TrooperTrent Holiday Special Lightsaber Series

Discussion in 'Star Wars Costumes and Props' started by halliwax, Feb 18, 2019.

  1. halliwax

    halliwax Legendary Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I’ll mention that in the next video
     
  2. Kovnyn

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    Cue whiney Luke, "I care"

    I'm going to look for a graflite for this build now. Granted, it's from the HS, and it's a lesser known version, but I like it.
     
  3. thd9791

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    I still can't believe I ripped the threads off like paper... what have I done!
     
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  4. teecrooz

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    Just sand flush. Should still work just fine!
     
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  5. halliwax

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    Progress guys. Give me a day or two for the upload and update

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    Trents stickers make this so much freak’n easier
     
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    Looks awesome.

    Itchy has subscribed to this thread!

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  7. halliwax

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    UPDATES
    2/21/19

    -Updated first post with links to neorutty's HS build thread
    -Updated first post with Paul Duncan Archive book thread​
     
  8. halliwax

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    Since trent is getting a lot of shroud questions I figured I’d do the shroud video tonight

    It’s glued together right now. I’ll be cleaning it up in the early morning then uploading the video once I get home from work.

    Stay tuned!
     
  9. halliwax

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    ok gang, so it took forever to upload this. I just want to apologize, this video is kinda long compared to what i normally make. the reasoning is there is A LOT of work involved in this..



    as always, thank you for watching
     
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    UPDATES
    2/23/19

    - Added all the links to purchase the tools I've used in the shroud video
    - Added Shroud video to video section

    - I will work on the photo tutorial this weekend, and update that in post #3​
     
  11. halliwax

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    before some one tells me "you know Halliwax, you can save a lot of time sanding that shroud with a dremel" and i highly agree... BUT

    before i made the shroud on Trent's HS. I experimented with 6 before i was happy enough to put it on his. The very first one i made i used my dremel, the drum sander grabbed a edge of the aluminum and it stabbed into my hand.. and it went in deep. I'll never sand this small of a piece of sheet metal ever again with the dremel.. its far too dangerous to me..
     
  12. Gregatron

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    Great video, Halliwax! Very useful info!
     
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  13. halliwax

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    Thanks, when I watch it I feel like it comes off very boring.. maybe because all my other videos has a lot of different change?

    Where this one is building a shroud for 50 minutes..

    Wish there was something I could do to make it more interesting
     
  14. Sundowner

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    I knew I was missing something with my build videos. Then it hit me, something as simple as a low volume background music. It surprisingly added a lot. I wanted some unique music so I purchased it for $20 but there is also a ton of fre stuff out there.
     
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  15. thd9791

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    I used my drill press as a lathe to slice the endcap in half, and then sand it to diameter. It's now stuck in the bottom of the tube, without the sleeve. Unfortunately this tube is VERY soft, and part of it split while I was tapping the endcap into place. No pressure fitting guys!
     
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  16. Trooper_trent

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    It's only boring to you. I sat through the whole thing while working on other projects just because it's fun watching it being built.

    It also makes it more interesting to imagine that the gloves are the only thing you're wearing.
     
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  17. teecrooz

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    Haha, that would be risky with sharp metal all around.

    Also wasn’t bored. I watched the whole thing because this is on my to do list for tomorrow. I’ll have it on for a second time while I work on it.
     
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  18. steven giunta

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    I didn’t find it boring at all,I doubt anyone who is building the hs saber will. Just like if George lucas showed up at my house with a book of pictures of the v2 lightsaber that I’ve never seen before I could sit there for hours ,maybe days as he slowly flips through the pages.but my brother would be board outta his mind within two minutes.
     
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  19. Sundowner

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    Hahahaha and safety glasses
     
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  20. teecrooz

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    I had .016 inch hobby aluminum sitting around, but it seemed too thin.

    I also have a large bag of scrap aluminum from my R2-D2 skins. It’s .035”.

    Ready for cutting!
     

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  21. halliwax

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    Exactly! I’m fooling around with music now on my Guinness legend video

    Have to make sure that stuff is not copied right I’m petrified of getting into trouble
     
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  22. halliwax

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    LMAO!!!!! To be honest I’m really insecure about my hands and fingernails

    My ex use to always give me a hard time about them and say how ugly and dirty they were, and not to touch her with them

    I hate filming them on screen without the gloves but some parts I just have too..

    This post freak’n killed me lol
     
  23. halliwax

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    This is great! I was so worried that it was boring, I hope showing how I cut the lower shroud helps

    I cut all the way into the corners to keep the corners as sharp as possible

    The gloves also helps protect you from the sharp edges

    One other thing about the gloves is.. we are sanding aluminum, and making aluminum powder

    I know when I’m making the explosives for the pyrotechnics company i would for, there is all sorts of warning labels on the powdered aluminum.. so it’s not very good to get on your skill, I believe your body absorbs it..

    Glasses and gloves for sure in this build!! Pants and underwear are only a option though

    ... feel the breeze
     
  24. halliwax

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    Thanks again buddy. I don’t know why I was so insecure about this one, glad this helped you and others understand the process. It’s raining here today. I’m going to go refill the propane and heat up the shed, she if I can get some more action in today
     
  25. halliwax

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    Chris that looks great!! Mind if I steal those photo’s for the tutorial post?
     
  26. teecrooz

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    Thanks!

    Not at all. This thread is your baby. I’ll take pictures as I go and send them to you. I even alternated the grain on the aluminum like you said to.
     
  27. halliwax

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    Wicked!! Thank you!
     
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  28. SethS

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    Dude, you make it look easy
     
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  29. teecrooz

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    Test pieces!

    Plenty of filing and sanding still to do, but I’ll be cutting a new set tomorrow now that I practiced.
     

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  30. Sundowner

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    I had really good results with klean strip. It took seconds

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    Success Chris!!!
     
  33. halliwax

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    Was really hoping to have ep3 done today.. worked all morning but the rain wouldn’t let up.. way too much humidity... even with the heat in the shed the paint bubbled..

    Here’s hoping tomorrow night
     
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    I absolutely love this thread!!
     
  35. halliwax

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    Trying to finish this up tonight. Blowing 60mph here... alittle hard to spray paint lol

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    I’ve been trying to figure out what to use for a button and as I was combing through my box-o-parts, I came across pieces that came with my Graflites.

    This was attached to my Graflite and these little thumbscrews look like they would be a great fit for a button. It’s plausible that they would use parts that came with the Graflite. Regadless, I’ll cut them off and glue them together.

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    I like it! I have a bunch of those as well, if I can’t find a decent thumb wheel I’m going with Trents advice on the knurled end of a exacto knife

    Here’s hoping the weather is a bit warmer today so I can throw the final coat on and finish the video!
     
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  38. Sundowner

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    I'm on your schedule with the build. I know if I work ahead, I'm going to make a permanent mistake haha
     
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  39. halliwax

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    Baaaah you’ll do fine. BUT I will tell yeah Trent and I Have a big surprise coming up soon! So don’t miss out on that episode!!
     
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  40. halliwax

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    Struggling with paint guys... it’s been so freak’n cold here.. this will be the 3rd time I’ll paint this..

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    Even spraying quickly outside and the running back into the house isn’t helping..

    Video is stuck until I get this painted so I can continue adding the stickers.. please allow me a few more days

    Don’t think I’m hesitating, every night I’ve been trying.. but I keep running into this * hurdle..
     
  41. thd9791

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    Halliwax do you have a heat gun?
     
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    I do tom. But I live in a basement apartment, we have electric hydronic heat ( house is powered by solar. So it’s free heat) I put the parts in front of my heaters to dry

    I just did one more try.. see if it makes it this round.. it’s getting ever tiring... been doing this since Wednesday night. So close to being done..
     
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  43. thd9791

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    INTERESTING. I just learned some new things :D

    My Graflite is still sitting where I left it after splitting the tube fitting in the endcap. It's small enough that I can cover it with T track, but I'm scared to start the emitter
     
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  44. halliwax

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    You can do it!!
     
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    Trent and I have a surprise coming for the grip section, so to save you guys from ripping your tracks off. Please give me some time, I feel so guilty taking so long

    But I have to do things in a certain order... I think :/ looks like the paint problem is good so I’m going to try and finish things up tonight
     
  46. thd9791

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    I did the emitter spring pin thing and finished off my bottom plate! disassembling sockets is always so intensive, but this thread saved the day.

    Also, after splitting a little bit of the sidewall, and E6000 not really filling in the gaps, I used water and apoxie sculpt to fill in the edges and I added a patch so T track can lay flat.. pics in one second
     
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  47. thd9791

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    So the original bakelite plate broke before I got this, just threw a black plastic washer in there instead. Also used some metal polish on the tube.
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    The patch makes a ramp going from the damage down the tube so there will be almost no gap under a piece of T track 20190301_201645.jpg it's straighter than it looks haha

    Everyone using their own endcap, sand it down more than you think you should. I sliced the cap in half and sanded the diameter all while it sat spinning in a drill press
     
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  48. halliwax

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    That looks great tom! Don’t worry about that patch, Trents got that covered ;)

    Be on the look out
     
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  49. thd9791

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    uh oh, something tells me..
     
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    Success boys and girls!! Be on the look out!
     
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