Showoff: WORLD'S 1ST Titanium Luke ROTJ Lightsaber

Discussion in 'Star Wars Costumes and Props' started by 5postboy, Nov 9, 2005.

  1. 5postboy

    5postboy New Member

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    Hi all, it's been a while since I did a show off thread. Just wanted to share pics of a project I just completed. :D

    This ROTJ Luke is no ordinary lightsaber. This saber was made of grade 5 solid aircraft grade titanium. The material is extremely hard and it's said to be 10 times harder than steel but just as light as aluminium. This thing weighs only 850 grams, less than a kilogram.

    It is extremely hard to machine, much more difficult than stainless steel. The hollow body took 2 hours just to drill out. Basically this project was very expensive, took about 3 months to construct and this is the only one made. Check out the material at metalonline.com and you'll know how much the material cost. Not to mention the machining cost and electronics. :eek

    The saber's measurements are very accurate. Got a good reference directly off the MR luke I used to have.

    On top of that I wanted this to have an added feature. At first it was supposed to have a vibrator and a super bright green LED on the emitter but because of space constrain on the inside of the saber and a lot of mess, I decided just to go with a luke with lighted LED arrows.

    The copper pieces were made of real copper and later sand blasted for the rough look. It was protect with a layer of copper plating. So no paint like that on a MR's. The Tri-ring was made of stainless steel.

    The LEDs lights up by sliding the activation plate. This was the most frustating process altogether.

    Now the LEDs were custom made. These are in the correct size and since these were not sold readily, it had to be made. They are sharp looking.

    Also, this saber DOES NOT have any threaded rod to hold it on the inside. The pieces have their own threading to it. This makes the saber basically hollow from the emitter right down to the pommel. A battle rod could be inserted. Without further delay, here's some progress pics.

    The only thing I think could be improved were the black on the ripped area. I couldn't find anyone who could black anodise titanium.

    Let me know what you guys think. I think this is truely the Premiere(Elite of all elite) version of all Luke ROTJ sabers. It is basically an indestructible saber, every sense of the word. :D At least that's how I want to think it is ;) Thanks, chen.

    Progress Pics:
    The control box was hollowed for inserting the electronics. This was wire EDM, impossible to be done by milling. The activation strip plate was also wire EDM out of copper. The lines were cut out, they are real grooves. The black you see were not painted but was black zinc plated.
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  2. vaderbreath

    vaderbreath Well-Known Member

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    Wow. I've always been curious to see one of these in titanium, and it looks absolutely beautiful. Be proud of that piece. Thanks for sharing.
    -Corey
     
  3. franz bolo

    franz bolo Sr Member

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    Sweeeet.

    Great Project.

    FB
     
  4. Polluxius

    Polluxius Active Member

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    Wow, and I thought my titanium watch was expensive, ;)

    Nice work, truely inspirational
     
  5. Darth Lars

    Darth Lars Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Now where can I find a jawdrop icon when I need one... :confused
    That lightsaber is really beautiful.

    Now this is what I call Elite Edition. :thumbsup
     
  6. Serafino

    Serafino Sr Member

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    Chen what a stunning example of a dream prop, incredible work and devotion. Amazing work.
     
  7. Killdozer

    Killdozer Active Member

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    10 times harder than steel and you still have to wear gloves to handle it? :D

    It's freaking beautiful. I wouldn't let anyone touch it.

    KD
     
  8. vaderdarth

    vaderdarth Master Member

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    Now that is impressive...

    Dave :)
     
  9. phase pistol

    phase pistol Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Oooooo. :D

    You could use that as a part in a jet engine, thereby completing the circle. :sleep

    - k
     
  10. darthgoat

    darthgoat Well-Known Member

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    That is beautiful.
     
  11. 5postboy

    5postboy New Member

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    Hi guys, thanks for all the great compliments. Yes this is a dream come true for me.

    Hahaha....that's right...man... I'll even trade the entire saber for those obi emitter.

    BTW, I was wondering if titanium could be anodised black....any leads? Thanks all, chen.
     
  12. Luke Warmwater

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  13. Serafino

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  14. Archie Opteryx

    Archie Opteryx Well-Known Member

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    I don't collect SW props and I'm not really a SW fan, but I gotta say that thing sure is purty.
     
  15. 5postboy

    5postboy New Member

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    Thanks Andres, actually I haven't seen those yet. I'll check them out. Here's another teaser pic with an acrylic blade installed ready for duel....

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    Yes Luke Warmwater....it was supposed to have a vibrator that creates a humming and feels like it's actually a working hilt...too bad that didn't came along well. Figured it'll be useless for the humming if it doesn't have an emitter LED. Thanks, chen.
     
  16. Dean O

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    I machine titanium on a regular basis in my shop, knowing what a pain the stuff is to work with, I commend you even more for doing such an awesome job. Looks superb.
     
  17. agent5

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    I'm not much into the sabers, especially not the Luke ROTJ saber, but I am more than impressed.

    That looks like flawless work. Be proud. :thumbsup
     
  18. Anakin Starkiller

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  19. Jedi_Dogs

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    That has got to be the most beautiful Luke ROTJ lightsaber that I have ever seen. Congratulations on a job well done Chen.
     
  20. Boba Frett

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    Thats beautiful :)
     
  21. Nexus6

    Nexus6 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Wow.

    The Luke ROTJ Hero is not my favorite saber, but that is SMOKING impressive.

    B):thumbsup
     
  22. Gojira61

    Gojira61 Sr Member

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    That may be the most beautiful saber I have ever seen.

    Outstanding job.

    Jim
     
  23. SithLord

    SithLord Sr Member

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    Woah...I'm speechless....I would even recommend a carbon fiber blade ;).

    :cheers,

    T
     
  24. (^_^)

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    Titanium is my fav alloy and that's one of the most beautiful saber handles I've ever seen.

    Great job 5postboy.
     
  25. Crimsonnaire

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    Magnificent.

    That is 'Super Elite Edition.'

    I think this marks prop history as the very first completed titanium lightsaber replica.

    Congratulations, Chen.
     
  26. Lord_Gita

    Lord_Gita Sr Member

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    Wow... just wow...
     
  27. AT-AT Luvah

    AT-AT Luvah Sr Member

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    If ever a Homer drool icon were necessary, it would be now.

    That thing is freakin' sexy beyond words.

    Grrrlrlrlrlrlrlrllrrlrlrl.
     
  28. lesternessman

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    Outta sight saber man. That is frickin sweet eye candy you got there. Nice job and great result for the effort you put in.
     
  29. Crimsonnaire

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    How heavy is it?

    I imagine it has some weight, since titanium is about twice as heavy as aluminum.
     
  30. Howard

    Howard Sr Member

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    850 grams.

    Chen, that's the best version of this saber I've seen. Stunning.

    Howard. :)
     
  31. Dewy

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    10x stronger then steel ay? DROP IT... Let's see some drop-test before and after pictures??? :lol

    J/K the very though of dropping such a beautiful piece makes me shutter.
     
  32. Got Maul

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    great job man . How nice is it to have michael jackson hand model it for you too ..
     
  33. GeorgeC

    GeorgeC Well-Known Member

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    To be honest,

    I really don't think this saber LOOKS much better than the other ROTJ Luke's I've seen, BUT what sets it apart are those LEDs.

    I'm VERY impressed by those light-up LEDs. :thumbsup

    Knowing a little bit about how tough it is to work with titanium and something about its expense (I've read quite a bit on aviation history and the SR-71 Blackbird development "saga"), the creator of this blade was extraordinarily brave and must have been mildly crazy to use the alloy. The stuff's expensive and a bitch to machine even if its strength-to-weight is far superior to most alloys. Kudos. :thumbsup

    I'm sure Chen would get a lot of praise from ex-Skunkworks employees on this project... :lol

    I'm sure more than a few of them would be wondering WHY a civilian would work a hobby project out in the metal... :confused :lol
     
  34. Prop Runner

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    Titanium to metal is like diamond to carbon...

    Beautiful work, sir. :)

    - Gabe
     
  35. DCB

    DCB New Member

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    Mmmmmm......titanium saber.

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  36. LZeitgeist

    LZeitgeist Well-Known Member

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    Beautiful work..
     
  37. Phayze

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    amazing.

    My wedding ring is titanium, and I'm always amazed at how light and strong it is. Someday, when I win that big lotto jackpot, I'm going to have a titanium rapier and dagger set custom made. ;)


    I'm glad I'm not the only one who had that reaction.
     
  38. tripoli

    tripoli Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Pretty darn cool to see, incredibley nice job.
     
  39. blufive

    blufive Sr Member

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    Wow. That's a beaut.

    :)
     
  40. cayman shen

    cayman shen Master Member

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    The titanium really adds that "not of our galaxy" finish to the project. Awesome.
     
  41. 5postboy

    5postboy New Member

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    Hey, thanks for all the added great compliments from everyone. Out of galaxy? If there's any material that should be used in the Star Wars "Real world galaxy", titanium will be it. Titanium has that lustrous shine to the metal that no other metal has. The colour of the metal is extraodinary. It is also highly resistance to any form of chemicals or elements. I think it is a non reactive metal on the periodic table. It won't oxidise like aluminium, brass and sometimes even stainless steel.

    If anyone need pics of any other angle of the saber, let me know and I'll post them. Thanks, chen. :)
     
  42. Rabittooth

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    Man that's beautiful. I love these types of projects when members dig a particular prop so much that they go to these lengths to own the ULTIMATE version.
    Absolutely amazing.
    You should make a stunt blade with the green 3m reflective tape wrapped around it. That would look awesome.

    -Rabittooth
     
  43. WookieeGunner

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    I just wanted to say that I've never like Lukes RotJ lightsaber (personally opinion nothing against people who do) and yet that is possibly the most beatiful saber I've ever seen.
     
  44. Serafino

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    Okay now I want a titanium Obi ANH pommel and clamp. Chen?? :D
     
  45. BoBoDohn

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    :eek Super Cool.. Way to go...
     
  46. Crimsonnaire

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    You know what? I've been idle-thinking about how Obi-Wan's ROTS saber falls from such an unbelievable height, and lands in one piece. Indeed, only titanium has a chance of doing that. SS would mold like butter, and aluminum might not even survive the friction from impacting winds.

    If they ever invent real lightsabers, anything other than titanium would be insufficient.

    I can't say I like the color that much, but it does catch the eye. As for corrosion resistance, it is less corrodable than silver. And I'm not sure if SS could ever oxidize because I'm under the impression that oxidation only happens in low humidity gases, and certain grades of SS, commonly, corrode in chloride-containing solutions (submerged).

    I'd love to have a titanium Anakin AOTC. :)
     
  47. CeSquared

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    :cry

    That is so beautiful I'm crying....
     
  48. SirJediKnightTim

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    MR eat your heat out........ That's beautiful.......
     
  49. franz bolo

    franz bolo Sr Member

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    Awesome..

    FB
     
  50. 5postboy

    5postboy New Member

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    Thanks again guys for the praises. Imperious, I believe the stainless steel that United Cutlery uses would oxidise and form elements caused by sweat when we handle them without gloves. I have a friend who has a UC frodo sword and it was handled with bare hands and left displayed on the wall. Few months later it oxidised and formed rust spots.

    They were removed easily with brasso polisher leaving no trace of rust but the fact is that they do form rust on certain SS. Titanium on the other hand would not even if left in the open or so they say....

    If anyone wants to know more about titanium grades and the likes, do let me know. I would expect to see more Ti sabers or props in the future for showing off....I hope this was an inspiration to all that it's doable if you have the dedication and of course the $$$$s...Thanks, chen.
     

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