Excellent work, Steve. To my eye, the discs look a little thick. Did you make them that thickness because you think it's accurate to the original or for technical reasons? I know it's hard, for example, to part off a super thin piece of rod stock without having a fair length of it held in the chuck.
I could easily make the fins thinner but the screen caps look thicker to me then the sci-fi eyepiece. Also the screen caps show no sign of the second fin in from the end being an intermediate diameter as the Museum piece has. I kind of wonder if the sci fi museum piece is authentic or not?
Very nice Steve would love to have one...
True. It's hard to tell, Steve. The Spock cap I posted looks somewhere in between. These were probably done fairly haphazardly, as Gary pointed out, so they're probably all slightly different thicknesses.
That looks great Steve. I have a question. Would it be better to machine the discs with a nipple/spacer on one end of each piece? I think it might lend rigidity and help with the alignment.
Yes that would be a better way to do I !
What is the thickness you went with Steve?
Ok my tooling came in Friday's mail. Turning it on a lathe is the only way to go!Hold on to your hats this is going to blow you away!!
Machining the shaft.
I was surprised how weightless this is, it has no mass. The fins ring with a tone when you run your finger down the side of it. A very cool prop ,
Here's a video of one of the fins being created. I love my lathe!
Just saw this posted on another forum also, that came out beautifully
You make it look so easy, Steve! Though I know it's not, lol.
Do you find making it one way or the other easier? Or are both methods equally difficult, with thier own unique challenges?
I'd love to own either one, or even both...
Turning it on the lathe is much easier and about four times faster.
Here's a shot next to a screen cap from "The Doomsday Machine".
Brilliant!That looks perfect, Steve! And finally confirmation that it can be done that way after all
Another research "first" for The Fleet Work Shop!
That's a thing of beauty Steve! I really like the way you dive in and get r done.
Here is a video of the fin ringing that I talked about earlier. I know it's stupid!
You do such beautiful work Steve
Holy Moly! That is just a thing of beauty, Steve! Wonderful!