Exploring the Vibro Axe Options

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by Boba Debt, Jun 9, 2006.

  1. Boba Debt

    Boba Debt Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I really want to finish my Vibro Axe but I can't do it alone

    In the past, I have organized 2 separate Active Projects and both times the level of interest dropped off and the project died.

    I think there might be enough interest in this project to give it a 3rd try and this is what I can provide - Machined Bubblers/Vader Chest Rods/ Vibrator Units & Blade mounts.

    I also have a master of the vintage Han ROTJ Blaster Heat Sink and I will allow someone to cast it.

    But the rest would have to come from the group and to make it happen we would have to have at least 20 seriously interested people and the following:

    1. Lot's of discussions

    2. Someone to cast the resin parts

    3. A Yamaha Motorcycle Model Part. I know someone has one, they would have to either offer castings of it or allow someone to cast it for us

    4. A source for the correct Tips


    So if you want to give this a try post any info you have below and send an email to bobadebt@ec.rr.com

    I will create an email group and if this takes off I will convert this thread into an R&D thread.


    Thanks
     
  2. Sluis Van Shipyards

    Sluis Van Shipyards Master Member

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    I'm definitely interested, but would have to hear what kind of price estimate before I signed on completely.
     
  3. Darthmagpie

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    Interested, Will offer my casting abilities. Ben
     
  4. Boba Debt

    Boba Debt Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    As with all my projects cost is a factor based on decisions made by the group.


    When I make a prop I like to make it as real as possible but cost is directly related to quality, i.e. a machined blade would cost a lot more then a wood blade, obviously.


    But I have found that when everyone works together there is hardly ever a dissatisfied person.





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  5. lonepigeon

    lonepigeon Sr Member

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    I'd love to finally get a blade for mine. I have all the other parts.

    Revised chest rods would be nice too. They are slightly different than Vader's.

    Macklin did a run of the Yamaha parts a long time ago (it's a combo of two parts).
    MonCal has the correct model kit. I'm sure he could cast the Yamaha parts as well.

    The correct tip should still be pretty easy to find. I believe there was an online source posted in the past. The trouble is they changed the clamps that come with them.
    I think I still know of one hardware store around here that has a couple old ones in stock.
     
  6. Mr_Sparkle

    Mr_Sparkle Well-Known Member

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    I'm in as well...

    I have a few extra of those correct tips myself. Gotta love old hardware stores.

    I can also create anything needed in 3d/CAD... If someone has a CNC milling machine that could come in handy.

    Chris R.
    www.partsofsw.com
     
  7. SaberFreak

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    I'd like to offer my services as a possibly cheaper source for any machined parts. Maybe some parts that had to be made from resin previously due to cost factor can now be machined instead?

    I don't wanna make any money out of this, just want to have a Vibro Axe at the end and also have the honor of working with some of the best prop makers known to the prop community.
     
  8. Macklin

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    I can do another run of the Yamaha parts if there is interest. If Moncal wants to do it, that's fine, too.

    The tutorial for my original run can be found HERE.

    I made plans for both the blade and chest rod. Chris is right. The chest rod is a bit different than the usual Vader rods. It's thicker and has more center grooves.

    [​IMG]

    Here's the blade. I made one out of wood based on these plans and it looks pretty dead-on. I'd love to have a metal or plastic blade, though.

    [​IMG]

    Patrick
     
  9. rileyreplicas

    rileyreplicas Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Hello,

    Just wanted to post a pic of my vibro axe. It is no where near accurate however I thought you guys may want to check out the blade. It is plastic and is one of those halloween prop knives. Hopefully it will help:)

    [​IMG]
     
  10. adamata

    adamata Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Macklin,

    What is that Yamaha Piece? Is there a part number, etc?

    Also, I hope you dont mind, but I added that tutorial to my website :)
     
  11. Macklin

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    Hey, Tony. PMed you.

    The parts are from the Tamiya 1:6 Yamaha Midnight Special kit. I think it's the crank case cover and the base is part of the rear brake.

    The kit is pretty expensive (over $100), which is why I opted to cast parts so everyone could have them.
     
  12. adamata

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  13. lonepigeon

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    I picked up a couple more Vibro Axe tips at a local hardware store today. They have the wrong clamps, but there's another store around here that has some correct clamps. The store I went to today also had a couple more tips - one was in pieces and another was missing the interior washer. Both would be easily fixable for our purposes.
    I believe Chris Reiff also has a couple extra tips so I think we can cover anyone interested in this project that doesn't have one yet.

    PS - The bubblers would probably be easier and cheaper to cast. The one on the real prop might even be cast. The slots are filled, doesn't look hollow. A simple solid casting with a 1" hole drilled through the center would work perfect.
     
  14. SaberFreak

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    Is that Supermax Hair Dryer still easily available, or only cast parts are available nowadays?
     
  15. adamata

    adamata Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    They are still out there. I think I even have an extra floating around in my shop. Yard sales, goodwill, salvation army, etc.

    Dustin Crops Boy is the master at finding them. He has a sixth sense when it comes to them. It creepy. :)
     
  16. hartmann

    hartmann New Member

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    hello has all veiled. to build the vibro-axis of lando is in fact it I am spirit misses me to the software-flo of melnor serier you or I could find same in replice ' resin thank you by advance me I made replise supermax because I have original I sell reolise supermax
    pierre
    hartmannph@voila.fr
     
  17. Darthmagpie

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    :confused :confused :confused :confused :confused :confused
     
  18. Jango Wes

    Jango Wes Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I have a Supermax, but that's as far as it ever got. DCB does have the Spider Sense on them.

    Oh yeah, Pierre:
    Pierre, vont à ce site Web : Translator
    Choisissez le type "français-anglais" ce que vous voulez dire en français, choisi "traduisent" et puis copient et collent la traduction dans la fenêtre sur le RPF. J'espère que ceci aide.

    Wes
     
  19. Sumatra

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    I'd love to get a bubbler, blade and Yamaha part, depending on price. I've got the Super Max and a Vader chest box rod (close enough for me) from Russ, plus a few odds and ends.
     
  20. Sluis Van Shipyards

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    I forgot who it was, but someone was head to head with DCB as far as finding Supermax's. So they may still have some.

    The only parts I've gotten for this is the Supermax, the Vader piece, and the bubbler. Of course if the bubbler is done in metal I'm replacing the one I have.
     
  21. hartmann

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    hello enter to build the vibro-axe it I am misses me the bubble can have you photographs of the bubbler because I would like to know or to thank you find .
    thanks
    pierre
     
  22. hartmann

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    how one put photographs
     
  23. lonepigeon

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    A bump for this old thread due to renewed interest in Junkyard.

    DL 44 Blaster Posted Yesterday, 08:05 PM
    ""This was a project I was interested in the very first time around....the subsequent ones never seemed to get off the ground....I'd be interested if ALL the parts were to be made available, or good castings in either metal or resin. This is a weapon I really, really want to replicate""


    I wanted to discuss this project further.
    I don't think anyone is just going to hand this project out on a plate. It's like the Obi-Wan saber you have to gather the parts from several sources real or replica.
    Part breakdown:

    Tip - Found part is still fairly available. I'm sure I could find enough to fill demand although they may run $15 (hopefully less if found cheaper). I could also sell correct vintage clamps only - if people picked up the currently still produced real tip with wrong clamp at their local hardware store.

    Vader-ish rod piece - Needs to be machined (Chris Reiff and I could blueprint and price machining)

    Yamaha model parts - Macklin has molds already or MonCal can cast his parts

    Phillips head screw looking piece - This is a "bolt" from the C-3PO costume. I bought a replica from TK409.

    Hairdryer - A fairly easy found part (thrift stores, eBay)

    Soaker - Very hard to find piece, but can be cast (I'd be willing to sell or trade a real one for casting).
    I have no interest in a metal one.

    Blade - I really want to see these done right in aluminum (Chris Reiff and I could blueprint and price machining)

    1" Aluminum tubing - local hardware store

    Han toy blaster grill - buy a used one off eBay or at a flea market (red or vintage black). It hardly seems worth casting, but if needed someone probably could.


    That's about it. Other add on bits are likely best made by scratchbuilding.
    A decent match could be found for the ridged tubing.

    It's not that difficult of a project.
     
  24. SaberFreak

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    I'm still interested as well. Thanks to Chris's help I have a few parts with him now, but still need a lot more parts to get an axe completed.
     
  25. DL 44 Blaster

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    I'm on a lead to some parts and would be willing to contribute in the further development of the project as a whole.

    I too would love to have the blade in aluminum....it seems there are a lot of parts rather easily tracked down.

    Here's to getting a few more of us a nice Vibro-Axe :cheers

    Steve
     
  26. Boba Debt

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    I still have the original Kenner Heat sink I sent to Sink Tube Jedi for casting.

    I'm not sure if he's still around but if he's not I will be glad to mail the part to someone to use as a master, even if they can't cast it in metal.

    As for the aluminum blade, any machined part requires big numbers to make it do-able

    It would take at least 20 people and even then it would cost at least $100 for the assembly (main blade and 2 supports) but I would be will to handle that aspect of the project if enough people sign up.
     
  27. useful idiot

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    I just bought some parts from a member recently and would like to see this thing get finished. I am interested in the rest of the parts.
     
  28. hartmann

    hartmann New Member

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    hello I desired knowledge how one make to insert photographs
     
  29. SethB6025

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    hartmann; got to www.photobucket.com you can upload photographs there and it gives you the text to cut & paste into a message that will make a photograph appear in your message. :)
     
  30. kimncris

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    Bonjour Pierre,

    Pour ajute un image a l'RPF vous avez besoin de mettre votre image a quelque endroit sur l'internet.

    Apres- utilizez les mots au-dessous avec votre address de l'internet du photo.

    Code:
    [img]http://www.votrewebsite.com/votreimage.jpg[/img]
    Desole pour mon Francais. Je suis en train de apprendre dans ma voiture.

    bon chance.

    -cris
     
  31. hartmann

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    i not understand

    I have has to sell double of the full resin supermax
    but I do not arrive has envoiyer the photographs on the forum
     
  32. hartmann

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  33. Macklin

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    Guys, just so you know, I have the remains of a back-burner project that has been sitting around for a while.

    As soon as I got my bubbler a few years back I cut it in half, intending to make hollow casts. This proved problematic, considering all the filling for the grooves, and I concluded that I should just shelve the project and improve my skills before tackling it.

    I had no idea they were solid casts until I read Chris's post. Given that info, I can glue styrene to the inside around the grooves and cast these up solid as kits.

    Thing is, I most likely won't be able to do it until early next year. I have a lot on my plate at home and at work until the end of the holiday season, and I know I won't be able to provide reliable customer service until then.

    I just wanted to give you guys a heads-up and let you know that I've already sacrificed my bubbler for the greater good. :p

    I also have the Yamaha parts. I sold a few on the first run and everyone seemed pleased with the quality of the kits. There is already interest in this kit and I plan to re-tool the molds and do a run next year.

    Patrick
     
  34. MonCal

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    I just found this thread... too many threads and forums to keep up with ;)

    Here are some parts I've been gathering over the years

    [​IMG]



    The plastic blade and home made co2 cartridge piece I bought off a member here a while back.



    The bubbler I found at a local junk store. It probably isn't the right one but could be made to look close.


    [​IMG]


    I did cast up that yamaha motorcycle piece a while back for myself. The mold has only been used the one time so I would be happy to help out with that piece. I don't want to step on any toes so if Macklin has it covered that's cool. I'm pretty busy anyway. I would be willing to make them for whatever is fair.. a couple bucks or whatever to cover shipping etc.

    [​IMG]


    now I need to remember to check this thread from time to time :p
     
  35. MonCal

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    This is a very quick and crude photo edit so please excuse the poor quality ;)

    Anyway.. this was originally my thought for my bubbler. I would cut it in half, make the modifications necessary so it would be more accurate and cast it in two resin halves so it would look similiar to this:


    [​IMG]

    It would of course need to turn out better than my photo editing but that was my idea

    If someone can cast an accurate bubbler then I'm all for that... I'll throw that idea out the window ;)



    Also... has anyone located a source for these parts?:


    [​IMG]
     
  36. hartmann

    hartmann New Member

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    hello moncal it east exellent you has all say me if I could find a bubbler because I seek a mercy by advance of it hones
     
  37. hartmann

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    so the news please
     
  38. Smuggler

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    thought I'd give it a go
    [attachmentid=11045]
    close up
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    -Smuggler-
     
  39. DL 44 Blaster

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    How much ya' want for her ? :D
     
  40. Boba Debt

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    I think casting the bubbler would be a bad idea.

    If it was cast hollow it would be very fragile and if you made it solid it would be very hard to cast correctly and keep it accurate.


    I have a real bubble, if we could get 20-30 people I could have it machined for a reasonable price ($50 price range)


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  41. lonepigeon

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    <div class='quotetop'>(Boba Debt @ Nov 14 2006, 02:03 AM) [snapback]1356948[/snapback]</div>
    I disagree. The bubble on the original prop is a casting.
    All that needs to be done is line the inside with styrene then cast it solid with a 1" hole down the center.

    I highly doubt you'll get 20 people interested in a machined one.
     
  42. Boba Debt

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    How did they do the slots?




    <div class='quotetop'>(lonepigeon @ Nov 14 2006, 02:47 AM) [snapback]1356979[/snapback]</div>
    I disagree. The bubble on the original prop is a casting.
    All that needs to be done is line the inside with styrene then cast it solid with a 1" hole down the center.

    I highly doubt you'll get 20 people interested in a machined one.
    [/b][/quote]
     
  43. lonepigeon

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    <div class='quotetop'>(Boba Debt @ Nov 14 2006, 03:34 AM) [snapback]1357006[/snapback]</div>
    On the real prop the slots are filled from the inside. It's a solid cast.
     
  44. Luuke

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    If anyone is interested, I do have 5 of the Super Max hairdryers and three of the nozzle connectors I'm selling. You can check it out here: http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZthekillingfrostQQhtZ-1
     
  45. SaberFreak

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    BUMP!

    Don't let this die (again!)

    I really want to get myself a Vibro axe!
     
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