Bolsey #2 Yoda Lightsaber with Crystal Chamber

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  1. Luke the Belter

    Luke the Belter Well-Known Member

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    Hi there,

    the finished crystal chamber

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    I have this Bolsey #2 flash for three or four month now. Got it from "the Bay" and had to add the grips from @sjanish.

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    At this point I wanted to build a crystal chamber for this saber. Very small, very challenging, some lights, no sound.

    And so I went to work and cut some pieces of acrylic glass and black plastic first.
    I'll use some metal parts from my spare-and-scratch-box and will see what will fit and what not.

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    These are the first parts and a 6.10 carat emerald.
    With the tools I have (small saw, rotary tool, drill) it is quite challenging to make thesse small parts, so that everything will fit in this little saber. It's a lot of fun.

    Put the crystal chamber part together for the first time.

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    After that I used one green 3 mm LED for a lighting test. Later on the emerald will be lighted from both sides.

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    The crystal chamber so far. There is still much to do but I thought it would be enough to post it here.

    I'll keep the pictures coming.

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  2. mugatu

    mugatu Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    This looks great! Man, I don't know how you are working on such small parts. Very difficult
    work, but I love how it's looking.
     
  3. Luke the Belter

    Luke the Belter Well-Known Member

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    Thanks.

    That is the part with the most fun
    Ok, just kidding. It's frustrating.
    The trick is to give the parts a rough form at first. Then I lay them together (e.g. the five black plastic discs) and give them the last shape all together.

    Big help is a flexible shaft for the rotary tool for better handling.
     
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  4. halliwax

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    so far so good! i like the black disc's you made, really makes the crystal stand out
     
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    I agree with halliwax, It just seems to work
     
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  6. Luke the Belter

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    Thanks, guys.
    I really appreciate it.
    Just had to do something while I'm waiting for my V2

    Thought that black would match the outside of the saber but am very happy with the contrast to the crystal.
     
  7. Luke the Belter

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    Hadn't enough time to do more than a little work on the chamber.

    This is how far I got.

    First I had to secure the the discs so that everything stays in place. You can see in the third picture that everythin is kept in place by the small metalpin which goes through the hollow metal pipe. If I would use nuts on the threaded rods everything would be completely askew. (The hollow pipe will be used for some cales later on.)
    After that I put there another disc with some tooth.

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    The tooth will help to hold a PTFE tube and keep it aligned. The tube will be used to hold the electronics.

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    Another disc which fits inside the tube and rests on the nuts. The disc has a recessed area which has the dimensions of a screwhead.
    The screw is kept in place between two acrylic discs.

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    Now I can screw the crystal chamber into the endcap of the Bolsey.

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    After that it is possible to draw the crystal chamber out by unscrewing the endcap from the Bolsey.

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    Not as much progress as I wish but now there are only the electronics left and something on the upperside of the chamber which should look starwarsly functional. :cool
     
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  8. chizbot

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    I like everything about this.
     
  9. redbutton

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    That;s really cool, Luke The Belter! Nice work I just got some Yoda's grips and a button from sjanish hope to start work soon. BUT man your
    innerds are looking might good!
     
  10. Luke the Belter

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    Thank you.
    The grips from sjanish are great and very easy to clean them up with an exacto.
    It is quite amazing that there was such a Yoda saber hype two month ago.

    I work on sabers to have them as collectible but the crystal chambers are just for relaxing and get some time for myself
     
  11. mugatu

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    Luke the Belter, did you do any sanding at all on the grips? I am wondering what your experiences were like, if you did need to do any sanding.
     
  12. Luke the Belter

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    No, I didn't need to sand the grips.
    I just cut everything what I thought was to much away
    I have a very sharp exacto and the edges where just fine, so I didn't sand.
    I'm not sure how sanding would let them look like. T-tracks aren't as black as before after sanding, too.
    They fit very good on th flash handle and I just a bit of JB-Weld to glue them.

    And just to make things easier, Lukas will do and is much shorter
     
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  13. Luke the Belter

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    I think I have all parts together now.

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    I started with the assembly yesterday.
    The small parts, the superglue fumes and the soldering fumes gave me a really bad headach and I didn't get as far as I wished.
    So I have to show you what I've achieved so far and finish it today or tomorrow. Nothing really new but the LEDs are in place, everything is soldered and the main body is finished.

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    And finally I did some lighting tests with all three LEDs in place.
    It's quite bright.

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    After that I couldn't go on and had to take a pill.
    Everything to do now is simple assembly and won't make my head ache again :wacko
     
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  14. Luke the Belter

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    It's done!!!

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    The push button is placed in the endcap.

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    I don't like the PTFE tube very much but it is hard to find light metal tubes with the right diameter.

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    And inside the saber.

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    That's it...

    Just need one of those brass jet screw things for the top of the saber to complete it or is there something else?
    And who can direct me to one of these jet screw things or a person who has some?
     
  15. Andymac84

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    Wow, that turned out great:thumbsup
     
  16. Luke the Belter

    Luke the Belter Well-Known Member

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    Thanks man.

    I saw your Heiland conversion today. Would like to do one myself. Have an Heiland on the way with square holes (not perfect) and am waiting for Roys MPP shroud.
    I saw in your all gang together picture that you have an Yoda saber, too. Do you know where I can get this brass screw/nut which is still missing on my saber?
     
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  18. Luke the Belter

    Luke the Belter Well-Known Member

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    Great thank you.
    I'll have to contact him ;)
     

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