Show your custom Lightsabers!

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  1. D48thRonin

    D48thRonin Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    So for the Canon Model X, the first thing that I did was drill out the rivets and pop off the bracket at the top. The grunge that was underneath wiped off easily with a little 99% isopropyl alcohol.

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    I used a couple pieces of the bulb socket from the Model Y to fashion a bit of detail to dress out the emitter well - I had to sand down the black plastic ring a considerable amount, as it was too large to fit inside. It's a snug fit and as an assist it's held in place by the tension of the eject button.

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    I wanted to use a bubble strip in the clamp on this one - found this in the parts box but I don't recall what sort of calculator it came out of.

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    It turned out to be more work than I was anticipating, since I wanted to leave the circuit board underneath and I also had to deal with removing the "wall" that was around the bubbles. This entailed a lot of grinding and sanding, both to the bubble strip and the underside of the circuit board. There were also a couple of near disaster moments, as the plastic of the bubbles was old and brittle. :eek: Oy... I eventually got it thinned down enough to tightly slide into the slot. I also trimmed down a strip of lure tape from wannawanga to cover the text on the clamp.

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    The grips were once again from wannawanga. I faked the rivets - I only drilled through the T-track, and clipped the rivets short, leaving just enough of the shaft to press fit into the holes. Last step was attaching the D-ring with a button head socket screw.

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  2. AnubisGuard

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    They were used in Novus 820 calculators. My favorite type of non-screen used bubble strip.

    That is a gorgeous custom, by the way. Really clean work. Makes me want to put a stubby shroud on a Canon.
     
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  3. D48thRonin

    D48thRonin Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Cool - thanks for the intel (y)
     
  4. D48thRonin

    D48thRonin Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thanks! :)

    Yeah, I love the Heiland shrouds. I don't think the Canons look complete without them.
     
  5. Kovnyn

    Kovnyn Sr Member

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    I've got another flash gun coming from eBay, a Sekor Mamiya. I might use it as a base for the skinny neck I'm building out of scraps at work.

    Question: out of all the Saber hilts, canon and legends combined, how many actually had t-track grips? I don't think it was very many at all, just Anakins and one of Vaders, correct?
     
  6. E Williams

    E Williams Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    The lightsaber that Parks made which was seemingly adopted as Mara Jade's "official" one in photo shoots has a segment with rubber T-track up near the emitter.

    In a pinch you could argue that the middle section of Mace Windu's was at least inspired by T-track, even if the actual grips lack the wide base. Kanan and Ezra have long thin rectangular grips which are fairly removed from the look.

    I think you are right that otherwise it's really a trait of Skywalker family lightsabers.
     
  7. SethS

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    Moreso, just the ones built by Anakin.
     
  8. Velocity502

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    Hey, I'm currently in the process of building a Luke v2 from hardware store parts and was wondering what I could use in place of a cone knob. Any suggestions would be great!
     
  9. SethS

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    The V2 actually has a flat top, if you put washers on either side of a flanged pipe piece and us a V2 nipple-esque bolt atop the rod, it would look right. If you want an Obi-Wan / Luke TLJ style emitter, you'll can try finding an aluminum rod that matches the ID of the emitter part, cut a 1/2" slice, drill at tap the center to match the rod you're using, then drill and tap a small hole for a grub screw on the emitter piece to attach it.
     
  10. Velocity502

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    I'm talking about the knob piece near the pommel. Everything else I have pretty much done. I'm not going for a perfect replica, just something to capture the characteristics of the hilt
     
  11. SethS

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    Oh -- sorry. Cone knob, not cone adapter.

    You can thumbscrews of all sorts of shapes and sizes and drill/tap a hole pretty easily.
     
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  12. Ridire Firean

    Ridire Firean Sr Member

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    Hey Velocity502 ! What SethS said about thumbscrews, just chuck 'em up in a fully charged drill and go at it with a file until it has a pointy end!
     
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  13. Ridire Firean

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    Hey D48thRonin ! Beauty of a Canon Model X ya got there! I love how they come pre-labeled with Self-Ext(inguishing) Test Buttons. ;) Not to mention Blade Length adjustment knobs with red arrows and everything! They're SO COOL!!! One of these days I have to pick a direction for my Canon Model-Y and make a lightsaber hilt out of it. I hope it turns out as pretty as yours has.
     
  14. D48thRonin

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    Thanks man! I agree - the Canon flashes *are* very cool. So get on it! Let's see what you can do with your Model Y (y)
     
  15. Dann

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    I've been working on a few printed hilts, lately.

    One is Obi-Wan's Apprentice hilt from that book cover. I modeled it from pics of the old Stormpath version, and took a few liberties of my own.

    Another is based on the old Parks Shadow, and it's not done. I'm actually planning to do a "replica" of it, again with liberties. I've got some short tracks printed out for it, just need to attach them.

    The other one is gonna be a 93% scaled version of the Parks Shadow, but I had trouble with the middle and lower sleeves printing. I need to take a look at the models and slicer to figure out what went wrong. So, for now it's got the prototype Obi-Wan Apprentice sleeve on it, just flipped.

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    I've got a couple more to post, hang on...

    This one sorta just happened while I was modeling the Shadow, I was messing around with different sleeve ideas. It kinda looks like a fish or something.. I wouldn't call any of these "done". The control box on this one is actually from me trying to model the Kurtz Vader box, and the rest of the parts from that specific hilt. (I've got the tracks modeled, the box as you see it, and I'm working on the wiper detail part at the top behind the shroud. One of these days I'll get back to that.)
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    Also working on the Kyle Katarn from DF2. Most of it is printed already, but needs paint!
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  16. E Williams

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    Nice modeling on the Katarn!

    The Shadow was always my favorite Parks saber -- I love seeing these variants.
     
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  17. Velocity502

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    IMG_20190309_150709717_HDR.jpg my hardware store Luke v2. Its not perfect, but I love it
     
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  18. Kal Argos

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    Lots of great lightsabres on here. I've been meaning to post for a while, but just hadn't had time do dig out both. Both are the same sabres but one I made with spare parts and one I had lathed.

    So I made mine early 2000s... and though I went through various designs I finished on this design. I remember I was heavily referencing kendo to help design the grip areas. The in story idea was that a jedi made it shortly after RotJ using an industrial simplified ethic while trying to mimic the prequel era Jedi lightsabres.

    The original was made out of a mag-lite flashlight, sink tubes, washers, the pommel was a semi-sphere drawer knob, all held together with a threaded stainless steel bar.. so it was very heavy.

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    I then had a my brother draw it in CAD and fix up a couple areas and I had it made by RLSA sabers (If I recall correctly) ... this was like late 2000s... I had the outer black part anodized in a flat black.

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    these are the two side by side

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  19. BipeFlyer

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    This is my latest. It is using a Brewboard with FX-SaberOS that I modified for a 5 Neopixel accent/status bar. The second button is hidden and activated by squeezing the hilt, like Active Edge on a Google Pixel phone. When the case is removed, it activates another hidden switch to go into "maintenance mode". I made 2 versions of a sound font by taking clips from the movies. One uses the hum from Obi-Wan's hum in ANH. The other uses Luke and Vader's together from ROTJ. The clashes, swings and blaster effects are from the movies or cartoons.
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  20. DARTH SABER

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    I originally shared some crappy pics of my custom sabers a long time ago but Im playing around with a new photobox so I thought It was time for some revamped pics.

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  21. Dann

    Dann Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Man, you could prop a * on that stand in the photo box and it'd look awesome!

    Not to say that custom isn't cool, because it is!

    Just sayin'. That photo box setup is really something!


    Really? Can't say t-u-r-d? What about doodie? Okay, cool.
     
  22. DARTH SABER

    DARTH SABER Master Member

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    I know, its awesome!
    Downside is that its a small photobox.

    Ill post more customs later.
     
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  23. SethS

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    I remember this one-- so good.

    What did you use for the grips?
     
  24. DARTH SABER

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    I believe I used a PVC pipe and cut strips with a dremmel.
     
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  25. Kovnyn

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    So while I'm waiting for funds for my speaker, Nano Biscotte sound card and LED to complete my internal chassis, I've been stripping the guts from a Sekor Mamiya flash. Turns out, the threads on the top and the bottom are the same as a D-cell Maglite tail cap. And since the Custom Saber Shop has pommel adapters for D-cell Maglites, this handle might be the one to test that chassis when it's done.

    Sadly, the Sekor is only a two cell, so it's a pretty small hilt. Too big for a Yoda sized Saber, too small for a standard sized hilt, but for a Shoto Saber, I think it could work. Once I throw a 24" blade on it, I think I might have something.

    The chassis I'm building will eventually go into my Wishlist Saber built from components at TCCS, but I was thinking about getting a Pico Crumble for a second Saber... So methinks the Sekor will get fitted with the Crumble and my dream Saber will get the Biscotte.

    And once my wife figures out how much all this costs, I'll get the doghouse.
     
  26. DARTH SABER

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    Another custom with a Canon X model base-

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  27. Kovnyn

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    Those canons are sexy. I gotta get my hands on one. The three I've built from flash tubes are two heilands and one Sekor. Pretty plain and boring compared to a Canon or a Graflex.
     
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  28. DARTH SABER

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    Yeah Canon X are great for lightsabers although i want to get my hands on another DeMorney Budd but apparently they are far harder to come by than I thought.
     
  29. SA22C

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    Nothing close to the artistry displayed by these artisans, but here is my MHS concoction:

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    It's 95% complete, the only thing left is I picked up some Fender amp 'jewels' that look like they'd make great button/greeble additions to the emitter. If I get my blade built properly, I could have separate lighting effects under these than the main blade (neopixels and Proffieboard all the way. )

    It features a hand-cut graflex-style shroud over emitter 22, short choke, leftover clamp from a Korbanth, v2 style repro circuit board, grenade section and TMP Obi-style pommel. Inside is the aforementioned Proffieboard, neopixel connectors from TCSS and a Saberforge chassis (fits perfect in the grenade.)

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    I've got a couple in red, amber and clear. Just need to get the emitter on the drill press to get the holes drilled out and tapped so I can swap in some colours and see how it looks.
     
  30. Kovnyn

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    That's a nice look hilt.

    This is what I have gotten for the 2 cell Sekor. A bit of sanding down to the brass for the Electrum plated look. It has a thread hole in the side, haven't measured the thread pitch but it is smaller than 1/4-20, which looks like it might fit a glass eye from a Graflex.

    I have a wishlist of about $70 for parts from TCCS, and that before a blade or electronics. This is an expensive hobby. 15526614552411109050655.jpg 1552661479015146434254.jpg 15526614941191909573115.jpg
     
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  31. ed-209

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  32. ARKM

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    Very nice. Do I see parts from an old Lightech Industries saber on that hilt?
     
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  33. immilesahead

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    Here's my little stockpile I've get from the local swap meet over the last six months or so. Model Y is underway, little bolsey will probably be a yoda-esque hilt, and the Ciro is the new score from this weekend. Excited to finally use some vintage parts! 53970414_338858536763564_5166719797366358016_n.jpg
     
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  34. ed-209

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    You hit that nail right on the head!!! My friend, Mike, that I mentioned is the guy that owned Lightech Industries. He still has several misc. parts and we're in the process of seeing what we can make out of them. Glad you like it. --Ed
     
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  35. Kovnyn

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    When I finish my chassis, this will get mounted on it.
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    Crystal chamber insert from TCCS.
     
  36. Project D

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    You lucky stiff. I wanted a Lightech back in the day so badly, but had discovered them literally a week after I ordered a Parks Fury so the money just wasn't there. Please tell Mike that his product is still missed and remembered fondly.
     
  37. ed-209

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    I will. I'll see him again this week. I know he'll appreciate your comments. --Ed
     
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  38. DARTH SABER

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    Another custom, King Sol base-

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