The research began with the one and only Volpin. Harrison Krix is a real prop maker, and his ASHPD's are a treat for the eyes! Check him out at http://www.instructables.com/member/volpin/ and his blog at http://volpinprops.blogspot.com/
Needless to say, with neither the tools, nor the talent, I didn't expect to end up with a prop which could be put alongside his and look the part. So without the tools, how could we make a decent replica of everyone's favourite ASHPD?
3D PRINTING OF COURSE!!
I've uploaded this Instructable for the Hurricane Lasers comp; think of all the awesome costume and prop parts that could be made with a laser cutter! Or maybe even the stand for this ASHPD which I have the acrylic for, but have neglected to complete due to being distracted by new projects. :)
This isn't a list of all the parts needed, rather a run through of the build.
Please feel free to ask any questions; i've gained so much from this community, now i'm just glad to be able to share something in return!
You can see the cosplay skit I used this prop in (which won best skit!) on YouTube here.
You can get the 3D printed parts from Jarly Props on Shapeways should you wish to use the same ones as me.