Original trilogy lightsabers

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wayouteast

Sr Member
I'm a little nervous posting my latest project here alongside so many amazing, beautiful and hugely researched other examples! Nervous, and feeling slightly inadequate! But here goes! I've just finished making something I've always wanted - a 'set' of original trilogy lightsabers. I should say up front that I absolutely realise that these are not strictly accurate to any one of the various versions of these iconic props. Rather than representations of specific filming versions, what I was after was a set of four 'idealised' hilts for Luke's ANH/ESB and ROTJ sabers, Vader's saber and Obi Wan's saber, each one incorporating details that I liked from the various filming props and getting as close as I could to that ideal.

These are all 3D printed in resin on my Elegoo Mars printer using STL files from a variety of sources, free and for sale. When printing the final parts, I mixed and matched elements from various vendors' versions to get a final selection of parts that were (to my mind) as accurate as possible. I also modified and/or resized several of the parts in Meshmixer and Blender for accuracy and to get the scale and measurements as close as possible when the final hilt was put together.

The assembled hilts were painted with Hycote rattlecans and Alclad II metallics. Weathering was done with Vallejo acrylics and washes and a small amount of Rub'n'Buff.

While not accurate to any 'real world' version, I'm quite happy with the final result, and I think they're an OK representation of the fictional lightsabers - 'elegant weapons for a more civilsed world'!

The collection
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Luke's ANH lightsaber
(I also made the 'circuit board' for the ESB version, although I know there are other differences in the later version like the missing beer tab and the second red button in place of the lens on the bottom).

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Luke's ROTJ lightsaber
(I based this one on the V2, mostly, since I've always preferred the 'design legacy' of the Graflex clamp rather than the 'switches and arrows' of the 'hero')
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Vader's lightsaber
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Obi Wan's lightsaber
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I want to say a huge 'thank you' to all the people on this board who have so diligently and exhaustively researched the original props over the years, and shared their research with the rest of us. Your skill, knowledge and expertise have been amazing and invaluable, as have all the photos, documentation and, of course, all the beautiful, extraordinary makes posetd here over the years.

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AdmiralBaxter

New Member
Looking great to me! I buy an paint up 3D prints n I don't try for accuracy. I just do what I think looks good....

So as long as you like them that's all that matters
 

JFB64

Well-Known Member
Beautiful paint jobs I would never have known they were printed. I like the fact that you went with idealized props instead of screen accurate. I prefer that for most of the props I make too.
 

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gizmo

Sr Member
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Wow man!! Those are sooo incredible. The fact that your paint skills have got them to a point where they look just like the metal hilts is a testament to your skill. Well done.

You should have posted them as metal hilts just to test people. I don't think anyone would have picked otherwise. ;)


Ben
 

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wayouteast

Sr Member
Looking great to me! I buy an paint up 3D prints n I don't try for accuracy. I just do what I think looks good....

Beautiful paint jobs I would never have known they were printed.

Those look great !

Those look absolutely fantastic and I would never guess from the photos they aren’t metal hilts.

Totally blown away with your paint skills!!

Dude! Those are fantastic!

Wow man!! Those are sooo incredible.

Wow! Thank you SO much for the kind words, everyone! I'm really delighted that these have gone down so well with people whose own knowledge, work and skills I admire. They were a labour of love! :love:
 

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bwize

Sr Member
Those are absolutely stunning! Until I fully read your initial posting, I really thought that these were metal hilts.
 

wayouteast

Sr Member
Incredible paint job. You have an eye for detail and weathering.

Outstanding work- the level of detail, time and dedication is obvious-well done!

Yea, I immediately thought those were all metal hilts - that says something about your paint job!

Pretty cool. The paint jobs really sells it.

Ah, caught this on Reddit! Lovely stuff!

SB

Those are absolutely stunning! Until I fully read your initial posting, I really thought that these were metal hilts.

I think you did a great job. As mentioned, the paint job is fantastic

Thank you very much, everyone! :cry:
 

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