This is a request to build a "Luke Skywalker" saber for a kid. It's meant to look like a graflex but with smaller dimensions and some requested modifications. The activation box will be bubble-strip like. One deviation from the norm was to have the box on top of the saber (aligned with the bunny ears), but I'm also going to add the option for it to mount on the right side for more a accurate configuration.
No sketch for this, one, but here is is modelled out for fit.
I liked the Teensy 3.5 + MPU-6050 + MAX98357 setup from my Seventh Saber so much, I'm using the same in this one.
The main body is turned from 1.375" OD / 1.0" ID tubing. The middle bit is where the "clamp" part is going to sit. The threads just to the left of the central bit are where the front sleeve will attach. The threaded section to the right is for the grip.
Cut this from a piece of aluminum bar stock and milled out the interior.
Then I drilled 7 holes and cut the leads off of 7 cheap LEDs, and voila. Bubble-type activation box.
Here's the bit of delrin that goes below the box. This will attach to the hilt with screws. The box slides over the top and presses down snugly against delrin. It is held in place with a set screw. The switch is activated by the led bubble second from the front.
The clamp sleeve and clamp block can rotate into one of three different positions depending on the look needed. The first position is directly on top of the saber, in-line with the bunny ears. The second two positions are on the right of the saber. One at 90 degrees and one a few degrees off of that.
The top button it turned out of delrin rod and threaded to engage with the 6-32 hole in the hilt. Knurled a small spacer and now there's a button on top (my knurling was a bit off). It's purely for show.
For the bottom, I'm forgoing the typical glass eye, and instead going with a smaller aux button.
I'm going to have to redo the wiring on the primary button, as you can see I got a little too happy with the lighter while setting the heat shrink on it. Other than that, it's ready to go into the saber.
jaltrooper: Hey guys! Dumb question...but are there any t-shirts available, or any other swag I can buy to support the Page?
Sept 23, 2017 8:52:58 GMT -5
ARKM: We have challenge coins. Contact Luke Skywalker if you want one.
Sept 23, 2017 13:50:47 GMT -5
Luke Skywalker: We never did any swag. There's never enough interest to even break even. My sponsor coin run was a huge success and helped us pay the bills well into 2018 and even gave us the money to fund a couple of one time costs we incurred this year.
Sept 23, 2017 16:23:33 GMT -5
Luke Skywalker: As for shirts. I really need to get one for me as well. I've been wanting one with our new logo since we changed over. My desire has always been that this is a site for the members. I consider you all my friends and have no desire to make a profit from
Sept 23, 2017 16:24:51 GMT -5
ARKM: Luke Skywalker, hit me up if you want the image I used for the front of my shirt.
Sept 23, 2017 16:25:38 GMT -5
Luke Skywalker: Site. I never intend to charge selling fees. The coin drive was a much better way to go imho. As for our logo, name and copywriter and TM's go. I have no issue with anyone wanting to use them. I ask two things. Please let me know prior. If it's crude
Sept 23, 2017 16:26:24 GMT -5
Luke Skywalker: and vulgar and casts us in a bad light I simply won't approve it. The other thing I think would be nice is that if our name is used on things like t-shirts that you do make a small donation to help support the site.
Sept 23, 2017 16:27:29 GMT -5
Luke Skywalker: My recommendation, and the place I will definitely go when I want to have a shirt done is TRA member defcon. Al's work is outstanding. Al is the Solo's Hold of saber bags and other fabric items. I've had him make me a couple of shirts and several
Sept 23, 2017 16:29:06 GMT -5
Luke Skywalker: saber bags. His merchandise is perfection.
Sept 23, 2017 16:29:32 GMT -5
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Sept 23, 2017 16:30:26 GMT -5
Luke Skywalker: ARKM what image did you use? Was it the one with SVD's glowing eyes? I'm really curious to see how our logo looks on a shirt. Defcon would certainly need to use the flattened simpler version. For a detailed logo I think you'd need it silk screened.
Sept 23, 2017 16:32:23 GMT -5