My Luke ESB lightsaber

Halliwax

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hey looks real good! that graflex is in perfect shape! i have said it before, thank god for roy and his ESB parts!! your saber came out great!
 

mugatu

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Oh man, that really looks awesome! I've got some parts from Roy coming too. I hope I am able to put it together as cleanly as you have. Yours looks amazing!
 

Luke the Belter

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:eek Nice...

Thanks to you...Now I want to get started on my ESB, too :wacko

Looks very good. Job well done.
Do you have some advice on drilling the holes for the T-track screws into the Graflex? Did you use a drill press or have you done it "free hand"?
 

Cadger

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Thanks guys! I really appreciate your kind words!

I also have an ANH version which I did many years ago. The ANH version has a more old school feel which I like, but the ESB has a little more edge, if you know what I mean. I really like them both but ESB is a slight favourite.
 

Cadger

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:eek Nice...

Thanks to you...Now I want to get started on my ESB, too :wacko

Looks very good. Job well done.
Do you have some advice on drilling the holes for the T-track screws into the Graflex? Did you use a drill press or have you done it "free hand"?

It was done free hand with my DeWalt, using the freezer as a workbench. :)

I drilled after the T-tracks was glued in place, which will keep the drill bit from sliding. I drilled twice. First with a smaller drill bit. It was really no problem at all. Just take your time to make sure you are drilling straight. You will be fine. :)

But what I do think many make a big fuss about is removing the beer tab. I did not use a dremel as many do (and risk scratching the flash). I simply used a pair of cutting pliers and it popped right of. Took me two seconds. I have only tried this once so I cannot guarantee that it will work every time, but I think it should.
 

Luke the Belter

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I did the drilling by hand after gluing without any problem. I describe it in my tutorial here:

http://wannawanga.com/tutorials/luke-esb-tutorial/


Roy

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It was done free hand with my DeWalt, using the freezer as a workbench. :)

I drilled after the T-tracks was glued in place, which will keep the drill bit from sliding. I drilled twice. First with a smaller drill bit. It was really no problem at all. Just take your time to make sure you are drilling straight. You will be fine. :)

But what I do think many make a big fuss about is removing the beer tab. I did not use a dremel as many do (and risk scratching the flash). I simply used a pair of cutting pliers and it popped right of. Took me two seconds. I have only tried this once so I cannot guarantee that it will work every time, but I think it should.

Great...then it will be free hand after gluing
Thank you both :D
 

mugatu

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Is there any specific place to position the T-tracks (I mean more accurate)? Like should one be lined up with the clamp or anything, or is it pretty much wherever?
I plan to do the wampa cave ESB, if that makes a difference.
 

roygilsing

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Is there any specific place to position the T-tracks (I mean more accurate)? Like should one be lined up with the clamp or anything, or is it pretty much wherever?
I plan to do the wampa cave ESB, if that makes a difference.
In my tutorial I explain how I did it.
And here's the cave ESB, where you can see how it aligns with the Kobold clip and the Graflex clamp.

Wampa_cave_2.jpg
 

mugatu

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Do the 4 o'clock and 9 o'clock t tracks seem a bit nubby? I mean severely cut down?
 

thd9791

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Do the 4 o'clock and 9 o'clock t tracks seem a bit nubby? I mean severely cut down?
Yep, they're deformed and squashed, like they were melted or something. I've brought this up a few times and no one seems to have an answer. It's not a trick of the camera, as the other track are spot on...and this was a pretty clear direct shot with the camera.

My theory - since they're skinnier and have rounded edges - is that they did resin pulls of the track so they could have an endless supply and these were just rushed bad casts.

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and, yes, as long as you're drilling straight, you're golden. Don't pay attention to my thread, a drill press only helps if everything's lined up lol
 
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