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

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Alan Castillo

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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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Adam C.

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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
 

thegreatgalling

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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

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

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Alan Castillo

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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

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

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
 

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Mr. Nagata

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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.
 

Alan Castillo

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

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.

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 (?).
 

Alan Castillo

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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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