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My Sonic Screwdrivers by Police-Box-Traveler My Sonic Screwdrivers by Police-Box-Traveler
So I thought I would put up a shot of my Sonic Screwdrivers I own so far.

The first one that looks like a simple cylinder is a replica I made of the 2nd Doctors Sonic Screwdriver as seen from 1967 to 1969 and was featured in serials such as Fury From the Deep, Tombs of the Cybermen and the War Games. I made it from a simple pen light...which is basically what the real prop was. It's hard to tell from the footage what kind and what the entire thing looked like however, so i had to guess. I found a pen light that was as close as i could find to the kind of construction a pen light from the 1960's would be like, and proceeded to strip the black paint off it and then buffed the casing out with steel wool. I decided to leave the pocket clip off because I thought it put the pen light into context as a pen light a little too easily.

Next is an RB Replicas Tom Baker era Sonic Screwdriver. It is his newer model and quite a nice piece. I made some minor tweaks to it here and there including buffing out the casing with steel wool, adding a small steel washer between the emitter halo and neck, and changing the emitter unit there with an Alnico magnet that I stripped the red powder coat off of and then painted with Krylon black texture paint. I also changed the internal spring for the slider mechanism because the original was a tad too strong.

Next is a personal favorite of mine, a solid bronze sonic screwdriver made by fellow DA member Carthoris :iconcarthoris: who made this for me a year or two ago. I decided to give him a sonic similar to the one next to it however I am behind in that. I will be sending him one soon, don't worry, I didn't forget Carthoris. I WILL get the others finished.

Lastly is a model I made and has served me VERY well over the year or so that I've had it...probably less than a year. anyway, it's made from modded brass fittings and faucet parts and features a light system in it. i recently experimented and found a battery that works WAY better in this type than the button cells I was using before. I also experimented on aging the finish a bit, but I'm not too sure the result worked the way i wanted it to.
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:icondragon378:
DRAGON378 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
Where did you get the third one
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Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013
A friend made that for me some years ago.
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DRAGON378 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
Those are awesome
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Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013
Thanks!
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AdamMasterArt Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Daft punk sonic screwdrivers :D
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Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
I, uhh...tha...ummm....huh...you know, now that you mention it...yeah I can kinda see that, lol.
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SoftCloudProject Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful collection! n..n
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Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
Thanks. Not my best picture of them as they were still...transitioning into better and more refined pieces. I've modded them out to looking MUCH nicer these days as well as adding to my classic screwdriver collection considerably.
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SoftCloudProject Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sounds pretty impressive do to such work. n.n
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TheDoctor93310 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
where are you finding the first left?
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Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
I honestly don't remember now. I'd like to say som web site called FindingKing or Find King. It was listed as a gem grading light.
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TheDoctor93310 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
thanks !!!
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Hordriss Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
Hi,

Can you remember what make that penlight is?
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Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
Brand? no. It was listed as a Jem Grading light from a site I can't recall off the top of my head. It's OK, but I have a newer one now. There is supposedly someone working on replicating the actual make and model penlight used for the real prop though.
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Hordriss Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
Ok, thanks for your help.
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TheAngryRobot Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
i like the one on the far right, what did you use for the emiter?
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:iconpolice-box-traveler:
Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
It's all plumbing parts but modified, sometimes heavily.
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:iconpar18:
par18 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
that's excellent.
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psycicmario64 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
they look like lightsabers :l
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Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012
Only a lot smaller but then again, that can be said of just about any cylindrical metal objects such as flashlights and old camera flash guns which, not coincidentally is what they used to make the Lightsabers in the 70's.
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psycicmario64 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
Coincedently? WOW! :P
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Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
Well not coincidentally. They really did use old things they found lying around. Luke's lightsaber from A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back was a Graflex camera flash gun with the dish removed and a set of calculator bubbles stuck in the clamp on the side with black grip strips going down the sides. They just stuck a stick in the end for a blade and added a glow effect to it. XD For the Sonic Screwdriver, back when they first introduced it, they literally used an unmodified penlight.
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Carthoris Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
I *really* need to get a lathe....
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:iconpolice-box-traveler:
Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
I hear ya brother XD Doing work on a drill press with files SUCKS so hard. XD Any time I get stuff lathed it's someone else doing it for me XP
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Carthoris Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
:)
Too bad I don't work in the machine shop anymore. :(
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Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
Oh? Switched jobs or was it a lay off? I know the economy has done that to a lot of people I know. XP
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Carthoris Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
Laid off. But, I like the place I'm at better. :)
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Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011
Oh? What're you doing now?
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:iconcarthoris:
Carthoris Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011
A tier-1 auto supplier, but in electrics rather than machining. :(
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Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011
That kinda sucks but it could be a lot worse.
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xemmi Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010
Uber rare!
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Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010
lol, yeah two of them are ^_^ I built one and the other is a gem grading pen light. XD
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DexAntares Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010
I've been meaning to ask. Are you any good at wiring? If so, I have a project you could help me out with : )
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Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010
I could certainly try, sure. ^^
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DexAntares Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010
Have you seen the new Eleventh Doctor Screwdriver? The electronics for mine have broken. The sounds no longer work. I was hoping it could be repaired, and maybe fit into a new Screwdriver casing of some sort, perhaps a custom one. Whaddyasay?
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Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010
It's possible. I haven't tried fitting the electronics into any of my casings yet. You ummm...you tried those secret sounds didn't you? XD
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DexAntares Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010
Hey, if Character Options didn't want anybody complaining, they should've done a better job on construction. After the sounds started to go, I gutted my Screwdriver for experimentation. The overall construction was atrocious! It's like they did a piss-poor rush job... still, I like the central column. It has a lot of customization potential.

I might even like a different sort of casing, if you don't mind : ) Maybe we could make this a collaborative effort. Sadly, :iconcarthoris: can't make me a spiffy classic era Screwdriver anymore... but think you might be up to it?
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Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010
Well, it was a programming error more than anything...well that and the dumb butt end button being the only way to run it when fully extended. 9_9 Should have been an option not the ONLY way.

Well, the casing is tough if I don't know the precise dimensions of the sound board and speaker. I have a hunch though thet it's the same circuit as the Tennant version though/ I have an idea of something bigger then my basic sonic I build but it is similar.
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DexAntares Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010
It's moot anyway: I've sent it back to the store I bought it from. Surprisingly, they're willing to accept it in gutted condition, and send me a single-sound replacement. It's better than nothing right now... I REALLY hope the Wow!Stuff version DOES wind up having an external button eventually.

Check out the buzz on the www.doctorwhotoys.net forum. There's a member there called "newwhovian" who seems to have a good bead on this whole... debacle.
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Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010
Meh, I'll just wait for the CT version. I know it was posted there that it costs $400 for the Eccleston version but not actually. It's $330. Even then if it was $400 it is still a better piece for the money then the MFX version IMO. I bought one from him and it is an amazing piece.
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NickelEdge Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010
nice sonic screw driver set
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Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010
Thanks! ^_^ I'm looking to add a few more XD
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thelastgunslinger23 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Have you ever thought about putting how you make these on Instructables.com. There really cool And it would be awesome to know how there made
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Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010
Well, I only modded a pen light for the first, i didn't make the second or third, and the fourth one requires lathing and blow torch welding and soldering XD It's not as easy as it looks XD

I CAN tell you where I got the 60's era pen light for the 2nd doctors Sonic Screwdriver though. I got it here: [link] they advertise it being silver but it comes painted black. No biggie if you just soak it in acetone and then use steel wool to take it off once it's softened.
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thelastgunslinger23 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah well
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Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010
Yeah XD
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kull3rk3ks Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010
what kind of screws do they drive? how do they work?
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Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010
They ummm, don't REALLY drive any screws XD They're prop replicas of the Doctors all purpose tool called the Sonic Screwdriver from the TV series Doctor Who.
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kull3rk3ks Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010
oh... :D that explains a lot :D
i thought they used some sort of high frequency waves to loosen locked or rusted screws of some sort :)
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Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010
lol, well, in the show that's basically what they do, but they also unlock locks and such as well. Pretty handy for an action/adventure character. ^_^
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