Darth Vader ROTJ Saber

Discussion in 'Star Wars Costumes and Props' started by Boba Frett, May 14, 2006.

  1. Boba Frett

    Boba Frett Sr Member

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    Just finished this up today, I still have a few tweeks to do.
    I still have to weather it, but that will come later :)

    Don't mind the custom saber stand.
     
  2. DL 44 Blaster

    DL 44 Blaster Sr Member

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    Very VERY nice. :thumbsup Alway's loved the ROTJ Vader saber.

    Steve
     
  3. Darth Detroit

    Darth Detroit Sr Member

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    Man, thats really nice work. I cant wait to get mine done, I noticed this has to be one of the hardest things props to make.
     
  4. DarthCalibar

    DarthCalibar Well-Known Member

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    LOOKS GREAT. I still dont think i could bring myself to drill holes in an original graflex though. *shudders*

    Great job, awesome saber
     
  5. Boba Frett

    Boba Frett Sr Member

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    Thanks guys, I will have another one done soon.
    But it's another hardware one.
     
  6. Darth_Pain

    Darth_Pain Well-Known Member

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    <div class='quotetop'>(Boba Frett @ May 14 2006, 02:14 PM) [snapback]1244118[/snapback]</div>

    VERY NICE.
    I still need a Graflex body,Kobold, and grips to finish mine.
     
  7. Darth Kahnt

    Darth Kahnt Sr Member

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    Excellent job Kenny, looks great. :thumbsup
     
  8. damon5973

    damon5973 Well-Known Member

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    very nice....love the rotj vader....
     
  9. Starkiller

    Starkiller New Member

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  10. Funky

    Funky Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    <div class='quotetop'>(Boba Frett @ May 14 2006, 05:13 PM) [snapback]1244091[/snapback]</div>

    Yeah, yeah, looks great, but are you offering those stands??? Are they a found item??? I gotta know...
     
  11. Darth Detroit

    Darth Detroit Sr Member

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    Micheals has a great selection as far as mirrored display cases and such.
     
  12. lesternessman

    lesternessman Well-Known Member

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    for as ugly as these sabers are, I can appreciate the work put in to converting them. Great job.
     
  13. clancampbell

    clancampbell Sr Member

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    UGLY???...??? :eek
    Hang your head in shame.... :confused

    The Vader ROTJ is one of my top 3 fave sabers of all time and these pics just make me go all gooey.....

    Fab work.....
    keep it up dudes.
     
  14. KevVader

    KevVader Sr Member

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    * Kenny....fantastic work. :thumbsup

    ...and you gotta do a run of that custom saber stand... :p
     
  15. bwize

    bwize Well-Known Member

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    <div class='quotetop'>(KevVader @ May 15 2006, 12:36 PM) [snapback]1244504[/snapback]</div>

    *. Those are awesome Boba Frett & Starkiller. Don't see Vader's ROTJ saber that often and you guys have done a fantastic job.
     
  16. DARTH SABER

    DARTH SABER Master Member

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    Great job.

    I built one of these from a real graflex as well, but I had to wheather the saber during the contruction process. It was the only way I could get the weathering under the grips, inside the portholes, rust on the nuts and bolts etc.
    probably the longest saber project I ever worked on.


    Anyhow, can't wait to see the rest of it.

    DS
     
  17. Barnstormer

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    Whoah, I'm even more impressed that this is a hardware saber.. You must have one of the old shoulder pullers? Excellent work.

    S'funny, I just did some work on mine over the weekend, and was thinking that I hadn't seen anybody build this saber in a while. I gather my parts years ago, but the project has been backburnered off and on for ages. It's really motivating to see such an EXCELLENT buildup of this saber.

    How/what did you do for your control box? That's the only part that I don't have - I always hoped, actually, that I'd be able to identify the original part. I'm probably going to scratchbuild a styrene one. What did you use?
     
  18. tk7209

    tk7209 New Member

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    I love it, nice one.
     
  19. obi1kenny

    obi1kenny Well-Known Member

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    Hey Boba Frett, looks great man, very nice work on the build up.

    One suggestion IÂ’d make if you want to go a little more accurate to the real deal is to replace the rear D-ring cap screws with pop rivets. But it looks and works just fine the way it is.

    And yes, weathering will make a world of difference when it comes to the look of this saber. Pretty much just dang it around and scratch it a lot and you can achieve a pretty close representation to the real DV MOM saber.

    [​IMG]

    Well this one that I did a while back might be a little much in the weathering actually, but you get the idea. More pics here:
    http://www.elvistrooper.com/props/DVrotjGraf/index.htm


    Oh yeah, BTW, I just found a few extra machined aluminum shrouds that I had in the bottom of my tool box. Good find, so I might post those in the JY in a few days.
     
  20. GundamZeppelin

    GundamZeppelin Sr Member

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    thats awsome work boba fett
     
  21. obi1kenny

    obi1kenny Well-Known Member

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    Got a few PMs about this yet again, so here is the link to my very very old tutorial site for doing a build up of a DV ROTJ Graflex saber with EL parts (now that’s old school).

    http://www.elvistrooper.com/dvrotj/default.htm

    And yeah, I was going to update the tutorial at one point but just never got the time to take the pics during a build and do a rewrite.
     
  22. Boba Frett

    Boba Frett Sr Member

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    Thanks for the comments everone, this was a fun buildup to do.
    I received a lot of PM's on parts, our own obi1kenny helped me out with that end of the project :)



    <div class='quotetop'>(obi1kenny @ May 15 2006, 04:58 PM) [snapback]1244722[/snapback]</div>
    I didn't have good reference pics showing the D-ring, and I used red Locktite on the threads so that it would never come loose :confused

    Thanks for the info though, I will do that on my next one :thumbsup

    If you come across a metal activator in the bottom of that toolbox, let me know :)
     

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