I too wanted to put together a 'character' saber rather than an on-screen replica and I've been inspired by Joss Rose who has been using Canon parts and the MHS v2 grip extensions from TCSS to create these fantastic mashups. These V2 extensions are VERY slim and make for a saber that is easy to handle and helps break up the silhouette when combined with V1 or vintage parts.Interesting that SA22C and yourself both designed a variation on a similar concept, independently. Both are cool designs, though!
Thank you for the kind words. I was definitely aiming for a more Prequel style saber. Though it's a bit long to truly fit that Prequel style. And the D-ring kinda pushes towards an OT saber. Could maybe be a late Clone Wars era saber. Or maybe a kinda of Old Republic style. (Also the LED bezels are stupid easy way to make a saber have that Prequel look.) I also wanted to add just a hint of use. If you look closely the black paint is flaking off. So it gives the saber a nice clean look, but it shows use. It's not just been sitting on the Jedi's belt. You really see that in some of "clan" sabers. Just the slightest of weathering. Some of it intentional, some it from being hauled around and used on set.I too wanted to put together a 'character' saber rather than an on-screen replica and I've been inspired by Joss Rose who has been using Canon parts and the MHS v2 grip extensions from TCSS to create these fantastic mashups. These V2 extensions are VERY slim and make for a saber that is easy to handle and helps break up the silhouette when combined with V1 or vintage parts.
I also really wanted to do a build utilizing the extra short Graflex style blade holder 35 that allows for the choke part to come right up to the glass eye and give the impression of a scavenged build. This is a saber built post-fall using scrap and in secret by someone not formally trained in the art of saber building. When I finish the electronics install I envision some unstable blade styles to indicate the saber is not _quite_ tuned. By contrast, Joek3rr made a saber with clean lines and is pristine: the work of a craftsman at the peak of the Order.
I really respect 'clean' saber builds. It's a skill I haven't been able to master yet.
That is pretty cool. What do you use to fill the valley when it's upside down?Paul Andrew I use a sliding door latch for activation boxes. The picture shows it upside down from how I use it. I take out the lever and create a more accurate one out of aluminum for mine. You can get them at any hardware store... Ace, Lowes, Home Depot.
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It always amazes me how good these hardware sabers can be made to look.For all intents and purposes this guy is done. I will probably tinker with it in the future a bit, but it's good for now.
Standard sink tube body, pvc cut and painted for the grip and collar and the plate under the activation box.
Emitter is, again, a cheap shower head taken apart and jammed together the wrong way. Pommel is a shower knob, beat up and painted.
Used LEDs to fill the activation box, might look for a way to close the top and bottom eventually.
I am impatient, so some bits are not as lined up as I would like, but overall I'm pretty happy with how this one came out. View attachment 1600969 View attachment 1600970
The weathering really makes it. I bought a bunch of cheap LEDs and LED bezels off Amazon because I needed some cheap doodads to embellish with.It always amazes me how good these hardware sabers can be made to look.
Hit eBay up for knurled knobs and thumbscrews. Both in hardware and photogear.I'm about 60% into my next hardware build, but I'm having a hell of a time finding things that would serve as buttons, knobs, activation boxes, etc.
Does anyone have a go-to source for that kind of thing, or is my best bet to get those parts from TCSS?
Just now seeing this, and I gotta say, I haven’t seen an original design I’ve liked that much in a long time. That feels like the kind of Prequel saber that could have been used during production.