Various OT lightsaber parts (TFA clamp covers and bottoms now available)

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  1. Sym-Cha

    Sym-Cha Master Member

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    I am about to do the same thing since I have some strong double sided tape left ... I just cut a 0.5 cm strip off and put it in and slightly alongside the glue-channel though ... so I would not have to add a black marker stripe on the edge . . . I'll just test-fit one first to see if it works and ... if I like it ;)

    Chaim
     
  2. Edraven99

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    Anyone ever consider doing the MR method of slightly sanding down the ends of the t-tracks to accommodate the endcap? I'm debating about whether to do that in my build or not...
     
  3. roygilsing

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    The real one doesn't have a fancy, flush transition; it's just glued in an ugly way, leaving nasty marks on the tracks as well! ;)


    Roy

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  4. Edraven99

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    Yep... But it's not especially aesthetically pleasing to look at... Hence my debate...
     
  5. PoopaPapaPalps

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    Yep, everything is placed and locked where they should be. My problem was, in my enthusiasm, I printed the grip template from PoSW without having it sized accurately. Like, I mentioned before, I'm gonna keep these ones for later sabers down the line (ANH Vader, more than likely) when I've got the funds and enthusiasm for another.
     
  6. roygilsing

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    Didn't see a Graflex yet in the teaser-trailer! :)
     
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    I made two old style 'blueprints' of the LUKE ANH & the LUKE ESB saber :)
    It includes some building information and it combines all the knowledge I found here.

    View attachment 411440 blueprint-Luke-ANH.jpg

    Roy
     
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  9. thd9791

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    I replaced my blast-tech grips with these. It was a total mess getting the glue off, and then re-doing one of these I placed wrong...super glue does its job *sigh* anyways I finally completed upgrading my ANH graflex. Some shots... it's beautiful!
     

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  10. roygilsing

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    Hi all!

    I finally created my own Luke ESB! I also made pictures of each step in the process and made a tutorial for it, which I added to the WannaWanga website:
    http://wannawanga.com/tutorials/luke-esb-tutorial/

    Here's the result:
    PC300105.jpg PC300111.jpg PC300107.jpg

    Roy
     
  11. Panaflex

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    Cool tutorial, thanks for posting!
     
  12. Sym-Cha

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    Thanks for posting Roy ... your Luke ESB looks fantastic indeed with those parts ... well done! :) ... Now where did I leave my vintage G R A F L E X parts, screws, rivets, D-ring - grumble - Kobold, extra red button ... oy, yoy yoy so much to do :wacko

    Chaim
     
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  13. PoopaPapaPalps

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    It looks great but isn't the upper tube facing the ANH way? Also, I thought the tape was textured, is that not true anymore?
     
  14. Darth Lars

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    The textured tape seen on a saber in exhibits has never been spotted in the movie.
     
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  15. Luke the Belter

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    Great tutorial, indeed.

    But PoopaPapaPalps is correct and compared to your ESB blueprints you will notice that the Graflex head piece is assembled like the ANH style saber.
     
  16. roygilsing

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    Yeah, you guys are correct! I will rotate the top part and make some new pics in the new year. :)
     
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  18. SpeedRacerx

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    I thought the first tutorial was great and somehow you made it better. Have you looked into recreating the Clamps? Specifically Vaders MPP? I'm trying to find one with no luck? I know Parks sells them, but as a relatively new RPFer, I've read they can be questionable...
     
  19. Sym-Cha

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    Parks is a matter of perspective ... he recently sold 6 complete replica MPP's and they were superb quality ... so the more you order the better his overall service ... or so it seems. MPP clamps are quite a handfull to recreate for just a few and it's a matter of costs versus demand to even start thinking about it. So for now Parks is your only hope :)

    Chaim
     
  20. PoopaPapaPalps

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    I was looking at and got some advice from another member that JQ's MPP's are exactly the same as Parks (minus questionable reputation). Can anyone chime in on this?
     
  21. Sym-Cha

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    jq sabers are based in Wales ... and Daren and his wife are parttime European lightsaber suppliers i.e. Parks and other parts ... great to deal with :)

    Chaim
     
  22. SpeedRacerx

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    Sounds like Parks it will be. Also looks like I will have to order me some of Chaim's hardware... Thanks guys.
     
  23. Sym-Cha

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    My hardware? You mean Roy's perhaps .. I don't sell anything ... just assist anyone wherever I can in regards to OT lightsaber whereabouts and vintage parts knowledge :)

    Chaim
     
  24. roygilsing

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    Thanks, and yes, the MPP parts are next on the list for reproduction, like the shroud and possibly the clamp. I first have to investigate the details and possibilities (with Chaim's help!). I don't know when yet!


    Roy

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  25. SpeedRacerx

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    LOL. Oops, yes I meant Roy. Still learning who everyone is on these boards.. Sorry
     
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  26. Sym-Cha

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    Ha,ha no worries, mate ... and this is a picture of me ... taken with a real Crown Graphic Special 4x5" camera, which came with a G R A F L E X flashgun :

    [​IMG]

    Chaim
     
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  28. SpeedRacerx

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    My first flash arrived today! After starting this project, I've become fascinated with these old flashes. Thinking about ordering your t-tracks, but should I wait to see if you come up with any of your own plans for Vader parts?
     
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  30. roygilsing

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    Don't hold your horses! It will take a while before those are done. And if we'll manage that successfully at all! I haven't even started to investigate them yet. Sorry!
    And I know what you mean by becoming fascinated; I still don't understand what's gotten into me! I even find myself hunting the web for boots and robes now!


    Roy

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  31. roygilsing

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    Chaim, you're joking right? Did you really take a picture with that piece of antique?!


    Roy

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  32. SpeedRacerx

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    You should see my order soon then. In the meantime I'll keep looking for my clamp parts elsewhere. I hope you decide to do some new runs of parts. Your current parts turned out so well!
     
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  33. bill313

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    Received my t-track today. Great stuff! Thanks
     
  34. Sym-Cha

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    Ha, ha yes I did ... I had asked Alexander, my good friend who also bought a G R A F L E X 4x5 camera lateron, to take my picture on a 4x5" black and white negative film ... so it's authentic and as genuine as can be. He even developed the film and had it scanned for me :)

    [​IMG]

    I later purchased the Speed G R A F L E X with an adapted WW2 Special Surveillance Ektar Aero lens dating back to 1944 ... and shot some pictures with that too ... only not STAR WARS related :

    [​IMG]

    Chaim
     
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  35. Panaflex

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    Well, I guess we can finally put that old saw away about Star Wars guys having no respect for vintage camera equipment. Looks like we'll be the only folks around who'll know what these things are much less how to operate them.

    Very cool.
     
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  36. Sym-Cha

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    Thanks ... yes eventhough I got the flashgun first for Luke's conversion ... I then got very interested in the camera's themself ... heck I even purchased the book how to use them :

    [​IMG]
    (Picture from ebay ... my 10th edition is almost mint in condition)

    . . . + several vintage flashbulbs to pop :)

    Chaim
     
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  37. mugatu

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    Everything you've done is top notch! On the ESB Luke saber blueprint, you have it titled as Star Wars Episode II the Empire Strikes Back... were you making a reference to Empire being the second film at the time of its creation (as opposed to being Episode V)?
     
  38. roygilsing

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    Hi Mugatu,

    Thanks and yes: in the original ESB blueprints from the art departments they used exactly this text box with ESB referenced as being Episode II. Probably to prevent confusion or because GL wasn't very sure about the prequels yet!



    Roy

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  39. mugatu

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    Well, as I said, top notch work my friend. I just bought a 3 Cel Graflex Inc +Patent and I think I will be doing the Luke ESB build/conversion. I love all of your parts, so I'll likely be ordering your full ESB Luke package soon. Keep up the great work and make sure you let me know if you ever decide to design/engineer/fabricate the red buttons. I need two!
     
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  40. roygilsing

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    If you wait a little bit longer, I will add the option of a ESB set WITH red button. Not my own, but a Parks button that I will re-sell with the kit.The price will be good. I'm expecting to have them in stock soon. Hopefully this or next week.


    Roy
     
  41. mugatu

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    Excellent. Thank you. Please let me know as soon as you are able to ship them (or as soon as you have your final full ESB price with the red button).
     
  42. halliwax

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    chaim im a few weeks late to reply, but thats a killer photo!!
     
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  43. Sym-Cha

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    As I said earlier in another thread ... Roy you'd better add 2 red replica buttons in a full set then, because the Parks and a vintage red button don't really mix together . . . since the Parks are to new, shiny and chromed as opposed to the naturally weathered vintage, . . . not to mention the huge difference in sharpness of the 'knurling' on the edge and side :)

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    Chaim
     
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  44. halliwax

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    any tricks to weathering the new chrome? i know with brass you can let viniger vapor tarnis it, but was curious about chrome
     
  45. thd9791

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    please delete
     
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  46. thd9791

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    Aren't parks buttons attached with a thin threaded rod in the center? Real buttons have the threading around the rim, and they thread into the tube. There's nothing to screw the replica buttons in to?

    my mistake. some replicas are made to specs.
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  47. roygilsing

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    I'll wait until they're in. If they are similar to the replica in Tom's comparison pic, I'll be very happy. And I will investigate the weathering option too. Otherwise I will include the option to buy an additional second button. Thank you all for your input!


    Roy

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  48. PoopaPapaPalps

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    I eagerly wait for when you get around to tackling Vader's MPP parts.:ninja
     
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  49. scottjua

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    Parks has a replica part, that in most respects is just like the real ones. Obviously you can tell them apart if you know what you're looking at, but for function they're alike.

    The custom saber shop has the thumbscrew type, and it's not really that accurate at all when you actually see one in person... to ME at least. I THINK Parks also makes a thumbscrew version, but he uses his replica button as a base.

    Anyway, you can see a bigger version of my original pic, and all the replica vs. real stuff on my thread here:

    http://www.therpf.com/f79/graflex-variations-facts-vs-replica-144206/
     
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  50. thd9791

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    Those were YOUR comparison pics...they're on google now lol sorry.
     

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