Next up on my project list…
This is the one from DS9 “In the Cards” where Jake & Nog got the baseball card for Sisko.
I have it layed out, and I’m ready to start cutting. Just need some opinions.
They look like they were made out of black acrylic. I’ll be using other common materials.
My questions to you are:
Do you believe this is two 1/8” layers?
I can’t tell 100% from the caps if that’s just a seam, or a thin mid-plate.
Also, the bevel makes the layer look thicker in some frames.
Do you believe the display window is cut out of the top layer?
Or is the graphic just pasted on?
It appears to be two to three layers of tinted grey/smoked (not opaque black) acrylic - the first image below shows how light passes through the PADD. That detailing on the back is recessed and seems to have additional engraved detail (or an inset styrene panel with detail cut into it). I suppose it could be two layers of acrylic with that rear detail done via two depths of engraving… Any recollection on this @hms Mike?
When I made mine I used three layers of plastic out of convenience - rearmost layer simply had the detail frame cut out, and then the rectangular details were engraved into the backside of the middle layer. But that was my interpretation given the tool I was using (laser cutter) versus however the original was done.
Here’s an old auction listing with good reference for the above DS9 version:
Alien PADD from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. (Paramount-TV, 1993-99) Trapezoidal PADD, measuring 6 in. x 6 in., constructed of smoked Plexiglass with applied gold, green, gray & black detailing with a recessed area for graphic display inserts. This style PADD is seen in several Deep Space Nine episodes including, “In the Cards,” where it was used by Armin Shimerman “Quark”, Cirroc Lofton “Jake Sisko” and Aron Eisenberg “Nog” to view the auction catalog, as well as the Voyager episode, “Critical Care,” where it is a medical PADD.
The auction description speculates that it was used on Enterprise because of the rubber dome, but this evidence is not convincing because that same dome is present on the unmodified version above as well as in DS9 screencaptures. I don’t recognize the style of the screen (@FleetRnD can you place it?)…
Note that there are three other known PADDs (seemingly used in Voyager 7x12 “Lineage”) that share much in common with the bar PADDs, excepting that the rear detailing is oriented along a different edge than the two above…
Auction listings describe them as resin instead of acrylic, but that is no guarantee as I think that would be an easy mistake for the notoriously unreliable auction writers to make since they are wholly painted. The hemisphere detail is smaller. They also have raised detailing on the front instead of solely tape, but its location doesn’t seem wholly consistent between the three…
STAR TREK: VOY “FLOTTER AND THE PERFECT DAY” PADD
A prop PADD (Personal Access Display Device) featured in various episodes of Star Trek: Voyager. The item is a cast resin PADD with a n inset ‘display screen’ with a graphical application depicting a children’s story titled “Flotter and the Perfect Day” which in reality is written out to involve a great deal of mass destruction at Yosemite National Park by way of alien invaders (unless that happens to be part of Flotter’s perfect day). The item is painted metallic bronze and copper and measures approx. 6 X 6 inches.
Holy crap! Ask and ye shall receive. That ought to be enough reference to move forward! Great taste, very fun prop from a great episode. Also, I had no idea you had done such exhaustive research on all those variations. I haven’t seen some of those before.
Thanks, everyone! I was | | <- this close! Only two things I missed from my crappy screen caps were the round bumper on the front, and the raised detail on the back.
I almost said it was smoke plexi, considering how often it was used on DS9.
Holy cow! I’ve been seeing it as recessed the whole time, but I think you’re right!
Its construction makes a lot more sense in my head now, particularly given the confirmed two (not 3) layer construction. Heck of a thing when your mind perceives something a certain way and gets stuck with it.