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Davidishida

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After finally getting my gloss black spray paint, I was finally able to finish the build.

I added the relevant stickers to the plexiglass parts, as the title of this thread shows, I chose to do the Mk X. Almost all of these plexiglass sections I just ended up pressure fitting into place, and they seem very secure. I did mess up the Image Record/Library cluster, stickers slipped a little, so I may ask to get another sticker set for that to redo it.

The EMRG section I painted gloss black, and sealed. Then the sticker was added. I did use a spot of hot glue to hold this panel in place. And the red EMRG button again just was pressure fit it in. I will see how some of these pressure fits go over time, and I may add some spots of super glue. But this will likely not be handled every day, so I think it will be fine.

And done!
There are some minor imperfections and blemishes in my build. But I am very happy with how this turned out.
Big thanks to stapleton13 and gmprops for making such awesome kits, it was really a treat to build. It looks fantastic, and is super satisfying to have as part of my prop collection.

Next up for me are kits from the same builders, the Star Trek boomerang phaser.
 

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Davidishida

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Looks awesome. Any thoughts as far as eventually putting a small screen in it? Something where you could load up an actual working readout?

Thanks!
The tricorders with working screens are super cool. For me that is several steps above my current knowledge base for electronics and programing. Currently the best I do is soldering and continuity testing haha. I would be interested in possibly getting another tricorder someday and doing that upgrade, however I will likely always leave this one as is.
Most of the props I have collected are based on the original prop itself, not one pretending to be a real tool. And I like that a lot, because often I find the way the original prop was made so fascinating from a filmmaking standpoint. Like my Luke Skywalker ESB lightsaber, rather than getting a replica that is a 'working' lightsaber, I got one from The Graflex Shop that is made like the prop. Down to the point where if you put in batteries and a flash bulb, it works as a flash gun. Because Star Wars was made on a B movie budget, and lots of kit bashing happened, and I think that's super cool. So I like that this tricorder replica is pretty darn close to how the original was made, with its sticker screen haha.

TL;DR: The tricorders with working screens and buttons are super super cool, but I won't be modding this one to that extent.

Sorry that was likely way to long a response for a simple question but there you go! Thanks for letting me ramble!
 

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ziddersroofurry

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Sorry that was likely way to long a response for a simple question but there you go! Thanks for letting me ramble!
No, no. It's totally cool. I'm the same way-though the only replica I ever had was a type II phaser my aunt bought me at a convention back in '89. I don't know who made it or what's happened to it. I really wish I'd taken better care of my stuff.
 

Davidishida

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No, no. It's totally cool. I'm the same way-though the only replica I ever had was a type II phaser my aunt bought me at a convention back in '89. I don't know who made it or what's happened to it. I really wish I'd taken better care of my stuff.
Totally. I had a lot of old Star Trek action figures that I wish I had kept. Was that a type II TOS phaser? Very cool. My next project is a Type II boomerang phaser that I'll likely start a thread for in the next couple days once the electronics get here.
 

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