Small Voyager PADD Project


#1

Whilst I wait for my 2 Stapleton Production Tricorders, I decided to go ahead and order a Small Voyager PADD Kit from Etsy. I went for it because I needed some practice with priming/painting/clear coating, but mostly because I love the look of PADDs. And it’s a relatively affordable project to screw up.

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As an inexperienced Kit builder, I just wanted to ask some initial questions:

  1. This post suggests that Duplicolor BGM0478 is a great colour match. I’ve got one being shipping in from US, but is there a readily available UK equivalent?
  2. I’m going to need to round off the corners of the perspex. Does anyone have a good method for this? Right now I guess I’m just going to have to sand it down by hand. I just worry I might end up with uneven edges.
  3. Does anyone know of a good source where I can find printed graphics for the main screen?

Thanks :slight_smile:


#2

I’ve done a handful of these in the past. I’ve been very happy with Duplicolor BGM0478, though I’m from the US, so I can speak for readily available alternatives in the US.

So far, I’ve always rounded the edges manually with sandpaper and sanding blocks and a few hours of time. As long as you have good lighting, I don’t think you’ll have to worry about the edges being noticeably uneven. Over the past few months I got a dremel and routing table, so it’s on my list to try using that to get the bevel, though I’m sure some manual cleanup will still be necessary.

I’m not aware of anyone that has ready-made graphics for the PADDs outside of a kit. I too struggle with this. In the US, most shipping stores (UPS, FedEx) and office supply stores (Staples, Office Max) have print centers that have high quality printers and you can choose your own paper type. If you found or created some graphic you like, those types of services should be able to provide you with a printed version that’ll look great on the prop. Here’s a thread I started on the subject last year: Tips & tricks for high quality graphics.


#3

Cool. Thank you for your feedback, @trekker670


#4

Sad times… My Duplicolor BGM0478 that I was getting shipped US > GB was flagged as restricted by the shipping company/customs. I’m currently waiting to hear from a UK Company to see if they have an equivalent. I’ll keep you posted.


#5

Sorry to hear that. Hope you work something out. Was it flammability or what was the reason?


#6

@clarksworth might have a UK paint equivalent suggestion for you :slight_smile:

Voyager PADDs were also painted in a warmer/more brown version of the “dove grey” used throughout the shows. So that could be another color to look for if you can’t track down the pewter.


#7

@Lt.Washburn Didn’t say, specifically. Just a link was provided to the “Global Shipping Company” T&Cs. I did get an automatic full refund though.

@EWilliams Ok, thanks for the lead :slight_smile:


#8

So, that custom paint mix (of the Medium Marblehead) I ordered finally arrived. But the results are poor. As you can see from the test I did, the can left an awful spatter. And the paint dried like very gritty. My guess it’s a faulty can. Yey, more delays. I might have to visit Hobbycraft again and see if I can find a suitable Humbrol.


#9

So, I finally completed my PADD. It took me a long time trying to find the right colours. In the end, I just had to go with what was close. It was costing me a small fortune in buying paints.

Anyway, this is what it looked like in the end:


#10

After completing the PADD (above), I decided to go ahead and make the Medical PADD that Crusher used. But now I’m at another colour dilemma.

Below are 4x Image Samples that I’m comparing to the PADD. I went ahead and bought one thinking it was really close. However, when I received the paint and opened it, it looks nothing like the sample.

Do you think it will dry closer to the sample? I won’t get a chance to test it until the weekend.


#11

Your PADD came out very nice . The paint probably will change color as it dries. In the end though, you should paint it whatever color you’re happy with regardless if it’s the "correct " one or not.


#12

That is what I do, get it as close as possible but be happy with it your self. I see 3 different colors in that one screen cap. If I was doing it I myself would use the third one down. That’s just me


#13

If you need more reference to sample from, there are screencaps featuring the blue PADD from several episodes in this thread: Medium-sized "Bell" PADD (TNG/DS9)