Post by ZahcStarKiller on Feb 12, 2017 0:30:27 GMT -5
Hey all, I found this online and it looks super cool. This company has little tritium bars in metal housings, and they come in a few different colors. For those of you that don't know what tritium is (very commonly used in firearm applications for glowing night sights), it's a radioactive isotope that glows without needing to be charged by light. It's rad.
I thought that these looked like something that could be put into a crystal chamber or blaster for a cool effect.
Cool find. It's almost the perfect size to use for the plasma gate in the Vader chassis. There's also a hole in the casing at the end so you could probably light it up more with a 3mm led. Go about 1:30 into this video to see what I'm talking about.
Last Edit: Feb 12, 2017 0:48:33 GMT -5 by scarecrow
Well, Hydrogen is not a liquid, so I am assuming this is radioactive water? H2O with one or two of the hydrogens as the radioisotope?
I'm a MRI technologist, started off as an Xray tech, and also went to Nuclear Medicine school. I'm not exactly a stranger to radioisotopes.
This gives off beta radiation. Beta isn't so scary so long as it's housed correctly. Beta can be powerful, but only at short distances. And can be stopped by thick enough plastic.
It's funny, because the analogy, even through school was, picture trying to fly the Millennium Falcon in a straight line through an asteroid field. It's not going to go far. Gamma or Xray could possibly get through.
I think you would be ok. I wouldn't lose the casing however.
"Tritium is an isotope of hydrogen, which allows it to readily bind to hydroxyl radicals, forming tritiated water (HTO), and to carbon atoms. Since tritium is a low energy beta emitter, it is not dangerous externally (its beta particles are unable to penetrate the skin), but it can be a radiation hazard when inhaled, ingested via food or water, or absorbed through the skin."
So *the beta particles* can't get through the skin (from a distance) and with the casing they provide (the plastic, not necessarily the outer decorative metal), the dose to you is likely 0
I give you the green light to use this in any of my sabers. lol. I declare it safe. Just don't puncture the inner plastic tube if you can help it.
The dose would be a one time dose that would last 10 (biological) half lives or 2.5 to 5 months, until radioactively "dead". Not the end of the world, given the amt, but beneficial to avoid. Play it by ear. lol
Man that chassis is freakin sweet! Is there an option to have the whole thing printed in metal? Perhaps I will install one in one of my two TGS hilts and a Darth Ryo chassis in the other!
Yes but you don't want to see the price tag. The whole chassis would be well over $1000 printed in metal. One of the larger parts was $450.
As cool as the tritium keychains are, I think I'll pass on the coolness factor. I'm not sure I want to get "dosed" every time I hold my saber.
I'll take my saber with a side of cancer please.
My biggest concern with these would be the brightness. I think the poly tube would light up better than these so why risk it. As far as the chassis goes, it's nice. I picked up a few and so far, so good. The wiring channels look tight but that seems to be the biggest obstacle. I'll find out soon. The only thing you'd need to print in metal is the crystal chamber. I got polished brass and they look fantastic. If you could cut your own fins you'd save a few bucks, too.
Printing the chassis in plastic works fine. You can paint it however you like. It's not going to look just like metal but close. It's safer than metal, as well. Fewer risks of shorting/grounding.
Zahc, I picked up a Goth master chassis on ebay for less than half price. Rhodium plated steel and brass crystal chamber. Looks nice. I'm actually considering using it for one of my Parks MPP's instead of a Graflex.