Instructables

Step 1: Getting started

Here's the materials you'll need, it's a pretty short list;

1) A 2 piece plastic skin or shell for the model of phone that you have (unless you choose to case mod the actual phone), mine ran me ~$10.00
2) Spray Paint - (1) can of flat black and (1) can of gold
3) Steel wool or fine (600) grit sandpaper
4) a 3/32" drill bit*
5) 3/8" power drill*

*Optional, only needed if you intend to drill the flip cover shell for that added touch.

Step 2: Painting the parts

You'll want to rough up the plastic parts slightly with either some steel wool or fine grit sand paper, so that the paint will stick a little better.

If you really want to go all out, you can drill the flip cover piece with a series of holes (to give it a more authentic "grill" look). I drill a few holes in mine using the flip cover of my replica communicator as a template to get the pattern of the holes correct.

To just get the basic Communicator look, the base cover piece, for the the phones keypad section, will be painted black. The piece that attachs to the flip cover/screen will be painted gold.

Follow the instructions on the brand of paint that you buy for painting and drying time.

very cool, is it in a contest, id vote for it?!
killerAP3 years ago
love it! now all i gotta do is get a phone!
FuyuKitsune4 years ago
Does it do that sound?
fireballxl5 (author)  FuyuKitsune4 years ago
The RAZR no, but the replica of the prototype Communicator does make the characteristic chirps when you flip open the antenna grill.
Ever notice how Half of the Motorola Logo Looks like Star Fleet Symbol!! I am using the Krylon fusion paint for plastic and will let you know its longetivity!
i never noticed that it looked like a starfleet symbol until you pointed it out now im like omg how could i not notice that
definitely a brick s***er for me
agent0365 years ago
This is awesome. I had a similar idea but went about it a more lazy way. I made a picture of the gold grid, then used it to make a custom sticker skin at a site that does that. a few days later my custom sticker skin arrived in the mail and worked perfectly. It's not as cool as yours but it looks alright.
scottredd6 years ago
How's the paint holding up? Spray paint doesn't typically stick to plastic. However, I've seen some paint at the hardware store specifically designed for bonding to plastic. Nice job... love the communicator. I've used TNG communicator alert tones, as well as TOS communicator chirping on my Chocolate for incoming text messages, and the intercom ship's whistle for my ringtone.
fireballxl5 (author)  scottredd6 years ago
It has had some wear, I'd much rather have the part that cover the body of the phone made of molded black plastic and have an actual brass "grill" to cover the "lid". Maybe a future instructable.
anyone happen to know where I can find a mp3 or wav with the sound of the original star trek communicators opening? :D
freerazr6 years ago
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ongissim7 years ago
Now if only the RAZR had automatic speaker phone, it would be in true Star Trek spirit!
Ahar ongissim6 years ago
well you can press that button on the top left when its open and it will make it on speakerphone, until you turn it off. keep in mind it has to be open to do it.