My completely weathered Obi ANH saber

Discussion in 'Star Wars Costumes and Props' started by Gigatron, Jan 29, 2006.

  1. Gigatron

    Gigatron Sr Member

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    Hey gang,

    Well, I finally finished weathering this thing to the point where I'm happy with it

    Now, on to the pics

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    Let me know what you think.

    And if you have any questions, feel free to ask

    Thanks to WC for hosting

    -Fred
     
  2. dr_slurpee

    dr_slurpee Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Looking good. I like it.
     
  3. JediLip

    JediLip Well-Known Member

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    Great weathering job. How did you get the grenade to look like that?

    I'm assuming that's one of Parks' Obi kits so the grenade is steel right?
     
  4. Boba Frett

    Boba Frett Sr Member

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    Nice job,looks great :)
     
  5. Jedi Conductor

    Jedi Conductor New Member

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    Nice job, the weathering looks great.. I really need to get another Obi to weather also. Thanks for reminding me to spend more MONEY......

    Later,
    JC
     
  6. Solo Nomo

    Solo Nomo New Member

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    Definitly my favorite weathering job that I've seen on this board. It looks every bit out-of-this-world.
     
  7. Darth Lars

    Darth Lars Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I have been weathering Parks grenades the last couple of days using cold liquids, but I have not been able to get dark brown rust in the grooves like you have, only some light orange color ... :$
    Good job.
     
  8. Sporak

    Sporak Sr Member Gone but not forgotten.

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    Great job, Bravo.

    Are you going to add the wires and screws?
     
  9. Gigatron

    Gigatron Sr Member

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    Thanks everyone, glad you like it :D..

    JediLip and Darth Lars,

    The saber is indeed a Parks kit. Here's how I weathered it:

    First I sprayed it with some regular tap water and left it out overnight. In the one night it was outside, it had developed some nice rust in the grooves.

    After a couple of days of just letting it sit, I took a paper towel and dampened it with with distilled white vinegar (a mild acid). I sprayed some vinegar on to the assembled grenade (body and vane/stem) and then wrapped it in the paper towel. I let it sit for another day. The grenade developed a nice deep orange rust and the vane picked up a nice green patina. I let sit for another day or two just to further the rusting process.

    Then, I took my trusty zippo lighter and just roasted the saber like a big metal marshmallow. The soot collected on the grenade assembly, emitter and clamp. Then I took a piece of tissue paper and lightly dabbed to remove some of the soot. Finally I sealed it in a layer of Krylon satin clear coat. Since the Krylon isn't a true clear coat like in automotive use, it can chip and scratch off, letting the actual metal show through.

    -Fred
     
  10. JediLip

    JediLip Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the tips. Now if I can only remember all of that when I finally get my hands on a steel grenade. :D
     
  11. temponaut

    temponaut Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Wow, Gigatron.

    No wonder your weathering looks so good. It's authentic weathering.

    Thanks for the great tips. :eek
     
  12. Gigatron

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    There were screws in this thing?

    I may add the wire once I get all the authentic replica parts (does that make sense? - Serafino's/PR's booster, RE's pommel and clamp).

    BTW, who makes the most accurate grenade or is there one in the works?

    And does anyone know if someone's making an exactly accurate emitter?

    -Fred
     
  13. Kal-L

    Kal-L New Member

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    I'm pretty sure I heard that the Serafino/Prop Runner team was tackling the emitter after the boosters are all done...:) Itchy for that, to be sure.

    I just got Roman's grenade, and speaking as someone who has owned four real ones, I can say this sucker is great.
     
  14. Serafino

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    Yeah, the emitter is next. We are very much looking forward to that one, and although I can't talk about it in detail, one of our members has scored a HUGE coup with regard to access to internal details, so the accuracy will be total. :D

    For an accurate steel grenade, the old Chen is the closest if you can find one. Gabe and I would love to do a full-on totally accurate in every way steel one, but frankly the market is so saturated with them that I'm not sure we can get enough people for a low-priced run even though the accuracy would be dead-on, finally.

    But whether or not we can make one, if he has the time we will DEFINE the thing once and for all, and then maybe there can at least be a small (and expensive) run for us die-hards.

    The Chen is very good but it's got some issues. I've already lathed the frag bevel to make it more accurate, and modified the groove ends on one to be more like the prop, but it would be great to have a piece that was perfect from the start, with the right windvane sleeve size and shape, the right stem/frag bevels and frag groove size and end shapes...
     
  15. JediLip

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    Can you give us a ball-park figure of what you consider expensive? Say...to the closest hundred?
    $300? $400? $500?...$900?
     
  16. Darth Lars

    Darth Lars Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I hope that you would consider selling parts.
     
  17. Serafino

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    I'll have to think about that one. :)
     
  18. tk421mv7

    tk421mv7 Well-Known Member

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    I really don't think that will be a problem. Once we get a dead-on steel booster and emitter, who would pass up a steel grenade ...or two? :)
     
  19. PeaceMaker

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    B-E-A-utiful
     
  20. Gigatron

    Gigatron Sr Member

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    Thanks again, guys :D.

    Serafino, based on the 100+ boosters you're about to move, I'd be willing to wager that there would be more than a few people interested in the grenade. Especially if you do a run of emitters.

    -Fred
     
  21. Serafino

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    Fred, I'm thinking you have a point there... :D
     

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