So this is my first build thread here. In the footsteps of the great lightsaber prop builders, I follow. I was inspired by some of those who had built one or more of the Luke Skywalker trilogy lightsabers, so I did some research on how to go about doing this. All those who have built Graflex sabers before me have in some way contributed to this project. I am reminded of alessandra, Sym-Cha, clutch, thegreatgalling, amongst others whose threads I have followed on the intracacies of the Graflex prop.
It started late last year with me buying this Rylo ROTJ in the junkyard (pics clickable). This is an impressive piece of solid aluminium in itself. The only thing I swapped out was the tri-ring for one with a thicker gauge.
Then after acquiring a couple of vintage Graflex flashes on ebay, the first one I built was the ESB. This has Blast-tech grips, TFX Studios d-ring and more recently, a slothfurnace clamp card with the gold traces. I have scottjua to thank for his awesome skills in helping me solder the silver on the thin traces. The photo may not have caught the right light but it's there and resembles the accurate two-tone circuit card. The hilt also has a second real red button from an extra 2-cell I have, mylar tape on the lettering and the beer tab removed. I opted with the rubber grips as I plan to convert this to a LED saber one day, so I thought the grips will be more comfortable.
Which leaves me with this, the ANH to build. The remaining Graflex 3-cell that I have is the more pristine of the two. Again I have scottjua to thank for helping me source the GINO plastic t-tracks, and also a rebelscum bubble strip. I also have a real Exactra bubble strip (pictured below) that I picked up in the JY, and a Blast-tech d-ring.
So a few things to consider.
What's the best way to trim the t-track? Will a sharp exacto knife work? Or a saw of some kind?
What's the best way to attach them; I've read about superglue, epoxy, hot glue, and VHB tape.
I'll probably go with the real vintage Exactra bubble strip, and use the rebelscum strip in my Obi-Wan when I have all the parts from Russrep. Again what's the safest way to trim the strip? This particular job has me worried as I don't want to accidentally snap it.
The one from Blast-tech is too small, and I don't have the skills to fashion one out of sheet metal like what Sym-Cha has written somewhere. So I'm looking for another source of accurate D-rings.
Well here's where I'm at, an almost complete set of Luke trilogy sabers.