Source Lights and Switches

Joined: January 1st, 2018, 7:12 am

January 2nd, 2018, 10:35 am #1

I’d like to reproduce some of the set pieces detailed in the site.
 
It looks like it might be fun trying to recreating the resin lights.  Hopefully the upcoming post on lights will give some helpful details on the process.
 
In the section on the Auxiliary Control Room you can see someone creating lights for the set build.
 
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Looks like literally an ice cube tray mold, among others.
 
I’ve also found these on the web.  I’m doubtful they are screen accurate.
 
Button Lights
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Prismatic Lights
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The prismatic lights seem very inconsistent in shape.  I ordered a set of round buttons, I’ll post with details when they arrive.
 
For the push buttons on the Captain’s Chair and comm panels, I found this
 
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Star-Trek-Comm ... 0013.m1986
 
They attach to a modern switch to provide functionality.  Looks like the replica plus the switch is going to be $60-$70 each.
 
If you haven’t seen it, check out Adam Savages ‘1-day build’ of his Captain’s chair (YouTube).  It appears he’s using these switches.
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Joined: April 29th, 2007, 8:38 am

January 9th, 2018, 8:35 am #2

The "someone" creating the buttons in the auxiliary control panels photos above is ME and yes; those are the same style ice-trays used in the original series for some of the colored resin buttons.  They actually used two different types of trays with slight differences (mainly the edging) on the original buttons.  I have match those that I made with original buttons on surviving control panels and they are an exact match to most of them.

I can tell you that neither of the resin buttons you linked to above are accurate.  The button lights were not at all cone shaped but more of a elongated hemisphere.  This is a common mistake people make because they assume these were made from ice-cube trays which they were not.  The prismatic lenses that are available on the internet are usually too big.  I precisely measured many of the original surviving buttons and have molded them from 3-D masters that were made the perfect size.  For most people those that you have noted above are fine but again they are not screen accurate.  I do sell correctly shaped buttons and prismatic lenses but they are much more expensive.

Regarding the push buttons; I provided direct measurements of the original switches to the guy selling those.  They are perfect replicas and the switch he recommends functions and sound exactly like the originals.  You simply cannot get any closer to the originals than those reproductions and I highly recommend purchasing them while they are available.  I just purchased some myself!


NOTE:  I removed the links above for the resin buttons as I also sell them and don't want to promote another venders products on my site.
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Joined: January 1st, 2018, 7:12 am

January 9th, 2018, 8:44 am #3

Will,

Sorry, my intent was not to promote anyone.  Where can I get info regarding the items you sell?

I found these rocker switches on ebay.  I ordered a set and they appear pretty close based on what I know.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/LOT-OF-25-T1LA ... 2749.l2649

Russ
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Joined: August 23rd, 2014, 8:21 pm

January 9th, 2018, 9:47 pm #4

Those rockers have vertical lines. The TOS ones were horizontal.
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Joined: January 1st, 2018, 7:12 am

January 10th, 2018, 4:14 am #5

Thanks!
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Joined: January 1st, 2018, 7:12 am

January 10th, 2018, 9:18 am #6

I guess it depends on how rare and how expensive the switches are with the horizontal lines, it may be possible to resurface these.  As I have a handful to experiment with, it's worth giving a shot.  For some reason I feel that the fact these are new old stock, that could potentially be from the era, that they have more eminence than a new replica.
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Joined: January 10th, 2015, 5:00 pm

January 17th, 2018, 5:15 am #7

Hi i think the hardest thing to get hold of are rocker switches. I have a set of 10 McGill rockers in white in there origin box model No.(0801-0310) they 95% accurate apart from they have 4mm 1/8 inch gap/space when next to each other apart from they excellent.Now if I could find away to get rid of the gap/space when they are fitted into console now that would excellent if I could figure how to do that.
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Joined: January 1st, 2018, 7:12 am

January 18th, 2018, 5:10 am #8

Krupp,

I ordered a set of those McGill's to take a good look.  From the images, they appear to be constructed so you can't eliminate the gap.  I'm thinking to recap other switches I have with resin.  I've had limited success, but need a good mold to recap.

Russ
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Joined: February 28th, 2017, 9:58 pm

May 7th, 2018, 12:19 pm #9

Has anyone heard of the Eaton Standard Rockette Switches?

http://www.eaton.com/Eaton/ProductsServ ... /index.htm

If I read their catalog correctly, it looks like Model #8132K21-E6M50 should be a good match.

I found a phone number - I'll try giving them a call as to the cost.
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