More Obi Cut-away madness from Howard.

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by Howard, Mar 15, 2006.

  1. Howard

    Howard Sr Member

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    Hi all,

    Far from finished - but I thought I'd show a couple of progress shots of my latest Obi ANH AFB cut-away.
    There's still work to do on the interior of the grip section. As you can see it's a little more complex than the last version.

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    Here's the clamp end. I've managed to fit a lens here this time.
    Three 'energy guides' this time - the end of these are 1mm in diameter, the springs behind them 1.5mm.
    This section is held by magnets to allow changing of the batteries.

    [​IMG]

    As before there will be two crystals - a tapered quartz for the primary, and a cut and polished lab grown blue Tanzanite for the emitter.
    These shots remind me I must stain the deck this spring.

    I'll update this thread when it's finished in a month or so...

    Thanks for looking and thanks Wackychimp for the pic hosting.

    Howard.
     
  2. Westies14

    Westies14 Master Member

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    That's incredible. I didn't see the last version- do you have any wider shots showing the whole piece so far? Thanks for posting this, it looks great.
     
  3. OdiWan72

    OdiWan72 Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Absolutely breathtaking :eek

    Are you using found parts only or do you have the ability to machine some of the needed parts yourself???

    Markus
     
  4. Clutch

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    You mean lightsabers were not solid-state? :lol
     
  5. Howard

    Howard Sr Member

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    Thanks guys.

    Westies 14 - I don't have pics of the last version, sorry. One pic can be found here:
    http://www.yourprops.com/view_item.php?movie_prop=4420
    This is all there is at the moment - I'll post more pics when there's something worth showing. :)

    ObiWan 72 - All found parts, worked by hand and polished with a dremel.

    Clutch - There will be circuits in the clamp section, linked to the bubble strip.
    I like the mechanical look - as the sabers in the original cut of ANH had the spinning blade effect - the gearing here is to suggest the crystal housing/s are rotated this way.

    Howard. :)
     
  6. airhead

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    Howard,

    Stunning, as always. Can't wait to see more details. Gladyour box of watch parts hasn't run out yet :lol

    It seems only logical that manipulation of the Force would require mechanisms.

    db
     
  7. Pauleysolo

    Pauleysolo Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Wow- that looks spectacular.
     
  8. blufive

    blufive Sr Member

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    :thumbsup

    Great work, man.
     
  9. Killdozer

    Killdozer Active Member

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    You tease. :p

    Amazing, as expected.

    Speaking of expecting... fingers crossed, hopes and prayers murmured.

    KD
     
  10. MikeyX

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    I've said it before (but maybe not here on the RPF) and I'l probably say it again, your original cutaway is my single favourite fan made item I've ever seen.

    This one looks like it'll live up to that quality - fantastic work. :D
     
  11. Howard

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    Hey - thanks guys. :$
    Looking forward to finishing this and moving on to good ol' filling, sanding and painting resin.

    KD - many thanks my friend. I'll email you tomorrow...

    Howard. :)
     
  12. KarlBud420

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    :eek :eek :eek

    Another work of art, Howard.

    Bruce
     
  13. Lukes Roommate

    Lukes Roommate Well-Known Member

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    That's one of the coolest things I've ever seen on the RPF.
     
  14. Killdozer

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    I keep forgetting if I've ever posted this... Howard, your cutaways make me think of this, which was one (of SO MANY) of the false leads I chased down re: emitters.


    Can't wait for the rest.

    KD
     
  15. rad1701

    rad1701 Sr Member

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    Holy moley. That's amazing. Can't wait to see your progress on this piece.
     
  16. ob1al

    ob1al Sr Member

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    Love it.

    There's something very HG Wells about these cutaways - fantastic work so far.
     
  17. RKW

    RKW Sr Member

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    Considering how much Luke cut aways have sold for this one should be worth a few bob when finished.

    You've got skillz.
     
  18. jamiemp

    jamiemp Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    wow this is amazing. i love it :D
    especially since its obi's
     
  19. Funky

    Funky Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Dood. That's just crazy. :eek
     
  20. OldKen

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    sweet.

    ever think of doing any other style sabers?

    seems like a luke or vader would be easier to work with compared to the obi due to all the funky shapes of the obi.

    either way, yeah your last one was awesome, cant wait to see what little differences you do with this one.
     
  21. jariksolo4

    jariksolo4 Well-Known Member

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    Perhaps one of the most impressive pieces of art I've come across on this forum. Simply Incredible man.
     
  22. Boba Frett

    Boba Frett Sr Member

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    Fantastic work Howard :thumbsup


    Cant wait to see it done :)
     
  23. DL 44 Blaster

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    FRIKIN' REDICULOUS.............

    It's obvious why you need to stain your deck....all your disposeable time is spent making your props :lol

    I can't wait to see the finished product.

    Steve
     
  24. hydin

    hydin Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    holy crap.

    dude that is AWESOME.........

    i never thought of anyone trying to make these, and man you are off to a hell of a start.

    chris
     
  25. tk421mv7

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    I think he's actually building a working one...
     
  26. jrschmd

    jrschmd New Member

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    Very nice. Obi's is probably my favorite saber and what you've done makes it just that much cooler.
     
  27. Darth_Nickel

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    Howard,

    All I can say is wow??? When you are finished, would you be willing to do another. I don't think I could EVER pull this off. It looks amazing....

    Thanks
     
  28. Sporak

    Sporak Sr Member Gone but not forgotten.

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    Wow, and another...
    Brilliant work my friend.

    "Where does he get those incredible Toys?"
     
  29. Jedi Lawja

    Jedi Lawja Well-Known Member

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    Daaa-aaamn. That's beautiful. But.. gears? Only thing I can think a saber would need gears for is if it has more than one crystal for variable blade length, and we've never seen one of those in the movies. You sir are a true craftsman and artiste.

    Jay
     
  30. OldKen

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  31. cayman shen

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    You know, the gears are the first thing I liked about this saber. It gives it that old-fashioned Time-Machine feel. Classy.
     
  32. rmschneider104

    rmschneider104 Sr Member

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    The craftsmanship on the board never fails to surprise me.
     
  33. jason1976

    jason1976 Sr Member

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    WOW. This has always been my favorite saber, and I was thinking of putting guts in my parks version, but this is just amazing. The detail is just stunning, and the gears are such a fun idea. :)

    Jason
     
  34. Howard

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    Thanks for all the kind comments guys.

    I've been working on this on and off - but we're busy with our new baby girl, and my son's been very ill, so time has vanished.
    Saying that - I picked up some sheet copper today in a new model / craft store in the city, which I plan to use in the 'booster' section.
    The emitter Tanzanite crystal has been replaced, as it wouldn't transmit enough light. There's now a lab grown diamond in its place. The 'grenade' section is now complete, as are the neck and emitter.

    I should have a few pics to post Sunday or Monday.

    Edit:

    The sun's bright so here's a pic.

    [attachmentid=7817]



    Cheers.

    Howard.
     
  35. DARTH SABER

    DARTH SABER Master Member

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    What can i say Howard. You've done it again.

    I can see some of the influence from your earlier "victorian ray gun" projects.

    :thumbsup


    DS
     
  36. Killdozer

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    STELLAR.

    It's SUCH a work of art. I'm seethingly jealous of its future owner.

    KD
     
  37. temponaut

    temponaut Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Truly beautiful. :thumbsup :thumbsup :thumbsup
     
  38. nash

    nash Well-Known Member

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    this is just amazing. ive seen a few graflex cutaways but never this.. wow......
     
  39. Howard

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    Here's the unfinished primary (quartz) crystal housing.
    This will sit in the booster section of the saber, just short of the 'energy guides' component pictured in my first post, which will be in the clamp section.

    [attachmentid=7835]

    [attachmentid=7836]

    Howard.
     
  40. jason1976

    jason1976 Sr Member

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    How do you turn it on, and off? It looks great BTW. :)

    Jason
     
  41. rad1701

    rad1701 Sr Member

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    Geez, this thing gets more beautiful everytime I see it. Awesome work man.
     
  42. Tol Skorr

    Tol Skorr New Member

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    Now I have to build one myself because this is the coolest saber EVER.
     
  43. Boba Frett

    Boba Frett Sr Member

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    The coolest saber ever Howard :thumbsup :thumbsup
     
  44. Howard

    Howard Sr Member

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(jason1976 @ Apr 29 2006, 03:08 PM) [snapback]1235425[/snapback]</div>
    All will be revealed when it's finished.

    Cheers everyone.


    Howard.
     
  45. Howard

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    Small update.

    I've been working on the bubble strip control surface and the electronic parts inside the clamp.
    It's difficult to find old boards without any English or numbers printed upon them. I found theses boards in an old home phone my dad threw out.
    The wires will connect to each of the seven bubbles.

    [attachmentid=7885]

    Anyone recognise the board in the bottom right of this picture? :D

    With the 'Lightguides' removed.
    The dark ring is a magnet which holds the 'Lightguide' section in place. This unscrews to access the battery compartment.

    [attachmentid=7886]

    The whole project should be finished in a week - but I'm sure I've said that before. :)

    Cheers.

    Howard.
     
  46. Walter

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    :eek

    That is one of the most beautiful pieces I have ever seen... thus far of course so dont screw it up. Just kidding.

    Wow. I am blown away.

    -Bryan
     
  47. DarthCalibar

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    coolest thing ive ever seen. :D I have been wondering for a while. Are all the external parts machined so there is just half of a grenade, clamp, etc. to begin with, or do you just take an obi saber and cut it in half?


    looking good :thumbsup
     
  48. WebChief

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    Friggin' SICK. Man, that is gorgeous. :eek
     
  49. Howard

    Howard Sr Member

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(DarthCalibar @ May 10 2006, 08:42 PM) [snapback]1242099[/snapback]</div>

    The parts were cut in half with an X-Acto razor saw.

    Here's a small update:

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    The crystal integrity sensors 'A' send information along 'B' back to the crystal control CUP via 'C.'
    I know it's all fiction, but I like it to make sense when I build. It gives the model more purpose, in a way.
    The PCB I mentioned in my last post comes from an Exactra 20 BTW - just for continuity sake :p

    Thanks again for the kind words and thanks to his Wacky the Chimpness for the pic hosting.

    Howard. :)
     
  50. DarthCalibar

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Howard @ May 11 2006, 10:18 AM) [snapback]1242667[/snapback]</div>

    The parts were cut in half with an X-Acto razor saw.

    Here's a small update:

    [​IMG]

    The crystal integrity sensors 'A' send information along 'B' back to the crystal control CUP via 'C.'
    I know it's all fiction, but I like it to make sense when I build. It gives the model more purpose, in a way.
    The PCB I mentioned in my last post comes from an Exactra 20 BTW - just for continuity sake :p

    Thanks again for the kind words and thanks to his Wacky the Chimpness for the pic hosting.

    Howard. :)
    [/b][/quote]


    Sweet, That means its kind of a 2 for 1 deal. Im assuming you save the other half to build another.

    Great job so far, keep it up
     

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