I'm going into the shop on Friday to chat about some questions the machinist has for me and that I have for him. This is a very complex piece that assembles and works mechanically in a very specific way. Tollrances on this are very, very tight. Did I mention there are ALOT of parts that make up this piece? ALOT.
My goals on this project are this:
1. When the saber is collapesed I want it to look like the hero prop. Not untill it opens does one realize there is more than meets the eye.
2. When it expands, it will do so to the limits as shown on the original prop/video. It's easy enough to just make the saber come appart, it's another to limit the distance the parts will travel. Entirely different. This also means thinking ahead on how the piece will be finally assembled.
3. No painting here. Aluminum parts will be aluminum, copper will be copper, brass will be brass. Black areas will be anodized black, copper will get a clear coating to prevent oxidation. The overall finish of the aluminum body parts will be a brushed finish. Basically, the only thing I will have to do when the parts arrive is to assemble. No extra handling. Period.
4. There will be no glueing of parts. Everything is mechanically screwed together. Nothing chinsy. If I'm going "balls-out" on doing such an elaborate piece, it sure as hell isn't going to fall apart. That's for damn sure.
5. My biggest goal is that you will nickname this piece "The Messiah" because when you or anyone else get this piece in your hands, you'll say "JESUS CHRIST."
6. Display cases and plaques. It's something I'm considering. If I do, they will be just as unique as the saber itself.
Pricing, payments and leadtime: That's still being worked out and it's going to be a while so please be paitient. Paypal will be involved. I'm not going to sugar coat it, this is going to be a very pricy prop. As I said, this is a very complex piece with alot of high tollorance parts and extra finishing steps to assure quality.
I will post more info as it comes up. Thank you.
The shop guy is great. He says he may want to get one when they're done. I have a few things to tweak on the specs. He's got his estimator on the ball. I'm sure I'll have more info on this by next week.