Tom's: Gary Kurtz Darth Vader Stunt Lightsaber

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Dann

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I "finished" my updated version of this hilt awhile back, as well, but didn't add those tiny screws.

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kurtyboy

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This is ironic, because at one time I actually thought that the Boba Fett "Uzi" blaster used a slave instead of a telegraph.

I mentioned the same thing about the telegraph-era screws to Kurtyboy quite awhile back!

I've still never seen a slave unit with those screws, but I'd not be surprised that they exist.
 

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Dann

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Thanks, folks! The most time-consuming part of all the upgrades was definitely all the little grip screws, but they make such a huge difference!

I did get some aluminum Tee for the grips, thanks for your help with that, Kurtyboy!

In the end, though, I modeled and printed my grips, and I made a decision to have them all be the same. For so long I had wondered and theorized about the RED on some of the tracks, and the way I achieved mine was a happy accident. In sanding and filling the printed grips, to make them look nicer, I used some Bondo spot putty. So I simply let some of the Bondo show through the black in certain areas, and I felt the look was pretty convincing.

I think the only other details that I may eventually change would be the aluminum control box rails (have been meaning to mill some from thicker stock), those tiny "Telegraph" screws, and I'm still not 100% sure one way or the other, whether the slimmer sides of the box are angled (like I have them, and like they are on the Energizer saber) or straight.

I wish I knew what the heck that part is under the "clamp" card, on the real one!

This is definitely a weird lightsaber, but I do like it. It's short, for a Vader hilt, that's for sure. And I will say, if there were never any Graflex Slave units made that had those "Telegraph"-era screws, and what was actually used was a cut-down "Telegraph" top, I'm sure as hell NOT EVER gonna chop MY Telegraph top! I'd drill and tap the holes in a regular Slave Unit before I did that! Heh
 

thd9791

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Mine are modified off the shelf aluminium T profile or red resin casts thereof.

Dann is the 3D print master! :)
Can you PM me with the alumin source you used? This would really help get abkickstart on the project again - i have silicone and resin now
 

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thd9791

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Well, now that the top is probably a telegraph..

Anyway this project is still stalled until i get more material to scratchbuild things... but i thought it would be fun to point out that in the Frasier episode where Frasier and Niles learn to ride bikes, Marty their dad whips out a camera (looks like the Graflex with the window on top) and its got a Heiland Strobonar attached to the side!
 

d_jedi1

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Kind of an odd question but does anyone have measurements for the Graflex portion on this?
general overall length is good enough, I can adjust from there.
I'm not planning on using an actual (graflex) unit on my build and wanted to get the cut correct on the tube I'll be using.
 

Benjo

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Hi,

First I'd like to thank you guys for being such an inspiration when it comes to recreate the apocryphal Vader lightsaber props.

I've made my own replica from a strobonar bought on ebay, following your steps process. I miss the PCB card. Mine is almost as craptastic as the original, with uneven grip spaces and crudely made greeblies. I just didn't felt like painting it with silver spray and keep the uneven grips heights. In my humble opinion, that prop remains a great version of the design, despite the careless job made on the original. It is rather small Vader lightsaber.
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I don't really remember if it's been debated or not on the thread, but it seems more than obvious the shroud has been cut down from the top. I can see Kurtyboy's version has the right shroud height by the way. I first thought it had to do with shooting angles but now I can compare my version to the original it seems pretty obvious to me.
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That's just my two cents'worth :)
 

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AnubisGuard

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Good call on eschewing the silver paint. Looks really nice. I've always wanted to do one of these and it's too bad the slaves cost an arm and a leg now!
 

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