Is this the 5th year of running this thread. Why yes, I think it is. I will need a little help this year from all my fellow saber enthusiasts, making sure entrants are properly vetted, as I have been lurking for the most part during 2016. I know I am eager to see all the delectable sabers crafted in 2016.
So lets review some of the rules once again
1. Nominations - Saber nominations can be made by anyone. The saber nominated does NOT have to be yours. If you have a particular favorite, put it up for nomination.
2. Hilts They can either be fully loaded with the top electronics and do-dads, or can be static hilts. It can also be a saber line created in 2016.
3. Year of Finish Only hilts finished between 01/01/2016 and 12/31/2016, or lines of sabers that 1st became available to purchase in 2016 (First Runs) are eligible. Sabers must be in their final form, (so empties awaiting a planned install would not be eligible)
4. How to nominate? Simply post in this thread the name of he hilt you wish to nominate (remember it can be a hilt you made/one you own/or just one you really admire that someone else made). If you have access to any pictures please post them, but with clear reference of who the creator was. If you don't have access to pictures, post the thread (Its fine to post links to other forums here as well as facebook) so that we can all get a look at the hilt.
5. How many sabers can I nominate? Each member can submit up to 3* hilts.
6. When Does the nomination period end? The Nomination period will be from 2-7-17 to 2-21-17
7. Where will we vote? After the nomination period finishes, a new voting thread will be created.
Last Edit: Feb 15, 2017 19:32:30 GMT -5 by Nico Diath
Thanks Nico for doing this! Here's two of my nominations for best sabers of 2016:
1) Unnamed Gary Morris build - Let's call it the Gary Morris Relic 2016. Gary Morris is one of the best and this saber shows why. Beautiful design.
2) Cannonflex (#1) by Ross Arbuckle - built with vintage graflex slave head, vintage canon y flash, vintage green glass eye from military nuclear panel, custom machined pommel, kobold d-ring. This is made from scrap - just like the OT sabers. The light shines through the green glass eye and forms a nuclear symbol, and a switch on side can adjust light off. Just an amazing, unique piece of sci-fi art. HARP has it in his hands right now and will do a killer reveal.
Post by Ahsoka Tano on Feb 13, 2017 1:51:06 GMT -5
1. Solo's Hold Ahsoka Tano Clone Wars Hilts
This run was very impressive, and it was quite the feat for Aaron to pull it off in such a short timeframe. IMO, these are the best CW Ahsoka hilts in existence.
2. Vader's Vault "Blademaster's Shoto." This is a custom "Combat Class" hilt that I purchased during the last RTS sale. It features a Luke Hero emitter and an Ardent body. I currently have a "Hero" version of this saber in the works.
3. Roman Props "Inception" (Obi ROTS)
To the best of my knowledge, this is the first accurate Obi ROTS run to be successfully completed. The hilt is absolutely stunning.
I see this getting accolades as of late - what differentiates it from the Korbanth? Is PP new or been around awhile?
The 1st Parks/Korbanth version is very inaccurate. It was modeled (poorly) from the rubber stunt that was on display at Star Wars Celebration (the one labeled as 3D printed but was actually cast rubber) BEFORE the movie came out in theaters. This rubber prop had some serious imperfections such as downward and outward drooping side emitters. This means that not only did they droop down, they also weren't 180 degrees apart from each other so when you look down from the top, it looked pretty weird. Also, the area between the pommel fins were solid and not cut-out. Parks decided not to wait until the movie came out and for some completely unfathomable reason, decided to consider that horrible rubber stunt as screen accurate... in every way. As such, he modeled those imperfections into his design. He also got other dimensions wrong when making the prop, making it look thinner than normal. The Parks/Korbanth Kylo Ren is also cast aluminum, meaning molten aluminum being poured into a mold as opposed to being machined from solid aluminum. This is an inferior process to machining aluminum and can often lead to detail loss and rougher surfaces.
The Phoenix Props version was originally modeled by guabe of the Replica Prop Forum for 3D Printing. From what I gather, he used screenshots from the trailers, the movie and pics from the various Kylo Ren lightsaber toys and published media to model his version. He refined his version several times and it appeared to everybody to be as accurate as possible to the screen used hero prop. At some point, guabe was approached by Phoenix Props to use his design for their version. He agreed and Phoenix Props made their own versions from CNC machined aluminum and with the option to have a couple parts be either 3D Printed plastic or CNC machined aluminum. His versions ended up looking much better than Parks/Korbanth in every way but were of course, much more expensive.
Later, a company in England called "PropShop" got the license to reproduce and sell screen accurate movie props from the Force Awakens. They supposedly had access to the original 3D files used to make the screen used props or at least had access to screen used props that they could laser scan into 3D models. Their props were so prohibitively expensive that the company went under after only a few months of selling the TFA props. One of the props they sold was the Kylo Ren lightsaber. This version turned out to be larger than both the Parks/Korbanth and Phoenix Props versions. The majority of the prop community has decided that this one is truly screen accurate.
Thats said, both Parks/Korbanth (I really bet Korbanth wishes we would use his business name of "Sith Planet" instead of his ebay and forum username, lol) and Phoenix Props are doing new runs of the Kylo Ren lightsaber and both are supposed to be more screen accurate than before. Of course the Parks/Korbanth version will most likely still be cast, the Phoenix Props version will still be CNCed and there will still be a large price difference between the two.
Wow. Thanks for that background. I'm not a huge fan of the cross guard but good to know. I love the style of the saber though and prefer the non cross guard version they came up with during the brainstorm.
Well, I said that the full install is out of my price range. Just the hilt plus paint job is $900 (850 Euros), so two payments of $450.
That's not impossible.
Better yet, go with the empty: 2 x $367. Have someone more local paint it.
I noticed there are quite a few people with v1.0 currently unloading theirs as fast as they can, empty hilts and completed sabers alike, most likely to get in on this run.
Jordan Eugene of SoCal Sabers says its his favorite saber currently.
Personally, I love the Kylo-Starkiller mash-up HARP did and would nominate but I think he did his first one in 2015. A second one was done in 2016 I believe. Speaking of which, someone needs to nominate at least one HARP saber for 2016! He did so many great ones...
This is one of my favorite parts of the IRA, being able to nominate and vote for these sabers. There have been some amazing ones so far for sure, definitely inspirations for some of us more novice builders.
I went through my entire post history for the year and picked out my favorites of the ones I commented on. Without further ado, here they are (in chronological order)
www.imperialroyalarms.com/thread/6860/rebel-twins Darth Alice is sick and I have a build nomination from him every year so far, and this year is no exception. I had to include these as my jaw dropped when I saw them, and dropped again when I figured out they were full metal oval pipe and what work would be required to make that happen.
Ram Kota by Kouri
www.imperialroyalarms.com/thread/7145/rahm-kota-engraved-stand This was just a great work. The hilt started as an ultra sabers, but with all the work put into it I think it would have been just as easy to start with raw aluminum. The machining, finishing, and install are great on this hilt, and while it doesn't feature a create reveal or any such thing it just screams nice hilt overall.