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    Jan 11, 2018, 9:21 AM - Re: ANH Skywalker Lightsaber Scratchbuild (metal - PIC HEAVY!) #101

    You're very welcome @The14thDr ! I don't know that I could call it "DEFINITIVE" since they're not all 100% the same, but I could average the measurements I give or just list 4 different sets. That's a lot of time though. These little bits here and there have been fun however, so Who-nose (that's a Dr. Who reference in case anyone thinks I don't know how to spell knows).

    It would be fun to see if there are any drafting supply stores left and to draw all these parts up on a sheet of vellum and frame it. Now THAT sounds like a lot of work. Definitely not happening today though!

    I have to find some better photos of the new Roman's Gen 2 Red Button and the new TGS Red Button and make a final descision on which one to purchase so that I can get started on my Obi-Wan Grafluki Lightsaber. TCSS finally got the Bunny Ears back in stock last night and I ordered it up right then and there! Which leaves the Red Button as the last piece I have to get.

    Then I still have to finish drawing up my Chassis and finalizing my Crystal Chamber so that I can have all my measurements ready when I download Fusion 360 and start trying to make a model to have 3D printed to drop into my lightsaber.

    Well, off to it then! Have fun making your Bulb Holder!
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    Jan 13, 2018, 3:22 AM - Re: ANH Skywalker Lightsaber Scratchbuild (metal - PIC HEAVY!) #102

    I did make a start on the bulb holder yesterday, but after realising that the top of the emitter was completely incorrect, I had to put that on hold until I could get it fixed.

    In the meantime, my 3D printed parts arrived!

    This was the easiest way for me to accurately recreate the clamp lever with the skills and equipment available to me.

    Using the blueprints on wannawanga.com as a guide, I created a basic model and had it printed in white PLA.


    To make up for the lack of detail in my 3D model, I took a file to the lever until I got a more accurate shape. After an undercoat of grey acrylic, I painted the lever silver.

    I wasnít too interested in having it pivot, so I went right ahead and epoxied it to the side of the clamp.
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    Jan 15, 2018, 11:43 AM - Re: ANH Skywalker Lightsaber Scratchbuild (metal - PIC HEAVY!) #103

    The print for my TFA-style glass eye arrived the other day. After sanding the whole thing to make it as smooth as possible, I glued it to the lightsaber before painting silver.


    For the glass eye itself I used a 13mm-diameter acrylic gem, simply glued into place at the centre of the surround.


    Obviously it isnít perfect, but I think it will make a nice placeholder until I find something more accurate.
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    Jan 15, 2018, 3:35 PM - Re: ANH Skywalker Lightsaber Scratchbuild (metal - PIC HEAVY!) #104

    For the new-and-improved emitter, I built a simple frame consisting of a cardstock cylinder with a metal ring glued in the centre. To fill in the gap between the two rings, I used plenty of hot glue before painting the entire thing black.


    I wanted the glue to be slightly bumpy and uneven, to give the impression that the emitter had slowly been melted and warped by the lightsaber blade through its excessive use during the Clone Wars.



    Still not perfect, but Iím a lot happier with this than I was before.
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    Jan 15, 2018, 6:07 PM - Re: ANH Skywalker Lightsaber Scratchbuild (metal - PIC HEAVY!) #105

    The14thDr said: View Post
    For the glass eye itself I used a 13mm-diameter acrylic gem,
    Hey @The14thDr ! That'll work! Just sand off all the facets and polish it and it will look great!

    p.s. Lightsabers don't melt... they melt other things. But it's good that you're thinking of backstories for your lightsaber!

    Are you going to add the screw between the rectangular cutouts?

    And how did you get the concentric circles in the Glass Eye's Bevel?
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    Jan 16, 2018, 9:36 AM - Re: ANH Skywalker Lightsaber Scratchbuild (metal - PIC HEAVY!) #106

    Ridire Firean said: View Post
    Are you going to add the screw between the rectangular cutouts?
    Of course! Although with the PVC pipe being directly behind where the screw needs to be, Iím reluctant to be drilling any holes around that part of the lightsaber, so instead the plan is to just glue a screw head into place.

    Ridire Firean said: View Post
    And how did you get the concentric circles in the Glass Eye's Bevel?
    I wish I could say that was intentional, but itís really just the print lines where I didnít sand the the inside of the bevel properly.
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    Jan 17, 2018, 9:40 AM - Re: ANH Skywalker Lightsaber Scratchbuild (metal - PIC HEAVY!) #107

    I finally made a start on the bulb holder!

    Using @Ridire Fireanís measurements, I cut out three strips of aluminium. I filed the first two to create 3 tabs which I bent up at 90 degree angles.


    I then curved the three strips around a paint bottle lid that luckily had the same diameter as the bulb holder on a real Graflex.


    After assembling the the three pieces with epoxy, I attached the bulb holder to the inside of the lightsaber shroud.


    Aside from a couple of small details, this prop is now complete! Iíll be sure to take some more photos over the next couple of days, in the meantime Iíd love to know what you think!
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    Jan 17, 2018, 1:36 PM - Re: ANH Skywalker Lightsaber Scratchbuild (metal - PIC HEAVY!) #108

    The14thDr said: View Post
    I finally made a start on the bulb holder!

    Using @Ridire Fireanís measurements, I cut out three strips of aluminium. I filed the first two to create 3 tabs which I bent up at 90 degree angles.
    https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...b7294288cc.jpg

    I then curved the three strips around a paint bottle lid that luckily had the same diameter as the bulb holder on a real Graflex.
    https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...5a5b44b7a0.jpg

    After assembling the the three pieces with epoxy, I attached the bulb holder to the inside of the lightsaber shroud.
    https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...fd3e615ecd.jpg

    Aside from a couple of small details, this prop is now complete! Iíll be sure to take some more photos over the next couple of days, in the meantime Iíd love to know what you think!
    Can we get a shot of the whole thing in all it's glory?

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    Jan 17, 2018, 3:32 PM - Re: ANH Skywalker Lightsaber Scratchbuild (metal - PIC HEAVY!) #109

    Pretty cool. I tried to do those little bends on the two side pieces, but whether I did before or after putting the curve in the metal, it turned out bad
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    Jan 17, 2018, 3:40 PM - Re: ANH Skywalker Lightsaber Scratchbuild (metal - PIC HEAVY!) #110

    jjohnson916 said: View Post
    Can we get a shot of the whole thing in all it's glory?
    Sure thing! Iíll be posting lots of beauty shots either tomorrow or the day after, depending on when I get the time (or if this dull weather holds off long enough to get some decent photos in the natural light!)

    Tan Djarka said: View Post
    Pretty cool. I tried to do those little bends on the two side pieces, but whether I did before or after putting the curve in the metal, it turned out bad
    Trust me, it wasnít easy. I did the little bends first, but then as I was curving the metal I had to curve a small section at a time, then hammer the tabs back down, then curve the next section, and so on. It took about an hour altogether just to do the two side pieces.
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    Jan 19, 2018, 5:56 AM - Re: ANH Skywalker Lightsaber Scratchbuild (metal - PIC HEAVY!) #111

    As promised, some photos of the finished saber:







    Itís by no means perfect, but for my first lightsaber build (not to mention my first time working with metal!) Iím extremely proud of how this turned out.
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    Jan 19, 2018, 3:06 PM - Re: ANH Skywalker Lightsaber Scratchbuild (metal - PIC HEAVY!) #112

    Turned out great @The14thDr ! The lines on the clamp really sell it.
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    Jan 19, 2018, 9:53 PM - Re: ANH Skywalker Lightsaber Scratchbuild (metal - PIC HEAVY!) #113

    Great job!
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    Jan 19, 2018, 11:09 PM - Re: ANH Skywalker Lightsaber Scratchbuild (metal - PIC HEAVY!) #114

    Hey @The14thDr ! What happened to the teeth/knurling on the toothpast cap in the part of it that's pointed towards the bunny ears? I never noticed that section was missing teeth there.

    Congratulations on completing your first lightsaber build! Just imagine how cool your next one will be. I'm looking forward to seeing it!
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    Jan 20, 2018, 10:01 AM - Re: ANH Skywalker Lightsaber Scratchbuild (metal - PIC HEAVY!) #115

    Building these can be addicting!
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    Jan 20, 2018, 12:31 PM - Re: ANH Skywalker Lightsaber Scratchbuild (metal - PIC HEAVY!) #116

    Looks great. The only thing I'd suggest is rotating the clamp a little so that the activation box is just a bit above center (like the real deal). Other than that, it's one fine saber.
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    Jan 20, 2018, 1:32 PM - Re: ANH Skywalker Lightsaber Scratchbuild (metal - PIC HEAVY!) #117

    It has been a great build and really impressive for a first one, I would suggest that you could sandpaper the tube , the card clamp and the emmiter clamp , that could add to the look even more, the sanding has to be perpendicular to the tube and in just one direction , I understand that may be with some item already glued it could be difficult. Otherwise, I'm amazed.
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    Jan 20, 2018, 4:57 PM - Re: ANH Skywalker Lightsaber Scratchbuild (metal - PIC HEAVY!) #118

    Wow, I never expected so many people to be interested in my little old build!

    rwe626 said: View Post
    Turned out great @The14thDr ! The lines on the clamp really sell it.
    propmainiac said: View Post
    Great job!
    Thanks guys, it really means a lot!

    Ridire Firean said: View Post
    Hey @The14thDr ! What happened to the teeth/knurling on the toothpast cap in the part of it that's pointed towards the bunny ears? I never noticed that section was missing teeth there.

    Congratulations on completing your first lightsaber build! Just imagine how cool your next one will be. I'm looking forward to seeing it!
    The problem with the toothpaste cap I used is that the ďknurlingĒ only goes around 3/4 of the circumference (I just tried to keep that out of the photos if I could help it ) But Iím keeping my eyes peeled for a better alternative. Things seem to be progressing much faster on my TFA/TLJ Luke lightsaber, and Iím already trying to decide what my next project might be (maybe a prequel saber?)

    propmainiac said: View Post
    Building these can be addicting!
    Tell me about it! If I had the time or resources, Iíd have a whole library of scratch-built lightsabers by now! ESB Graflex, TFA Graflex, ANH Vader, ANH Obi-Wan.... the list goes on.

    Tan Djarka said: View Post
    Looks great. The only thing I'd suggest is rotating the clamp a little so that the activation box is just a bit above center (like the real deal). Other than that, it's one fine saber.
    Awesome, Iíll do that right away. Thanks for the suggestion.

    Fabian 71 said: View Post
    It has been a great build and really impressive for a first one, I would suggest that you could sandpaper the tube , the card clamp and the emmiter clamp , that could add to the look even more, the sanding has to be perpendicular to the tube and in just one direction , I understand that may be with some item already glued it could be difficult. Otherwise, I'm amazed.
    Great, thanks for the advice. Iíll be sure to try that at some point this week - it might help improve the finish on the tube and make this look even better sat on my shelf.

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    Feb 14, 2018, 4:00 PM - Re: ANH Skywalker Lightsaber Scratchbuild (metal - PIC HEAVY!) #119

    propmainiac said: View Post
    So I found this today searching for a glass eye alternativeAttachment 779544 they are 5/8 diameter which I think is pretty close the the size of the glass eye.
    Too bad for the diameter ... I thought it was THE alternative ... :P

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