Decided to plunge into somewhat serious prop making. Thought I would share my project here.
As a newbie to prop/replica making I am not up to the level of the work I see here but I had a lot of fun the last few weeks making this in time to take out to a Halloween Party that we attended.
I want to thank Tony at Federation Phaser so much for his help and tolerance with all my questions as I worked on this. I could not have done it without his help.
A few weeks ago I ordered metal upgrade parts and electronics from to upgrade my Diamond Select phaser with metal parts and dials and bezel on top and lights etc.
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The P1 had to be stripped down. firing button hole widened led installed on the circuit board to light up the dial and for the blue bezel.
The battery compartment had to be modified to accept 4 batteries in order to boost sound and power.
Once all the electronics and mods were made and tested I was ready for final mods and sanding and prepping for paint.
Big thanks to Tony for help with the electronics parts and advice in this.
I had to carefully strip out the plastic fins and make room for metal fins. That was a really really hard job. Very careful and sober dremel tool work.
top photo above shows trying out the metal fins for the first time. I had to sand the whole P1 body down to get the pattern off of it and fill in the try me slot on the side as I show in the other pic above.
I then primed the body and checked best I could for defects and then put a final coat of Zynolyte Dark Grey and then coated with gloss coat.
I tested fitted the parts and found the P1 did not mate as well with the metal fins as I would like. I had glued the fins in with JB weld. I had to put tape the metal fins to protect them, mate the other side and apply JB weld along the joint to make a new edge for the joint. Ugggh so tedious.
Here is the P1 with parts going all back in and getting ready to test it out. It was really hard to stuff everything back in so it would close.
Here is an untouched P1
Here is the P1 with lit dial, aspirator, jewel bezel, firing button, led’s, stronger sound, fixed shell and all painted etc.
So much work in an itty bitty living space! (plus sneak preview in last photo in back of finished P2 and handle lolf cause this photo was later)
If there is a way to post video here someone let me know and I will post it in action. Super fun and loud!
I thought the P1 was challenging. Dear God the P2 was much more so… but worth every moment.
I will come back in and show the rest of the work this weekend. ( it was so much work) But I am tired and just want to show off the finished product.
So fun and its set with all the Diamond Select functions: the four sound and pulse settings, plus overload and also the side switch works and switches from laser to red or blue led.
Plus there is a phone vibrator installed in the body so you feel the pulse of the phaser firing. #trekgeek
Here is Paula getting a little over excited taking out an alien with the finished phaser at the Halloween Party. I tried to tell her it was only a costume but it was too late…
Here is Paula shooting again. I think she phasered everyone and everything at the party lol!
Here is the whole landing party!
Such fun with my first prop/replica. I need to improve my painting skills but other than that really happy!