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Kaylee's reprogrammer

Postby superjedi » Tue Nov 03, 2009 2:09 am

Hi all,
New member here but I've been a long time prop geek on other forums under this user name. :)
Admittedly, I primarily joined up here to get info about the gorgeous Model 47A, but I've been a big fan of Firefly for some time now.
One of the things I enjoy about the show is the detail that is worked into the props. Even the ones that don't have more than a few seconds of screen time. I picked up the Official Companion books when they came out, and one of them showed some decent pics of Kaylee's reprogrammer. I thought it would be a fun project to scratch/bash, so here's my attempt at a replica.

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The above pic shows mine next to the pic in the book. Not exact, but I think I got fairly close. Here are a couple of detail shots.

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The main part of the body was a circuit board from a broken DVD player, with some sheet plastic and Sintra detail added. I used some black, red, and yellow electrical tape around the details on the lower portion, and added a pair of tiny hinges for the screen.

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I drew the graphic on the screen in PaintShop Pro and sized it to fit, then just glued it in place. I attached some "false" screws and a couple of plastic knobs for detail. It was painted flat black then weathered with some silver drybrushing. Overall, I think it came out OK and I knocked it together in only about a day and a half.
Hope everyone enjoys the pics!
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Re: Kaylee's reprogrammer

Postby keelhauler » Tue Nov 03, 2009 2:18 am

Great job! It really looks good! Oh, and welcome to the FFP!
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Re: Kaylee's reprogrammer

Postby Badger » Tue Nov 03, 2009 10:19 am

Welcome to 'Frank's place' :lol:

That's an excellent replica of the programmer. I do love this prop, it's just a distillation of what Firefly's all about for me. The idea of it being slammed together with tape, but still works, is great.

Fantastic job on the replica, I'm very impressed.

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Re: Kaylee's reprogrammer

Postby Nexus6 » Tue Nov 03, 2009 4:59 pm

BRAVO, sir. :shock:

That's a GREAT piece.
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Re: Kaylee's reprogrammer

Postby namebrand » Tue Nov 03, 2009 7:58 pm

That's a great replica!

I'd love to start identifying the found parts for it. Anyone got any info?
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Re: Kaylee's reprogrammer

Postby F-N-S » Tue Nov 03, 2009 8:05 pm

Great replica!

If I remember correctly the keypad is from a Casio calculator. I have a very similar one somewhere but I can't find it right now :?
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Re: Kaylee's reprogrammer

Postby Badger » Tue Nov 03, 2009 8:55 pm

On the hero prop, the thingy taped down on top is actually a small audio speaker.

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Re: Kaylee's reprogrammer

Postby F-N-S » Tue Nov 03, 2009 11:02 pm

Thanks Badger! I thought the taped down thingy was a camera lens or something like that.

I think I know what they used as the circuit board for the programmer. The connector on the right side looked familiar so I checked my the old pc hardware I have lying around and ... et voila .. found this:

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A circuit board of a 3,5" harddisk. Not the correct make or model but close.
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Re: Kaylee's reprogrammer

Postby Goodwolf » Tue Nov 03, 2009 11:08 pm

I think you're on the right track, Frank. It looks to be some sort of ISA card from an old computer.
May have been on the losin' side, still not convinced it was the wrong one.
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Re: Kaylee's reprogrammer

Postby F-N-S » Tue Nov 03, 2009 11:17 pm

It can't be an ISA card. There is no plastic connector on an ISA card. There are only the circuit board connectors.
(Sorry .. my electrical engineering english is very very very bad :lol: )
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