The thin-necked lightsaber appreciation society

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lukyanov

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Some weathered guys for customers
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Verity Cosplay

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Ahh...

ok.. (cool).. so its a super bright LED ladder/string.. (not a true 'Neopixel' blade).. Got it! :)
You CAN make a ladder string blade that IS neopixel.

APA104/PL9823s in a string. (I plan to make one at some point with cut down PL9823s to increase density much like the infamous Nova blade did with normal LEDs).

neopixel or WS2811/WS2812 Protocol comes in straw hats too not just SMDs.
 

xl97

Master Member
That is correct...

but you do not get to pick the 'brightness' (7000mcd) of ANY 'Neopixel' as far as I know.... which is what promoted the question.



As far as 'density' goes... is it really that much better than using multiple 144 led/meter density strips?
 

Verity Cosplay

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That is correct...

but you do not get to pick the 'brightness' (7000mcd) of ANY 'Neopixel' as far as I know.... which is what promoted the question.



As far as 'density' goes... is it really that much better than using multiple 144 led/meter density strips?

correct on brightness. As for density, I honestly don't know. That is why I want to try it. Hehe.

i also want to try out the newer protocol too APA102-2020 (e.g. "dotstar")
 

xl97

Master Member
I have played with DOTSTARs before...

for my needs.. no real difference..

I like they can be used for POV stuff without issues (although I have done any POV projects yet... one is planned.. but no real work on in.. but that will use DOTSTARS)....

I also like they do not have the timing requirements the WS2812* series does.. (which I understand as you do not need to update all the time as well? easier to code other stuff going on I assume)


I guess one advantage using separate 'straw hats/domed' leds is, you probably can use LESS? (which would require less current and longer run times).... since you dont have to use 2 or 3 strips?)

ie: 360 viewing/illumination (vs the back of Neopixel strip)
 

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Verity Cosplay

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I have played with DOTSTARs before...

for my needs.. no real difference..

I like they can be used for POV stuff without issues (although I have done any POV projects yet... one is planned.. but no real work on in.. but that will use DOTSTARS)....

I also like they do not have the timing requirements the WS2812* series does.. (which I understand as you do not need to update all the time as well? easier to code other stuff going on I assume)


I guess one advantage using separate 'straw hats/domed' leds is, you probably can use LESS? (which would require less current and longer run times).... since you dont have to use 2 or 3 strips?)

ie: 360 viewing/illumination (vs the back of Neopixel strip)

yep. That is exactly why i want to try a PL9823 blade. I have a friend who did one. 99 hats and same brightness as back to back SK6812 strips with less shadowing and half the mAh consumption.

no disputing strips are easier to build than a string blade, but I wanna try one just to do it.

I also want to do it with a little doctoring of the hats to up density.
 

BRRogers

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saberforge mashup. that is a nice idea
With the exception of the ‘switch section’:
That setup of parts is EXACTLY how I modded together my first saber (V2)...
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If I knew then what I know now; you could mod and hit almost every necessary dimension with the exception of the overall grenade length.

with a lathe setup:
redeemer ‘Body’ (booster and pommel separate
Redeemer pommel cap
“Resilient” switch
Prodigal son grenade,
Redeemer emitter/neck

they all have enough meat in the body and threading to be resized to nearly the correct dimensions

yeah.... that’s how mine started
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chazzychaz

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This is my mashup after scratch and dent and weathering treatment. I used files, dental picks and sand paper followed by steel wool, then treated with aluminum black, and another rub down with steel wool.
 

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CopperRevan

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Here are my "thin neck" lightsabers. Top lightsaber is a Nicksdad ROTJ Hero Luke that I got from Manooga in a trade (it's currently up for sale). The middle lightsaber is the very nice hollow Hero Luke from one.replicas that I got awhile back. And last but not least, the bottom lightsaber is a custom I constructed several years back. It was made from about 4 cannibalized sabers over time until I got the desired look.

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Andrew
oh man, love that one replicas!! been looking for one for a while
 

thd9791

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I have a DaveP/BRRogers Hero sitting around waiting for more electronics parts for the control box.... and my Yuma stunt was just saved by another member from a horrible injury and is awaiting new paint and a blade. in the meantime, I just finished this baby

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