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    Jan 22, 2009, 6:30 AM - Parks Obi-Wan Saber - Weathered #1

    In December I purchased an old Parks Saber from Lord Abaddon. It was a little worse for wear but was precisely what I was after since it was destined to be converted into a weathered Obi-Wan - similar to the MR version.

    This is how it turned out after being beaten around a little. I wasn't after a screen accurate prop (personally I believe the quest to create an exact replica is futile given the numerous variations used in production - especially with older props), so the goal was to create something that was aesthetically pleasing but at the same time visually, very tired...

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    Jan 22, 2009, 6:35 AM - Re: Parks Obi-Wan Saber - Weathered #2

    Very nice! Not too much weathering, just right. Looks killer
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    Jan 22, 2009, 6:38 AM - Re: Parks Obi-Wan Saber - Weathered #3

    Needs an Exactra calc stirp, but it loks great to me! Nice job.
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    Jan 22, 2009, 6:51 AM - Re: Parks Obi-Wan Saber - Weathered #4

    That came out good considering what you had to work with, very close to the MR weathering.
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    Jan 22, 2009, 7:21 AM - Re: Parks Obi-Wan Saber - Weathered #5

    That's the same saber? Gorgeous! You did a brilliant job!!!!
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    Jan 22, 2009, 8:07 AM - Re: Parks Obi-Wan Saber - Weathered #6

    Awesome!
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    Jan 22, 2009, 10:08 AM - Re: Parks Obi-Wan Saber - Weathered #7

    That's a PARKS?! Looks amazing! Goes to show what a good finish can accomplish even when the basic structure is lacking.
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    Jan 22, 2009, 10:20 AM - Re: Parks Obi-Wan Saber - Weathered #8

    I've never liked the look of his saber from Ep 4. I don't buy that Obi-Wan Kenobi - would let his lightsaber fall into that weathered state of disrepair over the span of 20 years. Jeeze - he was "communicating" with Qui-Gon who probably said something like: "Even after all of these years, you still son't know how to take care of it!"
    God it looks like he chewed on the damn thing!
    Sorry about the hijack.
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    Jan 22, 2009, 10:37 AM - Re: Parks Obi-Wan Saber - Weathered #9

    Some of us are trying to replicate a bashed up prop, not as it was supposed to look taking into account movie magic.
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    Jan 22, 2009, 10:43 AM - Re: Parks Obi-Wan Saber - Weathered #10

    SonofJorEl said: View Post
    I've never liked the look of his saber from Ep 4. I don't buy that Obi-Wan Kenobi - would let his lightsaber fall into that weathered state of disrepair over the span of 20 years. Jeeze - he was "communicating" with Qui-Gon who probably said something like: "Even after all of these years, you still son't know how to take care of it!"
    God it looks like he chewed on the damn thing!
    Sorry about the hijack.
    His saber is supposed to be a weapon! Used and abused!

    It's not like it's antique silverware that you never use!
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    Jan 22, 2009, 11:19 AM - Re: Parks Obi-Wan Saber - Weathered #11

    Don't get me wrong gang, the work that Kramstaar accomplished is terrific. Nice work!
    It just always bothered me that Ben's saber looked soo bad. No other Jedi or Sith had a saber in that poor condition. Obi-Wan was lucky that it could even ignite! Did he use it to pound nails into his hut?!!
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    Jan 22, 2009, 11:21 AM - Re: Parks Obi-Wan Saber - Weathered #12

    Looks great, there are some real nice finishes on the steel parts. What did you use on the emitter?
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    Jan 22, 2009, 11:28 AM - Re: Parks Obi-Wan Saber - Weathered #13

    Best Parks saber i've ever seen
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    Jan 22, 2009, 11:38 AM - Re: Parks Obi-Wan Saber - Weathered #14

    Great weathering job.
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    Jan 22, 2009, 11:54 AM - Re: Parks Obi-Wan Saber - Weathered #15

    This is excellent!
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    Jan 22, 2009, 12:10 PM - Re: Parks Obi-Wan Saber - Weathered #16

    LOVE the weathering job you did. Looks superb. Especially the clamp. Looks like you came very close to the Chronicles photos. Great job!
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    Jan 22, 2009, 12:19 PM - Re: Parks Obi-Wan Saber - Weathered #17

    I'd say closer to the MR than the chronicles. IMHO
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    Jan 22, 2009, 1:34 PM - Re: Parks Obi-Wan Saber - Weathered #18

    Very nice, I go the same way myself as far as accuracy/looks go. I'd rather have it nearly accurate and put the time into making it look really good than anything else. Great weathering job.
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    Jan 22, 2009, 1:42 PM - Re: Parks Obi-Wan Saber - Weathered #19

    Slight hi-jack but this is my favorite of all the sabers BECAUSE of the high weathering. It looks real, gritty, used.
    Plus, if you jack it up, who'll know?
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    Jan 22, 2009, 9:35 PM - Re: Parks Obi-Wan Saber - Weathered #20

    Very nice.

    btw, is that a Sue Dawe painting in your first post?
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    Jan 22, 2009, 9:46 PM - Re: Parks Obi-Wan Saber - Weathered #21

    Great weathering job!

    I wish Parks did a better job on his emitters, though. Can't stand that set-screw. Still, with that wonderful finishing job, my eye isn't quite so drawn to the set screw, I'm more marvelling at the weathering.
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    Jan 22, 2009, 10:29 PM - Re: Parks Obi-Wan Saber - Weathered #22

    Looks awesome. Top notch job.
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    Jan 22, 2009, 10:57 PM - Re: Parks Obi-Wan Saber - Weathered #23

    Mates --

    I have to be honest, I've been caught off guard by the warm comments posted here. Profound thanks to all for the support...

    @Darth Detroit, Yep, I have to agree the strip is pretty rotten. I guess I figured in the light of all the other things that are inaccurate, it might just stay that way.. But then on the other hand, maybe not...!?

    @Lord Abaddon.. LOL, cheers for making it possible mate!

    @SonofJorEl - very interesting perspective. I guess I'm totally the opposite because I always loved this version. Your points on the wrecked look of this saber make for a meaningful ponder, but the more I think of it, the more I figure this is the way it should be.. (my personal opinion naturally)
    I served 12 years of active military service in some of the nasty places on this planet and the old AK-47 I had for a time, was as buggered as hell. The irony is that I always preferred that beaten dented firearm to the other options and thats simply because it never failed to work. I cannot claim to be any type of specialist on the Jedi's but since they ended up a Rebel group, I liked the idea that their weapons ended up being similar in fashion to 'real' rebel groups around the world - rugged, battered and uncompromisingly functional. That said, your kind comments on my humble replica are warmly appreciated. Cheers mate!

    @incrediPAUL - I cut the emitter short at the base so I could add the bent metal shroud - I used a 0.5mm sheet of aluminium for the shroud and then carefully bent it into shape. Fortunately, because its at the back of the emitter, its very protected from bumps. The whole emitter unit was then sprayed with a flat black undercoat. I then overpainted it with a mixture of Humbrol silver and flat black but before it was completely dry (tacky) I rubbed soft graphite into the tacky surface to create the 'sheen'. When it was completely dry, I worked the edges to expose the natural aluminium finish of the original emitter

    @Chingon - Cheers mate. I don't really know the Chronicles photos. As @scarf man said, I modeled this on the MR finish - which I have always admired.

    @JediG60racer - I'm a LucasFilm artist and that painting was from a big poster I did. As I've said, I'm not that clued up on the Jedi but I figured that maybe if they DID have a hall somewhere then it stands to reason they might meet in a room similar to Arthur's Round table.
    If they did meet in such a room, then I thought that each Jedi might have either a painting or a tapestry behind their chair on which they were depicted along with their weapon of choice. The writing down the side is the font developed by LucasFilm for EP2. and it reads - from top to bottom - "Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi"
    I did another similar poster for Celebration IV showing Luke and his EP4 saber..

    To everyone else unmentioned. Cheers a ton for the support!
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    Jan 23, 2009, 1:53 PM - Re: Parks Obi-Wan Saber - Weathered #24

    SonofJorEl said: View Post
    It just always bothered me that Ben's saber looked soo bad. No other Jedi or Sith had a saber in that poor condition. Obi-Wan was lucky that it could even ignite! Did he use it to pound nails into his hut?!!
    As has already been pointed out, the PROP looks bad.

    There's NOTHING about how the prop appeared in the MOVIE to warrant the conclusion that the saber was trashed.

    So envision it as nice as you like, within the boundaries set by the overall production design, which was geared toward a 'used' look.
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    Jan 23, 2009, 2:18 PM - Re: Parks Obi-Wan Saber - Weathered #25

    You did an awesome job weathering the saber.

    Jeff tried to sell me on a bulk order of his Obi sabers a few months ago, but I couldnt get past the design flaws. If they had looked like yours I would have paid double!

    great work
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