Lightsabers & Blasters turning toy sabers into useable props

Discussion in 'Costuming and Props' started by wiseguy360, Oct 16, 2003.

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  1. BruceM Jedi Master

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    Where would u get this. And what of the red buttons on these sabers that are supossed to be used for igniting the saber. What color should those be painted.
  2. Jedi-Loreen Jedi Master

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    Um, where you buy most spray paints.:p

    Most hardware stores like Lowes or Home Depot carry Krylon paints.

    I'd paint the buttons black or gold, get rid of the red, unless you like it that way.
  3. BruceM Jedi Master

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    Thanks. I see you mentined spray paint. How does that work in terms of details, like the grip on kenobi TPM saber.
  4. FETT-MAN Jedi Master

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    Put tape on it where you don't want chrome.
  5. BruceM Jedi Master

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    Thanks. Going to the store today, to add to my lightsaber collection. I am trying a double sided lightsaber by using Qui-gon Jinns saber twice, and then using hot glue gun, plastic model glue, and tape, which means spray paint as well. I am going to set up a website for my saber method when I get time, and a better camera, so probably end of march the site will be up.
  6. RYAN-J Jedi Knight

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    Here are pictures of mine:

    http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j201/RYJALI/Lightsaber%20Pictures/Luke_Skywalker_Lightsaber_1.jpg

    http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j201/RYJALI/Lightsaber%20Pictures/Luke_Skywalker_Lightsaber_2.jpg

    http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j201/RYJALI/Lightsaber%20Pictures/Luke_Skywalker_Lightsaber_3.jpg

    http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j201/RYJALI/Lightsaber%20Pictures/Luke_Skywalker_Lightsaber_4.jpg

    http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j201/RYJALI/Lightsaber%20Pictures/Luke_Skywalker_Lightsaber_5.jpg

    If you have any questions let me know!!

    RYAN J.
  7. FETT-MAN Jedi Master

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    Couldn't you just make a hardware saber? That way you could be more original and not have to go through the trouble of gutting the sabers and all that.
  8. BruceM Jedi Master

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    Ryan J: Nice saber. I am assuming that is a repaint of Kenobi episode 3 saber, which I have gutted. But how did u get the blade in. Mind telling me how you did that?
  9. Jedi-Loreen Jedi Master

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    I don't see how you can think that's an Obi-wan Kenobi EP 3 saber. It says right on the links that it's a Luke Skywalker saber. Seems like you should be able to recognize the difference, if you are a Star Wars fan, but maybe not everyone can.
  10. BruceM Jedi Master

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    Are you doubting my faness ?!?!?!?!?!? I know the link says it is a luke skywalker, but I asked if it was a repaint OF the kenobi RoTS 20 $ saber. Plus, a while back, in the OT visual dictionary, it says that Luke's RoTJ saber is modelled after Kenobi's RoTS/ANH saber.

    I just went to the store, and they didnt have what I needed for a double sided lightsaber. So I got two obi-wan sabers from TPM. Since my other one was rather old, the end cap was easy too take off. But this one is fricken new, so it is harder to take off. How do you take off the cap, since time is against me, as I havent had it long enough for the end cap to get loose. And I got the metal on plasctic paint mentioned above, just sprayed two sabers.
  11. robt666 Jedi Knight

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    should of just made a hardware saber. if you wana fight with the toy sabers I do not think any glue will hold up after hit after hit. + you can make a hardware saber your own, not have a saber that every one knows what it is.

    Here are just 2 hardware saber I did just for some stunt work for a fan film. they cost under 15bucks each and have a colored Polycarbonate blade. they were made in just a few mins. No sence in make'n some great looking saber if it is just for stunt work. the good looking ones go on your belt. the junky ones get the P1ss wacked out of them.
    [image=http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h11/Sl2280/104_7747.jpg]

    [image=http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h11/Sl2280/104_7739.jpg]
  12. FETT-MAN Jedi Master

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    That first one looks almost exactly like Sidious! The second one's similar to Anakin's, but that first one looks just like Sid's. :-B
  13. BruceM Jedi Master

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    Nice sabers. Here is one of my modified hasbro sabers. Keep in mind, the paint job is not done yet, and dont worry, the blades are of proper length
    [image=http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g308/brucem91/DSCF2358.jpg]
    [image=http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g308/brucem91/DSCF2357.jpg]
  14. FETT-MAN Jedi Master

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    No one wouldn't happen to have some kind of reference showing the inner workings of one of those 'locking' sabers, would they? If I knew what was inside the saber maybe I could find a better way to dismantle it. Man these things are impossible to take apart, but I guess that's what you get with toys meant for little five year olds to wack around.

    Looks good, Bruce! That's exactly how I'm going to paint mine. Also I'm probably going to take off the belt clip and replace it with a covertech wheel if I can.
  15. BruceM Jedi Master

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    Thanks. Which hasbro saber are you dismantling, TPM Kenobi, Qui-gon, or AoTC/RoTS Anakin. I know a little of the working, and for the ones above, I pulled them out from the bottom.
  16. BruceM Jedi Master

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    I now have 2 1/2 almost complete saber sets. When I say set, I mean a stunt prop with a blade, and a beuty prop without a blade. My blades are about 34-36 inches long, so that shouldnt be a problem. Yes, I know my blades are rotoscoped, but I did it because what is the point of having a blade if it cant be rotoscoped
    [image=http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g308/brucem91/YaYmoresabers.jpg]
  17. FETT-MAN Jedi Master

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    I have the Anakin ROTS, the one you've got rotoscoped red in that pic.
  18. RYAN-J Jedi Knight

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    The one I used was an old 1995 Luke Skywalker Lightsaber. I gutted it and then took the peice of pvc and stuck it as far down as it would go inside the handle, Then I cut a little off the top of the PVC so it was the same length as the movie versions. I then drilled a few holes in the handle and through the PVC so I could stick Screws into it to keep it in place. I put a plastic washer in the Emitter end so it wouldn't wobble. I'll take some pictures of it all taken apart so you can see.

    RYAN J.
  19. FETT-MAN Jedi Master

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    Well this afternoon I got bored and once again tried to take apart my saber. Many times prior I've failed to get any results. But today I am happy to say that I'm very close. Usually I try pulling, ripping, or twisting the blade out... but that hasn't happened. But today I went with a different approach: trying to remove the orange button. But what I didn't know was that this button was attached to a metal rod that went all the way down to the end of the hilt. A plastic piece held the tip of this rod in place, so simply pulling it didn't work. Through trial and error I pulled and bent both the button and the rod. But it seemed like it was impossible. Then I said "Screw it!" and went outside to grab the saw. After sawing away most of the blade (down to about roughly 2", including what's in the hilt) I could finally peek into the hilt itself. There I found what the problem was: the rod was attached at the bottom. So then I took some hedge clippers and finally managed to twist the button off. But I still had that rod in the way. Then I grabbed some plyers and yanked on it. It's a good thing I had it pointing away from my face, because once I snapped it loose it shot right out. So now I have the nearly empty hilt that has a hole where the orange button used to be, and about 2" of blade stuck in. My question now is how should I get what's left of the blade out of there?!
  20. BruceM Jedi Master

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    If you read this post, I would have been able to tell you that without all the trouble you went too.
  21. FETT-MAN Jedi Master

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    Pulled them out from the bottom? How'd you get the end cap off? That thing won't budge!!!
  22. BruceM Jedi Master

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    One of the laws of thermodynamics: Everything leads to disorder. So having the sabers for a while made the cap looser than a new saber, even though I still had to struggle. I know a little of the workings on all three styles:

    TPM Qui-gon: Bottom cap can be taken off, probably the easiest, but am not looking at it right now
    TPM Kenobi. The bottom cap is harder to take off, I reccomend getting into a lightsaber fight with it, and it should get loose, espiccaly if you fight on a street and the saber falls. I beleive that the emmiter can be taken off, I have one at my friends house I forgot to bring home, should get it tomorrow and check, dont feel like using my prop ones for tests.
    AoTC/RoTS Anakin. Not sure about this saber at all, may want to get someone to help you with that.

    I am setting up a site called 6dollarsabers, which all my info/pics/tutorials will go on. Due to lack or rescources now, I didnt get chance to take pictures during saber consctruction, so when I get new handles, I will take pictures as content for the site. The site is at www.freewebs.com/6dollarsabers but will get changed for free to 6dollarsabers.co.nr

    Yes, I know the site only has like two lines of typing. I know basic html, and used it for my other site, but lack of pictures led me to only create two temporary lines.
  23. FETT-MAN Jedi Master

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    I've tried everything, that last segment of blade is stuck. I think it's because the blade is doing this /\ and the inside of the hilt is doing this \/, which means the blade isn't coming out. Once I get the blade out (if) that'll work great for what I plan to do with it... but for now it is my enemy!:mad: I think I'm going to give it to a friend of mine who has a lot of machinery in his garage, to see if he can't do anything with it. Oh, and the paint job is practically ruined, luckily I'd planned to redo that anyways!
  24. RYAN-J Jedi Knight

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    Here are those cut-away pictures i mentioned:

    http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j201/RYJALI/Lightsaber%20Pictures/Luke_Skywalker_Lightsaber_6.jpg

    http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j201/RYJALI/Lightsaber%20Pictures/Luke_Skywalker_Lightsaber_7.jpg

    http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j201/RYJALI/Lightsaber%20Pictures/Luke_Skywalker_Lightsaber_8.jpg

    http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j201/RYJALI/Lightsaber%20Pictures/Luke_Skywalker_Lightsaber_9.jpg

    http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j201/RYJALI/Lightsaber%20Pictures/Luke_Skywalker_Lightsaber_10.jpg

    RYAN J.
  25. BruceM Jedi Master

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    Nice pics. Listen, the kenobi saber is very similiar to your saber. How did u get the emmiter off. I have all the screws unscrewed, but couldnt pull it out. And I almost drilled a hole in my left hand trying to break an obsticle on the anakin RoTS.
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