Steampunk Communicator - Star Trek

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by ghigham, Oct 25, 2011.

  1. ghigham

    ghigham New Member

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    Built for the British STEAMPUNK MODELLER publication, this Communicator device is made of wood, metal and electronics. I tried to honor Wah Chang's original minimalist design concept but retro-fit it with the bells and whistles of "steampunk" aesthetics.

    A video of it appears here:
    Steampunk Communicator / Star Trek - YouTube

    I'm currently building a Tricorder to match...
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  2. PropDoc

    PropDoc New Member

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    This is fantastic! Can't wait to see the tricorder!
  3. Tremas

    Tremas Sr Member

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    That, is beautiful! :)
  4. spidersolo

    spidersolo Active Member

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    That is a rel work of art.
    It is simply fantastic!
  5. Jack T Chance

    Jack T Chance Sr Member

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    A true work of art! You've done well, sir! Now bring on the tricorder! :)

    BTW, I posted a link to this thread on my Facebook page, so others can see this. :cool
  6. darthgordon

    darthgordon Sr Member

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    I actually really like this.
  7. 22 Stars

    22 Stars Member

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    Awesome job. I've been thinking about doing a Nerf Mav as a Trek Punk, basically the reverse of Steampunk, Trekking out a Mav.... Great work!
  8. Maelstrom

    Maelstrom Sr Member

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    Very nice! Where do you source or what are good sources for brass bits and bobs like the ones used on this?
  9. ghigham

    ghigham New Member

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    THANKS everyone! The brass bits in this were generally culled from browsing jewelry supply stores - the filagree domes above the lights being a good example. I soldered them onto mini brass ship port-holes, which in turn were soldered into holes that I cut into the etched brass plate. A few bits also came from salvage, as I'm always taking stuff apart looking for the "good" parts!
  10. WalkingEye

    WalkingEye New Member

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    Very cool.
  11. Dave Porter

    Dave Porter Sr Member

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    Very nice indeed.

  12. Zendragon

    Zendragon Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thing of beauty
  13. bill70808

    bill70808 New Member

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    That is impressive
  14. BAK55

    BAK55 Well-Known Member

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    That is a beautiful, fantastic piece of work. I agree about looking forward to seeing the tricorder, as other RPF members have mentioned, but I'm also curious in seeing how the phaser -both hand and pistol versions- could be done while maintaining Wah Chang's original style.
  15. ghigham

    ghigham New Member

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    The Phaser is a natural progression, and perhaps the most challenging to design to match my set. WETA really set the bar on guns and it's admittedly difficult to purge them from one's mind to avoid being derivative, but the smaller almost "handy" design of the original Phaser helps as a good starting point.
    The Enterprise itself is also in my pipeline, though not much more than rough sketches just now.
    I've tried to create a miniature roll-top for the Tricorder, but creating that in such a small scale with copper strips - even cheating the tambour with a flexible backing - was not going to work. I', trying to get a collapsible shell design - also in strip copper - to work now.
    The REAL tricky part is the pegs/notches cut into the back ends of each so that it grabs itself when closing, with each strip/leaf following the one before it! Working it in cardboard first.....any suggestions?
  16. Zaphod

    Zaphod Well-Known Member

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    Beautiful! I'd love one of those in my display case.
  17. TheSt.LouisKid

    TheSt.LouisKid Sr Member

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    Someone call Sporak. If it's a communicator he'll want to see it.
  18. Yellowjacket

    Yellowjacket Well-Known Member

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    Some props are props. Some props are replicas. Some props are amazing works of craftmanship and imagination, and so much so that they border on high art. Fantastic craftsmanship!
  19. winghead

    winghead Active Member

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    I just recently attended a Steampunk wedding!! I've never been into Steampunk, so, I had no idea what to expect at the wedding, but the Costumes they wore and Gadgets they displayed, where all cool and very interesting!
    Love your Piece and really like how you incorporated the Star Trek Theme into making it!! Great Job! would have been nice to have taken something like this to the wedding!

    Was thinking it would be cool to try and make a Steampunk Ironman costume! do you know if anyone has done this here on the forum?
  20. ARKM

    ARKM Sr Member

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    Very cool prop.
  21. CessnaDriver

    CessnaDriver Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Ok, so where is the steampunk Airship Enterprize?
  22. cloudborn

    cloudborn Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Wow, that's really cool...very nice work!!
  23. railhead

    railhead New Member

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    when does shooting of "Steam Trek, the motion picture" begin? really a beautiful prop, man
  24. TheMadGasser

    TheMadGasser Member

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    Smashing job!!

    I can't wait for the Tricorder version!
  25. doctorwholittle

    doctorwholittle Active Member

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    I want to go to there!!!

    Seriously - incredible job you've done, there! Thanks for sharing your talent and vision with us.

    Sent from my SPH-L900 using Tapatalk
  26. Jedifather

    Jedifather Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I don't really get the whole Steampunk thing, but that comm is pretty cool.
  27. CmdrWilliamB

    CmdrWilliamB New Member

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    Absolutely BEAUTIFUL work! Both on the communicator as well as your matching tricorder and phaser (which, BTW, I've been eyeing as inspiration for my own planned steampounk'd phaser project).

    Cmdr. Billy B.
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  28. asalaw

    asalaw Sr Member

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    HOLY CRAP!!!!! Just got done posting in your tricorder thread, and now I see this! Incredible, fantastic design and building!
  29. ghigham

    ghigham New Member

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    Thanks all! I recently redesigned my website, and all of the devices are view-able at!steamtek/ctn9 along with video links to see them in action...It was a great project and I was lucky to have the Steampunk Modeler publications present it so nicely.......George
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  30. BornKilr

    BornKilr Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Not a huge steampunk fan, but this is great!
  31. TOS

    TOS Active Member

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    I'm not a steam punk fan either, but that communicator is very cool. I think Wah would've liked it quite a bit. :)

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