Star Trek 'Search for Spock' and 'Final Frontier' communicators

Oh yeah! can't forget about the badge comms, Don't even get me stared on Phasers! I'm even worse with those! Star Wars Blasters and lightsabers, Blade Runner, Lost in space, the Expanse,.......
 

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Well if you open that can of worms you have to go with the JJ Abrams movie comms too, then there is the TOS prequel coms, then the Discovery comms, then there are the start trek concept coms, alien comms, then there is all the different makes of TOS comms, etc. It never really stops for me. I'm a communicator FREAK. I'm coo-coo for communicators.!
Hahaha! That's a LOT of communicators! :D :eek:

Nope!! I'm being disciplined and keeping myself only to the 'original series' line-up at the moment (I do have a couple of Next Gen comm badges but...). So TOS and the 6 movies. Maybe Generations. Maybe the weird see-through Pike era communicator. That's it! To save my sanity!
 
Well, I know I said I wouldn't... but here we are! :D While I'm waiting on a couple of parts to complete the STV/VI communicator I caved into my urge for completeness and printed up the parts for the STII communicator! Files are from 3DTechDesign on CGTrader, who also made the STV/VI version I'm putting together.

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There's a little bit more cleaning and tidying up to do as well as some further minor modifications to fit the electronics in but they've printed up nicely in general. I'm planning on adding the blinking red 'translock' indicator light as well as lights in the two translucent pieces - white in the 'hinge' and red in the bottom extension (as that's what seems to show in most stills from the movie showing the communicator being used).

Put together, it's actually not quite as gigantically clunky as I'd feared, though still a weird departure from the rather more sleek design aesthetic of the others (even the TMP wrist comms) and it stands out in the line-up, even unfinished. The TOS communicator is the Wand Company version. I'll assemble it and paint it up over the next few days. It's (hopefully) a relatively simple paint job - just matt/sating black and polished aluminium as far as I can tell.

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The ST:TMP wrist communicators are made from files from LimeyBuilds on CGTrader, by the way, and offer several versions, both 'hero' and 'background' to mimic those seen on various crewmembers in the movie.

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you must have a good 3D printer, those don't look printed at all. I have grown to hate PLA because of all the crappy prints that are being sold out there, but I'd take this quality of printed props any day.
 
you must have a good 3D printer, those don't look printed at all. I have grown to hate PLA because of all the crappy prints that are being sold out there, but I'd take this quality of printed props any day.
It's actually pretty basic compared with the newer models. It's the first generation Elegoo Mars. So a small build volume and quite slow in comparison to later models. But it does the job (mostly!). The size is the most frustrating thing since for larger props I have to slice parts into multiple pieces to be able to print them and that can mean structural issues as well as a lot more filling and making good to hide the joins.

I use Elegoo ABS-like grey resin mostly, and Anycubic Translucent for clear parts. To be honest, I think the quality of the prints is often to do with the prep work and post-print processing rather than the machine - for resin at least it's critical to spend some time dialling in the right settings, using an appropriate layer height and orientation, being careful about where you put the supports. And then (for resin at least) properly cleaning and curing the printed parts before any filling, smoothing and wet sanding.
 
can you post a picture of your printer with a communicator for scale? I see these are not that expensive. I have had other people print miscellaneous parts for me in the past and now I am in need of some Discovery phaser parts. Maybe I might get into this
 
hah, never mind I purchased the Mars 3 pro, open box on ebay, from the Elegoo outlet store.

I'm not impulsive at all.

Looking forward to printing my own props like yours!
 
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Well if you open that can of worms you have to go with the JJ Abrams movie comms too, then there is the TOS prequel coms, then the Discovery comms, then there are the start trek concept coms, alien comms, then there is all the different makes of TOS comms, etc. It never really stops for me. I'm a communicator FREAK. I'm coo-coo for communicators.!
You do not have Too many communicators?
 
Some prop trivia for you: The film producers for TWOK intended to make all new phaser and communicator props for the second film, but only the new communicator props made it to the screen. To portray a military look, the handheld comm was modeled after a Vietnam war-era field radio (???). The inner lid is printed with “MP” (for Modern Props) and numbers “1130” (MP’s street address). Although boxy and ugly, an unused prototype comm sold at Heritage Auctions on June 29, 2016 for $2,400. A screen-used hero (light-up) prop sold for $17,400.
 
Some prop trivia for you: The film producers for TWOK intended to make all new phaser and communicator props for the second film, but only the new communicator props made it to the screen. To portray a military look, the handheld comm was modeled after a Vietnam war-era field radio (???). The inner lid is printed with “MP” (for Modern Props) and numbers “1130” (MP’s street address). Although boxy and ugly, an unused prototype comm sold at Heritage Auctions on June 29, 2016 for $2,400. A screen-used hero (light-up) prop sold for $17,400.
cool, my TWOK is full metal, light up just like the screen used hero. Made by JTK (John Broughton) back in the TPZ days. Not sure what you mean about the phasers, those were a new design and only used in TWOK far as I know. The TWOK is definitely my least favorite version of the Star Fleet Phaser.
 
I've seen this picture for the prototype for the Wrath of Khan phaser and found the original walkie Talkie you were mentioning,
 

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I ran across this concept of the TWOK communicator, pretty cool, I think, which looks just like the thing on their field jackets.

I found the parts but the files to print are sold one part at a time and they get spendy when you add them up/

 

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More TWOK prop trivia:

The producers of TWOK initially asked John Zabrucky of Modern Props, Inc. to design new phaser and communicator props, but ultimately decided to reuse the existing phasers from the first Trek film. They redressed the phasers from TMP with new paint and electronics.
Good move, since this new phaser provided by Modern Props was as poorly designed as their ugly comm. Since this phaser was a non-screen used prototype (and ugly), it was sold by Heritage Auctions on June 29, 2016 for a relatively low $2,480.

Also, a “Power Generator” prop designed by Zabrucky is jokingly called "the most important device in the universe" as a result of its ubiquitous use in numerous science fiction films and TV series. The prop was originally built for the TV series The Incredible Hulk (1977) and has appeared in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) (along with Zabrucky’s communicator prop); multiple Star Trek franchise TV shows; and the film Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999), among many others. It was openly ridiculed for having no apparent purpose in the film Airplane! II: The Sequel (1982). I forget the forum, but someone here on the RPF made a 3D printed model of it...and I want one! ;)
 

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Well if you open that can of worms you have to go with the JJ Abrams movie comms too, then there is the TOS prequel coms, then the Discovery comms, then there are the start trek concept coms, alien comms, then there is all the different makes of TOS comms, etc. It never really stops for me. I'm a communicator FREAK. I'm coo-coo for communicators.!
What are those three communicators next tot he Klingon one and above the Vox from GALAXY QUEST?
 
the 1st one is Valkyrie Props Scott Nakada, the other two are kits made by a guy whos username was Cincinnati Kid. Since mine aren't finished I'm showing pictures I found on the web. I see someone on Your Props , SLK, claiming the 3rd one is his own scratch build, he has a picture of the 2nd one too and he doesn't claim to have built that one, rather he says it was designed for STV and not used inn the movie. Sounds like BS to me, since I have both kits and I got them from a guy on the TPZ years ago.
 

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More TWOK prop trivia:

The producers of TWOK initially asked John Zabrucky of Modern Props, Inc. to design new phaser and communicator props, but ultimately decided to reuse the existing phasers from the first Trek film. They redressed the phasers from TMP with new paint and electronics.
Good move, since this new phaser provided by Modern Props was as poorly designed as their ugly comm. Since this phaser was a non-screen used prototype (and ugly), it was sold by Heritage Auctions on June 29, 2016 for a relatively low $2,480.

Also, a “Power Generator” prop designed by Zabrucky is jokingly called "the most important device in the universe" as a result of its ubiquitous use in numerous science fiction films and TV series. The prop was originally built for the TV series The Incredible Hulk (1977) and has appeared in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) (along with Zabrucky’s communicator prop); multiple Star Trek franchise TV shows; and the film Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999), among many others. It was openly ridiculed for having no apparent purpose in the film Airplane! II: The Sequel (1982). I forget the forum, but someone here on the RPF made a 3D printed model of it...and I want one! ;)
I wasn't aware there were any phasers shown in the 1st Movie, I just watched TMP and TWOK this past week on Blu-ray.
 
Yes, there were phasers made for the 1st movie...they just didn't get much (any?) screen time. Only the security guards had them, and they were holstered, IIRC ("If I Recall Correctly" for those of you who, like me, hate acronyms!). The Klingons had a disruptor (called a "Death Sting") but they too were holstered and not given screen time. They were redressed and reused in STV. You can do a Google search and find many pictures of both the TMP and TWOK phasers. The main differences were the triggers; control panel on top; paint; and the addition of the prismatic pin striping on the side of the later phaser.
 
Yes, there were phasers made for the 1st movie...they just didn't get much (any?) screen time. Only the security guards had them, and they were holstered, IIRC ("If I Recall Correctly" for those of you who, like me, hate acronyms!). The Klingons had a disruptor (called a "Death Sting") but they too were holstered and not given screen time. They were redressed and reused in STV. You can do a Google search and find many pictures of both the TMP and TWOK phasers. The main differences were the triggers; control panel on top; paint; and the addition of the prismatic pin striping on the side of the later phaser.
oh yeah, here you go.
 

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