Redbuttons built projects!

Discussion in 'Star Wars Costumes and Props' started by redbutton, Jul 17, 2015.

  1. redbutton

    redbutton Active Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    After the smooth beginning of doing a custom saber - I've embarked on a ESB saber.
    I got a 2 cell from the UK complete with a RED BUTTON and glass eye. I also came with these nifty rubber/circuit covers over the contact pins.
    Next came a replica 3 cell of which I'm using the bottom. I also picked up a more accurate red button to which I added a spring to back it up (Tom's idea).
    Someone started an ESB saber as you'll notice holes are drill for the grips and a kobold/D ring. I managed to pick up a Otis Elevator circuit board for the clamp card.
    Cutting the clamp card is tricky but a lot of fun! I just got some grips and the Kobold/D ring from Roy. I started to cut the lenght down.
    Thanks for looking! Steve
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  2. mortifactor

    mortifactor Well-Known Member

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    Re: Starting an ESB saber!

    That clamp card looks great, how did you go about finding it?

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    I've noticed Roy's and slothfurnace's are squared edge, but in this image it looks rounded like yours.

    What does the spring behind the button do?
     
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  3. Sym-Cha

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    Re: Starting an ESB saber!

    The very first batches that Slothfurnace made were also more round . . . it's very hard to determine without a doubt just from the few available 'close-up' pictures what was used by the propmakers ... some show squared edges others such as above make them appear more round ... so for me ... if you use a vintage board with gold and silver fingers, such as that Otis board, for your ESB lightsaber ... you're good to go ... on set :)

    Chaim
     
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  4. Luke the Belter

    Luke the Belter Well-Known Member

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    Re: Starting an ESB saber!

    Hey, nice Graflex.
    When you found a board which has the 13 goldfingers you can be happy as Chaim said. They are hard to find and nowadays the goldfingers are smaller than in the old days.
    The spring under the red button is the best solution to hold the red part from these replica buttons in place. I myself use the spring from inside the glass eye which is very tough.

    Have fun with your build.
     
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  5. mugatu

    mugatu Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Re: Starting an ESB saber!

    How did you go about cutting your Otis board? What tools did you use?
     
  6. redbutton

    redbutton Active Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Re: Starting an ESB saber!

    Tom and I just keep a eye out on ebay searching for otis elevator circuit boards. The button replaced the the glass eye on this ESB saber the spring is from a Leika (not sure I'm spelling to right) flash. The spring supports the button - you can actually push it down and it pops back up like the top one.

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    Thanks!

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    Thanks, I did think about the spring from the glass eye. I think it's cool that you did - it looks like a tough thing to do! Nice.
     
  7. redbutton

    redbutton Active Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Well. I use the little X-Acto razor saw set with that little bitty miter box. Worked really good for cutting the grips down too. Still have to notch them out.
    I did see someone used the same miter/saw in another thread. Hope this helps.
     
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  8. PHArchivist

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    Re: Starting an ESB saber!

    Good to see this still draws attention. Ten / twelve years ago Graflexes and Mausers were all we talked about around here.
     
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  9. redbutton

    redbutton Active Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Hi, Just working with adding the grips and drilling out the holes for the screws. It's very hard actually but lots'o fun!!!
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  10. russellsch

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    Great looking build :thumbsup I had no idea the origin of the circuit board. I've learned so much from the RPF.

    I very much would like to build a Luke ANH lightsaber. Questions; Is the difference between the 2 cell & 3 cell GRAFLEX just the length of the battery compartment? Is the diameter the same?
     
  11. Halliwax

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    redbutton how did i miss this thread!? looks great buddy, great choice of parts!
     
  12. Sym-Cha

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    Re: Starting an ESB saber!

    Indeed a 2 cell batteryholder is much shorter than a 3 cell . . . the diameter is the same though . . . if you're very talented and crafty you could extend a 2 cell by cutting it in half and adding a new center piece, which will need to be chromed or chrome painted afterwards, inbetween about 6 cm in length and of course the exact diameter and weld them together or perhaps JB Weld whichever your skills allow . . . it's still a quick and dirty solution to keep a G R A F L E X text on the bottom, though it will say 2 Cell, and maintain the functional parts to put it back together on the clamp . . . since loose 3 Cell bottoms are quite rare to find these days, though on occassion I see them pass on ebay.

    Chaim
     
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  13. russellsch

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    Awesome. Thank you!
     
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  14. redbutton

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    Thanks! I started to drill pilot screw holes in the grips/base and a grip popped off. So what I did was get some warm water and run my finger across
    the epoxy wait a minute or two and THEN scrape off the old epxoy with a butter knife. Worked like a charm. Came off very clean! Next I used a paper
    towel and some rubbing alcohol to clean the tube. I re-applied the expoxy and grip. Still drying. However, I did start pilot hole in the grips with
    a rubber mallet and a roofing nail. This should help when I drill pilot holes thru the Graflex base. Hopefully I'll drill out the hole and get those screws in
    soon!
     
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    redbutton Active Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Re: Starting an ESB saber!

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    I finally completed ESB saber with two real red buttons an otis elevator card, some metal tape. The D ring was lots of fun with the rivets and all. I got a rivet gun at an estate sale for 5 bucks - a sweet savings there - and they turned out really cool with the clip. I have some little rubber covers for the prongs, you will see these as little black circles over the well, prongs. They come off easily. Cutting grips was fun too - a dremel for that. all and all a great little project. Now it's on to a ANH saber!
     
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  16. mugatu

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    You finished it! It looks great. This saber was my first saber build, and I'm about to revisit it soon. Great job!
     
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  17. Halliwax

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    looks real good! love to 2 red buttons, redbutton!
     
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  18. redbutton

    redbutton Active Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Re: Starting an ESB saber!

    Hi, I started a GK blaster after I finished ANH saber(pictures to come) And it's going well. I got a bracket set from @SoloHold and a resin cast of a compac scope from @Admata.
    I cut down and ground out the Derlin adapter to fit the Flash Hider. Next I got some weaver 1" brackets on gunbroker.com - well another set of rings on ebay the first set was missing a screw. I'll add more pictures later.
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  19. Halliwax

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    your son really got you hooked didn't he!! i love seeing stuff like this, father son team, good going guys!
     
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  20. redbutton

    redbutton Active Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Hooked, yeah baby!

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    Hooked, yeah baby!
     
  21. thd9791

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    lol yes I did. The GK grease gun adapter was a hoot. Since the barrel can be seen, sticking the peg in the barrel wasn't going to work (I think that's what that end was for?) nor was sliding the socket over the end of the barrel. my dad cut off the peg and hollowed out the spacer, getting it to slide further on. Trouble is, the barrel thickens here, so it's cracked but still functions as a spacer. how did other's use theirs?
     
  22. redbutton

    redbutton Active Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Well I finished my 'A New Hope' saber.I have some pictures here for you. It's a real graflex with Roman bubbles and Roy's grips and D ring set up. Once agan the rivet gun was a fun thing to do. I had to squeeze it down twice and when it pops you think you broke something. It's all good! Came out fine.
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  23. Sym-Cha

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    Indeed when I popped my rivet those were my exact thoughts ... looks superb ... well done Tom's dad :)

    Chaim
     
  24. thd9791

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    Looks stellar!
     
  25. redbutton

    redbutton Active Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Howdy, I've busy with building a Greedo Killer blaster. I have a question as to where the brass screw goes on the heat sink? First and second fins at the top or second and third
    fins? I've sanding and wet sanding the body of the blaster as well as paint the brackets. Here are a few pictures of the process. Hope you enjoy them.
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  26. redbutton

    redbutton Active Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Howdy again, I also have a work in progress with ESB Vader saber. Here's some photos of the saber, Enjoy! ESBDarthVader6.jpg ESBDarthVader5.jpg ESBDarthVader4.jpg ESBDarthVader3.jpg ESBDarthVader2.jpg ESBDarthVader1.jpg
     
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  27. thd9791

    thd9791 Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    That paint finish looks great!

    As for the screw, here is some reference.
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  28. Sym-Cha

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    Wow ... Roy's shroud I presume? . . . Looking a bit closer I noticed the clamp and thus the shroud are both 180º turned on your Heiland.
    The 6 electric outlets with wires and the clamp should be on the visible side, which means the bulb release button is on the wrong side :

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    Disregard the black screws in the T-tracks ... those were added lateron as far as I know :)

    Chaim
     
  29. redbutton

    redbutton Active Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Chiam, I did it this way so I didn't have to alter the flash too much. Yeah it's Roy's shroud. Will add wires when I find them. A work in progess!
    S.
     
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  30. JaxAndTheMoon

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    Roy offers wires too! I used them in mine, the worked perfectly. I like your build, I'm jealous of the round holes on your Heiland. Mine are square, but I also got it for 15 bucks since it wasn't correct and it was beat to hell. Figured for 15 bucks, cleaning it up wouldn't be a problem!
     
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  31. redbutton

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    Hi, Well I finished the GK Blaster! After stripping and repainting the gun itself. While drying - I went to check it's progress and I dropped it from a hook hanging in my basement
    ceiling! Imagine the horror...but it fell into a bucket that I put dryer lint in. I scoped up the blaster which was now covered in red lint and started pulling off the lint. Yeah you
    guessed it - more sanding and painting! I've sealed the blaster with a coat of Johnson's Wax and then Briwax. Thanks to all those great people for all there help with parts!
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    Hi, I've also working on a ESB Blaster. Attached are some pictures of a kinda pre-fit. I still have to secure the bracket and weather and seal with wax, cut off the ring on the handle. The scope is a real M32 and the gun is a denix base with the model car pistons and distributor rings as well as a motor coil (Thanks Tom). A shout out to BobaDebt for the flash hider and bracket. Nice work!! Hope you all enjoy it.
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  33. Halliwax

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    blasters too!? good for you! it came out great!!!
     

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