The only thing I can think of right now is that is will be the release of the first Episode VIII trailer. Of course, if they live stream the Celebration footage like they did the year TFA came out, we might get to see it a few days earlier.
For my version, it's all about the the folding handle, the spinning blades and the extending blade holders (which is not quite actually what it will do.. but close). This requires that certain sacrifices be made not only in screen accuracy but in how the saber electronics are setup. Right now the plan is to not have power from the hilt transfer to the blade LEDs. Instead I will use tiny 3.7V lithium batteries (like the 10280 for example) in the blade holders themselves. Non rechargeable for more run time. Then I will use tiny latching switches to turn on each blade. The blades will be 3/4" dia. thin-wall to start but may end up being 3/4" dia. thick-wall. I may have a Nano in the hilt for sound effects though. As for the spinning, I will use two RC motors, probably in the 200 size like 280s. The battery and speed controller for those motors will be on a belt or arm pack with wires leading to a glove with two palm contacts in it. When those contacts come into... contact... with the contacts in the hilt, it will start the blade to spinning. The blade holder extending will actually just be the two blade shapes that are 180 degrees apart from each other (the guard) on a ring that moves up and down the blade holder shaft. Springs will force them in the closed position while a thumb operated slide lever in the main hilt body (on a gear/teeth track w/torsion spring system that when you release the thumb lever, will slide it and the parts that push against the guard, back into place) will allow them to slide into the open position. As for the folding guard... believe or not, other than the fact that it's hard to machine such a large ring with a 4" lathe chuck, is a very simple mechanism to machine. It's just a normal hinge mechanism. That mechanism requires a stop so that it can't open further than 180 but that's not hard to do. The way to keep it open is the guard blades sliding into a slot in the ring, just like in the cartoon. I will use tiny earth magnets to keep it in the closed position. One half of the large disc is fixed and the other half rotates 180 degrees, just like in the cartoon.
Sweet! Thanks guys! I look forward to seeing a build of this? As for the Grand Inquisitor's lightsaber, is there some way to actually make is rotate like it does! That would be insane! Can't really think of how it could be done though.
I've been working on that functionality myself. Motorized, not a Lazy Susan version spun by hand. My version would have the same motions as the one in the cartoon. The blade holders would extend, the guard would unfold from a half circle to a full circle, the blade holders would retract and then the sucker would start spinning. Of course certain changes have to be made from the cartoon version to work in the real world. Also, while I have worked out most of the mechanisms in my head, I may not have the ability to machine them with my current tools. Also, I have no idea how to use any 3D rendering program which makes this project that much more difficult. You can only do so much with 2D designs on graph paper. Right now though, the hardest part is making the disc/rings (because of the large diameter) and finding the gears, wheels, rollers and axles to make the motor spin the disc.
I don't know if it's changed from season to season but if you mean the one in the latest season, that is actually a severely broken version of the first season Grand Inquisitor saber-staff.
I have not seen the broken Maul version made real yet. As for the Season 1 Grand Inquisitor saber, I have only seen a 3D printed version over at The RPF. It was in the closed guard configuration and I think it only had a blade coming out of one end. Most likely Disney has a version for their live performances as I know they made one for the Seventh Sister Inquisitor.
They have those shaver heads at bed bath and beyond where I live (including the ones with the "shredder"), if you are still having trouble getting them check that store. Definitely going to make a few plugs on my own.
You know, there's nothing wrong with making them on your own for yourself and there's nothing wrong with thinking the price is too high on a given thing (however that is subjective, not objective)... but to come in to someone else's sales thread and post something like that, something that could potentially take money out of the seller's pocket, is rude and offensive.
On the other hand, if this message was directed at Darkside Engineering in an effort to help him out with finding them for his blade plugs then all I can say is that I'm sorry if I misjudged you and that you should have sent that message to him via a private message instead of posting it publicly.
vectorguy bought a blade plug from me while rappelling down an active volcano crater. I was just doing it for fun but he muttered something about one blade plug to rule them all. I don't know. Anyways, after we got back out of the volcano he started acting weird and was all like "my precious" this and "my precious" that and would not let go of the blade plug for any reason. Perhaps I should be concerned and find out what this is all about but I got paid so who cares right? What's the worst that could happen?
Once while on vacation in a country that shall remain nameless (we extradite to there), I ran into Obi-Shane. We got to talking about Star Wars stuff and then went to check out the local establishments. Later, he went his own way. He told me all about what happened the next day when we met up for lunch. His mistake. Long story short, he gave me some blades in exchange for my silence. Dang good blades too. They look great and light up very nicely. Anywho, no one will ever know what happened... as long as Obi-Shane keeps supplying me with blades whenever I need them that is. Good guy that Obi-Shane.
Mainly it's how much wattage the soundboard is putting out to the speaker. Ideally, you would want the RMS wattage (which is MUCH less than peak wattage) that the soundboard puts out to equal the RMS wattage that the speaker is rated for, AT a specific Ohm rating for both. (RMS is less than Peak watts. Peak watts being how much the speaker can handle before going "poof!"). Using a car stereo amplifier and car stereo subwoofer as an example, let's say the speaker is a single cone speaker rated at 4 Ohms with an RMS rating of 300 watts and that it is the only speaker connected to the amp. In that situation, you need an amp that states that it can handle 4 Ohms and that states that it delivers around 300 RMS Watts at 4 Ohms.
With the little speakers we have in soundboards and with the soundboards we have available, we don't really get those options. We might be able to choose between 4 and 8 Ohms and 1 to 3 watts for the speaker but that's it. We can't choose the wattage and Ohms for the soundboard. Basically you just have to get whatever speakers the soundboard supports (Ohm and wattage wise) and that the soundboard creator specifies will work for his/her soundboard. I don't mean name brand though and some name brands are known to work better than others. I have used Regal speakers several times and think they are fine. I've never had one blow out on me. However others have and a lot of them prefer the Railmaster brand over Regal. As for which sounds better or louder, I don't know. I have four Railmasters sitting here that I have not used yet.
Just a note for the new peeps, this is an unlimited run, meaning that these blade plugs are always available... unless the shop is closed for vacations, maintenance or I am kidnapped by ninjas, taken to a remote mountainside in Japan and forced to train in the ancient art of invisibility and assassination. You know, the usual.
Just some more background info... There is also a United Cutlery "ninja-to" version in the Samurai 3000 line-up. It has a different blade and guard than the katana. Also, Arm on Fire was the first sabersmith to make a saber based off of the Samurai 3000. He made his many years ago and it was very cool. Also, the design of the Inquisitor lightsaber from the first season of Star Wars Rebels is heavily based off of the Samurai 3000 katana. *adjusts nerd glasses*
Once, while spelunking, my flashlight gave out. My cellphone had only 1 bar and 1% battery life left. Who did I call, why Darth Chasm of course. Who else? I told him where I was and he came to my rescue. When he got to the cave, he used nothing but his trusty LED Embedded Crystals to light his way. He found me in no time and saved me from the C.H.U.D.s. They're real I tell you! I'M NOT CRAZY! Anywho, I was so impressed with them that I stole them from him and ran away cackling like the madman I am... not. I now use them to frighten away the tiny brownies that live in the bushes in my yard (the brownies think that they are fairies and brownies are afraid of fairies).
DC was kind enough to hook me up with two of his awesome LED Embedded Crystals, a short blue with white LED and a long clear with common cathode RGB. I wired them up to my breadboard and well, check it out for yourself...
methos: Money can't buy happiness... but it can buy lightsabers, which is damn close
Mar 21, 2017 19:24:53 GMT -5
Rogue Five: Truer words, methos... truer words
Mar 21, 2017 20:46:30 GMT -5
ZahcStarKiller: Yeah I have to agree. I just happened to stumble across spot #1 on the orbital machining Obi TPM run and had the opportunity to purchase it. That is pretty darn close to happiness.
Mar 21, 2017 23:40:41 GMT -5