The New Hope Luke Skywalker Graflex Lightsaber
The original glass eye mount also serves as a large thumbscrew to tighten against the blade plug or blade when it's installed, to keep it all nice and snug.
ROCK! First try, the charging circuit is happy, all my wiring fits, the new grounding scheme works with the crystal mount, and so far no smoke.
It's getting there!
Grips, D ring, main blade left to go.
Here are a few pics in better lighting. The light coming through the hex grid in the glass eye is really something.
The hex grid gets distorted and refracted and looks super cool
, and the light spilling out of the crystal chamber is right on.
Here it is with the blade plug installed and lit, to show all the lighting when it's out of the saber skin.
I need to make the top LED holder and wedge into this space above the crystal, and this section will be done.
Here you see some spare parts. My intention is to construct an Empire Strikes Back version of this saber, so that the crystal chamber will interchange between the two. I also have a Return of the Jedi saber blank that I will move on to eventually.
I had to just go ahead and decide to make the D ring clamp. I couldn't find any that worked, and harder still to find the right metal, then lo and behold on the floor of my garage was some thin aluminum. I cut a section out and bent it around this rod that had the same diameter of my D ring, and placed it in the vice so I could round it over to the front, and crimp it under the roll.
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