The New Hope Luke Skywalker Graflex Lightsaber
This evening, I shortened up my end screws, wired a preliminary LED into the crystal, and set my batteries and a temp switch in the battery canister.
Another shot, I love the color contrast between the blue of the light and the gold/yellow of the brass.
All spread out, I may mount it this way. I'll have to build a mount.
This is a quick sketch of how I think it will all go together. This design will evolve I am sure, but this is a nice roadmap.
I found some "super bright" rectangular LEDs at radio shack, and whittled them down almost to the diode.
You can see the small rubber o ring I have tossed on there to keep them together while I test for lighting. It's MUCH brighter than what I had.
So I set aside the first mounting ring I made and machined one that accepts my LEDs and O ring in vertical slots for the LEDs, and a ring inset for the O ring.
Here you can see the way it goes together.
It's MUCH cleaner, cooler, and brighter than what I had before. I will solder the ground leads from the LEDs to the brass, and use the positive leads to form a concentric ring around the whole setup, and solder a solid wire to that, and lead off to the battery pack.
Next, I will have to trim a bit out of my radiator for this to fit snug, and maybe shorten the radiator by a section or two.
So now I have my battery pack and sounboard installed, I need to pass the wires almost from the back of the chassis to the front.
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