New Darth Maul cutaway lightsaber

Discussion in 'Star Wars Costumes and Props' started by Laser Brain, Mar 17, 2012.

  1. Laser Brain

    Laser Brain Sr Member

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    Here are a few shots of a Darth Maul cutaway lightsaber that I was commissioned to design and build by Dorling Kindersley. It was for a photoshoot for their new Episode 1 Expanded Visual Dictionary. I had a week to make it.

    It is made entirely from steel and aluminium...all stuffed into a Force FX saber. Thanks to Russrep for turning up the 'Cycling Field Energizers'...helping me hit my deadline!

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    They have a really nice full-size photo of the prop in the book, which I have no rights to, so can't upload. :)

    Neil
     
  2. Sym-Cha

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    Hi Neil,

    That looks freakin fantastic for getting done within a week!

    -Chaim
     
  3. Darth Lars

    Darth Lars Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Nice. However, I can not not be a little disappointed that the fins under the emitter don't have any function.
     
  4. cayman shen

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    Dude, that looks fabulous!
     
  5. Laser Brain

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    Thanks Chaim, John. It was a bit of a rush job...but lots of fun...there are plenty of found parts in there which made it doable. I'm definitely not the fastest machinist out there. :)
     
  6. Sym-Cha

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    Seems to me the fins do have a function ... which is to get rid of the excess heat of that inner battery core ;)

    -Chaim
     
  7. Laser Brain

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    Yeah! What he said. ;) :lol
     
  8. CJS

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    I saw the pic and thought it looked familiar. My G|F bought me the book. Really nice work, hows it feel to be famous lol. Seriously though that looks excellent.
     
  9. CJS

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    Here ya go....
    Pic removed
     
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2012
  10. StarKill3r

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    That is fantastic, I am a big fan of the internal cutaway lightsaber props.
     
  11. Laser Brain

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    Thanks mate. Part of my brief to retain some of the look and feel of the Luke cutaway that features in their books...hense the cycling field energizers and battery/crystal locations. It had to look more powerful and dangerous...less controllable.
     
  12. Chewcy

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    Nice one Neil, looks absolutely awesome as ever
     
  13. jedimarkj

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    Very very cool! Congrats!

    Really fantastic work!
     
  14. ARKM

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    Very cool.
     
  15. Jedifyfe

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    Oooh that's purdy!
     
  16. Rodann

    Rodann Sr Member

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    That is awesome! One of these days........
     
  17. Laser Brain

    Laser Brain Sr Member

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    Cheers guys!
     
  18. thd9791

    thd9791 Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Great work, awesome to (at least virtually) sort of meet the designer too
     
  19. jun

    jun Active Member

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    Beautiful! Since it appeared in the book, does this mean the internal parts and design are official, as in they are officially authorised by lucasfilm?
     
  20. Laser Brain

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    Lucasfilm had to sign it off before it was included in the book, so I guess that makes the design official...at least as far as the expanded universe is concerned.
     
  21. pfillery

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    Nice piece of work Vos, I'm inspired!

    Just out of interest, was the holder for the red crystal custom made or a "found part"? It looks somewhat familiar but I can't pick it.
     
  22. Laser Brain

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    Each 'prong' is a found part that has been bent and fixed to a turned ring.
     
  23. thd9791

    thd9791 Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    ^That is some intense work
     
  24. JSavage

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    Absolutely stellar!
     
  25. HeartBlade

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    *, that is one beautiful cutout. And now ascended to canon (in EU at least)
     

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