Tom's PCubed saber projects

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thd9791

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Okay, the rock salt did not work. The saber is too small a diameter for salt to stick all the way around. Best for larger surfaces or flat surfaces. Tamiya Black, Gun Metal and Red Brown Lacquers....

I screwed up the first paint layer, black, so I sanded it off and did another. This was a few days ago. I was worried, because the lacquer is a different animal, but it worked out. Today I just flicked away some bad areas with a toothpick and dusted black to patch it and even out other surfaces.

I also decided to dust the emitter with gun metal lacquer. It looked the part but needed a dusting of black to darken it. I went a little too far, the emitter sides are very black, so I'm thinking of maybe dry brushing some gray back on top? Let me know what you think!
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The reason I won't just dust the whole thing again is because I used painters tape to mask off some general shapes for weathering. (Since SO MUCH is missing from the V2 emitter) and used the back of an X-acto knife to chip away sections of paint. Worked much better than expected, I was looking for unpredictable shapes but only around the size of the knife blade so I could control it. I did the same thing on the black body.
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The neck.. I decided to go with what people have said here on the forums, simple over complicated. I dusted the closest Tamiya lacquer I could find, Red Brown, and the mist is SO FINE that I was able to control the color. Once I got the lower neck where I wanted it... I held it like this with a glove and dusted the windvane lighter. I'm thinking I may dry brush dark brown enamel over it, wat do y'all think?
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Slothfurnace card.. I trimmed it with a dremel and a cloth mask and I'm not sure what was enough. I went quick, I have a steadier hand now. Did both sides after measuring with a sharpie, and went a little shy. It fits tightly and the wanna wannga lever pokes out the block! (It's a real Graflex block ;) )
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Not off to a bad start!
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Okay, I wasn't happy with how that had turned out so I sat down and got creative.

First I used 1/4 20 threaded rod and T nuts to lock the emitter into a drill press. The sleeve of the T nut is roughly the same size as the bore, so it centered the emitter properly and I used 800 grit sandpaper and steel wool to strip and smooth out the first finish.
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Also, got steel wool caught in the drill press and had to back away as it twirled and flapped at me!
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So I decided to go back to basics, and get the shade I wanted. That meant a coat of gunmetal gray and then a dusting of black. Dust, a few minutes in between, and get heavier with your coats with this stuff.. seems to work well.
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Now, how to weather it... the scratching and chipping left micro scratches in the metal and didn't take off enough at a time. I decided to use inspiration from ALLEY and use... drumroll....

GAFF TAPE!
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I actually put it BACK in the drill press after the tape ripping, which added the spiral patterns, stripped the big areas and smoothed out the paint.

I re painted the booster.. I didn't strip it, just sprayed more black over it, and went at each of the 3 or 4 places on the body with weathering. I left the neck alone color-wise... it was already dark brown... with the more gunmetal color of the emitter, I realized the straight black emitter was what didn't look right.
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I'll upload some pics of it put back together... looking very cool now
 

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thd9791

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I have some more color and weathering I'd like to do. This IS NOT the V2 (I know I labeled the file as such) but the color scheme matches the color scheme of the V2, I'm assuming they were all done the same. I want to darken my emitter paint a little.
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thd9791

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What makes you think it's not the V2?

So, this is hard to explain. This is actually built on some stuff I've seen and your results from your projects. The V2 profile has been thinned so much that the first ring has a thin bevel, compared to the original cast or any other casts that are barely cleaned up.

This is the blurry version of the book picture, next to Vadermania's blank

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the V2 has a much thinner shoulder
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There are a couple other things, but basically there are a couple shots where I see a less-machined cast that may have wires. I've kind of accepted this as part of the chaos of not knowing everything, trying to at least pin point best guess facts, some of these really don't look like the V2
 

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This is the final finishing of my V2. I re-did the emitter AGAIN. This time, I laid down TS gunmetal and then TS black enough to almost look black from far away. the brown is the closest, basic Tamiya TS brown laid over a TS black layer. I was able to do a TS Semi-Gloss layer over it all! Click for larger photos!
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and some of the great machining marks from these projects. The paint got caught in the grooves and I absolutely love it.
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some beauty shots.
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Oh! I also dusted the graflex bar block with TS Black to mimic the rust/darkening, don't know if I've mentioned that. That's how fine the mist is from those aerosol cans!
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I have a day off of work today and sitting around the house, I wanted to share what my saber looks like in natural light, without a camera flash. This neck color is WEIRD. It looks almost black sitting next to my TV and by a window..

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but with an incandescent flash....
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interesting right? I think I'm lacking some of the complexity of the real prop's neck... maybe because the neck has been beat up and may have a different type of brown layer. This was quick and dirty, 3 cans of paint, brown over the black like the Hoth Flash hider, so artistically i'm happy with it :D
 

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I have a day off of work today and sitting around the house, I wanted to share what my saber looks like in natural light, without a camera flash. This neck color is WEIRD. It looks almost black sitting next to my TV and by a window..

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but with an incandescent flash....
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interesting right? I think I'm lacking some of the complexity of the real prop's neck... maybe because the neck has been beat up and may have a different type of brown layer. This was quick and dirty, 3 cans of paint, brown over the black like the Hoth Flash hider, so artistically i'm happy with it :D

That means you got the right color combo going ;)
 

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