The First Phasers

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Click for Larger ImageThese muzzles are one of the most complex parts of the phasers and they appear to have been made at about the same time and possible by the same man and/or shop. I expect that they went ahead and did a large run of these muzzles at the time ensuring the show would have many spares to harvest for later use .

This would also help explain how these black and white models are still around today, since it is normal policy in Hollywood to refinish and repaint props, sets and everything, as needed. Having spares of some of the most difficult and costly parts to make would allow them to easily build new replacement props.

Another reason they may have chosen to replace rather than refinish could be that they had to carry on with the filming of the shows and had to use what was already on hand. When the new models arrived, these old black and white ones could have been simply put into storage.

Or perhaps the models were lost before they could be repainted and refinished. This is unlikely for if losses were to be the saving factor, then only a few would have survived and the rest would have been repainted and refinished. The few that did "escape" would be a lot rarer today. But we do seem to have the full accounting of most of the black and white phasers for, by noting small details, we believe that we have been able to match and count these models from show to show and then, from the show to the hands of collectors.

Either way, the fans are the benefactors as this model of phaser did indeed survive to this day and everyone can enjoy them, check them out and study these pieces of Star Trek history.

Click for Larger Image  One of the first models I held and photographed may even have the grand-daddy of them all, for, unlike the majority of the models, this one was made out of wood. Almost all of the other standard models appear to have been cast out of fiberglass. There was a corner on the handle where you could see that the paint was worn away from the edge and what was underneath seemed to be wood. When I held this model in my hand it also felt like wood. I did not probe it as I did not wish to mar it, so I can only relate what I saw and what the owner said. Also, there were a set of lines cut into the rear section, deep fine lines. These lines were cut into the body at the same place that on later models you would see either a lowered area painted silver or a set of four aluminum fins. Again, these were clean straight cuts, the kind you could only make in a soft material like wood.

Click for Larger ImageClick for Larger Image  Continuing on our tour of the phaser, from the muzzle moving up and over the top you come on to the metal top cap just in front of the smaller phaser one. This is one of the only parts that seem to be the same on all pistol phasers. You can see them shiny and silver on each and every phaser.

Click for Larger ImageThere is a belief that the one and two phaser combo were in fact planned to be a part of an even larger weapon's system. The phaser one was able to plug into the pistol body. This resulting pistol body was intended to plug into a rifle stock to make a phaser rifle. There may have been a plan to fit a longer barrel onto the front of the pistol or it might have been part of the rifle stock. This styling and design idea was later used in the show "V" where the pistol fit into a shoulder stock, had a barrel extension added and a scope mounted upon the top to make a mean looking assault rifle. Yet, this was never done in Star Trek. The phaser rifle from the second pilot "Where No Man Has Gone Before" was a stand-alone and used only in this one show, never to be seen again.

The pistol body would give the little phaser one more power, more range and control through the larger beam control muzzle and longer firing time due to the larger power pack. The phaser pistol body was like the "Linear amplifier" currently used by radio operators to boost a low power radio by feeding its low powered output into a special amplifier made to handle a smaller amp output and then increase this input to a much greater and higher amplified output.


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