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Offline Quaralane

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Kyrathalia's Deathcry-custom lightsaber build
« on: Mon May, 15, 2017, 12:20:AM »
All right, next up on the bench is a custom lightsaber hilt.
I'm naming it "Kyrathalia's Deathcry" after my Sith Sorceror in Star Wars: The Old Republic

It's going to be built using metal parts from The Custom Saber Shop's Modular Hilt System, electronics from Ultrasabers, and the pommel is a shower faucet handle from the Home Depot.
Blade will be a bright orange when I'm done

To get started, I mapped out the basics of the hilt design using TCSS MHS Builder


Once the parts arrived, I roughed out how the layout of the hilt would look in real life


A quick look at all of the components going into this build


Because of the way some of the parts were engineered, and with the LED module being already wired for a quick disconnect, I needed to modify the TCSS heat sink by opening up two of the side holes


Made an adapter from a nylon fitting that allowed me to connect the handle piece to the blank pommel section. This was all connected rather solidly with some JB Weld


Got the holes drilled and tapped for the covertec wheel in the grip, and blade retention screws in the emitter.
Also got the hole opened up for the switch housing.

The grip was partly masked off, as well as the thread section of the choke. These were then primered with flat black Krylon primer.
A coat of Testors Graphite Dust was added, and then they were hit with a coat of Kyrlon Crystal clear



Next up is a whole lot of electrical work

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« Last Edit: Mon May, 15, 2017, 12:48:AM by Quaralane »
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Offline BenHobbie

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Re: Kyrathalia's Deathcry-custom lightsaber build
« Reply #1 on: Wed May, 17, 2017, 11:39:AM »
Awesome work  ;)

If you need more advices I'm here ;)

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Re: Kyrathalia's Deathcry-custom lightsaber build
« Reply #2 on: Thu May, 18, 2017, 12:12:AM »
Thanks, Ben.
I may be looking for that advice. May have things figured out now, though
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Re: Kyrathalia's Deathcry-custom lightsaber build
« Reply #3 on: Sat May, 20, 2017, 07:35:PM »
Update on the buildup of "Kyrathalia's Deathcry"

Prior to installing the switch, I used my Dremel to make an inscription just above it.
The inscription, in Aurabesh font, reads "Peace is a lie," the first line of the Sith Code.
I printed it out on some blank decal paper and laid it on to act as a guide for the work.
That done, I scrubbed off the rest of the decal paper, and then highlighted the inscription with a black wash.


For the pommel, I opted to paint it up like a gem held in a metal mounting.
I painted the clear areas with a transparent orange, and then painted the 'claw' with Vallejo dark grey primer followed by Tamiya's Chrome Silver


Began wiring up the guts, including a trio of red LEDs for lighting up the pommel.


LIGHT test!
Initially, I had the wiring for my illuminated switch reversed. I fixed that and got ALMOST everything working.
Sadly, despite installing a resistor, my wiring job resulted in blowing the LEDs for the pommel


I sanded down the raised areas on the grip prior to assembly, along with adding some other sanding on the choke to add some weathering.
Got her all assembled, and then fired her up again.
We now have a finished lightsaber with a blazing orange blade

Finished build pics






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Re: Kyrathalia's Deathcry-custom lightsaber build
« Reply #4 on: Tue May, 30, 2017, 03:27:PM »
well done!

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Re: Kyrathalia's Deathcry-custom lightsaber build
« Reply #5 on: Tue May, 30, 2017, 07:09:PM »
Thanks, John
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