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Replica Props 11-21-2016 12:46 PM

Season 4 Handlink Replica. A 10 year quest.
After Mark Dickson shared photos from the set of season 4 episode "Play Ball" I became obsessed with making a handlink replica. Years ago I drew some cad drawings and over the years I refined them over and over again. Tracking down some of the little LEDs was a quest many QL fans pursued, but after watching and seeing how rare those leds were, I decided to CNC machine from aluminum all the tiles. My plan was to make molds and cast the parts in transparent resin

I ended up with this crude model

Not happy I decided to try the laser cutting route, and sent my cad drawings to a company to do the cutting. I got a few samples cut, but the quality was poor and without actually being there in their office, I could not fiddle with the size adjustments to compensate for the beam width on different power settings. It became apparent that I would need to buy a laser cutter and do it my self. So this year I took the plunge and purchased one from ebay.

After a little experimenting and learning the new machine, I came up with a mock up of the handlink body. This was and is still in the testing phase as I still needed to gather all the data on the electronics and light channeling.
But for a first cut, it was exciting.

I then went on to create another mock up of all the tiles to make sure before I committed to the full size color acrylic, it all fit together.

Happy with that, I purchased all the color acrylic and one by one cut batches of each tile.

Some colors were wrong (and still are, specifically the green) but it slowly came together.

I wont post the hundreds of photos I took during the process, you can see them here if you want.

I am not done yet, I still have to find the proper green and work on the electronics, but I wanted to share what I have done to date with people who love the show.

Hope you enjoyed seeing the story of this prop replica.

leaper1 11-21-2016 03:57 PM

Wow! Talk about a labor of love.

You win the gold for dedication to fandom.

:hurray: :hurray: :hurray:

Replica Props 11-21-2016 07:48 PM

And the proper green I was waiting on just arrived.

Lightning McQueenie 11-22-2016 07:55 AM

I am so impressed. I'm sharing this with the QLP (y)

feldon30 11-22-2016 04:11 PM

Truly impressive. There have been discussions here and there about trying to recreate the handlink *exactly* as it was made. The problem is it was made using compound LEDs that were already out-of-production when the show was on the air.

Replica Props has come up with a solution that uses different parts, but he has certainly knocked it out of the park for coming up with a design that looks VERY close to how the screen-used model looks.

Lightning McQueenie 11-23-2016 02:31 AM

If anyone wants one of these handlink replicas, be sure to put your name on the waiting list here:

Al_Calavicci 05-22-2017 02:28 AM

Do you have any for sale yet? I am seriously interested in buying one. You've made the most accurate one I've seen so far.

Replica Props 05-22-2017 09:41 AM

I'm still in the build phase. I do plan on selling as soon as they are complete.

Replica Props 05-22-2017 09:47 AM

I noticed all the photo links expired. Probably because they were all on facebook. If you want to see current progress update photos, they are on my facebook page

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