Let me begin by saying I love Starkillers and that was the main inspiration for this saber. Starkillers are pretty common now and I wanted to do something of my own. I decided going with run times and structural integrity over a really nice blingy crystal chamber on this one. It needed that Old trilogy feel to it, real world looking and used. I decided to go with a CF 6 +PEX for my first color mixing saber because I wanted this to also be a presentation saber that I could mix colors real time while the saber was powered up. I wanted it to be utilitarian and comfortable, not over complicated switches or blade plugs ( no hex wrenches or crazy grip needed to activate or use aux). I wanted the weathering to look natural and avoid using toxic oxidizing agents, it took me a while to come up with the guts but I dived in and went with a flame weathering. the inspiration on this came from motorcycle exhaust pipes that have been altered by the extreme temperatures. they turn lovely blues, purples, and golds. SD/soundboard access is a breeze, just unscrew the Mara Jade section and it slides right off.
Props to ARKM for the machining he did on the grenade section! ( Wish I had a lathe )
Vintage Graflex upper flash and vintage pins/button/ and eye. CF6 +PEX 18650 7.2 Lithium Ion pack TCSS RGB +lens TGS blade holder heavily modified TCSS activation box and Av switch 2.1mm TCSS high quality recharge port R.I.C.E port (drilled and tapped between the recharge and switch) HQ 4w max speaker TCSS speaker holder (modified) TCSS chassis disks, steel threaded rods and spacers
Pics have been White balance adjusted and now they look much more accurate to real life.
Nice looking interpretation, the graflex + grenade look great (I would just add some weathering to the activation box so that it would be like the graflex part ;))
I've had a few others give that critique as well. the aluminum won't take on the same characteristics sadly or I would have gone that route.
The theory behind the weathering is what sustains most of the heat from the blade, hence being more weathered than that of the handle. I might modify it in the future but for now I like it. But good eye m8!
Thanks all for the compliments guys! I'll do a video of it in the future when I get the time. I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out I have to say though.
I will also be working on it's sister saber pretty soon, looking forward to that project. I'll be revealing it here to you guys as well when she's done.
As long as you like it, that the most important Was really just a detail catching my eyes anyway. And the more i see it, the more I like that combo between Graflex and ribbed grenade... i'll keep that one bookmarked for future ideas ^^
That's wicked cool! Lots going on there. I for one, don't like the idea of the exposed crystal chamber of the traditional Starkiller - never thought it made sense. I love how your version is more "usable and combat-capable". Congrats!!
Last Edit: Mar 27, 2013 5:55:49 GMT -5 by Daddy Solo
Not sure what you mean by "a little more imposing" This pommel looks cool to me (only thing a bit strange to me is the sort of D ring holder coming out of it... but then again, it's just me)
I went with the lesser of the evils on that. I definitely did not want the D ring attached but I wanted a pommel insert that did not scream "Sound vents". This one did that less than all the others I felt.
By imposing , I probably should have said prominent. Something that stands out in someway.
Post by saberconcepts on Jun 28, 2014 18:45:29 GMT -5
Awesome saber. I too agree with a little weathering on the rest of the saber, although very lightly. Maybe enough just to look like it has been through it's share of hostile negotiations. hehe A little aluminum black can do wonders.
profezzorn: hey ARKM, did you ever write a that tutorial on the toner transfer method?
Jun 23, 2017 15:50:15 GMT -5
ARKM: *waves hand* "I'm not the slacker you're looking for"
Jun 23, 2017 16:24:16 GMT -5
ARKM: Sadly no. Well, that's not entirely true. I did finish writing it but did not perform the steps and take pics of said steps.
Jun 23, 2017 16:26:30 GMT -5
ARKM: So it's like "Step 5: Using the high temperature temp, tape the paper with the design on it onto the metal part to be etched."
Jun 23, 2017 16:26:53 GMT -5
ARKM: ... but there's no Pic 4.
Jun 23, 2017 16:27:10 GMT -5
profezzorn: from other things I've read it's just PNP blue with some heat and pressure applied, right?
Jun 23, 2017 16:37:26 GMT -5
ARKM: Some use that. I could not get successful results with it but others have.
Jun 23, 2017 16:47:16 GMT -5
profezzorn: so what do you use?
Jun 23, 2017 16:47:36 GMT -5
ARKM: I personally use glossy magazine pages. I just rip a page out of a magazine and put it in the printer. The pages have to be the right thickness for the printer though. Too thin and they rip in the printer.
Jun 23, 2017 16:47:42 GMT -5