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Re: How To Polish Your Luke FX
« Reply #15 on: November 07, 2005, 11:09:56 PM »
that looks nice, I really wish it was made that way and with a skinny neck not a fat neck

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Re: How To Polish Your Luke FX
« Reply #16 on: November 08, 2005, 04:32:12 PM »
That one isn't mine(look at the top post for the author ;))
but it certainly looks worth doing 8)

if I had spare time I would try it but that's a lot of sanding rubbing
or even dremel polishing... to get it all even :o

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Re: How To Polish Your Luke FX
« Reply #17 on: November 09, 2005, 02:34:43 AM »
If you saw my exploded view you'll see it's now got a set screw holding things
in place.

If you do a lot of polishing wher you'll actually remove the painted areas...
you may want to disassemble it to make things easier to handle especially
if your going to strip it completely to refinish in. ;)


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Re: How To Polish Your Luke FX
« Reply #18 on: November 09, 2005, 08:48:57 AM »
I briefly viewed the exploded view.. if I decide to take the saber apart I'll study it further.  The portions I polished were easy enough that disassembly wasn't necessary, but I agree to do the whole thing it would be helpful.   I don't plan on polishing any of the black areas though, but I am on the fence about polishing the orange ring under the emitter.  I'll probably just leave it alone, but somewhat curious how that would look. 
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Re: How To Polish Your Luke FX
« Reply #19 on: November 30, 2005, 08:26:40 AM »
Looks pretty nice. I would never do it because I want mine to be 100% original but it is tempting. What I don't understand was why MR made it from brushed metal instead of the chrome look in the first place if that's what was in the movie. Seems strange since they had no problem with the other sabers.


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Re: How To Polish Your Luke FX
« Reply #20 on: November 30, 2005, 08:45:59 AM »
from what I understand, the actual movie prop was milled aluminum, so the replicas and fxs to replicate the look and feel of the original to a degree.  There were never any Chrome ROTJ Lukes used in the movies, im sure.


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Re: How To Polish Your Luke FX
« Reply #21 on: November 30, 2005, 09:09:56 AM »
I think Anakin is right here in regards to the aluminum vs. chrome.

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Re: How To Polish Your Luke FX
« Reply #22 on: November 30, 2005, 02:08:53 PM »
Even with the brushed aluminum mine looks fairly shiny. I just watched ROTJ and the saber looks very polished but it could be a trick of the light. I personally like the brushed aluminum look since it sets it apart...and no fingerprints...cuts up the hands though. lol.


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Re: How To Polish Your Luke FX
« Reply #23 on: November 30, 2005, 05:12:47 PM »
Even with the brushed aluminum mine looks fairly shiny. I just watched ROTJ and the saber looks very polished but it could be a trick of the light. I personally like the brushed aluminum look since it sets it apart...and no fingerprints...cuts up the hands though. lol.

Yah, it's pretty rough on the hands on certain moves.  I've had to check mine a couple of times to see if I had taken of any skin! haha

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Re: How To Polish Your Luke FX
« Reply #24 on: November 30, 2005, 05:15:48 PM »
Even with the brushed aluminum mine looks fairly shiny. I just watched ROTJ and the saber looks very polished but it could be a trick of the light. I personally like the brushed aluminum look since it sets it apart...and no fingerprints...cuts up the hands though. lol.

Yah, it's pretty rough on the hands on certain moves.  I've had to check mine a couple of times to see if I had taken of any skin! haha

Anakin, have you tried with the gloves on...Or is it harder to swing with the gloves on?

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Re: How To Polish Your Luke FX
« Reply #25 on: November 30, 2005, 05:18:52 PM »
no, I haven't tried it with any gloves on yet.  I guess I should at least wear ONE black glove on my right hand to get that TRUE Skywalker feeling.

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Re: How To Polish Your Luke FX
« Reply #26 on: November 30, 2005, 05:20:23 PM »
no, I haven't tried it with any gloves on yet.  I guess I should at least wear ONE black glove on my right hand to get that TRUE Skywalker feeling.

That would look great...  ;)

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Re: How To Polish Your Luke FX
« Reply #27 on: November 30, 2005, 05:28:32 PM »
I have a pair of tight fitting leather gloves with minimal seams that work great with the sabers. They will probably protect the gold accents on the sabers somewhat as well. (Looks slick with just the right glove...I'm such a nerd. lol).


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Re: How To Polish Your Luke FX
« Reply #28 on: November 30, 2005, 05:33:10 PM »
What a great picture!  :o

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Re: How To Polish Your Luke FX
« Reply #29 on: November 30, 2005, 06:27:22 PM »
I shrunk it so it looks a little low quality, but these Luke ROTJ sabers seem to keep their core effect in photos even in the daylight. The pic I took a few posts up was in the morning next to my balcony door. I was surprised it didn't wash out the blade color. The gloves are pretty good. Some people laugh at a couple of pics because I pretty much have a Luke look and hair style so I dressed in black with the one glove and  my saber, then parted my hair on the proper side. All in good fun! The gloves were an odd find. They are mens gloves, but I found them in the suit section so I assume they are less clunky looking because they are leather dress gloves. No finger or palm seams and you can pick up a quarter with them so they work well with a saber. Great Jedi gloves. Just need some jack boots now. lol.