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Obi-Wan ROTS MHS Build

 
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BeeJay (Bradley Bristow-Stagg)
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 1:38 am    Post subject: Obi-Wan ROTS MHS Build Reply with quote

Overview
Thought I'd start a thread on my attempts to make an Obi-Wan ROTS Saber from the parts available from the fantastic Custom Saber Shop

So, lets start off first looking at the saber (Hereafter referred to as a MKIII)


Using this as a guide I used the fantastic M.H.S. Saber Builder WebApp to come up with this, which is pretty damn close:




Hilt Parts
One of the great things about the MHS Saber Builder is it will break down the parts for you and add them to the shopping cart. Using this feature we have the following breakdown of parts for the main part of the hilt (from rear to front):

MPS Pommel Style 3 $15.00 http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/MPS-Pommel-style-3-v1-P502.aspx
MHS Gear $22.50 http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/MHS-Gear-P395.aspx
"+PC Wet Black $12.50
2" Double Female Threaded Connector $9.00 http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/2-Double-female-threaded-connector-P121.aspx
Activation box style 7 $25.00 http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/Activation-box-style-7-P607.aspx
Natural Card $4.50 http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/Natural-Card-P352.aspx
Ribbed grooved choke combo $41.25 http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/Ribbed-grooved-Choke-Combo-P524.aspx
"+PC Wet Black $17.50
Screw on LED blade holder style 8 $27.00 http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/Screw-on-LED-blade-holder-style-8-P188.aspx These do not come pre-drilled for a blade retention screw. We do offer a service to add one in the services section

I'll still need to add a pommel cap, ring and Hilt Safety Plug


Electronics
I am still very much figuring my way through this section and this is by no means a complete list of materials for the electronics in this saber.

Seoul P4 LED & MHS Heatsink Module (Blue) $23.75 http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/Seoul-P4-LED-MHS-Heatsink-Module-P654.aspx
Li-Ion 18650 3.7V 2600mAh PCB Protected Rechargeable Battery Module $12.99 http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/Li-Ion-18650-37V-2600mAh-PCB-Protected-Rechargeable-Battery-Module-P672.aspx
MWS Pre-Wired Petit Crouton Sound Module V2.0 $149.99 http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/MWS-Pre-Wired-Petit-Crouton-Sound-Module-V20-P744.aspx
SPST Momentary tactile switch $1.50 http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/SPST-Momentary-tactile-switch-P261.aspx


Blade
LED "Corbin style" Battle blade 1" OD $39.99 http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/LED-Corbin-style-Battle-blade-1-OD--P198.aspx Quad wrapped


Chasis Mounting
As with the electronics, this is very much a work in progress.

Stainless 4-40 all thread x 4 $11.00 http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/Stainless-4-40-all-thread-P770.aspx
MHS speaker mount V4 $5.50 http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/MHS-speaker-mount-V4-P661.aspx


Accessories
Covertec Clip $10.99 http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/Covertec-Clip-P117.aspx


Total Cost
At this stage the current total is looking around $440 + shipping, but could very easily push past this.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 1:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now $400-$500 is a fair bit to lay down in one go, so I'm thinking about doing this as a Stunt Saber first, then converting to a Petit Crouton V2 or Crystal Focus (with RICE) if funds allow.

So what do we need for a Stunt saber?

Hilt, Blade, LED, Switches & Battery pack.

My intention is to kit this baby out with rechargeable batteries, recharge port, kill switch and auxiliary switch once the full sound board goes in, so I can either put them all in now and leave off the soundboard or put in a 4 x AA pack now and replace with rechargeable batteries later.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 6:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not sure you can fit 4AA batteries in there, some of those parts might be too narrow? You might have better luck with a single li-on Trusfire. You'll also need a latching switch for a stunt, not momentary.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 7:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmm looking at an internal view on MHS and using the dimensions there and the dimensions of the 4AA Holder, it would need some serious cram-fu.

I had originally intended the single Li-Ion setup but was looking for a possible way of saving some short-term cash on the stunt hilt. Hmmmm.

/goes.back.to.searching.tcss
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dont try to put in a 4AA battery pack, cause it will not fit in. You can use only a 2AA pack.

Heres a picture of my saber:

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

@Dara thanks for that Very Happy Think I'm going to get the hilt parts first, assemble it and scope out how much space I actually have and then go from there.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 10:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

@Dara how did you paint the top part of the choke and lower part of the emitter?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 11:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I will try to help and explain as good as possible, but beware my english is not the best... Razz

First of all, the 4AA battery pack will be too long and too big with assembled batteries for that build. I tried it myself... Wink The main problem about it are the smaller inner diameters of the pommel and the ribbed choke combo.
Have a look at this picture:





For the painting i used a simple airbrush system with different colors and it worked out very well. I think that is better than powder coating it, cause now i can do repainting every time it is needed.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 5:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a similar build in my custom saber. The main difference is the piece where the switch box goes that has the crystal chamber. I also didn't go with the extension that had the neck on it. Other than that the builds are similar.

I know when I got this made originally, the plan was to go with 2 AA batteries but the battery pack was too thick (although with a little shaving could fit). The 4 battery pack was way too long (especially with the crystal chamber and switches where I had them).

I think we ended up going with a custom built battery pack that held 2 14500 Li-Ions. They do have a AAA battery pack but I believe the 14500 Li-Ions last longer. I'd have to double check with my sabersmith. My current saber will last about an hour if kept on all the time. I did a long parade and it died towards the end...lol. Anyway, here are some pics.


















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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, Kodiak, that is a beautiful Saber!

BeeJay, keep up the good work. I'm surprised that TCSS don't have a few pre-designed saber setups for the movie sabers. I guess it's a copyright issue.

Good work, keep it up!
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2013 9:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

@Kodiak, damn very nice blade sir!

Well I've been reading, reading and reading some more and I've got to make some changes to my build list, it's becoming quite the journey now and it's very interesting stuff.

I'll update the build list shortly.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2013 11:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

@Kodiak: Gotta love Wade's work Cool

Other than that, I'd check out Sloth Furnace's work for inspiration Razz
http://slothfurnace.com/

Don't be afraid to push your boundaries when it comes to sabers.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 8:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't look at Sloth's stuff. It'll only make you feel small and petty. (His Ep.IV Obi is stunning)

TCSS can't ship the Li-ion batteries anymore; hazard during air mail. You might have to find a seller. That or get them boated over.
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