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  1. Ryan Norbauer RPF Premium Member norbauer's Avatar
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    Nov 3, 2014, 4:31 PM - Star Trek TMP Dr Chapel Medical Scanner #1

    I'm working on a scratch build of one of my favorite Trek props, from almost certainly my favorite scene in all of Star Trek. It seemed like a good way to ramp up my skills for some much more ambitious builds I have coming up soon.

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    Here is a photo of the somewhat battered prop when it went up for auction:
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    @HMS Mike also has a good photo.

    For anyone who wants to do the same build, I've made detailed dimensioned plans. I'm working from measurements on the original, so I'm fairly confident that my proportions are accurate.

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    The plans can be downloaded here (I'll keep this updated as I make improvements while the build progresses). They include a template for cutting out the styrene parts for the body.

    I started out by machining the nozzle. This is aluminum turned and sanded on the engine lathe, then polished by hand. The trick to getting the taper is to set your compound slide to 18 degrees and your tool holder to parallel to the chuck face.

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    The original body was wood, but I prefer the smoother look I'll get from styrene. I built templates in Illustrator, printed them out and then scored and broke the stryrene. I affixed the printed template to the styrene with spray glue, which I subsequently removed with warm water and a bit of sanding.

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    I have mostly assembled the relevant parts, but I'm waiting for a piece of tubing to arrive so I can make a tubular hole for the nozzle to go into. This should make any subsequent casting easier, should I desire to make copies of the body. If I were making a one-off piece, just cutting the hole in piece F1 with a 1/2" drill bit would have sufficed.

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    Puttying and sanding are next, while I'm waiting for materials from McMaster-Carr (namely, the tubing for the nozzle holder and the aluminum bars for the side and top strips).

    Then I'll grind the aluminum bars for the controls and side strips and this thing will nearly be done! A super easy build.
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    Nov 3, 2014, 4:51 PM - Re: Star Trek TMP Dr Chapel Medical Scanner #2

    This is a great project. On the original you can see a little wood peeking through on the corner. It's amazing what you can get away with even on the big screen!
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    Nov 3, 2014, 9:47 PM - Re: Star Trek TMP Dr Chapel Medical Scanner #3

    I heard it was made from one they had in storage from the original series. They did a cleanup and repaint as I recall but don't quote me.
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    Nov 3, 2014, 10:57 PM - Re: Star Trek TMP Dr Chapel Medical Scanner #4

    TheSt.LouisKid said: View Post
    I heard it was made from one they had in storage from the original series. They did a cleanup and repaint as I recall but don't quote me.
    That makes sense. It is clearly the same general shape as the TOS anabolic protoplaser, schematics of which are presented in The Starfleet Technical Manual.
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    Nov 3, 2014, 11:16 PM - Re: Star Trek TMP Dr Chapel Medical Scanner #5

    Very cool.
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    Nov 4, 2014, 10:15 AM - Re: Star Trek TMP Dr Chapel Medical Scanner #6

    If you haven't seen them already, there are a few more photos at this link: http://www.startrekpropauthority.com...-anabolic.html

    It also describes the prop being reused from TOS as mentioned above.
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    Nov 4, 2014, 3:01 PM - Re: Star Trek TMP Dr Chapel Medical Scanner #7

    E Williams said: View Post
    If you haven't seen them already, there are a few more photos at this link: http://www.startrekpropauthority.com...-anabolic.html

    It also describes the prop being reused from TOS as mentioned above.
    Oh yes, I forgot to mention those. Thanks. I used those images as references as well.
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    Nov 11, 2014, 10:42 PM - Re: Star Trek TMP Dr Chapel Medical Scanner #8

    Anymore progress???
    Thanks
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    Nov 12, 2014, 1:09 AM - Re: Star Trek TMP Dr Chapel Medical Scanner #9

    james kirk said: View Post
    Anymore progress???
    Thanks
    Thanks for checking in! The tube and aluminum arrived from McMaster-Carr the other day. I'll be taking them down to the machine shop this weekend and turning them into something worth showing by next week hopefully. I also went over to Reynolds Advanced Materials and picked up a couple gallons of casting materials. I think I might try to make some copies for friends (or trades) if it turns out well.
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    Nov 12, 2014, 2:01 PM - Re: Star Trek TMP Dr Chapel Medical Scanner #10

    Cant wait of the update! Look good!
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    Nov 13, 2014, 7:08 PM - Re: Star Trek TMP Dr Chapel Medical Scanner #11

    For comparison...
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    Nov 15, 2014, 2:22 AM - Re: Star Trek TMP Dr Chapel Medical Scanner #12

    Finished milling and polishing the button bar and making an ABS tube to hold the nozzle head. Up next, body work (putty and sanding) and the aluminum side strips.

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    I got this shape by mounting a flat bar at an angle in the vise on a Bridgeport mill and taking several horizontal passes off in, in increments of 10 thousandths of an inch at at time. (Annoyingly, this particular machine at the shop uses only Imperial measurements.)

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    I tried to taper to a bit too thin on the first attempt, which didn't go so well.

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    But I think I nailed it on the second try.

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    Nov 15, 2014, 5:00 AM - Re: Star Trek TMP Dr Chapel Medical Scanner #13

    When I read Imperial measurements I heard Darth Vader's theme in my head.
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    Nov 15, 2014, 6:03 AM - Re: Star Trek TMP Dr Chapel Medical Scanner #14

    Nice build up here Ryan, keep up the good work.
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    Nov 15, 2014, 10:28 PM - Re: Star Trek TMP Dr Chapel Medical Scanner #15

    Good Job
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    Dec 2, 2014, 8:20 PM - Re: Star Trek TMP Dr Chapel Medical Scanner #16

    Anymore updates
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    Dec 2, 2014, 11:46 PM - Re: Star Trek TMP Dr Chapel Medical Scanner #17

    Sure. Here is a photo with the body sanded and primed and the machined pieces just held in place to show how things go together.

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    Now I'm just waiting for my vacuum chamber to arrive and I'm going to attempt making some molds. The current styrene build feels a little hollow and I'm looking forward to having a solid resin piece.
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    Dec 3, 2014, 8:44 AM - Re: Star Trek TMP Dr Chapel Medical Scanner #18

    VERY nice!!! Great job
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    Dec 3, 2014, 9:32 AM - Re: Star Trek TMP Dr Chapel Medical Scanner #19

    Wow, this thread brings back memories.
    I used to own both of those tools from TMP many many years ago.
    I don't think they were originally used in TOS because they were surprisingly small and there was no sign of any paint on them other than the original gray they were painted.
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    Dec 3, 2014, 7:12 PM - Re: Star Trek TMP Dr Chapel Medical Scanner #20

    Looks Great...
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    Dec 11, 2014, 1:02 AM - Re: Star Trek TMP Dr Chapel Medical Scanner #21

    I poured the first part of the three-part mold for the body tonight.

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    Dec 11, 2014, 3:36 AM - Re: Star Trek TMP Dr Chapel Medical Scanner #22

    Okay...put me down for I WANT ONE!
    Why am I so obsessed with Trek medical tools?
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    Dec 11, 2014, 12:00 PM - Re: Star Trek TMP Dr Chapel Medical Scanner #23

    norbauer said: View Post
    Sure. Here is a photo with the body sanded and primed and the machined pieces just held in place to show how things go together.

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    Now I'm just waiting for my vacuum chamber to arrive and I'm going to attempt making some molds. The current styrene build feels a little hollow and I'm looking forward to having a solid resin piece.
    Nice work!!
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    Dec 11, 2014, 5:18 PM - Re: Star Trek TMP Dr Chapel Medical Scanner #24

    Funky Jedi said: View Post
    Why am I so obsessed with Trek medical tools?
    I often ask myself the same question. I think maybe it's my obsession with my own mortality and the fantasy of magical tools that would, with the wave of a blinky beam, keep it at bay.

    Funky Jedi said: View Post
    Okay...put me down for I WANT ONE!
    I may do a small run of these (5 or 6 maybe) with machined metal parts for trades, if all comes out well. Just subscribe to this thread if you're interested; I'll post here if I do. I have just ordered tooling to make that a bit more feasible. As it is, the metal parts took me forever to machine. Trying to figure out if I can do a small run of multiples more efficiently by batching steps.
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    Dec 12, 2014, 5:06 PM - Re: Star Trek TMP Dr Chapel Medical Scanner #25

    Wow! That looks awesome, my friend. You really nailed it, imho. Nice job on the metal work, btw.

    That'll be another TMP prop to add to my collection, would look good next to my hero Wrist Comm
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