You did an outstanding job. This is a great prop--looks like it was gratifying to make. I also really like that it's an affordable prop to create--and you showed 'progress' shots. I'll bet you inspire at least a few folk around here to take on a new DIY project.

    Nice work. The small chess pieces you chose look good too.
     
  6. Alan Castillo

    Alan Castillo Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thanks for the comments ! :)

    No Dave, I don't know how. But he does :lol

    The most 'expensive' part of the cost was the chess set jediscout :lol
     
  7. Felgacarb

    Felgacarb Well-Known Member

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    Great build! Especially your work with the acrylic (which I always manage to mess up...) It came out looking perfect.
     
  8. Angelus Lupus

    Angelus Lupus Sr Member

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    Tried one of these years back, may have to give it another go. Nice work.
     
  9. Mr. Nagata

    Mr. Nagata Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    That's really awesome work!
     
  10. rosskow

    rosskow Well-Known Member

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    you made it look to easy, with only 6 progress photo's makes it seem like you whipped it up during lunch

    looks great though, and i didnt know there was different rules for it, i thought it just had different levels to make it look more confusing, spock always made it look simply though
     
  11. Alan Castillo

    Alan Castillo Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thanks again everyone, it's much appreciated :)

    rosskow, there's not really much else to it other than what I posted. It may seem easy (and in a way it is), but it is actually a pain in the rear-end to make due to the 'delicacy' involved :lol
     
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  12. robn1

    robn1 Master Member

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    Very cool piece, great job :thumbsup
     
  13. Maelstrom

    Maelstrom Sr Member

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    Neat! Very clean build.
     
  14. YenChih Lin

    YenChih Lin Sr Member

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    nice, any dimensions for those, who also want to tackle it?
     
  15. Alan Castillo

    Alan Castillo Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thank you gentlemen :)

    YCL, dimensions roughly as follows :

    'Large' board - 14 X 14 X 0.4 cms
    'Small' board - 7 X 7 X 0.4 cms
    Rods - 5.5 cms X 0.8mm diameter.
    Base - 17.5 X 15 X 1.5 cms
    'Main' Frame - 32 cms tall x 0.8 cms thick
    Total Height - 40 cms

    Note - It is not 1 : 1.

    First I estimated what 'volume' of space I could afford to give it without it looking too bulky in the overall prop room deco. Then I bought the chess pieces, and worked backwards with their dimensions from there, using screen-grabs and proportional calculations.

    According to Christie's, the original prop was 25x10x20 inches.
     
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  16. Angelus Lupus

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    25 inches tall? No wonder my Franklin Mint one I shelled out for back when I had money always felt too small (it's only 13"). Inevitably when playing, someone would reach for a piece in the middle of a large board and knock the small board while trying to squeeze their hand underneath. At least it came with a set of rules, though.

    OK, actually it didn't, I complained, they sent the TOS booklet in German! - I'd bought he TNG board- complained, eventually got the right booklet.

    BTW I used the exact same mask-and-spray-silver technique (should be able to re-use those boards) together with what looks like the same clear and frosted glass chess set.
     
  17. Vaderman

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    That looks great! Very nice job.
    Incidentally there was once a clear acrylic plate that fit into the hole in the base, with an insignia "etched" on it. Most of the "etched glass" on the show was also paint on plexiglas, like the windows in the doors leading into Ten-Forward.
     
  18. Sean

    Sean Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Awesome work! and I love your display area.....
     
  19. darthgordon

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    That turned out great. I'm actually surprised that there aren't more replicas of these boards out there. I thought it would be a pretty popular prop.
     
  20. Roger Ramjet

    Roger Ramjet Sr Member

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    Nice!! Here's my Replica of the TOS Set:

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  21. Robert412

    Robert412 Well-Known Member

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    This looks awesome, and I'm super jealous. All you need, now, is a set of those awesome tumblers with the finger and thumb indents.

    Also, is it just me, or are the platforms in the first photo on a diagonal, whereas yours are perpendicular to the stand? It's hard to tell in any of the photos, with all those levels.
     
  22. darthgordon

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    It looks to me in the first pic like they intentionally skewed the boards to show more of the board in one picture. They were definitely not like that in the show.
     
  23. Robert412

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    Yeah. Wasn't sure, but stuff like that always throws me off, anyway.
     
  24. islandboynkauai

    islandboynkauai New Member

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    Keep up the good work guys, great collection
     
  25. Ryaline

    Ryaline New Member

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    Awesome. I never get the ideas to pull off things like these. Any chance of someone producing a vector of the board stand (so we could make one of our own?)
     
  26. Funky

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    Dammit, Alan! That's the second TOS prop you made that I so desperately want! :cry
     
  27. Melwicker1

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    I wish I had one...but my cats would knock it around and possibly destroy it if I kept a 3D chess set.
     
  28. Randavian

    Randavian Active Member

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    I would like to get my hands on those rules. I have always wanted to build me one of these chess sets. And I would like to know how to play it. There has to be some varying rules, compared to regular chess, with the modification of the board.

     
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  29. Randavian

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    Great build!
     
  30. Alan Castillo

    Alan Castillo Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thanks folks :)

    No need to be jealous (of me :lol) Armando.

    I made the TNG board.

    Roger made the TOS one he posted here :thumbsup (post #20)
     
  31. Cadeus

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    The whole concept of that board is really genius... Chess is a 2- dimensional game, designed to mimic warfare... The ST chess-board is 3-d; it illustrates a level of thinking that has evolved beyond the limits of a 2- dimensional world
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  32. Supa troop

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    Great Build Al really liking that
     
  33. Alan Castillo

    Alan Castillo Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thank you Simon :):thumbsup
     
  34. Smiling Demon

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    * Alan, that's bad azz man!!!

    Kenny
     
  35. Petseal

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    WOW! I was looking through your prop thread and was absolutely amazed by your collection!
    When I found a link to this thread I had to check it out!
    I had the TOS chess board years ago but ended up selling it (needed the cash) and it was too small anyway!
    You have some fantastic props and I just wanted to say thanks for sharing them with us!
     
  36. Smiling Demon

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    DITTO!!!

    Kenny
     
  37. Kristy

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    Hello Alan,
    Your chess set is amazing!
    I belong to a Starfleet correspondence chapter that puts out a quarterly newsletter. One of our articles is called Trek Chic. I was wondering if we could feature your Chess Set in the next issue for this article.
    Please take a look at our last issue here. The Trek Chic article is on page 25.
    I think it would be a great addition to our newsletter.
    Our ships' website is here.
    Please email me.
    I look forward to hearing back from you.
    Kristy.
     
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  38. TheSt.LouisKid

    TheSt.LouisKid Sr Member

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    I have seen better pics but this one looks like a profile/silhouette of the Lost in Space robot.

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  39. Talos

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    It is, and if I remember correctly the piece above it on the little board, next to Troi's head, is supposed to be the Jupiter 2.

    Alan, great work on your board! I've loved 3D Chess on Trek since I was a kid and always wanted one of the boards. Yours turned out really nicely.
     
  40. Drac

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    Forgive me for being a dunce, but I have a few questions.

    1. Does that mean if the original is only 25 inch tall then yours is almost double the hight? its just yours doesnt look like its oversized.
    2. What paint did you use?
    3. Also correct me if im wong but isnt the original chess board platforms attached at an angle from the main section, more like a diamond rather than a straight square? if that makes any sense at all :D

    That last one is not a criticism btw, just wondered if my eyes where playing tricks lol :D

    Brilliant build btw :thumbsup
     
  41. Alan Castillo

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    Thanks everyone for the kind words :)

    Drac - I see the problem. Mine is 40 cms high tall. The original, according to Christie's, is 25 inches - ie approximately 63 cms. Mine is purposely smaller.

    IIRC, I used silver spray for both the body and the boards.

    With regards to the placement of the boards, in all the episodes of TNG and DS9 it appears, the boards are placed parallel to the frame. Seems Christie's wanted to be artistic for the photo shoot :lol
     
  42. NakedMoleRat

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    That came out nice. I still have my Franklin Mint Trek chess set with gold and silver pieces. In that one the small attacj boards move around to all corners or levels. In the rules, you can move the board with the pieces on it as a move, and gain an advantage over your oponent. It takes some getting used to for the rules, but once you learn them, it's a blast to play.
     
  43. NakedMoleRat

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    It was the B9 robot. That was in one of the comentaries a ways back.

     
  44. redfive

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    Always liked this one, very cool!
     
  45. Shylaah

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    Rummaging through some old photos and slides taken in the late 70s and came
    across a couple of pics of a 3D chess set. No one left to ask questions about
    it, but it looks like it used regular/standard chess pieces.
    Must be some knock or something as it doesn't look like the one even in TOS.

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  46. Drac

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    Ah I see what you mean I was confused there got inches and cms mixed up haha, I thought it was odd about the placement of the boards as most shots from TNG do look parallel to the frame, seems weird why Christies made them at an angle :confused as its not screen accurate, oh well still a great build will have to get me some parts and get cracking :thumbsup :D
     
  47. Darth Vader

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    Vaderful!!! Oups I mean wonderful!!!! :lol
     
  48. UrsusSoft

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  49. 1701Dfeynman

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    Aren't the samll boards supposed to be movable?
     
  50. Jadzia

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    Thats beautiful!! I always loved the design of those!
     

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