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Just to clarify this: so the currently available “prop accurate w/ sanding” is more true to the original props than the machine brushed, is that correct?It can be tough to know what to do when you're no longer shooting for pure accuracy, but rather for what others think of in their own heads as accurate... We still have some stock of the original finish as shown in this thread, which we call the "Prop Accurate, Sanded" finish. Both are now options in the store for any new customers. Once all the current stock of Prop Accurate Sanded finish is sold, then the Machine Brushed finish will be the only one available.
In my opinion and based on my reference images (some of which I can't share), yes, the "Prop Accurate" finish is indeed prop accurate. If you buy all three, just email me and you're welcome to request one. By default, at present, it would be the Prop Accurate finish.Just to clarify this: so the currently available “prop accurate w/ sanding” is more true to the original props than the machine brushed, is that correct?
And if someone were to go with the bundle of 3, would there be any option to choose a finish or would it default to the prop accurate?
Yes the saber is anodized after finishing. This is an added layer of protection, but could be removed if you wanted to alter the saber after that. You can remove it by sanding, or by chemical process.Do I understand correctly, your final finish has then been anodized and so that appearance is fixed, it can’t be altered further?
So, this is a logic error. There is no such thing as "just a machined finish" or "a freshly machined finish" for these hilts. Well, there is, but you wouldn't like it. You are probably thinking of just lathe operations, which leave perfectly radial marks all over the object. But here, we have a very large milling step, for the grip cutouts. And that step leaves some very nasty scratches around the edges of the cut. So SOME kind of cleanup step needs to occur. First, deburring, and then surface finishing. That is typically done with some combination of polishing and/or sanding. If we ONLY cleaned up those edges, then they would stand out like a sore thumb compared to the rest of the part. So your finishing step needs to include the entire part. It makes sense to me why the original props feature non-uniform sanding marks all over, which is likely what the prop maker did. Hand sanding. So that's what we recreate in our "Prop Accurate" finish, because that's what you see when you hand-sand something as non-uniform and often semi-circular as the Obi body.Looks to me like the originals started as just a machined finish, and over time, through the production, they picked up some scratches and such. I don't think the folks who made the props deliberately sanded a "finish" onto these prop hilts.
Saberz, you've done some beautiful work here, but I think if you just left these with a freshly machined finish, you'd have a more accurate representation of the originals. It seems to me that you're adding a step to get your replicas to look like the naturally weathered originals, and it's just not working out in a convincing way.
Still, really nice machining!
Ding ding ding! We have a winner!!!Adam Savage makes a point on one of the Tested videos that paint jobs of props are often garish or bold in person because things pick up differently on camera