What a fantastic thread - I guess I'm not the only one obsessed with this space-inefficent, ergonomic nightmare
Having ordered one of Stapleton's new MK VII Medicals, I feel I should get around to tackling one of these (even though I think they look better with a Sci in). My plan is to laser cut this from different thicknesses of acrylic and build it up as a kit, using putty and sanding (urgh) to get the round edges.
Thanks so much to Norbauer for posting what references he has - that's been a huge help. I've taken your DXF and started to work that into a SketchUp model to figure out placements, panels etc before drawing it up in Illustrator for cutting. My goal is to produce the simpler looking one which is seen with Crusher and in the Making Of screencaps above - I prefer the low contrast TNG look to all the different shades that came in in the other shows. I've rationalised some of the measurements provided above into MM congruent with stock acrylic sizes, but have come unstuck in other areas. Here's where I'm at so far:
One of the main problems I've got is with the Tricorder pocket itself - I've actually added about 10mm width (across the depth of the case) and 12mm height to it from the stated dimensions in the OP, in order to get it to what I think is proportionally correct - however it would be a huge help if someone with a Mk VII to hand - ideally a Stapleton - could measure it along the following dimensions?
Also, does anyone have any ref to hand showing a Mk VII stowed inside a kit, so I can work out rough depth? Any help would be hugely appreciated!
Once I have the sizes worked out I'll do a PDF of vinyl cut guides for the interior graphics.
Thanks a lot,