Nothing new to add to the discussion about SW, but had to pipe in on GIJoe2. The only thing even memorable about that movie was the first few minutes. The interplay between Tatum and Johnson could've carried that movie so much further, it was an absolute fail to kill off Duke.
I'm not bitter... I'm not...
Yeah great move right? Killing off the main hero in only his second movie. At least they're not stupid enough to kill off Superman in his seco...oh wait.
Yeah but spoiler alert, Supes is coming back. They gave that away at the very end of Batman V Superman... and of course in the early '90s comics that covered his "death" (at the hands of Doomsday) and his resurrection.
That would be the default settings. That's always the starting point and what the manuals recommend. Depending on where the sound board is in the hilt can effect certain parameters so you start from the default settings and adjust from there. Sure someone may have posted "cookie cutter" settings for a specific board in a specific mass produced saber but that is not a guarantee that those settings will work for you. Good place to start though.
I would like to add that although my shop is currently closed to the general public, I will probably be upgrading the electronics in my cousin Jonathan's saber "Nemesis" and making a saber for a friend of his during the time my shop is "closed"... so if you see me post threads about that and go "What the heck ARKM? What gives?", well now you know. I gotta keep the relatives happy, lol. Besides, Jonathan's my drywall guy (he's being hanging drywall professionally for around 25 years or so) and I'll be needing him to help me do a ton of drywall work over the summer.
Thanks for asking. It means that it's NOT a limited run, meaning I will always offer these particular blade plugs. However I closed my shop down for the summer as I have a lot of construction work to do around the house so I am not taking any orders for these until my shop reopens. I am sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and hope that I can accommodate your blade plug needs in the future.
Some of you may already know this but according to a quote by Lucasfilm's Pablo Hidalgo in a Vanity Fair interview, Anakin/Luke's saber (just pretend they're the same because they are the same story-wise even though the props themselves differ by quite a bit) is now offically Rey's. The quote states...
"Either way, the blade is no longer considered Anakin’s lightsaber by the Lucasfilm marketing department. It has now been officially dubbed "Rey’s".”
This quote is mentioned on an episode of the Star Wars show here...
What does this mean? Well, from what we've seen so far, Rey appears to be using the Graflex saber in Episode 8 and this quote tends to hint that she may be using it in episode 9 as well. What does THAT mean? It means that eventually Graflex and Graflex replicas, especially with full installs with crystal chambers, will be selling at premium prices again, like they did when the trailer for TFA was released. Can we say cha-ching! boys and girls? Time to start thinking about selling them Graflex sabers.
I'm not into conventions but if they have it in Anaheim and you guys go, I'd go there too just to meet you fellas. And I'd definitely wanna hang with Ross. I get the feeling just by looking at him that that dude's a baller at these conventions.
Sounds like a plan. I just hope I have the money to go when the time comes.
I'm interested in the statement about the needs and budget of the dueling community. Please amplify?
The people we spoke to stated that for the most part, they want sabers that do not have sound, uncomfortable greeblies, switches, activation/control boxes or any internal goodies like fancy chassis with crystal chambers. Sure they don't want the minimal electronics that they do have to rattle around in the hilt but they also don't want anything inside the hilt that is meant for display like all the 3D printed and machined chassis with crystal chambers that we see nowadays. Also they stated that 1.25" dia. is preferable to the standard 1.5" dia. you see on most custom and movie/cartoon reproduction hilts. The other point was budget. They stated that they prefer inexpensive hilts that are easy to repair. For the most part they use Ultra Sabers hilts (though those tend to be bulky in dia.) and make them better upon receiving them. They also stated that they really don't need blade plugs as when they turn a saber on to show it off, a blade is inserted into the hilt. All of this is of course perfectly understandable as their purpose for sabers is dueling, not cosplay, replica props collecting or what have you.
Basically my observations over the years show four saber groups (really five but I lump two of them together as they seem to go hand-in-hand). Those groups are...
Custom sabers lovers: Those that like custom sabers and movie/cartoon replicas with a full electronics package and perhaps a fancy internal chassis with crystal chamber as well.
Prop collectors: Those that want the utmost screen accuracy possible, down to the smallest minutiae. Usually this means no electronics whatsoever. This group also seems to be fond of custom "hardware" sabers made from found hardware store and camera parts (also without electronics) and tend to not be fond of custom machined sabers of original design.
Duelers: Those that want sabers designed for dueling/sparring. Usually this means a saber with a blade that lights up but has no sound, no fancy internals and is comfortable to hold.
Fam Filmers: Those that want custom and replica hilts, without electronics but that can accept at least a 3/4" dia. blade, for use in a Star Wars fan film. The blade is usually meant to be "rotoscoped" over during post production.
All of these are of course just baseline generalizations and not meant to be 100% representative of every member of each group and of course there are many that belong to more than one group and that may use sabers for more than one purpose.
Well I went to Arizona and Phoenix Comicon again. I mostly stayed with my friend Ross in Sierra Vista, just like last time. This time however he went to the con with me. We met up with the distinguished Darkside Engineering at his house (awesome house btw) and went to the con the next day (Friday). It was there that we met up with the famous Obi-Shane. There was much walking, swords, and many strange and interesting things along the way. There was even a booth of sabers of ultraness led by an Emorite... though said booth was only there for the first two days of the con... but that is another story. Anywho, it was very reminiscent of Lord of the Rings. It was the first convention for both Ross and Obi-Shane. Amazingly, all that walking and high priced food did not deter them nor I from wanting to go to the next Star Wars Celebration convention in Anaheim, CA... whenever that may be. (I think we're all hoping for 2019). Below are photos I took along our journey. There are nowhere near as many photos as I took last time. Partly due to the possible lower level of attendance due to that disturbed individual who went to the con the day before us, armed with real and loaded guns, threatening to kill the actor who used to play the Green Power Ranger as well as several policeman and partly due to us hitting the vendor floor a little later in the day than when I went there in 2014. Thankfully no one was hurt but the damage was done. All weapons of any kind, no matter how fake, were banned from the con... except for the vendors which had to completely wrap or package any real or fake weapons sold, for the reminder of the con. As such, Darkside Engineering could not bring in his fantastic sabers but we went anyways and took in the sights. The first thing we did was attend a panel for the various saber dueling groups in the Phoenix area. Turns out their saber wants and needs (and budget) far differ from most of us on this forum. Twas enlightening indeed. Below is a pic of some some of those saber duelers. Darkside Engineering or Obi-Shane would better know who they are and what groups they represent. Perhaps they will chime in with more info on that...
After talking to them for about an hour after their panel ended, we got some high priced pizza and completely flat soda and then hit the vendor floor. Below are photos of but some of the strange and wondrous sights that we beheld...
Let's see who gets this one. I thought these two outfits were awesome. Here's a hint (from another character of the show)... "Danger zone!"
Wonder Woman and The Green Ranger.
Dr. Fate and Dawn of Justice armored Batman.
After perusing the local wares and strangely garbed folk, we were so tired that we left said con and ventured back to Darkside Engineering's abode, went out to eat, came back and watched Rogue One on Darkside Engineering's 4K DLP projector with 7.1 surround sound. Can we say awesome boys and girls? I knew you could. The next day we took pics of us being silly. For those that don't know, in the first pic below, Obi-Shane is on the left, I your humble servant ARKM am in the middle and Darkside Engineering is on the right. Ross is taking the pics of us.
Of course we could not leave Ross out...
Pics of Ross at his friend Aaron's place in Tuscon...
It was very cool to see my friend Ross and Darkside Engineering again and to meet Obi-Shane in person for the very first time. Cool dudes, one and all. Good times. Thus ends ARKM's 2017 Arizona and Phoenix Comicon adventure. As always, thanks for reading.
Bombarta, I had my shirt made by a local company. It's just iron on images. Any custom T-shirt place should be able to make it, no problem. Now if you mean make a shadowed version of the T-Rex that's just eyes and teeth or whatnot then ya, I can do that for you.
profezzorn: hey ARKM, did you ever write a that tutorial on the toner transfer method?
Jun 23, 2017 15:50:15 GMT -5
ARKM: *waves hand* "I'm not the slacker you're looking for"
Jun 23, 2017 16:24:16 GMT -5
ARKM: Sadly no. Well, that's not entirely true. I did finish writing it but did not perform the steps and take pics of said steps.
Jun 23, 2017 16:26:30 GMT -5
ARKM: So it's like "Step 5: Using the high temperature temp, tape the paper with the design on it onto the metal part to be etched."
Jun 23, 2017 16:26:53 GMT -5
ARKM: ... but there's no Pic 4.
Jun 23, 2017 16:27:10 GMT -5
profezzorn: from other things I've read it's just PNP blue with some heat and pressure applied, right?
Jun 23, 2017 16:37:26 GMT -5
ARKM: Some use that. I could not get successful results with it but others have.
Jun 23, 2017 16:47:16 GMT -5
profezzorn: so what do you use?
Jun 23, 2017 16:47:36 GMT -5
ARKM: I personally use glossy magazine pages. I just rip a page out of a magazine and put it in the printer. The pages have to be the right thickness for the printer though. Too thin and they rip in the printer.
Jun 23, 2017 16:47:42 GMT -5