Another Obi ANH AFB? Sort of.


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On the outside, just a typical Obi ANH AFB with
a few cosmetic differences.

On the inside - it's a different matter.

This is a project I've wanted to build for a long time.
Lucas has gone on record to say the Lightsabers were
supposed to be very powerful weapons, and that they
exhibited 'gyroscopic' characteristics, so - I set about
building this cut away with this in mind.
I always loved the spinning blade effect from the orginal
cut of ANH, so I incorporated a gearing system to look as
though it turns the emitter crystal housing, thus rotating
it and the blade.
Both primary and emitter crystals are lit by blue leds via
hidden switches for each. The batteries are easily changed.

I tried to illustrate each bubble in the strip to activate
the saber in a sequenced combination, as if Obi only knew
the correct coded sequence to power the primary crystal and the
emitter crystal housings. You can see each bubble has a wire
leading to these areas, plus the sequencing arm which (in
my imagination) 'okays' each correct sequenced depression of the bubbles,
allowing the activation of the weapon.

In each of the emitter's ring of holes (it's a Gav BTW) there's a tiny
emitter beneath them. The idea being each projects the white
haze seen around the blade in the film.
These emitters detect the effeciency of the blade, and increase
blade power output should the white haze field encounter an object
which the blade has diffuculty cutting through, compared to the energy
expended by the saber wielder.

There's a respectful nod to my friend, Serafino here, as I've included
the 'cone' idea from the Emitter research thread.

A BIG thank you to Kurtyboy who donated the old style
AS handwheel for free... Many thanks, Marcus, you're a hero.

Thanks Wackychimp for the pic hosting and thanks for looking everyone.

Howard. :)

Lord Abaddon

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Now I have seen the COOLEST lightsaber in RPF history.

Howard that is incredible. You have so completely captured the look, idea, etc. of the lightsaber from all I've read since way back in the "Fantastic Films" blueprint days it's amazing.

You're a Jedi Master extraordinaire, no doubt about it. :cheers


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Howard, that is an awesome prop - and you've really captured the "idealism" of how a saber should work.

great job :)



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Amazing work, Howard. You are a star, my friend...

Absolutely incredible detail. Steady hands and keen eyes. :eek



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a total thing of beauty... thank you SO much for sharing...

The thought you put into each detail makes this a work to be admired for a LONG time... To that, could I put in a request for larger pics?. I'd love to really see all the work you put into it..

Bravo ....



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That is completely awe inspiring, I love EVERYTHING about this saber. I wish I had an ounce of that talent. Is everything found parts, or did you make some yourself?

Tutorial??? :lol


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Thanks guys.

Lord Abaddon, I'm honoured sir by your complements. A thousand thanks.

Gabe and Shinobi - your words mean a great deal to me. :)

KD - steady hands indeed. The whole saber was cut with an X-Acto razor saw. One slip and the dream was over. The poor thing's blunt now.

Just a little more info.
The clamp, grenade and heat sink are Parks, I believe - snagged from eBay.
The guts are various brass, copper, aluminum tubes, and an assortment of camera parts and other bits and pieces.
This took two months work, working every day. A whole week of planning, just sitting there with the parts and placing them for the best look.

Thanks again guys. :cheers

EDIT: If anyone can host pics for me - I'd be more than happy to email larger files, but will have to do this tomorrow. PM me if you can help out. Cheers.

Howard. :)


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Incredible display piece. I love the injector tubes you put in along with the lighting system. Awesome job, precisionally done on the detailing.


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:eek The construction of your saber is unbelievable..

I think it is safe to say that your Jedi skills are now complete.


Master Member
Absolutely Phenominal man... Easily the coolest doggone saber I've seen pass thru this board. Thanks for sharing that with us...

Dave :)


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I think that this is totally in keeping with the goal of GL to create a futuristic world that is both incredible and familiar. If we had seen the guts of a lightsaber on-screen, I'm sure that it would have had mechanics as well as electonics.

Beautiful work.



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Thanks for the very kind comments guys.
After all this work, they're much appreciated.

As I type this, detail pics are on their way to rhboyd - thanks again, r.
In a couple of them, I've included descriptions of a few parts.

Howard. :)