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Unlimited Run Holiday Special Lightsaber Control Box

Discussion in 'Project Runs' started by Trooper_trent, Jan 14, 2019.

  1. Trooper_trent

    Trooper_trent Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Holiday Special Luke Lightsaber Kit

    It's everyone's least favorite, and hideously ugly lightsaber! The infamous Holiday Special lightsaber!
    This ugly prop was cobbled together after completion of A New Hope in preparation for the filming of the Variety special that would air only one time (and for very good reason) after all of the rented props for A New Hope were returned to the studio. This lightsaber was made from a newer model Graflex camera flash (50s'-60's model, not the more famous 30's-40's model) and features a hand cut sheet metal shroud, standard grips, an odd red light, keychain, and the most bizarre looking control box ever. Though many parts have been identified, this specific piece has eluded prop makers and collectors. Until very recently, details of this part and what it actually looked like were very fuzzy. Recently, a new photo emerged that featured Luke Skywalker's stunt guy on the set of ESB filming a pickup shot where Luke cables up to the belly of the AT-AT to place a detonator. The stunt guy is wearing the Holiday Special prop, and we finally get a decent look at the control box.
    This is as accurate a representation as I could get using all reference photos I could get my hands on.

    The kit includes pretty much everything you need to complete one of these except the GRAFLITE flash, T-track grips, and the sheet metal to make the shroud.
    Included:
    - 1 control box - 3D printed in high resolution in black resin on a DLP machine
    - 1 set of silver chrome (mylar) adhesive machine-cut decals.
    - 1 set of 2 black vinyl arrow decals to go below the ports on the left side.
    - 1 black vinyl rectangular decal / paint stencil for the area under the aluminum shroud. Simply stick on and peel away the border to use the decal, or peel away the decal to use as a paint mask stencil.
    - 1 set of black vinyl shroud templates. Stick these onto aluminum sheet metal or tubing, trace and cut!
    - 1 red dome light with silver housing
    - 1 custom end cap - 3D printed in high resolution in black resin on a DLP machine. There's not much detail as to what this part was made of but the real end cap for the graflite (which looks very different) has the Graflex Patents Pending stamp on it so I've incorporated that into the print for a bit of fun.
    - 1 quick release key ring

    This is a raw kit so you may need to remove some support and sand the bottom to fit your camera flash. Then just Prime, paint, and stick on the decals.
    This kit does not include grips, screws, or the center "switch" as the exact parts haven't been identified and can be left up to your opinion and imagination. 51068835_369044907262442_2802725585254612992_n.jpg
     
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2019
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  2. OdiWan72

    OdiWan72 Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    IN for a set :)

    Do you have a source for the small black arrow stickers and the red hemisphere as well?
     
  3. teecrooz

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    I’m in for a set!
     
  4. Trooper_trent

    Trooper_trent Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I can probably include the arrows as black decals for a few extra bucks, I didn't actually think of that.
    The red light is a found part but I don't know where to get a perfectly accurate one. The one I have was too large with to big of a bulb that had to be cut down. So now it's close enough for me, but I wouldn't be including that in the kit. This is primarily for the control box.
     
  5. juajn7fernandez

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    I'm in for one! and vote yes on the black arrow decals :D
     
  6. KevinHotchkiss

    KevinHotchkiss Active Member

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    I'm interested in one!
     
  7. E Williams

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    In for a box!
     
  8. kurtyboy

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    In please.
     
  9. Luuke

    Luuke Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I'm in for a set please. Thank you.
     
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    in please!
     
  11. Trooper_trent

    Trooper_trent Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Here you go!
    Holiday Special Luke Lightsaber Control Box Kit
    I'm starting printing now so the first batch will take a day or so to finish up and get out the door.
    Thanks guys
     
  12. teecrooz

    teecrooz Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Order placed!
     
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  13. NeoRutty

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    Ordered!
     
  14. Luuke

    Luuke Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Ordered!!! Thanks
     
  15. halliwax

    halliwax Legendary Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Yeeeeeeeeesss!!!
     
  16. OdiWan72

    OdiWan72 Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    order placed, thanks :)
     
  17. kittspropshop

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  18. halliwax

    halliwax Legendary Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Troopertrent rescued us again!!
     
  19. steven giunta

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    Ordered!!. Amazing work!
     
  20. KevinHotchkiss

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    Order placed:) Maybe you should also offer the metal emitter piece as a kit as well!
     
  21. Trooper_trent

    Trooper_trent Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I think I'll leave the metalwork to the pros. I'll stick to things I can make in my office without having to have an actual shop lol.
    3D printing is one thing. Cutting, grinding, and shaping metal is something I'm not quite set up for at the moment.
     
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  22. Trooper_trent

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    Dang! Those sold out quick! I added another 10 to the shop. The black vinyl for the arrows will be here tomorrow so kits will start shipping out then.
    Thanks everyone.
     
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  23. el toro

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    Interested.
     
  24. Trooper_trent

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    Cool. I've got them listed in my shop. Printing them up now to start shipping tomorrow.
    Thanks!
     
  25. halliwax

    halliwax Legendary Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Wicked!!
     
  26. Trooper_trent

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    Tutorials:

    Black Arrows
    Please note the arrows should be applied right below the "shutter" port. I already had arrows on mine so I applied a 2nd set to the "Remote" port for demo and comparison purposes only.


    Chrome Decals
    Coming Soon
     
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2019
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  27. halliwax

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    Wicked!!!
     
  28. halliwax

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    So much easier! Man what a life saver!
     
  29. Boba Flint

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    Received my control box yesterday. Fantastic work as always Trent!
     
  30. Luuke

    Luuke Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Got mine yesterday too. It's awesome. Thank you. What did you use for the center knurled knob?
     
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2019
  31. Sundowner

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    I think he said he chopped a piece off of an old exacto knife
     
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  32. Trooper_trent

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    Yep. What he said. Old exacto knife. Who knows if it’s even close lol
     
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  33. ataru72ita

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    Interested for sure,

    Regards,

    Alberto
     
  34. Trooper_trent

    Trooper_trent Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I've got a few left in my etsy shop (in my signature)
     
  35. steven giunta

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    Got mine in the other day and it looks amazing.thank you so much for doing this. As ugly as this saber is,it makes a great story when people ask “who’s lightsaber is that?”
     
  36. halliwax

    halliwax Legendary Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Dude, I’m so out of the loop the pictures look great!
     
  37. halliwax

    halliwax Legendary Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I got my kit unboxed!! Freak’n love everything about it! Dude the arrows! What a freak’n life saver... you know how many hours I have into making those * things.. then ruining them and having to do them all over

    LIFE SAVER!!!

    I can’t believe how shiny the chrome is! It’s perfect!

     
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  38. Trooper_trent

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    Dude! Thanks for the video! Great explanation!

    All orders have shipped. Still have a couple left.
    Thanks guys.
     
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  39. Sundowner

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    I was going to make my own but you convinced me to buy one!
     
  40. halliwax

    halliwax Legendary Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Far easier to buy one, this kit is amazing!!

    If I can get home early enough this weekend I’m going to do a video on how to complete the box, and if there is enough interest I’ll do a whole HS build log
     
  41. KevinHotchkiss

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    I'd love to see your entire HS build process! Especially the emitter metal piece now that other components are somewhat figured out
     
  42. ataru72ita

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    Mate You got a pm from me, would You please take a look?

    Kind regards,

    Alberto
     
  43. ApostleofColor

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    Looking to get one!
     
  44. Trooper_trent

    Trooper_trent Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I put some more in the shop so they're available.
    Thanks!
     
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  45. russellsch

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    I just picked up a 3 cell the other day. I got it to originally to turn it into the part in the X-Wing cockpit. But, since it has the tripod hole & not the slit, & didn't come with the two clamp things, I guess I'll go for the HS lightsaber.
    I just ordered the control box. I've got some t-tracks laying around already.
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    Now I need to figure out where to get the red button, belt clip/key ring thing, & shroud.
     
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  46. russellsch

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    Yes please! :)
     
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  47. halliwax

    halliwax Legendary Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I’m slammed this weekend and all week. Next weekend I’ll start a HS build thread
     
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  48. russellsch

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    I've got time. I'm a very slow builder ;)
     
  49. mgoob

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    I received this part today, and the Imperial Conveyex Train Security Key the day before.
    Looks & feels like pressure cast resin.
    Even smoother than "ultra fine detail" on Shapeways.

    IF only all 3D printed parts were sold w/ this quality.

    I'll be keeping an eye out for your other products in the future.

    Thanks!
     
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