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Old 06-07-2009, 06:36 PM   #1
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Default Star Trek TOS depth3d laser Phaser conversion up for sale

Hi all,

I have had the pleasure of being a member of this completely excellent site for only a couple of days but have discovered a real home here.

I have an interest in sci-fi weapons which began when I purchased a long coveted Star Trek TOS Art Asylum replica Phaser. I was massively disappointed, though, when I pulled the trigger for the first time and the pathetic blinking red LED winked from the emitter. I had seen a conversion on ebay where a laser module had been grafted to the little weapon. The laser didn't fire in time to the sound effects but it looked absolutely spectacular.

That was it. I determined to work out a way of fitting a laser to my Phaser and make sure it fired in sequence with the five sound effects.

As I knew nothing about electronics, it took me months to work out how to do it and also had to have precision brass components engineered to hold the module in place in the Phasers casings as space is at a serious premium. As the only power for the unit came from the three 1.5v button cells in the type I hand-held Phaser, I knew it wouldn't be up to the task of powering a quarter watt laser diode so I designed an Nimh rechargeable power pack which I fitted inside the pistol grip, with a charge socket set into the handles base. Blast the baddies until you run out of power, plug in the Nimh charger and within an hour and a half you're blasting baddies again. Beats the pooh out of replacing batteries every five minutes.

Replacing the plastic rear finning with a seven piece precision hand crafted brass one made a huge difference to the feel and balance of the Phaser too. it now weighs in at 279g and will cheerfully stand on its handles end all day. It feels like a proper weapon should do (I've worked in the firearms industry and an indistinct feel to any weapon is the death of accuracy).

I keep the Phaser in a dual lockable steel and aluminium foam lined flight case along with the charge adaptor. You better believe that you have to keep a class IIIb 240mW 532nm laser powered Phaser safe from people who cannot appreciate how dangerous a weapon it is.

I am now working on a design for a seven laser assault rifle (see Dr Brains post regarding Star Trek Phaser conversion for the latest) and have run into a bit of a financial block as I was made redundant in February and still out of work! There are only two of my Phasers in existence. One I sold to a Canadian trekkie collector for £300 and the other is my personal weapon. In order to further the R&D on the assault rifle I need to sell my Phaser. Costs for precision engineered parts, electronics, charge adaptor and secure travel case was a little over £150. I will happily accept offers over that figure. If anyone is interested in owning the coolest Phaser on the planet just let me know.








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Seem like the case is too big.
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It is a nice laser build isn't it? (sarc @ ru)
@depth3d put a link to the video you posted

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Yes, the case does have a little spare space as originally I produced a Starfleet regulations manual to accompany the weapon which detailed specifications, maintenance schedule and also listed permission conditions for weapons discharge.

I figured a Star Trek fan would completely disregard a set of do's and don'ts but would take in every word of a Starfleet manual.
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Sorry, mate. That post went completely over my head. Could you elaborate?

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ltBAtsj4xc

This clip was produced using a very basic Canon camera on its video setting and I used a piece of printer paper to make a little smoke to show up the beam properly. The 240mW diode has a range of approximately 4000 - 6000m (2 1/2 - 3 3/4 miles). I just love watching the beam disappear up into space into the night sky or targetting the underside of clouds. Just amazing!

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Rog,

Oh! I see.

Dude, really sorry. Being a bit dense there for a mo. Many thanks for the help.

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This is the most accurate of all the photos I have taken of the Phasers laser blast beam. This shot was taken with one set of curtains drawn (those in front of the camera) and with the window just behind me left open to the light (see the light shining on my hand and Phaser). This is actually what the laser looks like when firing.
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helping ya out a bit. You can use the "yt" tag then put all the letters and numbers in the youtube link to display videos directly in the forum. Very awesome phaser by the way.

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Hi all,

I have had the pleasure of being a member of this completely excellent site for only a couple of days but have discovered a real home here.

I have an interest in sci-fi weapons which began when I purchased a long coveted Star Trek TOS Art Asylum replica Phaser. I was massively disappointed, though, when I pulled the trigger for the first time and the pathetic blinking red LED winked from the emitter. I had seen a conversion on ebay where a laser module had been grafted to the little weapon. The laser didn't fire in time to the sound effects but it looked absolutely spectacular.

That was it. I determined to work out a way of fitting a laser to my Phaser and make sure it fired in sequence with the five sound effects.

As I knew nothing about electronics, it took me months to work out how to do it and also had to have precision brass components engineered to hold the module in place in the Phasers casings as space is at a serious premium. As the only power for the unit came from the three 1.5v button cells in the type I hand-held Phaser, I knew it wouldn't be up to the task of powering a quarter watt laser diode so I designed an Nimh rechargeable power pack which I fitted inside the pistol grip, with a charge socket set into the handles base. Blast the baddies until you run out of power, plug in the Nimh charger and within an hour and a half you're blasting baddies again. Beats the pooh out of replacing batteries every five minutes.

Replacing the plastic rear finning with a seven piece precision hand crafted brass one made a huge difference to the feel and balance of the Phaser too. it now weighs in at 279g and will cheerfully stand on its handles end all day. It feels like a proper weapon should do (I've worked in the firearms industry and an indistinct feel to any weapon is the death of accuracy).

I keep the Phaser in a dual lockable steel and aluminium foam lined flight case along with the charge adaptor. You better believe that you have to keep a class IIIb 240mW 532nm laser powered Phaser safe from people who cannot appreciate how dangerous a weapon it is.

I am now working on a design for a seven laser assault rifle (see Dr Brains post regarding Star Trek Phaser conversion for the latest) and have run into a bit of a financial block as I was made redundant in February and still out of work! There are only two of my Phasers in existence. One I sold to a Canadian trekkie collector for £300 and the other is my personal weapon. In order to further the R&D on the assault rifle I need to sell my Phaser. Costs for precision engineered parts, electronics, charge adaptor and secure travel case was a little over £150. I will happily accept offers over that figure. If anyone is interested in owning the coolest Phaser on the planet just let me know.








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Check the TOS laser rifle on youtube. I just love the retro look !

YouTube - HMS/Rodd.com TOS Phaser Rifle with Hi-power Laser
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