Star Trek TMP phaser prop

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Benjo

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Hi everyone,

I’m very obsessed with the TMP phaser prop. In my opinion it’s the most clever and elegant gun design ever made in sci-fi movies. Unfortunately there’s only a few documentation about the prop on internet, unlike the TWOK prop wich is decently documented (I guess that version is much more popular).
I’ve searched documentation for months, I’ve learnt the TMP phasers were 3 parts vacuum-formed props with details added later on. They are supposed to be much larger than the TWOK version and the pannel was clear acrylic painted on the top with leds and screws added.

That guy says he owns an original he had from Brick Price, the propmaker on TMP. I've watched his videos many times to catch every differences from the TWOK phasers replicas availables. Except all the notable differences like the trigger, the side lines and the pannel details, the TMP gun seems a bit larger than the TWOK on his videos.


The thing is, I’ve found some very old documentation about TMP props showing a picture of the phaser prop held by Leonard Nimoy on set. On that picture, the prop seems much thinner than the original seen on internet. That one seems very similar in shape with the TWOK version.
TMP1.jpg


Moreover, every versions seen on the internet, like the Roddenberry kit, seem to be flat on the top but the original prop seems to be more rounded, like the TWOK version prop.
PhTop-01.jpg


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Both versions seem to be rather identical in shape in contrary to everything I've red or heard on internet, is anyone have any documentation and pictures of the TMP phaser props please?
 

Nicksdad

Sr Member
RPF PREMIUM MEMBER
Actually, the TMP and WOK phasers were the same size.
In fact, a few of the stunt phasers from TMP were repainted for use in WOK ( the one on the lower right).
I've held two different TMP screen used stunt phasers and the hero WOK phaser seen on the lower left pic.
As far as I can tell all of the TMP phasers were only 2 piece vac formed pulls (left and right sides).
The only 3 piece constructed phaser I've seen is the WOK hero and the electronics in it are much different
from the TMP version.
 

Benjo

New Member
thx a lot this is very interesting :).
So basically they were the same size and shape.
I suppose the electronics on the TWOK props were flashing leds but how did it work on the TMP? I feel it was static colored leds.
 

Benjo

New Member
No I didn't. I have asked Brick Price who did the props on TMP but, obviously, he never answered me.
I gave up the idea to gather additionnal informations about that wonderful prop.
 
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