Obi-Wan’s Episode I Lightsaber - Modified Korbanth TPM OWK

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Filandrius

Sr Member
Hey everyone! Here's my latest lockdown project: a TPM OWK that I've modified to be as accurate to the screen-used hero prop as possible.

The greeblies that came with the kit were pretty much all discarded and replaced with found items (including the fender washer & steel rod in the emitter)

The kit itself was also modified a lot; for example, I've painted the anodized parts in flat black and replaced the cubes and the pommel tip.

Anyway, I'm pretty glad with the end result. Let me know what you think!
 

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Somerset

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Very nice!

Did you assemble the steel rod and washer so that they are removable or did you have to glue it down? I've got a couple of sabers where I'd love to try and replicate this more accurate look than using standard 1" blade plugs, which don't look as nice!
 

E Williams

Sr Member
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Very nice work! I've been planning a similar project and picked up one of these along with the more accurate replacement cubes and pommel cap but stalled out when tracking down better LED bezels... Do you have any recommendations for where to find thinner LED bezels like you used?

One other thing... It looks like you've maybe gone over the entire piece to smooth out and make more uniform the finish on the bare aluminum parts - did your K1 originally have an odd sort of brushed texture to the emitter shroud piece? I'd like to sand it down to make it look more like the rest of the aluminum on the saber, but being such a thin tube with no support at the end of those tabs I'm concerned about bending and ruining it -- can't exactly chuck it up on the mini-lathe. Also I'm not sure how much of a fight the clear anodization will put up.
 

Filandrius

Sr Member
Very nice!

Did you assemble the steel rod and washer so that they are removable or did you have to glue it down? I've got a couple of sabers where I'd love to try and replicate this more accurate look than using standard 1" blade plugs, which don't look as nice!
The emitter was, by far, the part I worked the most on. Yes, I had to glue down the washer & rod. The kit came with 2 emitter so I sacrificed one; I machined it so that the fender washer would fit, then I glued it in place. Then I glued the rod (only a short length) inside with a bunch of smaller washers for support. The emitter itself is removable but it’s permanently altered.
 
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Filandrius

Sr Member
Very nice work! I've been planning a similar project and picked up one of these along with the more accurate replacement cubes and pommel cap but stalled out when tracking down better LED bezels... Do you have any recommendations for where to find thinner LED bezels like you used?

One other thing... It looks like you've maybe gone over the entire piece to smooth out and make more uniform the finish on the bare aluminum parts - did your K1 originally have an odd sort of brushed texture to the emitter shroud piece? I'd like to sand it down to make it look more like the rest of the aluminum on the saber, but being such a thin tube with no support at the end of those tabs I'm concerned about bending and ruining it -- can't exactly chuck it up on the mini-lathe. Also I'm not sure how much of a fight the clear anodization will put up.
For the bezels I went the same route as the screen-used prop: round 5mm LEDs that I shaved down until flat. I’ll get back to you with the exact LEDs I used.

Yes, I went over the entire piece to refinish the aluminum. I tumbled the parts then I achieved the brushed finish with some fine sandpaper (400 grit I think) by dry sanding until satisfactory. Since the parts are tubes, I just wrapped them in sandpaper in my hand and turned then manually. I did the same thing on the tabs but more carefully. Did it until the finish was uniform everywhere. Never even noticed that clear anodizing. ;)
 
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Filandrius

Sr Member
Here's the LEDs I used: https://www.newark.com/vcc-visual-c...i/panel-indicator-white-8-1mm-12v/dp/40AH1851

They're perfect, IMHO. 5mm LED, 10mm chromed bezel (as you can see in my pics they're shinier that we see here) and the bezel has almost no lip. You just have to shave the round LEDs flat. Also the casing is a little long to fit inside the body, but that can be dremelled to length real easy.

BTW, since the goal was to replicate the screen-used hero, I didn't lose any sleep trying to make that finish perfect. The hero was pretty banged up, weathered & scuffed, so mine is too. It gives it a little authenticity and a lot of personality. ;)
 
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