G.O.T.H. #07 - SF hilt conversion - Sinister core reveal Aug 21, 2014 10:26:32 GMT -5 Vektor, sandpeople, and 4 more like this
Post by Darth Ryô on Aug 21, 2014 10:26:32 GMT -5
Saberforge Sinister Prophecy Custom Build
with NEC's Spark
Despite a great decrease of my spare time since June, I could manage to complete this one.
This SF Sinister Prophecy has been sent to me in order to apply the same kind of mods I did in my 2 previous jobs (Core Tube, ...etc).
But I always seek improvement in my own work, so I went further in the chassis 3D design to make it look even better, I'll let this pic super heavy post speak for itself...
I also did another paint job on the hilt cause the original weathering was easily washing out in my hands, so the hilt was left with big un-weathered spots :(... But I'm glad I did, cause I like the red and black scheme a lot (coupled with a mix of polished and brushed aluminium sections).
Long story short, I think it turned out great (and I wasn't such a big fan of this hilt at the beginning... but not anymore, now I like it a lot ^^), and I hope the owner will be very happy with it
As usual, full Build log and description (much more high rez pictures) can be seen on my website
- Saberforge Sinister Prophecy empty hilt, with a few mods (cut in half saber, aux switch and Recharge port holes).
- Full new make-up with my fav color scheme, clear coat and mix of polished and brushed aluminium areas
- Custom core tube by my good bud Vektor (awesome collaborative work as usual), with additional cut job for the reveal on my side
- Completely custom 3D printed chassis, including crystal chamber with brass rods
- Spark Soundboard from NEC
- X-4 Led (RRRG Cree XB-D, with RR on C1 and RG on C2) by Tythos Ridge Customs
- Single 18650 Cell with recharge port
- Veco 2W bass speaker
(upcoming: 3D printed Kill Key and Blade Plug from my own 3D printer ^^)
And as always a "few" workshop build log photos / detailed description
Original hilt… which I cut in half
And after cleaning the weathering
I could process with the paint job
I designed a 3D printed switch and recharge port holder specific to this build (after drilling the holes in order to obtain the good match)
Aux switch (recessed between the groove in order to prevent accidental activation while holding the hilt)
and recharge port, recessed as well for a better look (while it still works fine when charging the battery)
And here the 3D printed chassis straight from Shapeways.
I had to make it in 2 parts, since the Core Tube ID was 1.15" ID (and it wasn't possible to integrate the speaker into a one piece chassis).
This new solution works perfectly and the speaker is still perfectly help by the chassis and Core Tube.
To save some space for the CC, I located the TruDrive board aside the switch (while still protected by the chassis).
Now let's make this chassis look better adding brass rods (2.9mm OD). 2 on each side and short rods above the chassis and in the CC part.
Here is the internal chassis completed. i'm biased but I'm particularly happy about how it looks
You can also see how clean the sound board install is, with no wires on top except the accent leds.
Testing time ^^
Now, on too the dremeling, sanding, hand-filing, heavy time-consuming part...
I polished the tube a bit and then brushed the aluminium to give a matte aspect to the tube (which match the brushed alum areas I added on the hilt itself)
And here the final look of the reveal core
Like what I'm doing for my personal builds, the crystal I used for this CC is a piece of glass eroded by the sea of my hometown (exactly here)
Definitely not the same look as Quatz or else, but the philosophical aspect of it is so much better I think ^^
Time to hook things up together and test again
When the pommel is removed, the CC looks cool too
But you can still have a glimpse of it when the pommel is in place, which looks nice as well
And everything is assembled back together...., we are finally done and relieved ^^
So thanks for watching, hope you like it