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Initial vane ring off the lathe today and being sent to me. Came out very nicely. The text is physically engraved into the surface as opposed to laser engraved. Geometry has a little more angle to the flange.
A note of suggestion would be to make the text thinner and shallow.
Even on clean Hales rings, the letterings are barely visible.
I've seen a lot of grenade examples and from my view it's fairly split on shallow vs deeper lettering. Seems like it might depend on the factory.
This looks a lot better than the laser etched ones. The letter thickness might be just a tiny bit more bold than the originals but overall it should be fine.
Grenade Vane Ring
The grenade vane ring came through today. I lightly sanded it to debur the letters and then gave it a vinegar vapour bath to age it and applied brass black.
The ring really finishes the prop well
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After the last part, I’ve assembled the saber! The booster is a RussRep (I prefer the thinner vanes).
I think it looks good (much better in person) but there’s still more to do somehow, somewhere.
What do people think? Remember the look is a ‘good condition real parts’
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