Jun 1, 2012, 3:51 PM - TrashSaber
Ok, I found a camera lens in the trash. It looked cool and I figured I might be able to use it for something.
Now I'll apologize right away. I did not take a photo of it before taking it apart.
But here it is dis-assembled.
along with a couple of sink parts, (not used) some plumbing gaskets and an 8" extension tube.
The inner lens was cracked. No fix.
So, what to do....
Jun 1, 2012, 4:03 PM - Re: TrashSaber
So, I take the bearing that I pounded out of the drive, and put it into the other side...
I had to sand down the motor housing to get it thinner. That way it would fit where the broken lens used to live and be held in place by the old retainer. Fuss fit fuss..
Now that is looking right. More tomorrow!
Jun 1, 2012, 4:04 PM - Re: TrashSaber
Lightsabers built like this are always my favorites. It's a nod to the way they were made in the original films, find what you can and make something out of it.
Jun 1, 2012, 9:16 PM - Re: TrashSaber
I've been reading these forums for a while now, and seeing how random some parts can be for some props. That whole gun assembly from the 5th Element? all sorts of bits from here and there!
I like finding the possibilities in stuff that someone else tossed. ok, I love it.
Jun 1, 2012, 9:19 PM - Re: TrashSaber
So before I left work for the day, I screwed that assembly onto the main body of the lens to see how it looked.
The geeky buzz was with me all the way home...
Jun 1, 2012, 10:38 PM - Re: TrashSaber
Oooo, fun stuff!
I used one of those very same drawer pulls on a steampunk raygun build - they have a great look.
Jun 2, 2012, 3:19 AM - Re: TrashSaber
Looks cool and very SW.
Jun 3, 2012, 12:09 PM - Re: TrashSaber
Great build! Loved your idea with the HD. I've got about 10 old drives laying around. I might have to use them for my build!
Looking forward to seeing it finished.
Jun 3, 2012, 12:17 PM - Re: TrashSaber
SO COOL! can't wait to see the end result great work!
Jun 3, 2012, 12:19 PM - Re: TrashSaber
I have all sorts of drives I've torn apart for security reasons, there's all sorts of greeble bits in there to use for various projects!
The stator necklace I have gets a lot of compliments.
I'm going to have to come up with something for a hand grip type of thing. I have a couple of old windshield wipers, so I could pay homage to the Skywalker saber. I had thought of wrapping the grip with leather, but it didn't look right.
To connect the bottom bits together I'm going to use this piece from a microphone assembly, it's from a Shure microphone.
I'll have to draw up how this is going to fit together as the photo's won't do it justice.
Jun 3, 2012, 1:31 PM - Re: TrashSaber
Love this, looking very cool so far
really in the spirit of Star Wars,
I have a box of bits that really need to become something one day
just waiting for the creativity & talent to hit me
Jun 3, 2012, 2:06 PM - Re: TrashSaber
Looking forward to seeing this one all put together.
Jun 4, 2012, 9:07 AM - Re: TrashSaber
D48thRonin! that is a GREAT raygun!
Did you make a leather holster to hold it?
Jun 4, 2012, 10:49 AM - Re: TrashSaber
Ok, so I had to draw this out so it made sense.
The Shure microphone part fit into the pipe extension and it's outer diameter filled the gap with the lens parts. Using some glue I put those three pieces together. To secure it into the tube, I didn't want to glue it, just in case I have to take it apart to add features down the road.
So the film canister fits inside the pipe snugly, and a small amount of JBweld gives the screw some purchase. This is the film canister.
and here is a drawing of how it will all fit together.
Then I'll run a screw from the side, to the film canister locking it all together. So hopefully it won't fall apart when it's hanging from a belt hook. I mean come on, I don't want to look like a dork, with my lightsaber falling apart in the parking lot...
Jun 4, 2012, 11:24 AM - Re: TrashSaber
Love it so far. I wish I had the kind of eye that spots random greeble opportunities.
Jun 4, 2012, 11:53 AM - Re: TrashSaber
GREAT parts. U lucky one!
I love this too. Building things from almost gone parts
Jun 4, 2012, 12:08 PM - Re: TrashSaber
Man! I've thrown away about 1,000 sabres over the years! Just goes to show what someone with a great imagination and eye for detail can do with garbage! Recycle, recycle, recycle!
Formerly cobalt crimson
Jun 4, 2012, 12:14 PM - Re: TrashSaber
Look for a cheap large flashlight with a rubberized grip, you might be able to slip it off the hologram and onto it. I'll have to see if i can find an example and take a pic.
Jun 4, 2012, 12:17 PM - Re: TrashSaber
Jun 4, 2012, 12:25 PM - Re: TrashSaber
I don't have windshield wipers, but I did find a ribbed rubber mat that I've cut up. I'll tack them onto the chrome extension tube and see how it looks. it would be nice if some metal showed through.
Jun 4, 2012, 2:41 PM - Re: TrashSaber
Ok, this is a test...
I like having some of the chrome show through... hmmm
I'll glue them on and see what it looks like when done for real.
Jun 4, 2012, 3:28 PM - Re: TrashSaber
Nah. didn't like it. However the backside of this ribbed mat had a cool texture!
So I cut out a piece to fit, created an opening for an other bit of gizzle left over from the lens and I'm gluing on the grip. I may have to add a few pop rivets to keep it in place, but I'm liking the direction.
The zip ties are just there to hold it while it dries overnight.