The Copycats - Star Trek TOS
Prop Replica Reference Guide
This is another Massachusetts based one man manufacturer that was in business and put out a catalog. He also was contracted by Paramount during the Star Trek Next Generation series to make some of their hand props. He was also hired by the Smithsonian Institute for the first restoration of the USS Enterprise full scale miniature used in the original series. It is rumored he occasionally still makes some particular TOS items but not the unit being referenced here, or in the time frame focused on.
Years Active for TOS 1979 - 1995 (approximate)
Phaser I hand units sold separately
Production amount : Unknown
These replicas had no electronics, and were made in three versions:
Version 1: Black hand unit paint scheme, grey lower body and grip. Manufactured from clear casting resin, with machined aluminum nozzle, trigger rod, thumbwheel, side rails and lower rotary switch, which was smooth aluminum with no numbered details. Dilithium crystal cell door molded in and painted silver. Removable hand unit which was attached by Velcro.
Version 2: Paint scheme and all details same as above, but with more accurate spun cast pewter nozzle, and thumbwheel, and now an improved spun cast pewter lower rear numbered detailed rotary switch.
Version 3: Dark grey hand unit, medium grey lower body, graphite colored handle. Entire dimensions of unit reworked and diminished in size by approximately 10%. Details now include spun cast metal nozzle, dilithium crystal cell door, thumbwheel, numbered rear rotary switch and trigger. Hand unit still attached with Velcro and removable.
It is also rumored that on a very small basis this company made
communicators. To date, none were ever seen, nor were they ever advertised in his catalogs.
Above left, right: Version 1 machined aluminum rotary knob, and later cast pewter numbered rotary knob for later versions 2 and 3.