Here is the nearly finished phaser rifle I build for this years Star Trek Las Vegas con.
Built entirely from sheet styrene (mostly Evergreen) and .125" half round rod (could never find a rubber corrugated mat that was the right proportions).
The build is based on Rich Sternbach original schematics, with a couple exceptions. I made the handles too wide, I had a reason at the time that I cannot remember now but it seemed like the thing to do at the time. The end of the black emitter (nose) is a closer match to the Sternbach drawings than how it was actually built because I liked the original design better than the one on screen. Obviously the flip up targeting screen was not completed in time for the Con. I was most grateful that the DS9 producers decided to add a shoulder strap/sling to the rifle. It made this thing much, much easier to carry around in a cosplay setting. Because I was carrying the rifle around the convention I got an invitation to a prop party at the hotel. By amazing chance a resin copy of the original prop was featured at the party so I could compare the two side by side. Mine was a bit longer, and definitely wider than the on screen version, but other wise I was pleasantly surprised how close I came. And in my defense, a couple of the differences were due to the prop being built slightly off from the schematics (as for the wider handles, the on screen was correct to schematics, mine was definitely not… still can’t remember why I did that).
All from sheet styrene?!? Holy cow! Looks great.
That looks fantastic! Awesome scratch building skills.
That is really good.
That is an Awesome build.
Great build, especially since its all styrene.
That looks fantastic. I have got 2 resin kits that been in my To-Do box forever and you scratch built a gem.
jaw hit’s floor WOW! Nice job there sir!
That is crazy awesome!
I didn’t get to see yours at the party.
but the resin casting I did see is also much thinner than the ones I have from Masterpiece Models.
Why that is, I have no idea but it doesn’t take away from how cool these props are and how great yours looks!
I double checked after I got back from Vegas. My prop thickness and length closely matches the original Sternbach schematics. I actually bought them directly from Rick at Wonderfest in June and he mentioned that they were copies of the originals, but might not always be as built by the prop makers. The resin copy at the party was noticeably shorter and thinner than my buildup. I would speculate that both Masterpiece Models and I used the same schematics.
Uh, whoa That’s incredible, looks just like the built-up kit I own. Kudos!
Wow, that really is amazing work. Is the rifle hollow? How heavy?
and BTW… Welcome aboard!
The rifle weighs less than 2 pounds, I have considered adding a little ballast to give it a bit more heft when handled. It is hollow, and will break into three parts (or five if I unscrew the handles). I made it that way to keep my options open as I was constructing it. It has a tube running down the centerline that goes right up to the emitter, which helps with alignment and allows me to run wiring. I eventually want to put some electronics into it, including a sound board which I have never attempted before. My husband works as a theater sound designer so it’s time to take advantage of his technical skills and find out how one programs a sound chip.
Very nice, love this design.
I like the way you made this modular.
I bought and built one of the Masterpiece Models kits when they were originally offered. I spoke with someone at MM regarding the paint colors. During that call they did tell me that Paramount loaned them a screen used prop to cast. There’s was very accurate to the original. It was molded in 6 pieces as I recall, very similar to your replica.
Have you ever thought about adding some additional details, like the hero used in the DS9 episode The Siege of AR-558?
Looking at the subsections gave me an idea. Has anyone ever made an Uzi-style phaser rifle?
Have now added a sight to the rifle, so I’m much closer to finished. It is essentially done now, but I could add the spotlight (seen only in a couple episodes and hated by Rich Sternbach from what I could gather), and the control panel behind the sight (again only seen a couple times) and electronics … sigh… it’s a sickness. I probably should get on with my life and other projects. So anyways… the green transparent section was a gift from one of the members on here, so thanks for that. It was a big help.
It set’s it off a treat!
Nice work. I’d leave it without the flashlight if it were mine. I never liked that look much.