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Offline Tankton

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TOS The Cage Communicator. 1:1
« on: May 21, 2017, 11:11:44 pm »
This is what we have so far. Building a master to make a mold. I
will then use the master to build Spock's remote control from
the episode Spock's Brain.
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Re: TOS The Cage Communicator. 1:1
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2017, 07:47:35 am »
Cameron, THIS ought to be very interesting!

Are you going to use clear epoxy resin over the electronics to cast the body?

Looking forward, as always, to see what and how you are going to do this one!

Steve

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Re: TOS The Cage Communicator. 1:1
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2017, 11:45:30 am »
I'm trying that pore on Epoxy finish you can find at the hardware store.
It is a two part epoxy resin and sets crystal clear. I've never tried using
it this way before. I still haven't a clue on what to use for the brass antenna
I'm getting some brass tubing for the frame but don't know about the rest.
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Re: TOS The Cage Communicator. 1:1
« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2017, 01:15:20 am »
Mould made and parts set. Poured first half and let cure for three hours then placed parts
and poured the second half. This stuff is a really slow cure but it looks like it is going to work.
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Re: TOS The Cage Communicator. 1:1
« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2017, 09:09:52 am »
Looking very good, Cameron! I see you used Lego's to help make the mold! They're awesome just for that purpose!

So since you sandwiched the electronics between two layers of resin, this is a non-functioning model?

Have you decided on how to make the antenna yet?

Keep going!

Steve
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Re: TOS The Cage Communicator. 1:1
« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2017, 03:14:18 pm »
Thanks Steve, Nope it wont work, I'll have to see if Scotty can do something about that.
I'm headed to the hardware store today to see if I can find something to use as the antenna
I have some brass rod for the frame but nothing for the grid. I took it out of the mold today
and found that I set my parts in too soon so they settled to deep also my mold has a slight
tilt so one side is thicker than the other. But it was a good proof of concept. I will make more
components and compensate for the problems and re-pour. With a belt sander I could level
this one out and probably make it look better so I might end up with two of these. This resin
I'm using is a really slow cure but it set's crystal clear with no bubbles. And it cost's less than casting
resin so it is going to be my go to for clear part's now. I'll post a picture of the product as soon as
I get new batteries for my camera.
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Re: TOS The Cage Communicator. 1:1
« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2017, 05:57:16 pm »
Here is a Pic of the resin product I'm using and some pics of the communicator
after coming out of the mold.
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Re: TOS The Cage Communicator. 1:1
« Reply #7 on: May 28, 2017, 09:18:42 am »
Thanks Steve, Nope it wont work, I'll have to see if Scotty can do something about that.
I'm headed to the hardware store today to see if I can find something to use as the antenna
I have some brass rod for the frame but nothing for the grid. I took it out of the mold today
and found that I set my parts in too soon so they settled to deep also my mold has a slight
tilt so one side is thicker than the other. But it was a good proof of concept. I will make more
components and compensate for the problems and re-pour. With a belt sander I could level
this one out and probably make it look better so I might end up with two of these. This resin
I'm using is a really slow cure but it set's crystal clear with no bubbles. And it cost's less than casting
resin so it is going to be my go to for clear part's now. I'll post a picture of the product as soon as
I get new batteries for my camera.

What you should do with the more iffy of the two is make Spock's calculator/remote control device, which was a redress of the communicator prop.

http://www.herocomm.com/SurvivingProps/images/Comm-Pilot1.jpg

http://www.ex-astris-scientia.org/gallery/artoftrek/wah-chang-control.jpg

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Re: TOS The Cage Communicator. 1:1
« Reply #8 on: May 28, 2017, 11:47:42 am »
That's the plan.
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Re: TOS The Cage Communicator. 1:1
« Reply #9 on: May 28, 2017, 07:08:35 pm »
New pour. Turned out great small pitting on outside should be able to buff them out.
Found some metal speaker grill to make the antenna out of.
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Re: TOS The Cage Communicator. 1:1
« Reply #10 on: May 28, 2017, 11:44:20 pm »
Interesting scratchbuild!

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Re: TOS The Cage Communicator. 1:1
« Reply #11 on: May 29, 2017, 02:05:55 am »
Belt clip and beginnings of antenna.
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Re: TOS The Cage Communicator. 1:1
« Reply #12 on: May 30, 2017, 07:53:20 am »
Nice framework, Tankton!

Keep it going!


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Re: TOS The Cage Communicator. 1:1
« Reply #13 on: June 12, 2017, 12:03:37 pm »
Thank you. Waiting on some custom made knobs. So no updates for a bit.
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Re: TOS The Cage Communicator. 1:1
« Reply #14 on: June 12, 2017, 12:25:49 pm »
Drat!




I hate waiting.
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