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Copper Sonic Screwdriver WIP by Police-Box-Traveler Copper Sonic Screwdriver WIP by Police-Box-Traveler
Just a quick and dirty pic of a Doctor Who styled sonic I'm working on made all out of copper pieces.

Now I didn't design this at all. It was originally an entry in the Replica Prop Forum's sonic screwdriver contest from...I believe a year ago. It was Jason1976's entry numbered 31 seen here: [link] and was just so elegant and very well thought design that I just HAD to have one...sadly though he didn't have the time to make another and he admitted that his electronics wiring skills weren't quite up to the task so I asked if he could put together a DIY kit for me and well, he did!

I've been sitting on these parts for a year before I finally started cutting the copper fittings and assembling the parts. I made a few changes, such as soldering the components for the butt-end of the sonic together and I'll be making further changes like an added slider plate similar to the 10th Doctor's sonic and also changing the contents of the clear neck section as i haven't the talent to make actual functioning clock gears that work...seriously, take another look at his entry...working clock gears! Brilliant! I also have to paint the grip section black and maybe do an aged chemical wash to the copper followed by a light polishing or maybe use a fine wire brush on it but I think when done this should look pretty slick.


Also...why the hell does DA keep putting my picture on it's side? I had to re-upload the picture twice XD
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paulaaron19 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
Awesome!!!!!
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par18 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
all i can say is wow!
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Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
Thanks! I just put in some orders for some parts to finish this one. I ordered a new blue glass for the lens and a special piece for the inside as well. I'll be able to start finishing this up soon.
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par18 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
sounds awesome! thumbs up to you.
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Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
Thanks. Hopefully I can get this one done by the end of the summer if not sooner. I just need to find the right glass or acrylic tube for the very inside of the core. I want something really narrow if possible. If not I'll just have a custom brass core for the neck tube made and add some brass tubes for conduits and stuff. Something that resembles the time rotor of a Tardis Console would be nice.
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par18 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
yea actually i'm building my own tardis console from some really cheap stuff i can find.
but then the lamp for the middle part of the console died and i'm trying to find a new one, but at wal- mart there very highly priced.
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Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
Well that's cool. I wish I had room for a console but I don't XD A room to put it in would also be nice but again there's no really perfect room here that would be like a console room. XD
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par18 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
but i'll start this summer.
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Lilyanimallover Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
ooh ! sonic!
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Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
Almost XD It's getting there though XD
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PropFan Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
Gorgeous.
I remember the entree you based this off, it's a really great design.
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Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
Thanks!. ^_^ Yes he did a fantastic job. I still have some ways to go but I'm really hoping to do some justice to his entry. ^_^
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PropFan Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
well, from what I can see, you are definitely doing it justice!
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Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
Thanks man! ^_^ I'm really hoping I can get my final touches figured out. I thought of another way to make the slider plate look even better by soldering threaded spacers to the underside of it eliminating the screws from the top and making the while thing look more clean and elegant.
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PropFan Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
awesome! I can't wait to see it all said and done!
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l-JayCee-l Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
i think that looks fantastic. For some reason, I think a gold or lighter shaded metal rim around the light sensor would look nice, but the body look so uniform it's great.
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Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
I would trim it in Brass if I were going to try that. Mainly because of the brass on the butt end of the sonic, but unfortunately I don't think I can find anything with the right diameter and look to fit on there XD Still, I'm basing this off Jason's sonic so I wanna try to match most of the aesthetics as possible with the exception of the slider and switch. I'm going to go with something a bit easier to manipulate. XD Glad you like it though. ^_^
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Elkaddalek Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
im prity good with electronics, well so-so
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Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
I'm not bad but the clockwork is just too much XD I like that it was functional in that they actually WORKED but there's no way I'll be able to attempt that so I'm going to try something else XD
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Elkaddalek Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
a simple tip will make it work ;D

If you don't use it for this, you can still use the idea for somthing else. :)

all you need is a LED, wireing, button batterys, pvc pipe (smaler than the coper tube) & a button.

cut the pvc in half & hot glue the batterys, wire, button & LED on the pvc pipe & then slide the pvc inside the coper tube.

that way when you press the back of the tube, it will press the button & Presto, light :)
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Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
Well, this is a slider sonic so what I'm probably going to do is custom machine a brass battery compartment with a thread on end cap then rin an isolated wire that will be soldered onto the compartment to the LED in the tip, then run the second lead to my switch under a 10th Doctor styled slider plate, then from the switch to an isolated spring in the compartment so the compartment will complete the circuit sort of like a flashlight. I actually work in electronics and have access to a machine shop to make the custom parts you see so it will have a set up very similar to the Celestial Toystore 9th/10th Doctors sonics minus sounds.
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Elkaddalek Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
I wish i had some equipment like what u have, & the money to use it :( , but I make dew with what I got :)

case in point :pointr: [link] :pointl:
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Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
I actually don't have that much equipment. Just a Dremel a drill press and a belt sander. XD I am lucky though in that I know people that have lathes and can make blueprints for them to make custom parts. I also am lucky in that I have a mind for mechanical design which is why I can design a sonic screwdriver from scratch. If you follow that link in the description you'll find that the guy that originally built that sonic only had a dremel tool and a lot of sandpaper. It really comes down to working with what you got and working with it well. Believe me, I don't know too many people that have made a rather screen accurate TCE with more equipment than I have let alone the equipment you used.
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