I have received the empty hilts and have already sent them to the installers (within 3 days). MH has already begun his installs and I will begin mine this week. The ones shipped to the other 2 (well known) installers should arrive this week and then those installs can begin as well.
For those who requested the pixel upgrade, I had to machine the emitters (internally) to accept the PCB holder since they were originally designed for a Tri-Cree. I did this for everyone at no extra charge.
The "wobbly" emitter issue that MH noticed has been resolved. I have tested one with a 7/8" pixel blade in it and swung/smacked it and nothing appears amiss now. Once again, the mod was done at no charge (on ALL hilts).
The first phase of installs are for those who have been active in this thread since 2020. The second phase will be for the rest. Final payment (the final installment) will be due upon completion of your saber. All will be paid to ME (as I have been the holder of the coin for this project) and I will pay the installers.
First group is:
1. Manny (off site)
4. Modern-Day Warrior
5. joker (was Darth Dimitri)
6. Mace Windu (Nightstorm)
8. Darth Imperium
14. Dark Lord of Sushi (was Watto)
The second group (those who have not been active and I have to track down):
18. Anakin Skywalker
20. cavjo...White FoC
21. Darth Maul...White FoC
Finally, for those who NEED a 7/8" Pixel blade (or regular 7/8" blade), it will be a separate transaction. You can PM me if you want one. They are $109 for pixel and $32 for Gelu with bullet tip + shipping. You are NOT REQUIRED to purchase a blade. I am making them available as a service for those who need them.
Previous Update below:
So these are back from the anodizer. MH will be sending the hilts out to the installers next week. All 4 installers are MC or Guild members here at Fx and are known commodities. We will handle the installs as follows:
The people who have been active in this thread since the beginning of 2020 will be finished first. That is 16 people. 4 installs per installer and the installers have been randomly assigned. Timeframe? We are shooting for 2 months from the time that the installers receive the hilts. We are still waiting on a custom part for the pixel installs, so those could go a little longer, but with how long this has taken, we are definitely in the home stretch. For those who are getting pixel installs, they do NOT include a 7/8" pizel blade. I am willing to look into procuring them for those who need them, but they will cost extra.
Once this group is finished, MH and I will try to get ahold of the people who have not logged in here in a long time.
Most may not remember what the amount of the final payment for this run is. It is $600. In light of what has gone on, MH and I have crunched the numbers and are able to lower that to $400 and end up square. In other words, all profit is now gone from the run. We will call for the final deposits once the hilts have been finished by the installers. I will collect the final deposits at the same payapl address that the other payments went to (I'll provide it at the time).
Finally, for those who are getting non-pixel sabers, we are also automatically upgrading you to RGB Tri-cree instead of BBW (that is so 2016 after all)so that you can dial in the exact blue that you want and the FoC color that you want.
I think that covers it for now.