Anakin Starkiller V2 lightsaber show-off thread

Discussion in 'Star Wars Costumes and Props' started by manooga, Aug 5, 2015.

  1. manooga

    manooga Well-Known Member

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    We all are excited about this recent run, and I have seen several beautiful finishes of this prop, so thought it would be good to have them all concentrated in a single post. So to start, here it's mine (only missing the clamp which is already in the US waiting for me!):

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    Please share yours as you finish them!
     
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  2. mugatu

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    That looks real good, Manooga. REAL GOOD!
    As a not very good painter/weatherer, combined with simply how awesome Dan's reconstruction turned out, I'm still not sure that I will paint mine. It's intimidating.
     
  3. Halliwax

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    I know the feeling, I am very nervous about weathering too. I always found it hard to do things randomly.. I don't know how serious that guy was about making a stencil. My luck I'll weather and the day I'm finished he'll post the stencil run! LOL

    that V2 looks awesome!!

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    Mind sharing the tools u used to achieve this look? Did you use any chemicals to help soften the paint? I really like how it came out and so nervous to do this
     
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  4. Sym-Cha

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    Close your eyes halliwax and mugatu ... trust your feelings ... use force ... then ... do it!

    That's some serious skills manooga, wrap it carefully before you start moving country :)

    Chaim
     
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  5. manooga

    manooga Well-Known Member

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    This! :D

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    For real!

    It's very easy. These were the stages in the process I followed (I had experience painting at least 3 other V2s, so had no fear with this one):
    - I primered the whole thing with Tamiya Metal Primer. Let it dry for like 2 hours.
    - Sprayed the whole thing with regular acrylic spray matte black paint purchased in the supermarket. Let it dry for like 1 hour.
    - Scratched the rings hard with the knife to make the paint go off.
    - Using ref. pics I started doing the weathering with the can opener. You gotta treat it roughly, you mean to weather it, so you can't be gentle.
    - Sprayed the whole thing with Tamiya clear semi-matte coating. I must confess that since I finished it I have added more weathering. Even after taking those pics I discovered a few mistakes. I have just scratched it more with the can opener.

    Don't be afraid. Worst case you won't like it and will need to sand it all and then paint it all over again.
     
  6. Luke the Belter

    Luke the Belter Well-Known Member

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    Finished the paint job on mine today and took some pictures.

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    I'm still searching a mystery chunk and am not sure about adding the tape around the neck.
     
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  7. Halliwax

    Halliwax Legendary Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Looks great!!
     
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  8. roygilsing

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    Looks great! Very authentic with the glossy black background :) when I'm done, I'll make similar comparison shots for sure!
     
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  9. thd9791

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    I seriously love how each of ours are different! I sprayed right on the bare metal and let it cure for a day or two. I find that I handle my props quite often, so it will get weathered in time with use.
     

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  10. mugatu

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    Tom, as always, killer work, man. It looks really really good.
     
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  11. Luke the Belter

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    I like the AFBB look. I liked it when I painted my saber and I knoe some other people liked theirs in this stadium too. It was hard to go on with weathering. Like to see how yours looks in a year or so.
     
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  12. HeartBlade

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    Looks great. Nice work on the weathering.
     
  13. thd9791

    thd9791 Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thanks Andy! that means a lot

    Me too, I've very excited to see how this will look next year, 5 years and more down the road :)
     
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  14. Halliwax

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    Tom it came out great! Though I don't know how happy your cat is to have his/her picture taken :)
     
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  15. Sym-Cha

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    Tom's devine cat from Siam is thinking : 'What's all this fuss about, just take me on your lap and start worshipping me instead of handling that tool' :lol

    Chaim
     
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  16. thd9791

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    Hahaha indeed, he was perturbed about not having full access to my window. I was struggling to get good lightning to let my camera auto focus. thanks for the compliments, I'm very, VERY proud of this one. I can't help but walk by and handle it every time.
     
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  17. manooga

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    Finally complete!! :D I successfully moved to OH and got all my sabers in good condition, and today I received Roy's lever and D-ring. This is the outcome now! I was lucky enough to find an original Graflex clamp with the correct piece on the opposite sidebar to the lever, so I got it with the rust and everything as it should be:

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    And this is how I secured the emitter to the rod.
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  18. Halliwax

    Halliwax Legendary Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    came out great!
     
  19. Luke the Belter

    Luke the Belter Well-Known Member

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    Looks great.
    Is the clamp very loose on the saber or fits it perfectly? I'm asking because on the pictures it is in the Hero ROTJ saber position.
     
  20. PoopaPapaPalps

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    It undoubtedly fitted loosely on the actual prop or, at least, somewhat loose; it moves positions in almost every pic of it along with the pommel.
     
  21. Halliwax

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    i sanded down the inside tabs on my replica clamp, because it wouldnt sit flush when locked, did everyone have to do that?
     
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  22. Luke the Belter

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    I did this, too. But after that a had to tighten the lever a half turn more and sand down the card a bit.
     
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  23. mugatu

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    I grinded down the four tabs inside my Graflex clamp because when I set the clamp and lever in the right position, it left weird looking gaps between the clamp and body. It also accentuated the "folds" in the clamp where it was rolled/pressed by the manufacturer.
     
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  24. Halliwax

    Halliwax Legendary Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    awesome, I am glad I'm not the only one who did this. after looking at the celebration 7 photos I figured they had to have filed them and not folded them back flat because the squares look the same size

    regardless before I sanded them I should have chimed in an asked. lucky enough I didn't screw up

    always better to measure twice cut once, not all of us carry a "board stretcher " on the job site


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  25. Anakin Starkiller

    Anakin Starkiller Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    You guys are doing such great jobs finishing these sabers off. It's incredibly rewarding when you see the play in your head, throw the ball, hope for the best, and then get to totally watch your receiver run it in for a touch down!

    Awesome work guys :thumbsup
     
  26. RexKramer

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    Yes, you must file down the 'tabs' inside your clamps in order to fit!
     
  27. Curmudgeon

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    Just finished mine up today.

    I had a lot of fun working on it and I'm pretty happy with the results, although I may do a tiny bit more here and there.
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    Tried to replicate the look of my real clamp.. I think I got it pretty close

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  28. mugatu

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    Curmudgeon, it looks great! The clamp looks real good to me.
     
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  29. Halliwax

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    looks real good! clamp looks great!


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  30. Curmudgeon

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    Thanks guys!
     
  31. Sym-Cha

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    That weathering is truly great indeed :) . . . However ... you say you use a real clamp on your V2, so here's my question : Does your 'X' line up like so? (see picture below)

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    Or does your 'G' and 'X' line up as seen on these pictures?

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    Chaim
     
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  32. teecrooz

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    I think he said he tried to replicate the look of his real clamp, meaning the one on the v2 is a replica, but he does have a real one.
     
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  33. Sym-Cha

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    :confused






    Chaim
     
  34. Halliwax

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    Thanks for that Chaim, now I know how to tell the difference ;)
     
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  35. Curmudgeon

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    Thanks for the info Sym-Cha! Teecrooz is right, that clamp is a Roman's that I stole from my unfinished Obi Wan saber, until I can find another real one or he starts to sell them again! I only have one real graflex that I used for a Luke ANH saber.
     
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  36. PoopaPapaPalps

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    I can now join the cool kids' table.

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  37. Halliwax

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    that looks great!! how did u dull the lever!? it looks old! and i think your the first one to use the v2 as a hammer, good job!!
     
  38. PoopaPapaPalps

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    It's actually just poor lighting and angling on my part; the lever's actually pretty shiny. The rest though is exactly how it looks! Hammer nicks and all.:D
     
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  39. NeoRutty

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    Details? Was that with the stencil? What paint did you use?

    Looks great! I'm lining up my projects, and seeing what I can get done as things are slowing down...
     
  40. PoopaPapaPalps

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    No stencils or anything special there, I'm afraid; I just sprayed the thing down in a semi-gloss black paint and chipped away at it with my fingernails, rolling it around on the ground, and just handling it. The most thought put into it was trying to make certain parts resemble the scratches on the actual prop, IE: the emitter face.

    Touch-ups done with a q-tip.
     
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  41. Kroenen77

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    Thanks for the info...but what design is correct for the V2?
     
  42. Sym-Cha

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    All I was pointing out was that Curmudgeon was using a replica clamp, which he confirmed see post# 35, and not a genuine vintage real clamp. The last pictures as shown in my post are of a genuine real vintage G R A F L E X clamp, which obviously is the only correct version for the screen-used V2 lightsaber, not this replica made by Romans Empire, though it is a good alternative for a substitute V2 clamp, with prices for G R A F L E X parts going through the roof lately :wacko

    Chaim
     
  43. Kroenen77

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    Ah ok...so the G and the X must be in line to the holes on the clamp,right?
     
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  44. mburkit

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    I know I posted photos else where but I figured I'd join the party in this thread! Here's my V2. I'm rocking a real GRAFLEX clamp, along with the Slothfurance card and Roy's extended lever. I painted it with Krylon Satin Black then spent about 2-3 hours weathering it with an exacto blade and sandpaper. I tried my best to weather it like how it appeared in the photos of it at Celebration this year.

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    I decided to use a shaft collar to hold the emitter rod in place on my build.

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    And last, but not least, a photo of my Anakin Starkiller V2 with all of his brothers!

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    From left to right: Real Graflex Luke ESB Saber I built, Romanprops Obi-Wan Saber, Anakin Starkiller V2, LDMcustoms Mark VI V2, SD Studios Luke ROTJ "Hero"
     
  45. Sym-Cha

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    That is correct :)

    Chaim
     
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  46. Panaflex

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    mburkit

    Nicely done. What size shaft collar did you use?

    Thanks.
     
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  47. mburkit

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    I used a shaft collar for a 5/16" OD shaft. I purchased mine from McMaster-Carr; here is the link: http://www.mcmaster.com/#6432k13/=z0b07z

    I hope that helps!
     
  48. ogrotesque1

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    All of these V2's look SO amazing, great work guys! This saber and, of coarse, Obi-wan Kenobi's ANH saber have always been my favorite. For some reason I'm fascinated with the Darth Vader ROTJ Graflex too. I can't wait to get my very own V2 from the next run by Anakin Starkiller! I've got all the parts for one so far. One of Slothfurnace's accurate clamp cards, McMaster-Carr mystery chunk (I have 8 left if anybody needs one?), and Roy's accurate extended lever. Just need a clamp from Roman, as well as the V2 itself and I should finally be legit!
     
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  49. Kroenen77

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    What is the McMaster-Carr mystery chunk and Roy's accurate extended lever?
     
  50. Halliwax

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    mystery chunk in the center of picture below
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    roys custom lever, and slothfurnaces circuit board below
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