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Dobson Stuff

Postby pennausamike » Mon May 25, 2009 5:51 pm

I got Dobson's Cortex Access device a long time ago but couldn't garner much enthusiasm to finish it.
Then I decided it would make a good prop for the FFF, so I started working on it.
(The white panel is clear plexi with a protective covering.)

But I still really wanted to display it with the gun Dobson used to shoot Kaylee.
(Sweet Kaylee! What a scumbag...)
So I got it in my head to blow up the picture in the Firefly Companion of Dobson's Astra 400 and just build the thing from scratch.
Eh, what the heck.
If it looked like crap I'd just throw it out and move on.
(You can see the punch marks in the paper where I used a center punch to transfer the photo onto the half-inch thick aluminum I used for the grip frame.)
Well! I was pleased with the way it was going, so I bought real Astra 400 grips for it.
It's not screen accurate perfect but I'm really pleased with the way it is coming along.

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I feel sure that few Firefly collections have Dobson's Astra and mine is even more unique because it is made by me.
The image for the cortex screen is from the web somewhere.
I added the lettering in MS Paint and printed it on photo paper.
The Alliance Passport is actually from my attendance at the 2007 Browncoat Ball in Philadelphia.
I'm just pretending it's a Dobson article.

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What I really want now is a copy of Dobson's Vektor to put with my Simon items.
I have had ZERO luck tracking down any type of Vektor prop or airsoft.
The Vektor was also the base weapon for Bruce Willis' "Fifth Element" gun,
but it is so heavily modified I can't reasonably back-date one.
I'd make one like I did with Dobson's Astra, but the Vektor has a lot of compound curves,
and I have little talent in duplicating those.
I'm doing Wash's Serenity Mateba-based pistol now,
and I DREAD doing the grips!

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Re: Dobson Stuff

Postby Badger » Mon May 25, 2009 6:05 pm

Mike,

Wow, that's a lot of work. Nice job.




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Re: Dobson Stuff

Postby keelhauler » Mon May 25, 2009 6:13 pm

The Astra looks shiny! Great work!! I wish I had those kinda skills!!

I've got the parts for the Cortex device, but haven't gotten around to putting it all together. Sith Sheriff Brody made some images for the cortex screen a while back. I have the files, but am not sure I should post them without permission.

The passport is excellent! What's inside? Is the cover heavy like a real passport?

Looking forward to seeing your Wash gun!
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Re: Dobson Stuff

Postby Nexus6 » Tue May 26, 2009 1:25 am

keelhauler wrote:I've got the parts for the Cortex device, but haven't gotten around to putting it all together.

Same here. I've actually had them for several years, but I just haven't found the time to work on them. Soon I hope.
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Re: Dobson Stuff

Postby pennausamike » Mon Jun 15, 2009 4:48 pm

Info on the Vektor from elsewhere on the board:

F-N-S wrote:What? There are guns available in Germany that you can't get in the US? That's weird :-)

http://www.sportwaffen-schneider.de/pro ... ts_id/1399

It's a flare gun. Don't know the correct english term for that kind of gun.


Birdie wrote:Guys, if you want a cheap and reasonably accurate Vektor replica, try here: http://myairpistols.com/electric-airsof ... ol-51.html

I have a couple of these.
Completely useless as an airsoft, neither of mine worked, but it's a solid and sturdy enough piece of kit.
No Vektor badging, but can't really go wrong for the price :)


I'm working on mine (pics later) and thought it useful to corral the info in one place.

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Re: Dobson Stuff

Postby Badger » Mon Jun 15, 2009 5:05 pm

I just acquired the screen used Dobson portable Cortex terminal.

I'll be posting pics on the archive site soon.

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Re: Dobson Stuff

Postby keelhauler » Mon Jun 15, 2009 5:07 pm

Badger wrote:I just acquired the screen used Dobson portable Cortex terminal.

I'll be posting pics on the archive site soon.

Badger


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Re: Dobson Stuff

Postby Badger » Mon Jun 15, 2009 5:13 pm

Had to sell one of my Livers....

I can get by on one, right?



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Re: Dobson Stuff

Postby F-N-S » Mon Jun 15, 2009 5:14 pm

You had 2 livers? :lol:
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Re: Dobson Stuff

Postby Badger » Mon Jun 15, 2009 5:31 pm

Well, I sold one......

Oh shit :shock:


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