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Old February 26 2013, 02:07 AM   #16
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Re: Hand Phasers - Clumsy or Very Smart?

I never knew about the trigger on the bottom either. I've just gone by the Franz Joseph diagram all these years and haven't seen much other info.

THE BLACK HOLE actors pointing everywhere but the target, that's a good one.
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Old February 26 2013, 02:13 AM   #17
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Franz Joseph is not cannon.

Very cool, but not cannon.

Matt Jefferies original drawings ID the trigger on the bottom. The hero
P1's had a metal stud there for it. You can see the P1 sitting up on it in Assignment Earth.
Oh, I missed your post. Where are the MJ drawings found?
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Old February 26 2013, 02:28 AM   #18
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The set I saw were in the Star Trek sketch book I think.

Plus the AA/DST phaser has the trigger on the bottom, as does the licensed John Long
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Old February 26 2013, 02:30 AM   #19
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Re: Hand Phasers - Clumsy or Very Smart?

I submit this image to help disambiguate if the trigger was on the top or the bottom. This is a fairly poor image that Matt Jefferies drew to have his design fabricated. A higher quality image of this shows up in the book Star Trek Sketchbook and I've annotated this version of it to make known the illegible writing.



Franz Joseph based his drawings (and his assumptions) on the photos which appear in the book The Making of Star Trek, and you can see where he got it wrong.

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Old February 26 2013, 02:48 AM   #20
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Thanks Albertese! Thats the one I was posting about.

The Assignment Earth scene:

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Old February 26 2013, 02:48 AM   #21
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Franz Joseph is not cannon.
Yeah, they don't even look much alike.

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Old February 26 2013, 02:51 AM   #22
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mach7 wrote: View Post
Franz Joseph is not cannon.
Yeah, they don't even look much alike.


Well I sit corrected!

And good one!
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Old February 26 2013, 03:08 AM   #23
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Thanks, Albertese. Good info. Needless to say, I never bought the SKETCHBOOK.
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Old February 26 2013, 03:15 AM   #24
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The sketchbook has lots of great, well sketches.

Good info in it.
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Old February 26 2013, 05:31 AM   #25
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Speaking of the hand phaser, or phaser #1, it occurs to me that it was all but completely forgotten by season 3. I only recall seeing it for a second in Is There in Truth No Beauty, and even then, in the hands of a guest star. The big 3 didn't use, carry or refer to it at all to my recollection, in S3.

It was a stock item in S1.
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Old February 26 2013, 06:36 AM   #26
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You're welcome, guys! Before I sound like I'm coming down too hard on FJ for his misrepresented phaser, I should point out that I love his work and consider him one of my personal heroes. Along with Matt Jefferies.

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Old February 26 2013, 09:15 PM   #27
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Re: Hand Phasers - Clumsy or Very Smart?

I know the phaser 1 had a trigger on the bottom off DST but its just the rubber button that the phaser 2 use for the sound contact. Going back to the subject perhaps starfleet had good marksman classes when it come to phaser training. Also starfleet only used phaser 1 and 2 as a defensive weapon phaser 1 could be Hidden from view so not appearing aggressive and dangerous when it came to first contact and diplomatic away missions.
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Old February 26 2013, 09:57 PM   #28
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They didn't generally aim the bigger ones did they? I guess I never paid much attention but it seemed like they always kind of fired them with the gun by their side then actually aiming them.
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Old February 26 2013, 10:06 PM   #29
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Phaser 1 is still an ergonomic mess.
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Old February 26 2013, 10:17 PM   #30
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They didn't generally aim the bigger ones did they? I guess I never paid much attention but it seemed like they always kind of fired them with the gun by their side then actually aiming them.
Here's the only shot in the series I'm aware of where you can see how the phaser-2 is aimed using the phaser-1 sight. It's from The Man Trap, when Kirk stuns Dr. Crater.

http://tos.trekcore.com/hd/albums/1x...ntraphd602.jpg
http://tos.trekcore.com/hd/albums/1x...ntraphd603.jpg

blssdwlf pointed it out on the board a little while back, over in this thread.
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