My first 'official' saber build on RPF… Luke ANH saber

Discussion in 'Star Wars Costumes and Props' started by Whovian, Dec 23, 2011.

  1. Whovian

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    Here is my first real prop build thread… a Luke ANH saber I built for my son, for Christmas.


    The body I got on EBay. Like most of the parts, it’s a reproduction, not an original, but I figured if I screwed it up I’d rather not screw up an original ;)
     
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    The clamp, red button, clear lens and flash attachment al came from the Graflex Shop. I got the calculator bubbles from them as well, but it was not accurate, so I did not use it.
     
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    The grips were from Blast-Tech. I sourced a few places, but I liked the way these curves to fit the tube.
     
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    I used the calculator bubbles from Blat-Tech as well. I had a strip from an actual Exactra at one point, but it got lost when I moved. Anyway, the Blast-Tech ones were closer to the Exactra than the ones from the Graflex shop. I also used their silver tape.
     
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    The D-ring came from Blast-Tech as well.
     
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    Now, this one I had a hell of a time finding… the infamous ‘beer tab’ under the red button. It took me 6 months to locate one of these little bad boys. I actually got it from DCARTY back in January. Many thanks!
     
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    My son requested a ‘slightly weathered look’ to his saber. I have never done anything like this, so I’m a newbie in that regard. I researched a bit, and tried a few different methods (painting and wiping, scratching and then painting, etc) This is one attempt on the clamp.


    You’ll see the finished product isn’t nearly as weathered looking… mostly because I did not know how to keep the paint from rubbing off. Maybe an overcoat of some kind? Any suggestions for future builds are appreciated.
     
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    Here’s an early shot of the top body piece after an attempt at weathering it. Again, you’ll see the finished product is much less weathered than this.
     
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    Bottom tube after weathering.
     
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    Here’s the bottom tube with the guide marks I used for the grip placement. I got the placement for the grips and the d-ring from a post by parfaitelumiere. Thanks for the info!

    NOTE TO SELF: Don’t use a Sharpie next time. Use a non-permanent marker. I got the marks off where they showed afterwards, but it was not easy.
     
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    Here’s a semi-assembled pic. You can already see the weathering has rubbed off quite a bit.
     
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    Grip placement in progress…
     
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    Here’s an end shot of the grip placement in progress, with the D-ring already attached.



    I learned a fairly painful lesson about using the correct tools for the job on the D-ring assembly. When drilling metal, use either a Titanium or Cobalt bit, which will go through the metal tube easily and quickly.



    Do NOT make the same stupid mistake I did and try a typical steel bit. The bit snapped, and I wound up with the broken bit shoved into my left hand.



    Amazingly enough I managed to miss all the important bits in there. A few dozen Band-Aids, some Neo-Sporin and a tetanus shot later I am 100%.
     
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    Here’s a shot of the top area after assembly. For the piece that holds the ‘beer tab’ down, I wound up using the head of a nail that looked close to the right size, and simply gluing it on. I also did not have the correct piece to hold the ‘rabbit ears’ in, so I ended up with a machine screw, and sawed off the protruding end. The silver sleeve covering the screw is a plastic sleeve painted silver. I wasn’t happy with this part, but it was all I could come up with.
     
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    And so, we come to the completed project. Well, almost completed. I still have to make the little slide switch that was not part of the reproduction tube assembly, but that can wait until after Christmas.



    This will be displayed in a 1/18th scale model car case. The stand and plaque were ordered from PastorJedi, and should be here soon. I’ll add a display pic once I have the plaque and stand.

    Comments, critiques, suggestions, etc. are appreciated. Be gentle with me ;)
     
  16. gyoung2993

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    Very nice work ,love it.....
     
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    Great job! Building up a real was one of my first props. You can loose the reflective tape, I recall a while back we decided it was never there on the hero.
     
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    Hi there,

    Very nice lightsaber to give your son :)

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  19. PoopaPapaPalps

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    Phooey! Reproduction or not, this is still one gorgeous hilt. I wish my dad did this for me as kid!
     
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    Thanks... lol, my 'kid' is a 3rd year college student. A sci-fi geek, just like his old man ;)
     
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    True enough. I debated about leaving the GRAFLEX visible, but in the end decided against it. The only closeups I could find very fairly blurry, and looked like no tape, but no 'GRAFLEX' either.
     
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    Hey, great job! I never had to deal with finding replacement parts, I was spoiled. Great job, very resourceful. the weathering looks epic as well!

    The blast-tech glue may fade after a few months, I would just be aware and get some harder glue ready just in case. A couple of my grips are slipping now, still, the best affordable grips out there, so save them!
     

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