I’m starting a build up of a Stapleton dustbuster phaser. I didn’t see any threads dedicated to the phaser, so I figured I’d start one.
The dustbuster phaser was used in TNG seasons 1-2, with a slight variation between the phasers used in seasons 1 and 2. The main difference being the black “lip” that was added in season 2, seen below.
A few originals have been put up for auction over the years, including one of the hero phasers. A stunt phaser, carved out of balsa wood, was also up for auction. I’ll post pictures of these later.
The originals were painted in Krylon Dove Gray, with a dusting of silver. Krylon Stone Gray and Krylon Castle Rock are good substitutes.
The button panel is a darker grey, which I haven’t yet identified.
The two phaser-level buttons are a gold/tan color. I’ve heard that Krylon Khaki is a good match.
Note that the button panel, buttons, and level indicator were stickers on most of the original phasers.
The firing button button is silver; perhaps achieved by a brushed aluminum vinyl?
The handle and emitter are both gloss or semi-gloss black.
Note that the emitter tip and rectangular/trapezoidal cutouts are unpainted, for the pre-firing ring.
According to the Rodd.com instructions, the grooves/rings around the emitter may be painted or unpainted. The reference pictures I’ve found only appear to show painted grooves, but there are reports that the screen-used props varied between painted and unpainted.
The end of the emitter is painted a metallic blue. Rodd.com states this can be achieved with a layer of silver and translucent blue, or by painting with metallic blue. I’m not sure which is more screen accurate. Nor have I sourced color codes.
Does anyone have any information on the best way to paint the blue emitter?
Does anyone have any good pictures of the phaser with unpainted emitter rings, so the rings glowed red with the rectangular cutouts?