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    Jan 2, 2017, 10:07 AM - Star Destroyer Capacitor Bearing (TFA) #1

    This is one of those props that had very little screen time but seems to have generated quite a bit of interest among the prop community.


    After someone identified the top half of this prop as the casing from a Tommy Walsh Precision Screwdriver set, I knew I had to give this a go.

    I began by picking up said screwdriver set from the local Poundland.


    To help the paint stick to the plastic better, I gave the lid a light sanding with some 150-grit sandpaper.
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    Jun 24, 2017, 7:37 AM - Re: Star Destroyer Capacitor Bearing (TFA) #2

    I finally got round to undercoating the top part of my capacitor bearing.


    I'm currently working on the lower half, so I'll let you know how that goes once I'm finished.
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    Jun 24, 2017, 11:58 PM - Re: Star Destroyer Capacitor Bearing (TFA) #3

    looking good so far, this is a very cool prop isn't it! keep up the great work
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    Jan 12, 2018, 11:35 AM - Re: Star Destroyer Capacitor Bearing (TFA) #4

    This thread must hold some kind of record for the longest build time for such a small prop!

    This week I finally had my model for the bottom half of the prop 3D printed.


    Using some of my trusty acrylic glue, I assembled the three parts of the collet. Next begins the tedious task of sanding the entire thing smooth before it can be painted.


    Thankfully, the tolerances on the ring were so tight that I was able to slowly work it onto the screwdriver lid without the need for any glue.

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    Jan 12, 2018, 1:20 PM - Re: Star Destroyer Capacitor Bearing (TFA) #5

    Any chance you'll release the files for the lower half?
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    Jan 12, 2018, 1:39 PM - Re: Star Destroyer Capacitor Bearing (TFA) #6

    propmainiac said: View Post
    Any chance you'll release the files for the lower half?
    Not publicly, no. Iíve had trouble in the past with my files being taken and sold without my permission. If you send me a PM with your email address, however, I will more than happily send you the .STLs - that way I can keep a better track of how many people have them.

    Iím almost done sanding the lower half now, I just need to figure out how Iím going to replicate that greeblie at the top of the prop.
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    Jan 12, 2018, 3:53 PM - Re: Star Destroyer Capacitor Bearing (TFA) #7

    Fantastic job! Looking forward to seeing your finished prop!
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    Jan 12, 2018, 9:45 PM - Re: Star Destroyer Capacitor Bearing (TFA) #8

    Thank you. I will do that
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    Jan 13, 2018, 12:18 AM - Re: Star Destroyer Capacitor Bearing (TFA) #9

    There was a real collet in the JY a couple days ago, may still be there.

    Also, this is a great little prop. I’m thinking of having anything go at one
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    Jan 24, 2018, 5:17 AM - Re: Star Destroyer Capacitor Bearing (TFA) #10

    I made the top greeblie for this prop out of some 1/4Ē dowel and basswood, then glued it into place at the top of the screwdriver cap.


    I then sanded the 3D printed collet until it was smooth and undercoated both parts in black paint (this helps add to the weathered look later on.)

    Looking at the Visual Dictionary photo, I couldnít help but notice how the top half of the prop is heavier than the lower half - just look at how it lies flat with the collet in the air.


    To replicate this myself, I filled the screwdriver cap with air-drying clay until it was heavier than the 3D printed part.

    Finally, I glued the two halves together:
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    Jan 25, 2018, 10:13 AM - Re: Star Destroyer Capacitor Bearing (TFA) #11

    For the ďspokesĒ around the collet, I first made a template for the angled cuts, then cut 6 strips out of basswood. These were then glued into place and undercoated.


    I just need to paint this now! What do you think?
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    Jan 25, 2018, 12:08 PM - Re: Star Destroyer Capacitor Bearing (TFA) #12

    Will you get some springs for greeblies int he collet? Maybe from a mini clothespin or something
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    Jan 25, 2018, 12:32 PM - Re: Star Destroyer Capacitor Bearing (TFA) #13

    Thatís the plan. I figured it would be easier to paint the collet and then add the springs after.
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    Jan 27, 2018, 7:37 AM - Re: Star Destroyer Capacitor Bearing (TFA) #14

    Finally, the fun part!

    With my capacitor bearing now fully assembled, I gave it a thick coat of dark silver paint. I imagine this is how the capacitor bearing would look as a brand-new component.


    Alas, this is a Star Wars prop, so in order to look the part it needs some heavy weathering!

    Using this screencap as a reference point, I began with a heavy brown wash to simulate decades of dirt and dust from the desert.

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    Jan 27, 2018, 9:29 AM - Re: Star Destroyer Capacitor Bearing (TFA) #15

    Looking great! The wash gave it a great touch of aging.
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    Jan 29, 2018, 2:34 PM - Re: Star Destroyer Capacitor Bearing (TFA) #16

    You're missing a part from the screwdriver set. You need to scred the lid on the set and saw off under the screw ring.

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    Feb 15, 2018, 6:48 AM - Star Destroyer Capacitor Bearing (TFA) #17

    rundown said: View Post
    You're missing a part from the screwdriver set. You need to scred the lid on the set and saw off under the screw ring.

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    Hmm, I never noticed that before. Oh well, itíll be far too much trouble now to separate the two halves and have to glue them back together again, for such a minor detail.

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