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    6 Days Ago  Dec 7, 2017, 10:03 AM - DST Tricorder build with metal parts #1

    Getting back into the hobby after an extended break. After finishing my metal Deckard blaster, I decided that I really want a metal Tricorder to complete my TOS landing party set. I already have a Wand company Phaser and Communicator and those suit my needs quite well. Not really wanting to spend 100s to 1000s on an MR or a Rodenberry kit I decided to use a DST Tricorder as my base. I found one on ebay that had a broken button so I got it for much cheaper than the current ridiculous prices they are going for and started taking it apart. I also found a nice set of blueprints to make a tricorder frame from scratch so I can use that to help make the DST a little more accurate while I'm at it.

    Here it is disassembled, chopped up and ready to begin.
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    This is the basic frame cut into components that will be replicated from aluminum.
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    I cut two blanks to use as the sides from .125" aluminum, the blank for the screen is .040" and the two central dividers are .500" bars. These have already been machined to the correct length, but will need a little work so that the original electronics and moire can fit back inside. I started a new bottom plate, but I think that .125" alum will be too thin to easily drill and tap so I will likely make that from .1875" instead.
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    I'm going to use the old side plates as a template for the outline and holes, using transfer punches for the holes and then belt sand the outside shape.
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    I'll make a new moire ring from aluminum and record discs. Those will also need to be milled out in the back to fit the motor for the moire, so I haven't figured out exactly how I plan to make that yet.
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    I also picked up a new speaker grill from a vintage coronet 2 transistor radio, 3 vintage blue watch crowns, 3 t-jet hubs
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    6 Days Ago  Dec 7, 2017, 10:15 AM - Re: DST Tricorder build with metal parts #2

    Looks like a good start so far.
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    6 Days Ago  Dec 7, 2017, 1:58 PM - Re: DST Tricorder build with metal parts #3

    Agreed, looking good.
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    6 Days Ago  Dec 7, 2017, 3:07 PM - Re: DST Tricorder build with metal parts #4

    Thanks
    Pilot holes are drilled and I'm ready to shape the profile of the side plates.
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    6 Days Ago  Dec 7, 2017, 7:44 PM - Re: DST Tricorder build with metal parts #5

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    Did a quick test fit with the back and electronics in place.
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    5 Days Ago  Dec 8, 2017, 7:12 AM - Re: DST Tricorder build with metal parts #6

    Why use the oridginal electronics when you can use a raspberry pi and screen.
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    5 Days Ago  Dec 8, 2017, 10:29 AM - Re: DST Tricorder build with metal parts #7

    Simplicity, I want spinning moire, flashy lights, and a few sounds. Plus I'll likely coat the screen from the back so it look like the TV prop anyway.
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    5 Days Ago  Dec 8, 2017, 2:03 PM - Re: DST Tricorder build with metal parts #8

    A little more progress today.
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    2 Days Ago  Dec 11, 2017, 9:02 AM - Re: DST Tricorder build with metal parts #9

    New, more accurate Moire ring.
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    2 Days Ago  Dec 11, 2017, 8:06 PM - Re: DST Tricorder build with metal parts #10

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    Test fit with sides plates shaped and sanded. I think I need to sand the side plates down just a little more especially at the top so it's a bit closer to the size of the side covers.

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