Lightsabers & Blasters Your Lightsaber

Discussion in 'Costuming and Props' started by Azure_Edge, Jun 17, 2002.

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  1. Darth_Adderall Jedi Knight

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    Jan 9, 2006
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    Funny you should mention that, Loreen. My first draft of this saber had a kind of egg-shaped emitter tip with "talons" reaching up, kind of like one of those old Meerschaum pipes. And I'm thinking I'll have to have them cut locally, I was fortunate enough to find a machine and tool shop here in town. I need to get on the horn with Strydur and ask him what he charges to sand down pre-fab MHS elements; my idea calls for essentially a four-piece MHS saber stuffed into a 1.5 in. tube with cutaways. I'm really not sure what's going on with the pommel, though. I may have to get it custom-cut. It's supposed to have speaker holes in it, around the skull-crusher spike. Structurally I realize this makes it a little less than sound, but I don't intend to be clubbing anyone with this thing.

    The only other REAL problems I have are working out the measurements on the emitter tip parts, and incorporating my idea for a cut-out plastic ball to go in there. I'm thinking I'll have to have three of four welded on first, then put in the ball, then do the last one. Oh, and getting all these parts painted promises to be fun, too. [face_tired]
  2. darthnave Jedi Master

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    Sep 5, 2005
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    I was thinking about ordering http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/sabers/Scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=92 but I was wondering on how I can put things on the hilt.
  3. Jedi-Loreen Jedi Master

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    Dec 2, 2002
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    Like what kind of things? The main hilt is sized so that you can put a chromed sink pipe sleeve on it and the pommel and blade holder are slightly larger to hold it on. You can do cut outs and things to the sleeve.

    I've seen more customizing done to these, if you can drill and tap holes for screws.

    And you can mix and match parts.

    Here's all the MHS parts I have aquired, so far......

    [image=http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b8/JediLoreen/Lightsabers/36450035.jpg]
  4. darthnave Jedi Master

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    Sep 5, 2005
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    Oh, I see. I was thinking hardware. Now I just have to get my hand on a dremel.
  5. xwingband Jedi Knight

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    Aug 25, 2001
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    I also believe it's 160 psi 1 1/4" PVC will fit over the MHS hilt too. With that you can make plenty of designs with the add-on parts and o-rings, etc...
  6. donsolo Jedi Knight

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    Jul 3, 2004
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    so waita second there Loreen... a regular sink pipe will fit over that ribbed MHS section? How tight of a fit is it?
  7. Darth_Adderall Jedi Knight

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    Jan 9, 2006
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    I'm hoping it'll be pretty tight, I don't want a gallon of bondo between layers in my design.

    Another thing: Anyone have experience adding "after-market" parts onto the MHS pieces? I'm thinking I'll have to make a small notch in a type-seven MHS emitter to seat my blade fins, held on with some JB Weld.
  8. xwingband Jedi Knight

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    Aug 25, 2001
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    The tube fits perfectly. It's designed to be held by the emitter and pommel so you are going need to secure it if it doesn't go all across the whole hilt. It will slide but that not because it's a loose fit.

    No one on the forums has shown doing anything more drastic than drilling and tapping holes to it... but it is solid aluminum. As long as there is enough thickness it will be fine. #7 would be fine if you notch it out lower on the emitter.
  9. Jedi-Loreen Jedi Master

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    Dec 2, 2002
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    The PVC that xwingband mentioned it a bit too large, you'd have to cut it down and secure it to the hilt somehow if you used it. I have a piece of it and it just slides over the whole saber with a little room inside to spare.

    Not a good fit like the sink tube, which is what the hilt is designed for.
  10. DERTHH_MAWLZ Jedi Knight

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    Aug 5, 2005
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    Please check out my MR Anakin AOTC hilt conversion to LED. I had gotten this a while back and it was dead. I removed the guts and took the working guts from a broken LED Anakin ROTS MR saber and put them inside. I had to extend the internal length of the guts another inch or so using some PVC so the battery pack reached the bottom of the hilt.

    The inside emitter is the ROTS Anakin emitter, you can see the top in one of the photos. I wish it stuck out more since it is a nice looking piece, but thats as far as it goes. A groove was cut in the internal emitter to allow the wires to go to the original switch. The space under the switch is very small, can barely fit the soldered wires.

    I had to widen the external emitter head hole with my dremel to get the internal emitter coming through it until it hit a larger lip to get stopped.

    The heatsink was homemade with washers and a bolt. It is a white 3 watt Luxeon LED with a color change disc, currently purple. I am currently using a leftover MR blade in it.

    http://www.deviantart.com/view/34708772/

    http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/34708804/

    http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/34708696/

    http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/34708818/

  11. RYAN-J Jedi Knight

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    Mar 28, 2006
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    Nice!! That looks very cool!

    RYAN J.
  12. Kev-Mas_Colcha Force Ghost

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    Dec 15, 2002
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    Here is my saber design :: [image=http://img210.imageshack.us/img210/9025/tt6bb.jpg]

    I was thinking of building it with an MHS Base, with a sink pipe over it, both painted with automotive paint to get the right color. And it will have Luxeon Blades as well.
  13. Ti-el_Terall Jedi Knight

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    Jan 11, 2006
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    Heres my first saber! I spent a total of $0 on this one but i plan on making some good ones soon.

    [image=http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f58/Ti-el_Terall/100_0415.jpg]

    I just slapped some stuff together including some pvc, part of a rubies vader shroud. I used my dooku kids blade so I could duel some of the little kids without hurtin them.

    [image=http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f58/Ti-el_Terall/100_0414.jpg]

    Its really big but this my first project using my new dremmel.

    [image=http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f58/Ti-el_Terall/100_0413.jpg]

    It ended up lookin alot like vaders ROTJ. On eof my fav sabers!

    [image=http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f58/Ti-el_Terall/100_0412.jpg]
  14. HardwareStoreJedi Jedi Master

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    Mar 10, 2006
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    I was at Sith*Mart last night...don't ask me why. (I call Wal*Mart Sith*Mart for obvious reasons.)

    However: they have something very interesting to us sabrecrafters, or at least to this particular sabrecrafter. METAL OLD-SCHOOL THROWBACK FLASHLIGHTS.

    Seriously, these are like a throwback to 1977 for me. They are made of aluminum, (I think) probably from Tsingtao beer cans. (Hacked by Chinese, baby!) They come in weird candy-colors: green, blue and red. However, I suspect this is a lacquer over the metal and probably could be buffed out. The reflector and the pommel are plain silvery aluminum, though. AND THEY HAVE A LITTLE O-RING ON THE BOTTOM, TOO!!!

    The price? $3.50 or thereabouts. I forgot the exact price but that's the ballpark.

    Greebled up with nurnies and grippy stuff, this could look outstanding. And of course, these have special meaning because my first attempts at sabrecraft the day after I saw SW (5/25/77, but of course!) entailed the modification of an old metal flashlight.

    I didn't jump on it, but I need to go back there. (Again, don't ask me why.) So I'm thinking of picking up a blue one and doing a little conversion.
  15. TheMuffin Force Ghost

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    Nov 4, 2005
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    Where abouts in the store were these? I might have to take a drive up to mine tomorrow.
  16. HardwareStoreJedi Jedi Master

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    Mar 10, 2006
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    They were up front, near the checkout counter, among the "impulse items."
  17. TheMuffin Force Ghost

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    Nov 4, 2005
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    Okie doke. I'll probably pick up a couple if they really pique my interest. See if I can't machine one to make it a bit more interesting.
  18. Mandalorian_General Jedi Padawan

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    Jun 16, 2006
    Hi everyone, here is my light saber, no money spent just a spare drain fixture, old wiper blade grips, an old alarm clock speaker and a painted broom handle.

    my saber 1

    my saber 2
  19. TheMuffin Force Ghost

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    Nov 4, 2005
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    Hmm Your links don't work.
  20. Mandalorian_General Jedi Padawan

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    Jun 16, 2006
  21. TheMuffin Force Ghost

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    Nov 4, 2005
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    Hmm.......I like it! Is that a speaker you have bent around the side? And what did you use for the top of the emitter? Looks like a rubber o-ring or rubber grommet.
  22. HardwareStoreJedi Jedi Master

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    Mar 10, 2006
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    Very nice. See, that's what you can do with a few bits of hardware!
  23. Mandalorian_General Jedi Padawan

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    Jun 16, 2006
    you will laugh when i tell you.
    rubber o ring is in fact a spare tire from a boss mustang model car, I thought the edges were sorta cool.
    and the speaker was a last minute idea I could'nt find anything else.
    I like it because its a stick you know "Home Protection" Yup and it's right beside my bed.
    anyway everyones light sabers look cool.. Great job=D=
  24. bladerunner_12 Jedi Padawan

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    Jun 17, 2006
    Hey, I'm new to the forum, so this is my first post. I've seen some really cool designs, some much better than I can hope to make. Anyways, I'm posting my first saber, which was a fairly cheap build, it cost a total of about $7 including a can of black spray paint. It actually started out as the handle of a really old fishing rod i had in my closet and the grip was already on it, i just added some PVC pieces, eye-bolt with key-chain ring, and these little rubber tacks you put under things so they slide, which represented the calculator bubbles from the original ANH lightsabers. It's not the best looking thing in the world but i considered it pretty resourceful.

    [image=http://img69.imageshack.us/img69/1065/dvc001510bl.jpg]

    [image=http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/7159/dvc001525hq.jpg]

    [image=http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/351/dvc001538ni.jpg]

    Sorry for the bad picture quality.
  25. Mandalorian_General Jedi Padawan

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    Jun 16, 2006
    I think that your light saber looks great. the handle looks perfect
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