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« on: May 28, 2002, 09:46:00 PM »

I don't know where this topic would go, so i might as well stick it here.  I thought of an idea to make a light saber replica.  Take a rechargable 12V battery, and hook it up to a cold cathode.  Make a futuristic looking handle and stick the battery, end of the cold cathode, and the wires in there.  The only problem is, you and your friends are going to have to buy a new cold cathode every time you duel.  I was thinking of using a cylindrical tube of plexi or acrylic a little wider than the cold cathode around the cold cathode to protect it.  Does anyone know where I could get a tube of plexi or acrylic?  Does this sound cool, or am I just an idiot?  If the plexi tube thing doesn't work out, you can still make some cool ornaments.
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« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2002, 10:03:00 PM »

lol. ROck On -  ItZ Ur World!
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« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2002, 10:08:00 PM »

Here you are.  Play nice.
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« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2002, 10:18:00 PM »

instead of a cold cathode you might wanna  think about placing a bunch of laser pointers and a little reflective mirror on the end to form the light sorce.......... but a cothode is a good idea never would have thought of that even though it is so obvious  
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« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2002, 11:40:00 PM »

lol! noice!

but you'll have to like get a titanium plated acrylic tube....cuz I can imagine this turning into an expensive sport..heh
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« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2002, 11:44:00 PM »

the real light sabers tubes can be purchased at beingseen.com

 http://beingseentechnologies.goemerchant2.com/nscgi-bin/BeingSeenTechnologies/catalog.cgi?Department=91%20EL%20Sabers%20Lightsaber&Cartid=41521022647173&Merchant=BeingSeenTechnologies

from what i gather from seeing the movie made  preview thing they just make a plastic handle and change it later and then cgi the light effects.


either way these would be pretty authentic and expensive so im not sure you would wnat to use it with out an acrylic cover
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« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2002, 01:02:00 AM »

Hmm...I hadn't seen the being seen link before...thanks for posting (though if there are images, they don't seme to be working for me, and if there aren't I'd really like to see some). That is quite expensive though...I don't understand why the longer bade is cheaper and runs longer either...

As for the hilt, I made one for the Episode II opening:

http://img1.ranchoweb.com/images/majikman/saber.jpg">

It wasn't very dificult, and was done in a rush (we started building, I think at 8 for a midnight showing). There isn't much room inside for batteries and whatnot, but it could be something to work on...probably wouldn't be to hard to figure out how to mount some acrylic tubes to the thing (or a better design), and to fit a battery/switch assembly into the whole thing.

I know in the origional trillogy, the sabre hilts were made from one of two different old camera flashes (I want to say one was called graflex, but can't remember the other). Those things are aparently fairly hard to find and very expensive if you can find them. I think the total cost for mine was around $30 and short of the tubing, that would have been enough to make at least 2 hilts, possibly 3.
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« Reply #7 on: May 29, 2002, 01:06:00 AM »

yep majikman you are right...

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luke's saber was a graflex 3-cell flashgun

and vadars was a graflex heiland(sp?) flashgun

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i have so much useless information locked away in my head...sorry to scare any of you.

dude.
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« Reply #8 on: May 29, 2002, 06:11:00 AM »

I would think you could mount a cluster of super-brite LEDs in the handle, and use them to light the 'blade' from inside.  I like the idea of the EL Sabers though, nice link brutal.
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« Reply #9 on: May 29, 2002, 03:26:00 PM »

The laser LED's would not work.  A light saber is actually white in the middle, with a glow around it.  The cold cathode would come closer to this look than laser LED's would.
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