The one that almost killed me… Accurate Obi ANH Crystal Reveal with CFLS

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  1. scottjua

    scottjua Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    The big one… Accurate Obi ANH Crystal Reveal with CFLS


    Man, I think I talk about this enough in the video to not write too much about it here, but I’ll try to be brief.


    Alberto came to me last year with wanting to do his accurate Obi with CFLS sound board, LED string blade, and a crystal core reveal.


    He drew a picture of what he envisioned the core to look like and sent me this:


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    Right away I knew that I needed more structure to make sure it would be strong enough to display open, and work the mechanism to have it open and close… AND have a way to pass through all the wiring this build would require. So I would need to make the tubes pass-throughs, and with the scale of the core in an accurate Obi the horizontal tubes would be problematic, and possibly render the crystal unseeable.


    I DID try different things with wires going around the crystal but they just mucked it up visually or caused problems with the opening and closing. I chose to keep it more simple since this crystal core is so small and compact.


    I realize this is a departure from his drawing but we will try to get closer to that on the next one we do.


    SO… this require maximum use of every spare mm inside. The booster was bored to the maximum, and I scratch machined everything inside.


    We used A mix of Russ and Roman parts, and here’s the results with some build pics too.


    Check the video at the end of the post for detailed build babble and whining.


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    Scientific marking off of chamber windows
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    This I made long ago to work around the crystal. You can see the scale didn’t work.
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    Next to my real parts Obi
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  2. halliwax

    halliwax Legendary Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    by the 4th picture my brain exploded, i am speechless
     
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  3. James Kenobi 1138

    James Kenobi 1138 Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Looks pretty neato !
     
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  4. Panaflex

    Panaflex Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Drop. Dead. Sexy.
    I'm gonna' go find a cash machine...
     
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  5. bookface

    bookface Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I think you've outdone yourself there. Amazing.
     
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  6. QCWolf

    QCWolf Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Holy cow! Amazing!
     
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  7. Edraven99

    Edraven99 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Hold Crap Scott... that's awesome! Nice work!!
     
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  8. ataru72ita

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    Can't cancel this stupid smile on my face right now, take a look at the video as well!!!:cool:D:D:D(y)thumbsup:cheers

    I've been a P.I.T.A.:ninja for Scott he must have hated me big time:facepalm, but that's a masterpiece IMHO!!:angel

    Regards,

    Alberto
     
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  9. Apollo

    Apollo Legendary Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    *! thats beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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  10. scottjua

    scottjua Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Yay! I hope it's fun to play with. I think it should make the trip to Celebration with me... before going to italy. Maybe I can let Mark Hammil hold it.
     
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  11. mugatu

    mugatu Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Dude, remind me to stop bothering you with all my dumb questions...true art, man. Masterful. Really really outstanding.
     
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  12. OdiWan72

    OdiWan72 Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    If I ever plan to have a comission done....I WILL CONTACT YOU SCOTT!!!

    Outstanding work bud, I am speechless!

    Markus
     
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  13. enrico

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    Speechless!
    This is outstanding, amazing, simply an artwork!
    Congrats Scott and Alberto: truly a masterpiece in SW props universe.
    Great idea for the crystal chamber Alberto and awesome work Scott...and now the icing on the cake could be a Mark signature!
     
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  14. Sym-Cha

    Sym-Cha Master Member

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    Let Mark sign the crystal core inside or so ... not on the outside and enjoy STAR WARS Celebration... great work Scott ... as usual :)

    Chaim
     
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  15. scottjua

    scottjua Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Well, looks like it's going to Cali with me then. ^_^

    Thanks guys for the comments, I really appreciate it.
     
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  16. Sym-Cha

    Sym-Cha Master Member

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    If you dress up as OB1 when boarding the plane ... it's less conspicuous hanging from your belt :)

    Chaim
     
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  17. Andymac84

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    Beautiful work Scott.. Just brillant.
    Any "made to order" plans? Probably with and without electronics or gems? Or as a kit form?
     
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  18. Wildcard

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    Awesome build, great spring-loaded reveal, and truly a beautiful crystal chamber! Congratulations on a wonderful new saber Alberto!
     
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  19. ataru72ita

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    Thank You so much guys I appreciate!

    Da Man is Scott!!:thumbsup

    Hope You'll like our next epic chamber!:cool

    Regards,

    Alberto
     
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  20. scottjua

    scottjua Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    What do you mean? Prefabbed parts for a chamber? Not by hand for sure. ^_^
     
  21. Darth Lars

    Darth Lars Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Real nice!

    How did you modify the grenade body for the crystal chamber to hook into it?
    Did you mill out everything but a catch or weld a piece of steel in there for the crystal chamber to hook on to?
     
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  22. edspaged2

    edspaged2 Well-Known Member

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    Terrible. You should just send it my way right now :)

    that looks awesome man. When I get my lathe going one day I'd like to turn some stuff like this.

    How did this almost kill you? What happened?
     
  23. scottjua

    scottjua Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    The video tells the tales of woe, but basically 30 gauge tiny brittle wires, and 8 wires x 4 micro dins... one single little connection breaks and you have to reverse engineer 8+ hours worth of routing and soldering to find it... fix it and re-do it ALL.

    Not fun

    Lars, I only lathed out the threads on the Russ grenade and drilled and milled a spot for a catch screw. Almost exactly like Brad's.
     
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  24. Edraven99

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    Great! Can I borrow it for my photo op with Hamill on Friday? :D
     
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  25. scottjua

    scottjua Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Mark said: "you made this!? It's better than the ones we used in the movie!"

    so Alberto you saber was anointed by THE Jedi master.
     

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  26. ataru72ita

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    :angel:D:D:D:D:cool:cool:cool:cool(y)thumbsup(y)cheers:cheers:cheers

    Evolution of a mind status!!

    Regards,

    Alberto
     
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  27. mugatu

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    So Fing cool!!! Obviously better than the ones in the movie, Alberto and Scott, but to have Mark say that...I'm really super happy and excited to hear this. Congrats you two. You should be very proud.
     
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  28. KramStaar

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    *, this is amazing. Bravo mate!

    Highest regards
    MARK
     
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  29. Sym-Cha

    Sym-Cha Master Member

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    Mark kept his jedi-cool of course, however perhaps part of him really flipped out and he wanted to spurt to Carrie and Ian and show this well executed, fully functioning and operating lightsaber, whilest swooshing it through the air, ... don't you think? [​IMG]

    Chaim
     
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  30. Romans Empire

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    scottjua!!! I sent you the wrong sink knob, please send that one back and I'll replace it post hast!!! :popcorn
     
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  31. ataru72ita

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    Lol yeah whatever Roman!!!:lol:lol

    Regards,

    Alberto
     
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  32. HeartBlade

    HeartBlade Active Member

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    Really cool saber. Love your work Scott.

    Mark sounds like a really cool guy. Glad he was so complimentary.
     
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  33. YenChih Lin

    YenChih Lin Sr Member

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    To quote Vader: impressive… most impressive! Dude, words fail for this awesome piece of work, it's better than the replicas of MR or Hasbro. And to have it seal of approval by THE Jedi master himself - hey, that's like being knighted to a Jedi Knight :D I gotta post this to the SW FB Group, you'll hear some loud jawdrops from germany to TX for sure!
     
  34. HeartBlade

    HeartBlade Active Member

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    ScottJua, if you ever think about making a kit (and I really hope you do), put me on the list. This is amazing work. Watching the video again just fills me with so much awe.
     
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  35. LorduDesign

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    Absolutely speechless.
     
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  36. master jinn

    master jinn Active Member

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    An awesome job! You should have a CNC shop make a reveal crystal kit… for the rest of us mere mortals.
     
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  37. enrico

    enrico Well-Known Member

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    Amazing work ;) amazing work!!!!
     
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  38. scottjua

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    Lol CNC would make it easier for sure.
     

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