Show your custom Lightsabers!

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  1. Lichtbringer

    Lichtbringer Sr Member

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    Nearly same inner dia.

    Both are 1.5 inch outside.
     
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  2. Panaflex

    Panaflex Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thanks!

    Yes, it’s the military Graflite. You can save a lot of money by just buying a regular one and painting it black and then doing the build. I think they have the same I. D. I don’t have it now to measure but judging by my pic of it on the grid above, I’d say about 13 1/2”.

    I’m not a chassis builder but would love to see what you come up with if you do a build!
     
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  3. scide

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    From a design point of view, it'll probably look similar to my approach on building a Graflex chassis from Shapeways brass.
    Less steampunk, new materials and using the best electronics available.
    Just imagine a dark side version using less brass and more dark materials...
    Nevertheless, first things first - even if the idea of building a "combi chassis" for an MPP and your design is pretty compelling.



    As I mentioned my Graflex chassis, I'll have to share some renderings with you. (Sorry for watermarking these, just read the lightsaber scam thread earlier today...)

    Part of the fun for me definitely is pushing the boundaries from a tech point of view, so it will have some pretty neat new features, like 2 cell (standard) USB charging with integrated R.I.C.E., linear vibration motors (similar to the ones in modern smartphones) linked to the sound output and a contra rotating crystal chamber.

    Top view:
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    Bottom view:
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    Crystal chamber details:
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    And it's new home... :love
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    I plan on having the real version finished by the end of the year and will be doing a plastic prototype first, so this one will get a proper build thread... ;)
    Until then, I would love to hear your thoughts on this design - including healthy criticism of course!
     
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  4. Panaflex

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    Wow, very nice concept! Can’t wait to see it come to life. Somehow, I always imagined the material being silver/ black, like gun metal. Just my two cents.
     
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  5. Seth Skywalker

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    Very nice! I'm exited to see it. So are you going you going to make it with brass are darker metals?
     
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  6. scide

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    Thanks guys, means a lot! :)

    The Graflex chassis has to be made from Shapeways precious metals, as I optimized the geometry according to their design guidelines...
    I started planning this using brass, as this is the material the Graflex itself is made from, so it felt like the right choice. ;)
    The lasercut / etched fins will be made from stainless steel and brass.

    My plan is to have all outside materials in metal while using an internal chassis for the electronics printed from plastic.
    Haha, and to keep the price down, as Shapeways materials are ridiculously expensive. :cry
     
  7. GreenCircleCube

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    Is there a good 3D CAD software that is great for modeling a lightsaber hilt? Like loading stl files in of premodeled parts as well to just combine in with your saber?
     
  8. Seth Skywalker

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    You'd probably be better off starting a new thread, imho. That way this thread doesn't get crowded and you'll get more answers.
     
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  9. BipeFlyer

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    I had never done any 3D modelling before making the grip from my lightsaber. I used blender and it was pretty easy to learn. Here's the end result. [​IMG]

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  10. scide

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    I would suggest starting with Autodesk Fusion 360, in case you can get a free maker / edu license...
    Should be a nice combination of real CAD and a selection of free form features. Also way easier for starters than blender.

    Nevertheless CAD (Fusion, Solidworks, etc.) and 3D design software like blender are made for a totally different purpose - while both are super powerful. ;)
     
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  11. lukaszjed

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    Hello there,
    This is my first post, and not my first prop, but The lightsaber is so fundamental for Star Wars that I decided to show mine own in the first place :)
    Designed by me a few years ago and about a month ago it started too finally take shape. It was created on lathe from solid brass, stainless steel and beech wood, (switch is also stainless steel) I tried to achieve an elegant look but with some rough technical details, probably from years before prequel trilogy. I've sill a few details to add (d-ring on the bottom of hilt for example) and a little bit of weathering. A custom stand is also made by hand from the same wood as handle. Love to read your opinion about my lightsaber

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  12. halliwax

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    I freak’n love that you used wood to make this!! Awesome!!


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  13. scide

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    Wow. These sketches are amazing! Coming from lifeless CAD renderings myself, I wish I could do that. :rolleyes
    You should display the saber next to the sketches, especially as you pretty much stick to them from what I can tell.

    As clean as it is right now, it definitely has the prequel vibe you mentioned. Great job!
    Keep us posted on the finished version. ;)
     
  14. vader45

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    I just bought on ebay for $325 a LDM V2 fully installed Luke saber!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    OMG....I am so excited!
     
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  15. Reel Fakes

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    Very elegant - I love it!
     
  16. Kovnyn

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    Absolutely amazing. And I agree, having the sketch displayed with the saber would look even better.
     
  17. vader45

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    Im suprised my post does not have more hits on it! LOL Considering that LDM asks about $800, for the same saber Im receiving, on his website.

    Im just so excited to finally own a complete custom non force fx saber with actual prop film sound font at that price............

    My excitement for this is close to what it was for my CFO helmet. I wanted a thin neck Luke for many years but imo the higher prices are to high. I think a custom lightsaber should max at $500 but more if it has a crystal chamber...Thats just my opinion. But I knew if I was patient and waited one like this would show up in my price range and it has. I AM SO EXCITED. I grew tired of the force fx sabers and I also hated the fat necks since day 1. I would rather Hasbro not make them if they would not attempt to address the neck.

    I wonder if Disney will? Their Sabers all of them are smaller in diameter compared to the Hasbro sabers. The Kylo is appropriately sized! So would Disney attempt to make a thinner neck?
     
  18. Seth Skywalker

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    Congrats, you got a nice catch for 300 bucks! That's one thing I hate about force fx lightsabers, the thick necks are just :facepalm. About pricing for custom sabers, I well understand the expensive prices I built my own with quality parts ( without a crystal chamber) and all the parts cost me roughly 400.
     
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  19. Kovnyn

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    Here are my meager attempts at custom sabers.

    Group shot:
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    Having memory issues with attachments,so here is the link to my Drive folder

    https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=1_Tb_1e31F5ZqOFjWhos_51QRyjM7AGAh
     
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  20. Seth Skywalker

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  21. Kovnyn

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    The one at the left (or top of the thumbnail) is my Mandalorian trophy saber. The one on the right/ bottom is just steel pipe fittings which I torch blued.

    From top to bottom, or left to right (depending on picture orientation)

    -Damaged trophy saber (electrical conduit and fittings)
    -Aluminum bar stock, which I will finish once our lathe is hooked back up.
    -PVC and scrap parts
    -Second Heiland flash handle saber, with first attempt at a crystal reveal, still a WIP.
    -First Heiland handle custom saber
    -3D printed Graflex Anakin saber, EP III.
    -Torch blued pipe fitting saber.

    Not pictured are my full bladed combat saber nor any of the toy sabers I have collected.
     
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  22. thd9791

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    Can't remember if I've posted all mine here - maybe they'll help inspire people like these to for me!
     

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  23. Seth Skywalker

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    Great work! I especially like the blade plug on the last pic.
    For a moment I was like, who's this posting, then I saw the picture and your name, and then it clicked! Oh you just changed your profile! :lol
     
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  24. tk1055

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    does this count? Lathed out of wood lighsaber.jpg
     
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  25. thd9791

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    thank you! (and yes its me)

    that was a model car kit hubcap/wheel that came in a pile of military model kit parts I bought off the bay
     
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  26. vader45

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    I have a few questions after receiving my LDM saber. It will not stay charged for long. It will just stop after 20 mins if I charge it for a few hours. I want it to last all day at cons. Right now I'm using a radio shack charger. What charger do I need for the long run so it lasts longer before dying? Also what blade diameter does it take? My 1inch blade does not fit but LDMs site says 1 inch

    Thanks.
     
  27. Seth Skywalker

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    What's the battery's voltage and amps (or miliamps)?
     
  28. vader45

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    How do i figure that out?
     
  29. Seth Skywalker

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    Depending on how accessible th battery, you could measure that with a multimeter. Or maybe it was stated in the listing on eBay (or wherever you got it from)?
     
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  30. Greenie

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    In theory you could test at the recharge port, if it has one.
     
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  31. vader45

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    I figured it out by opening the saber and the battery is labeled 7.4V 2000mah

    So what charger do I need? The custom saber shop has a 7.4v charger but only has 500mah. There is one with a range of voltage and has 1000mah.

    Im so lost LOL.
     
  32. Dann

    Dann Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    The mAh on the charger is just the rate at which it charges, so the 1000mah charger will charge your battery faster than the 500mah one.

    The 2000mah on your battery is the battery's capacity.

    Either charger will work for you, as long as they will charge 7.4v

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  33. vader45

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    Thank you!

    Right now I am using an AC adapter from walmart and Radio Shack(Voltage is adjustable) and the saber does not stay charged for very long, it will just quit. Would an actual Li-ion charger fix that? Im considering buying a charger from The Custom Saber shop and returning the others.

    Edit: I dont think the AC adapters charge very well as the LED is no where as bright as the LED in my vader and they are both using Tri-Cree LEDS.
     
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  34. vader45

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    Ended up buying the 7.4v 500ma charger from the custom saber shop along with a photon blade tube and round tip.

    I hope this charger gives the saber a better charge and run time will last longer.
     
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  35. Seth Skywalker

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    @Dann beat me to it. The higher the amps, the faster the battery will charge. The 7.4 volt charger from the custom saber shop is a good choice though. I also got my saber charger from there, and it has yet to let me down.
     
  36. Dann

    Dann Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Wow, yeah I would NOT recommend using the charger you've been using! I hope it hasn't damaged your battery.

    Good luck!

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  37. vader45

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    The saber was dead when I got it. I was so impatient with wanting to see it work I just went straight to Radio Shack and bought one! I already have a 3.7v charger for Vader and was hoping it would charge Luke but no. The saber works still. Now I know for future reference. This is my first non force fx custom. A whole new world for me.
     
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  38. vader45

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    UGH! What the heck, the battery might need replaced!

    The charger came in and it only takes like 10 mins to charger the saber and the light to turn green. The saber has the same amount of run time as before and its not very bright(I think that may be due to the LED being in the base of the neck)

    Here are a few pictures of it. 20180914_132811[1].jpg 20180914_132820_HDR[1].jpg 20180914_132843[1].jpg

    And this is with a photon blade.
     
  39. Seth Skywalker

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    What type of blade is this?
     
  40. vader45

    vader45 Sr Member

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    Its right in the post.
     
  41. Seth Skywalker

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    Ah, I see, dummy me.:p
    If you put cellophane gift wrap in there, it should help making the blade more evenly lit.
     
  42. vader45

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    It is there. The blade is a clear tube.
     
  43. Seth Skywalker

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    Try sanding it, since it already has clear gift wrap inside the blade. Sanding helped with my blade as well. But you should exchange the battery anyways.
     
  44. vader45

    vader45 Sr Member

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    I wonder if LDM would do it since this is his saber.
     
  45. Seth Skywalker

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    I suppose he could do it, or if you are fine with a little bit soldering you could do it yourself.
     
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  46. Bengrim09

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    I’ve just finished this saber for my stepsons desk, I bought a £10 toy saber that had a great little sound card in it, swooshing sound on and off, wave sound when you move it, it also clashes when you bump it, the light only had a single blinking LED so I left it out on this saber but I might incorporate it with improvements on the next one
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  47. Ridire Firean

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    Hey Bengrim09 ! I love the inscription on the little plaque! It makes the gift very special and personal.

    Is that ray skin under the paracord? I see the little Aux button hidden under there too!

    Too bad that it doesn't have an LED for a flashlight, this would make for a fantastic survivalist's lightsaber. Chops down wood...CHECK. Starts fires...CHECK. Comes complete with cordage...CHECK. ;)

    What's the inner part of the emmiter made from? Is it a spring, or part of a shower head or something?

    I think my favorite part of this one is the coin edged (flashlight endcap?) part in the front of the clamp.

    Congratulations on a saber well-built!
     
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  48. Dann

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    I could probably swap the battery for you if you're not comfortable with it.

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  49. Bengrim09

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    Thank you for your kind words
    I’m a bit disappointed I couldn’t get a decent light in this, but maybe next build.

    its not ray skin under the paracord, it’s a quick wrap of flesh coloured compression bandage to stop the cord from moving, the main body is made from an old torch/flashlight, the clamp is scratch built from a flat piece of thin stainless, the emitter is various parts of shower valves, the inner end of the emitter is made from wire from the binding off an old diary, it was wrapped around some ally tube to resemble a spring as I couldn’t find a spring long enough, well spotted on the momentary switch to turn it on, I didn’t want a big switch ( little is sometimes best)

    Ben
     
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    Just completed these, they look and sound amazing.
     
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