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Interest Imperial Field Knife | Solo Concept (metal)

Discussion in 'Project Runs' started by sketcherdan, Nov 13, 2018.

  1. sketcherdan

    sketcherdan Active Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    So I was looking though the concept art for Solo and came across this image which captured my attention immediately; the Imperial Field Knife.

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    Don't think this made it to the movie but I love the design with the c96 style handle, and was wondering if anyone was interested in a small run.
    • Blade and guard would be aluminium, with milled relief
    • Grip would be resin or wood, most likely cast to simulate bakelite
    • Grip inserts with imperial cog can be brass, or cold cast. Brass would put the price up a little bit but would be amazing
    I have mocked up the size, which is shown next to a real bayonet, let me know your thoughts

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    Handle mocked up

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    I am hoping to keep the costs down, but still working on sorting everything out, and could offer kits and finished props. Also open to any suggestions or ideas anyone has. Let me know if your'e interested down below!

    Batch 1 (updated 05.02.19)
    1. Kokanee
    2. majormalfuntion
    3. VogonPoet
    4. fraktilfilth
    5. Padawan311
    6. hairball
    7. Jack
    8. LabApe
    9. StarWarrior....................finished
    10. acesh007
    11. MudSkull1815
    12. Admiral Beltar
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    15. VogonPoet #2
    Batch 1 full for the moment

    Standby List (& for possible Batch 2)
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    3. Prop Rocks
    4. SithSim
    5. -
     
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  2. MudSkull1815

    MudSkull1815 New Member

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    Hi,

    I am definitely interested in this!
    Everything looks pretty spot on too!
    Amazing work :)
     
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  3. Kokanee

    Kokanee Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    kit would be cool
     
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  4. acesh007

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    Im interested. Looks really clean.
     
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  5. thepoynt

    thepoynt Active Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Very interesting concept! On the reference, it looks like only a very small section of the edge, if any, is beveled/sharpened (i.e. not practical at all). How are you going to approach beveling it to look like an actual knife with an edge, and not just a flat piece of metal? Or are you not going to do that?
     
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  6. buddyJones

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    I would be interested as well!
     
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  7. sketcherdan

    sketcherdan Active Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Yeah its hard to tell but looks like it. Would have to play around once they're made, but can probably sand them in on a belt sander. May include it in the kit price, or be part of finished ones only.
     
  8. sketcherdan

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    Project Update: 16/11/18
    • Source for blade and guard cutting and milling is sorted and I'm happy with the price. Guard at the moment remains plain, but I'd love to get the detail I designed milled in, but this of course ups the cost.
    • For the grip section I'm looking at having a master turned in wood, and then this will be cast in urethane resin to simulate wood.
    • The imperial cog discs I'm thinking they'll be cold cast with brass and included in any kits, BUT I will have the files up on Shapeways for anyone interested having them made in polished brass. I can certainly do this for you, but there is a lot of upfront cost involved and I wouldn't really be making anything on them (they would be about £40 GBP a pair in polished brass.....just Shapeways prices I'm afraid)
    At the moment I'm aiming for the kit to be around £50 GBP + shipping, which works out at around $65-$70 US

    Also more than happy to offer any finishing work on them, but I'd have to gauge once in hand and can evaluate the time. This would include assembly, polishing and some bluing for strategic darkening, like on the hand guard and blade grooves. Also more than happy to weather it up.

    If you're interested let me know and I'll keep a serious interest list in the first post.
     
  9. majormalfuntion

    majormalfuntion Active Member

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    Interested
     
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  10. Kokanee

    Kokanee Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Interested
     
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  11. sketcherdan

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    Just had a good chat with the machinist about milling the blades, and a look around his shop. Also looks like he can make a wooden master for the handle section, which can then be cast.
     
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  12. VogonPoet

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    I'm interested and also have a few fellow troopers that are wanting to go in with me on a group order when the time comes
     
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  13. fraktilfilth

    fraktilfilth New Member

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    Yup definitely interested in this
     
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  14. Padawan311

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    Definitely interested in this! Looks great!
     
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  15. hairball

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    interested, but waiting to see more pictures of the kit.
     
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  16. sketcherdan

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    This run IS going ahead. The batch will be small, with potential for more afterwards. I had a set of blades and guards cut, but they were cut in the wrong thickness of aluminium, so they should be re-cut soon, and the run can get underway!
     
  17. Jack

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    Very interested in this !
     
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  18. LabApe

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    I am also Very Interested!
     
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  19. Kokanee

    Kokanee Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    What is the timeline looking like on these? Any chance we'll be able to get them shipped in time for Christmas?
     
  20. StarWarrior

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    I am interested in a finished one!
     
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  21. sketcherdan

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    I'd like to but it's unlikely, should have the blades and guards cut and milled by then. It'll just be moulding and casting up the handles which will take the most time.
     
  22. Kokanee

    Kokanee Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    It's all good - the Mrs wanted to get it for me for a stocking stuffer... I'll wait until you're done then nab one for you.
     
  23. sketcherdan

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    Update: 05.12.18

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    Exciting times! I have some blades and guards in hand! They are 6mm thick and feel really great. Next is to visit my local machinist to get the grooves milled in. He is also turning me a master for the handle.

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    I also have the handle inserts from Shapeways in polished brass. These are so cool and teeny tiny, 15mm diameter. These will be the masters for moulding and casting up cold cast parts. Will also be available on Shapeways to purchase is you want to upgrade your kit.
     
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  24. Admiral Beltar

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    That looks great! I'd definitely be interested in a kit!
     
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  25. MudSkull1815

    MudSkull1815 New Member

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    I am still Definitly interested in this! Keeps looking better and better!
     
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  26. acesh007

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    Looks great. Still interested in a kit
     
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  27. Kokanee

    Kokanee Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    wow looking good!
     
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  28. sketcherdan

    sketcherdan Active Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Interest list updated, should have everyone there now, sorry for missing a few peeps until now

    Will cap this at 15 to begin with, with any more going on a 'standby' list, which will possibly go into a second batch list. This will just account for any errors that may happen in the first batch. There may be a couple spare from the first batch when everything is ready.
     
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  29. Kokanee

    Kokanee Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Any chance of sharing the link to shapeways for the upgraded imperial inserts now?
     
  30. ApostleofColor

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    Also Interested
     
  31. sketcherdan

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    I could, but want to make sure everything will fit together well beforehand, which means I want to get the handles cast first so I can test it all out
     
  32. Marcos22579

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    Sign me in to the run!
     
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  33. VogonPoet

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    If you dont have anyone that is wanting to take the 15th spot I will take it. There is a fellow trooper in my squad that wants one but is not an RPF member.
     
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  34. Kokanee

    Kokanee Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Love the handle btw VogonPoet!
     
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  35. sketcherdan

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    Sure thing VogonPoet

    Just a little update where we're at. The machinist now has the blades for milling the slots. He also had a rough handle to show me, but left it there for tweaks. Had difficulty with a wood master, so has switched to steel, which looks great! but of course won't have a grain. This means I'll try out some different casting options, but may go for a brown/black bakelite look. May also try with some casting filler to try and simulate wood. In any case, just an update for everyone :)
     
  36. Kokanee

    Kokanee Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I would think that a bakelite material/finish would look just fantastic. Russian AK47/M/74 bayonet handles used to be made of it and it looks pretty cool.
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  37. ApostleofColor

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    any update on this?
     
  38. sketcherdan

    sketcherdan Active Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Hi, machinist is still finishing off the handle. Once that is in my hands I can start moulding and casting. He'll then move over to milling the blades. If I had to give an ETA I would say I'm aiming for around February at the latest to be getting these out, just because there's a few bits and operations to do. I'm sure everyone's taking a break this time of year.
     
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  39. Vertex

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    Can I be put down for the stand-by/2nd group. Thanks
     
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  40. Prop Rocks

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    This is awesome! I would love one, but I'm a little tight on money at the moment. If there's an opening in the potential second batch I might take it. I will reply back to this thread if I'm interested.

    Thanks!
     
  41. sketcherdan

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    Update 14.01.19

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    Just a quick one, visited the machinist this evening who's got the blades set up in the mill to cut the grooves. Looking good. He is also finalising the handle master which'll also be ready soon.
     
  42. Kokanee

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  43. sketcherdan

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    Update 22.01.19

    Blade milling is complete, here's one I've quickly gone over with some wet and dry. This is just about how the blade will come in the kit, bar a little surprise :) I will be offering other finishing services such as edges, polishing, blackening etc, subject to cost. Handle master is also really close to being ready.

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  44. ApostleofColor

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    bumping this for more attention :3
     
  45. ApostleofColor

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    could a false edge be milled?
     
  46. sketcherdan

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    It probably could, but would be more trouble than it's worth, I'd rather offer it as an option I can put in with a belt sander if needed. I'll of course test it out and show what it might look like :p
     
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  47. Huglarr

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    I am super intrested for that super nice idea
    I am "brigade du swag" on yt
     
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  48. sketcherdan

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    Oh yeah, if you wanna see my mush talking about the project.......well.......here you go xD
     
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  49. Prop Rocks

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    I am interested! Put me down on the second batch if you get to making one please!
     
  50. sketcherdan

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    List in post 1 is now up to date
     
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