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Old 13-04-2016, 05:48 AM   #1
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Hello,

I was playing around with a Lego design program several months ago and discovered that Lego could be made up into an accurate full scale model of the Commlock - In all dimensions it is within a couple of mm of published drawings. Very little compromise was needed on positioning of any of the buttons.

I posted the project on the Lego Ideas site where projects which get 10000 supporters are considered for production. Unfortunately its not done very well so far and its not looking like it will make the first milestone on 1000.

I'm sure there are more than the 110 potential supporters out there. If you like the project it would be great if you could give it your support - you do need to make a Lego login to support but there are other neglected Spece 1999 and other Gerry Anderson based projects who need a boost.

The project uses printed parts and colours which are not all available, Lego allow this as they can make a part in any of their standard colours and would print parts if a design went into production.

Thanks for looking and please spread the word if you like it. More pictures are on the Lego ideas website at http://ideas.lego.com/projects/116621

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Old 13-04-2016, 11:13 AM   #2
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that is very well done. i think a few people here will like that,
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Old 13-04-2016, 03:59 PM   #3
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That turned out really well -shape
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Old 13-04-2016, 07:38 PM   #4
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Like it.

Have supported it.

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Old 26-04-2016, 06:50 PM   #5
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Thanks for supporting. I have just received the final pieces of lego to actually build one. I will post an updated photo once its done.
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Old 27-04-2016, 04:52 PM   #6
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Commlock built, Stickers printed and attached. Really pleased with how this has come out.








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Old 28-04-2016, 04:20 PM   #7
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Looks great
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Old 29-04-2016, 05:18 AM   #8
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I had a PM from Slate asking about the stickers. Although I've been a member for years this Lego Commlock is the first thing I've posted so I don't have enough posts to reply to a PM yet.

The stickers were printed on an inkjet, given time to dry and then covered using clear sticky back plastic, double sided tape applied on the back and then cut off the sheet.

The key pad numbers were taken from a photo on the 'Catacombs' website of the original commlock prop. (The original prop shown hardly had any detail and the buttons were just painted squares). With a little bit of work using Paintshop Pro I was able to get a useable set of numbers off the image.

Now that I've done a bit of research it looks like the original font used was microgamma bold and it may have been easier to get hold of the font
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Old 29-04-2016, 06:46 AM   #9
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Having found the font I will be making new stickers for the keys. Much sharper numbers using the font.
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Old 29-04-2016, 04:03 PM   #10
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Having found the font I will be making new stickers for the keys. Much sharper numbers using the font.
Great stuff Grant, really impressed! Thanks for explaining.
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Old 14-05-2016, 08:44 AM   #11
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Since actually building the commlock I've compared to source material and tweeked the design a little, raising the shroud around the screen, adding a red line into the 'magnetic data strip' below the keys and a couple of changes to the colour of a couple of keys, an orange key above the keypad (originally red but looking at all of the reference photos - it was more of an orange) and a dark green key on the top right.

I have also managed to make a working clip out of lego - although if I wanted to rely on it I would probably permanently glue the pieces and the attachment together.

As for size I found some dimensions in the Technical manual to compare with the Lego version. The only thing which is way out it the weight!

Length: 1.83 in (4.64 cm) Lego 4.6 +0mm*
Width: 2.08 in (5.28 cm) Lego 5.57 +3mm
Height: 7.09 in (18.02 cm) Lego 182 +2mm
Weight: 0.88 lb (400 g) Lego 150g -250g

*The Length measurement includes the clip and with the original low profile clip it is spot on with a working clip there is gap to hang it on a belt and with a gap so the dimension is +3mm.

Correction - in an earlier post the font for the key numbers is microgramma.
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Old 22-05-2016, 07:07 PM   #12
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Three screen options recreated to fit the square 3x(1x3) LEGO® flat plates that make up the screen

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Old 04-06-2016, 12:24 PM   #13
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Hi again, If anyone feels like making a lego commlock I have posted the build instructions on the Lego Ideas website and can be found unteer the 'updates' tab of my project. http://ideas.lego.com/projects/116621. Once its finished its time on the lego site I'll try and find a permanent host for the instructions where I can also leave the graphics for the screen, ID, speaker and keys.
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Holy crap, that is amazing!
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Thanks ever so much for posting this. I just had to have a go and here is the result! A lot of fun to do. The last picture is the Lego one built following your instructions next to the replica I scratchbuilt many years ago.







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That's another load of lego bits I have too add to the list.
At this rate I will have more lego than the children.
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Thanks ever so much for posting this. I just had to have a go and here is the result! A lot of fun to do. The last picture is the Lego one built following your instructions next to the replica I scratchbuilt many years ago.







The image of the Lego Koenig is a real nice touch!
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Old 23-09-2016, 12:18 PM   #18
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love it!...
and wish I could get the panelling on my 44 to look that good!
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