Star trek TMP phaser prop from scratch

Benjo

Active Member
Hi guys,

I've made several attempts to recreate that prop from scratch. I've never had money to buy one of the rare replicas that was available by the past so I had to recreate it using the references found on internet.
Recreating a particular prop with not so much reference material often becomes a question of trials and various attempts over the years.
Here is my latest current attempt, out of pine wood.
I recently had new reference pictures and I needed to try to shape a new version, doing my best to catch all the curves and shapes of the original model.
I've started by drawing a quick pattern on inkscape and then tried to shape something out of it using layered wood pieces.
Here is what I have so far. I'm not sure to get it right, the rear part looks too thin.
DSC_4297.JPG

DSC_4298.JPG

DSC_4299.JPG


I'd like to create one of these hybrid background props. I might share the building steps here.
 
I made my first one out of acrylic. We use what we've got.
Yours looks like a good one!
Thx :)! I'd be very curious to see how yours turned out !

Actually I made a bunch of attempts by the past, resin and even a 3 parts vacuform one. I'll probably share some pictures of these earlier attempts.

The current one looks a bit thick to me on the P1 section and too thin on the rear.
I've covered the side rails with tape to avoid heavy coating on the side rails.
DSC_4315.JPG
 
DSC_4346.JPG

The whole stuff is now painted with Tamiya TS-66 IJN grey, definitely a good match. I did my best to keep the side rails as sharp as possible.
I'm using 2mm clear PVC sheet for the emitter and I'm going to put a black butt plate under the handle. I'm waiting for the control pad to be printed.

That prop looks great in a brand new condition but I'm considering to give it a light "production made" weathering.
 
Last edited:
I have an old vacuform table, a bunch of 2mm HIPS sheet and I have started to build vacuform bucks out of heavily bondoed wood. It's currently pretty rough, still a lot of work to do on that stuff.

I'm currently trying to catch the right shape but I have to make it slightly thinner.
I'd like to recreate the version with the separated P1.
DSC_4527.JPG
 
be proud! Be very proud of that! It's so nice to see work being done by hand, not programmed and printed.

Don't get me wrong, I think 3D printing is a valuable tool, I just think scratch building is an art form.

I also like physical books over E-readers.
 
be proud! Be very proud of that! It's so nice to see work being done by hand, not programmed and printed.

Don't get me wrong, I think 3D printing is a valuable tool, I just think scratch building is an art form.

I also like physical books over E-readers.
Thank you very much ;).
I miss seeing hand made props here.
3d modeling and printing was an option to make that prop but I'm way too curious I need to try to make one the same way the original props were made. It's more about studying the thing than just building one version to have it on a shelf.
 
The bucks are currently screwed to a angled wooden base. That way I can unscrew the parts in case I would have to rework/rescuplt the stuff.
I need to try now, to see how it turns out. My main concern is about the main body thickness.
_20240617_153304.JPG
 

Your message may be considered spam for the following reasons:

If you wish to reply despite these issues, check the box below before replying.
Be aware that malicious compliance may result in more severe penalties.
Back
Top