Star Trek - Enaran 'Telepathic' Instrument - Build & Finished

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by Alan Castillo, Feb 13, 2012.

  1. Alan Castillo

    Alan Castillo Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    In the episode "Remember" from Star Trek Voyager, they 'give a ride' to a race called the Enarans.

    The race is capable of transmitting memories etc through telephathy.

    A member of the group plays an Enaran musical instrument, and 'assists' Janeway through telepathy when she has a go at playing the instrument.

    This is a picture of the original prop


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    It is, however, IMO, much more beautiful on screen :love


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    Of course I had to fall in love with this prop and have one for myself :lol

    Naturally, as usual, so long as when I finshed it looked somewhat like the prop and shouted "Enaran musical instrument ! " at me, I'd be happy :)

    I was going after the finishing as it is seen on screen.


    Step one, one of my (in)famous 'blueprints' :lol


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    Have shelving wood left in the garage, but I had to glue two pieces together to give it the correct thickness


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    Drew the outline


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    And on a thinner sheet, drew the outine again, but made it a couple of mm's wider (look closely, and you will see the 'join the dots game :lol)


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    Cut out 2 thick templates, and the slightly wider thin one


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    Drew and cut out the top raised decorative shapes


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    And sanded them at an angle on the sides to give it the sloping shape.


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    Wood filler, and then sanded again to smoothen.


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    Now the fun part :lol


    The sides of the thicker part of the prop are also slanting at an angle.

    I was not about to invest in a router to achieve that, but I have this, a heavy duty grinder with a sanding attachment.

    Muuaaaaaahahahahahahahahaha :lol


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    So after holding on for dear life at a couple of thousand revs per minute :lol, and applying the beast to the sides of the wood, this was achieved


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    Talk about a bull in a china shop :lol

    But, at least I could fine-sand it down and fix the ugly bits with filler, to be sanded later for the finishing touches.


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    After that, I REALLY wished I had invested in a router, because what I had to do next was a major pain in the backside.

    No router, but a hobby drill secured to a small workbench with electrical fasteners will do just fine :lol


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    I had to switch the drill on, and slowly pass the edge of the thinner sheet on it, so as to make a groove in the 5mm thick sheet :wacko


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    And once all the sanding and finishing was almost done, I finally had the correct slants on all 3 pieces.


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    Stuck the layers all together.

    (I collect props, not clamps. OK ? At least I didn't use cases of Sangria this time :lol


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    Now for the dome part.


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    I was after making the 'propeller' thingies you can see, one thick, and another thinner one that tapers off towards the top. I also wanted to make what looks like alternate 'dividers' of sorts at the base of the dome.


    So, enter one plastic lettuce preserver for the fridge :lol, some chrome tape used for cars, a plastic lid, a knob that came lord knows from where, the leftover brass sheet from my Vulcan Lamp build, a piece of rod from the mod I made to the Playmates Klingon disruptor :lol, and some thin sheets of wood that were left over for 'floor planking' from a wooden model ship.


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    Drew the base on a sheet of cardboard, divided the circle into equal parts, and glued the planking wood on alternate strips


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    Cut out the circle, and stuck on the plastic lid, a bit of the rod, topped off by the knob.


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    Cut the brass sheet into strips


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    And finally, cut out bits of wood for the 'control buttons' on the side of the instrument.


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    Which were then sanded down to shape.


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    And here she is, after sticking all the bits together and painting :)














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  2. Adam C.

    Adam C. Well-Known Member

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    Beautiful Alan! I'm continually amazed by your abilities to make such intricate and realistic looking prop replicas from just seeing something on screen and then simply deciding to make it. I truly envy your imagination and skills my friend. People like you really are what this forum is all about. Kudos! :thumbsup :thumbsup :thumbsup
     
  3. Bootlegger137

    Bootlegger137 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Wow. That came out great! I love it (and the photo progression). Awesome work, Alan! :thumbsup
     
  4. thegreatgalling

    thegreatgalling Sr Member

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    Couldn't have said it any better. This is remarkable Alan.
     
  5. idahorandom

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    That is truely amazing! What a great prop idea and follow through!
    Your skills are excellent and I love it!:thumbsup
     
  6. NakedMoleRat

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    That looks IMO much more beautiful than the screen used one! :thumbsup
     
  7. Funky

    Funky Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Agreed.
    Alan, do you just sit around thinking of what obscure props you should build? :lol
     
  8. ecl

    ecl Sr Member

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    Wow great work! That looks very finely crafted and unique.
     
  9. Alan Castillo

    Alan Castillo Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Fellows, your responses have literally floored me :cry (not kidding)

    I am SO happy you like it. THAT is what makes it all worthwhile for me :) :thumbsup

    Nope, they just call out my name when watching episodes :lol

    Really, that's what happens ! I'll be watching a series (as you can probably tell from my last 3 builds, the last one was Voyager :lol), and I make a mental note to look to buy a replica of a prop, and if all fails, to try and make it :lol
     
  10. Droidboy

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    That is freaking awesome!!!

    Gregg
     
  11. Apollo

    Apollo Legendary Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Beautiful work Alan!

    You have been doing some great builds from Voyager lately
     
  12. -E-

    -E- Active Member

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    I love your builds and this is no exception. Awesome job.
     
  13. JiminSTLouis

    JiminSTLouis Sr Member

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    That's a beautiful piece of work! I would say better than the original prop. Nicely done!
     
  14. Alan Castillo

    Alan Castillo Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thank you kind sirs, I am truly flattered :$
     
  15. darthgordon

    darthgordon Sr Member

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    That is fantastic. ...and I don't think you'll find something like that in many collections.
     
  16. Mr. Nagata

    Mr. Nagata Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I'm very impressed as well. Especially with how well you can work with plywood, which I find very difficult to cut intricate shapes out of without it splintering like crazy.
     
  17. Alan Castillo

    Alan Castillo Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thanks again friends. What a way to start my day :)

    I too am impressed Ryan.

    Not at any skill, but with my luck :lol

    I am still using left over super-el-cheapo plywood I bought almost 10 years ago, and only use a run-of-the-mill one-handed Skill jigsaw that is equally as old.

    Maybe its because I don't rush, and take my time cutting (?).
     
  18. Kennyd

    Kennyd Well-Known Member

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    Superb :)
    I love these sort of threads.
     
  19. Alan Castillo

    Alan Castillo Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thanks Kenny :)

    BTW Ryan, I just realised that I don't use a wood blade with the jigsaw, but one for metal. You almost can't see the teeth.
     

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