Saturday, March 2, 2013
Star Trek TNG "Cobra head" Phaser
Captain Kirk was always pretty bad@ss with his phaser.
...but I was always a bit more fond of the phasers on The Next Generation.
Even though I have made all of those phasers from Resin Kits (seen here) I decided to make one from scratch. Since I have them all already, I'm going to make mine look similar, but not the same. I'm also going to utilize a lot of scrap material I have hanging around.
To start, I drew up some pictures of a phaser at all angles.
Then I printed them out on card stock and cut them out to use as templates.
I made a top, middle and bottom template and traced it onto some insulation foam.
Then I cut them out and glued them together.
Then I used a side template and traced it onto my foam.
And began cutting to refine the shape.
Using sand paper, I smoothed out the shape further.
Then I took some thick crafting foam and began glueing on the different levels that make the top shape of the phaser. I also wound up filling in the spaces for the grips since I decided to make my grips differently than what is seen on screen.
I also added foam to the sides, top and bottom to smooth out and refine the shape of the phaser.
Next I added some strips to the top and bottom to cover the seams of the foam pieces, and to give it a different look than the phasers we see on TV.
The top strip was bothering me so I removed it and sanded the foam smooth. I also added the back with some foam.
And added more foam to the sides..
...and the front. Now all of the insulation foam has been covered.
For the thumb trigger, I used an interlocking piece of foam floor mat, with the textured side up.
And I added other pieces of crafting foam to add elements to the top and bottom of the phaser.
For the grip, I decided to use one large piece of crafting foam, bent around the handle. I sanded the edges to make it smooth.
Not too bad so far!
Next I gave the whole phaser a coat of white paint.
Followed by a coat of black paint.
When the black paint dried it sealed the foam pretty well, so I began applying the silver paint.
When the first streaky coat dried I applied a second thicker coat.
Next I started adding different shades of silver to parts of the phaser.
Then I added a green gradation for the phaser 'settings'.
Then, using a black marker, I drew in some line for the various 'settings'.
Finally it received some coats of Mod Podge.
And once the Mod Podge dried I was all done!
This was a fun small project, however compared to my other TNG phasers, this one is way out of scale.
But that's ok - it wasn't supposed to be exactly like the others.
Thanks for reading!