I didn't get pics of all the kids projects as they were working on them. One kid made a crystal reveal, there were saber pikes. You can see my two teenage teaching assistants (those girls are in my saber conditioning and combat classes on the weekends) instructing the younger kids in soldering. Getting novice kids skills in soldering and skilled enough to make 16 sabers in 4 days. We had the new addition of NECree LED's donated by naigon as well as the skills to do leather working this year. 12 of the 16 sabers were color mixing stunt sabers while the others were specific mixed colors.
I love this more than words can express. Soldering is an invaluable tool and greatly overlooked in this community. Kudos to you and everyone else involved in this. How happy are those kids? Yeah, I've got a lightsaber. Oh yeah, I built it myself. Great job!
Those kids are pretty stoked. They were clacking them together with glee. Watching things go from concept, to scale drawing, to wiring diagram, to test circuit, to putting in the electronics and that final moment when they solder in that switch and it turns on.... it's pretty priceless. Cheers erupting from across the room and high fives.
The 6th grader that made the reveal chamber was so ambitious, that he did his all his dremmel work found his crystal shaped it with chiseling and made the slide mechanism in one day less than it took others to do it. He kept his to one color for how he did his matching led.
Some of these kids I ran through their initiate training the week before and were ready to build.
Last Edit: Jul 8, 2017 21:18:06 GMT -5 by whitmers
One of the 6th graders did this (his first time at this) and churned out this reveal. Did I mention this kid is 12? I only had a little bit of feedback and suggestions for basic mechanisms. He chose to battle damage it and had his specific idea on what he wanted.
Rogue Five: Hi Bentley! Where y'all been?
Sept 22, 2017 14:14:13 GMT -5
Rogue Five: Sandpeople-Cool! I don't have any of the Noble Collection swords but I have a few of the United Cutlery ones and they are superb replicas as they're modeled directly from the original props. If you're interested in buying another one, I highly recommend
Sept 22, 2017 14:15:08 GMT -5
Rogue Five: Anduril. I have one and it is gorgeous and sturdily made. I believe it is a full tang sword so you could swing it around without it flying apart. Trust me, you'll feel like the King of Gondor holding this thing lol.
Sept 22, 2017 14:17:54 GMT -5
ARKM: "full tang United Cutlery" is an oxymoron.
Sept 22, 2017 15:02:54 GMT -5
ARKM: That does not mean that they aren't nice for hanging on the wall though. I have a UC Kurgan sword. I like it.
Sept 22, 2017 15:05:02 GMT -5
Rogue Five: Yeah I wouldn't go looking for a fight with any wall hanger swords lol. I think Anduril and Strider's Ranger sword are the only full tang swords in the LOTR line.
Sept 22, 2017 15:42:13 GMT -5
Rogue Five: I looked into getting a functional Anduril from a custom swordsmith but no one I found made a screen accurate one.
Sept 22, 2017 15:51:24 GMT -5
Rogue Five: That Kurgan one is nice. Sword afficianados like to dump on it because it has a two piece blade and they're right but who cares! It looks bad a**
Sept 22, 2017 16:09:42 GMT -5