We know that Rimmer is described as a "hard light" hologram, but is there an apparatus that physically projects his image, or is there something inside of him that causes the a hard light field so-to-speak.

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It's a "light bee" that generates Rimmer, essentially it floats "inside" him.

Here is it floating (source Red Dwarf Props):

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Here's Lister holding it (source wikipedia):

Rimmer's Light Bee

Originally it was soft light, but it was upgraded by Legion in the episode "Legion" (Series 6, Episode ")

Here is Legion holding it during the upgrade (source Red Dwarf Props):

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And a close up of the prop (source Red Dwarf Props):

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  • The bee's paint job is not holding up well. Dec 4, 2012 at 0:13
  • By the way, it's smaller in the book (only a centimetre across or so).
    – Mr Lister
    Dec 4, 2012 at 7:51
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    And I think originally in the TV series, there was no light bee, he was projected by Red Dwarf. It was introduced to enable him to visit planets, when the budget finally allowed for it (season 3?). Dec 4, 2012 at 15:32
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    @PaulD.Waite indeed, see Thanks for the Memory where he is confined to a Holo-Projection Cage while off-ship.
    – OrangeDog
    Apr 27, 2018 at 11:55

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