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Space can you share where you are buying some of your materials? Like your LEDs from what website? Your foam diffuser and the 8 pin DIN plugs? Even some guides on how you install your 8 pin DINs? I have searched and searched for these steps and I feel like everyone leaves it out (trade secret?)

The DIN plug link is right in the user manual for CF LS 6.5 on 'Erv's website Plecter Labs. Just look up the user manual and look at the PDF. There is a link there. If you live outside the UK, then try to find the same connector from someplace else or the shipping will be very high.

For the foam, the only place I know to get it is to cannibalize MR or Makoto foam.

As far as a guide on how to install, eventually I want to make video but right now I have no time. I try to take a bunch of pics to show progress but as far as actually when I'm putting it together requires both my hands. So I'll need for someone to be over my house while I'm making one willing to film me, or I need a mount for my phone to film me making it but it isn't a priority to do that right now. I'm still very much experimenting with many LEDs from different websites and different colors etc.

Check out Hotwingz00 posts in the Plecter Labs section of this forum which helped me tremendously he came up with some cool ways to mount the DIN plug and he tested many colors already and there are links in that thread for where to buy LEDs
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Im digging the yellow blades ;D
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Im digging the yellow blades ;D

Check back pretty soon I will have a full main yellow string done up with white FOC  :D
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The DIN plug link is right in the user manual for CF LS 6.5 on 'Erv's website Plecter Labs. Just look up the user manual and look at the PDF. There is a link there. If you live outside the UK, then try to find the same connector from someplace else or the shipping will be very high.

For the foam, the only place I know to get it is to cannibalize MR or Makoto foam.

As far as a guide on how to install, eventually I want to make video but right now I have no time. I try to take a bunch of pics to show progress but as far as actually when I'm putting it together requires both my hands. So I'll need for someone to be over my house while I'm making one willing to film me, or I need a mount for my phone to film me making it but it isn't a priority to do that right now. I'm still very much experimenting with many LEDs from different websites and different colors etc.

Check out Hotwingz00 posts in the Plecter Labs section of this forum which helped me tremendously he came up with some cool ways to mount the DIN plug and he tested many colors already and there are links in that thread for where to buy LEDs
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So have you ordered any DINs in the United States yet? And ok sounds good I understand it can be a process that requires a lot more time. I guess when I get there I can post and see if anyone can help.

I have also looked through a lot of Hotwingz00 posts and it has given me a lot of great ideas, but just still unsure about a couple of things, Thanks for the info though.

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The DIN plug link is right in the user manual for CF LS 6.5 on 'Erv's website Plecter Labs. Just look up the user manual and look at the PDF. There is a link there. If you live outside the UK, then try to find the same connector from someplace else or the shipping will be very high.

For the foam, the only place I know to get it is to cannibalize MR or Makoto foam.

As far as a guide on how to install, eventually I want to make video but right now I have no time. I try to take a bunch of pics to show progress but as far as actually when I'm putting it together requires both my hands. So I'll need for someone to be over my house while I'm making one willing to film me, or I need a mount for my phone to film me making it but it isn't a priority to do that right now. I'm still very much experimenting with many LEDs from different websites and different colors etc.

Check out Hotwingz00 posts in the Plecter Labs section of this forum which helped me tremendously he came up with some cool ways to mount the DIN plug and he tested many colors already and there are links in that thread for where to buy LEDs

So have you ordered any DINs in the United States yet? And ok sounds good I understand it can be a process that requires a lot more time. I guess when I get there I can post and see if anyone can help.

I have also looked through a lot of Hotwingz00 posts and it has given me a lot of great ideas, but just still unsure about a couple of things, Thanks for the info though.
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Yes I got some of those same DIN plugs off Amazon but I had to order a buik amount. I ordered ten of them... not sure if you want that many but you can check there. Let me know if you have other things you need help with.
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CLASSIC RED STRING BLADE (no FOC) #1 (SB#11)




This is a new blade I constructed using 8mm Red LED's for the first time:


MHS Compatible 'Classic Red' Lightsaber Blade for Plecter Labs Crystal Focus LS

MHS Compatible Classic Red LIghtsaber String Blade for Plecter Labs Crystal

It is a solid-looking red but I thought it would be brighter. The 8mm whites are blinding... like Thundarr's Sun Sword, so I just thought the 8mm reds would blind me also. However, this is one of the cleanest constructed blades I've made so far.

Main blade
66 8mm Classic Red 2.1 v 100 ma 360 degree viewing angle
Seriallel Class III 9x9x12x12x12x12
FOC strip=none

Foam Diffuser
TCSS thin walled blade tube
TCSS blade diffuser
TCSS bullet tip




FARFALLA GOLD STRING BLADE with White FOC #1 (SB#12)

Gold blade one segment test:


Finished blade:


FOC:



Main blade
100 5mm Farfalla Gold 3v 50 ma 45 degree viewing angle
Seriallel Class II 8x8 8x8 8x8 8x8 8x8 10x10
FOC strip=72 Cool White 45 degree 3mm

Foam Diffuser
TCSS thin walled blade tube
TCSS blade diffuser
TCSS bullet tip



POWERFUL GREEN (no FOC) #1 and #2 (SB#13 & 14)


This is the 8mm strings under construction:


POWERFUL GREEN #1 (SB#13)


This is the first 8mm green blade I've constructed. The results are very impressive.



Main blade
74 8mm Powerful Green 3.4 v 100 ma 360 degree viewing angle
Seriallel Class II 5x5 6x6 6x6 6x6 7x7 7x7
FOC strip=none

Foam Diffuser
TCSS thin walled blade tube
TCSS blade diffuser
TCSS bullet tip



POWERFUL GREEN #2 (SB#14)


This is the second 8mm green blade I've constructed. The results are even better than the first one. Only real difference here is this one has a rounded tip instead of a bullet tip.
Check out some videos I took of this one:

MHS Compatible 'Powerful Green' Lightsaber String Blade #2 for Crystal Focus LS

The blade at night:
MHS Compatible 'Powerful Green' Lightsaber String Blade #2 Night Time Test -

And the blade this morning with light coming through windows:
MHS Compatible 'Powerful Green' Lightsaber String Blade #2 Day Time Test -


Main blade
74 8mm Powerful Green 3.4 v 100 ma 360 degree viewing angle
Seriallel Class II 5x5 6x6 6x6 6x6 7x7 7x7
FOC strip=none

Foam Diffuser
TCSS thin walled blade tube
TCSS blade diffuser
TCSS rounded tip




COOL WHITE with GREEN FOC(SB#15)


This one is for a customer on Youtube. He has asked for a white main string in cool white with a green FOC string. Here is the white main string in progress:


Here are the segments in line, the customer wants a 37 inch blade:


And here it is shrink wrapped in plastic, segments 5 and 6 have a denser LED structure for an imitation flair effect toward the hilt side:


Update: 5/12/15- Blade is complete and wrapped together with the FOC green string:



The finished plug:


The main Cool White blade:


And the green FOC:


Videos of this completed blade:
White Blade, Green FOC - YouTube

White String Blade with Green Flash on Clash for Crystal Focus LS - YouTube

Cool White String Blade with Green Flash on Clash for Crystal Focus LS Saber

And here is a video of this saber with a protective Makoto Safety Foam outer tube:
Makoto's Safety Foam for 1 Inch Diameter Lightsaber Blades - YouTube

Main blade
106 5mm Cool White 4v 100 ma 45 degree viewing angle
Seriallel Class II 8x8 8x8 8x8 9x9 10x10 10x10
FOC strip=72 Green 30 degree 3mm

Foam Diffuser
TCSS thin walled blade tube
TCSS blade diffuser
TCSS bullet tip




CLASSIC BLUE STRING BLADE with PURPLE FOC #1 (SB#16)

Blue blade half segment test:


Main blade wrapped with FOC strip above it:


Starting to wire it up:


Video of finished blade:

Classic Blue Lightsaber String Blade for Crystal Focus LS - YouTube

Classic Blue Lightsaber String Blade with Purple Flash on Clash - YouTube

Main blade
102 5mm Classic Blue 4v 50 ma 45 degree viewing angle
Seriallel Class II 8x8 8x8 8x8 8x8 9x9 10x10
FOC strip=66 Red 45 degree 3mm

Foam Diffuser
TCSS thin walled blade tube
TCSS blade diffuser
TCSS bullet tip
32.5 inches




IMPERIAL WHITE with COOL WHITE FOC #2 (SB #17)

White 5mm 360 degree main blade with White 3mm FOC for Revan Reborn's Sentinal Master Saber reconstruction project conversion to CF LS

Here is the blade under construction:


And here I'm getting ready to attach the modified DIN plug male side:


And here is the finished blade:


Videos:
White Blade White FOC for DJ - YouTube

First person POV video:
String Blade for Crystal Focus: First Person Point of View - YouTube

Some day conditions indoors:
DJ's Imperial White String Blade with White FOC in Day Time Conditions Indoors -

Main blade
96 5mm Imperial White 3.3v 100 ma 45 degree viewing angle
Seriallel Class II 8x8 8x8 8x8 8x8 8x8 8x8
FOC strip=72 Cool White 45 degree 3mm

Foam Diffuser
TCSS thin walled blade tube
TCSS blade diffuser
TCSS rounded tip
32 inches (approx. 30.5 inches exposed)




DOUBLE RED (SB#18)

2 Strings of red 3mm 45 degree LEDs wired in Seriallel Class III, no FOC
5/18/15: Strings side by side unwired and unwrapped


UPDATE 6/5/15


Dual blades are wrapped but still not wired together:


Almost completely wrapped/wired:


Here is the hilt side of the blade getting ready to have the DIN plug wired:


Here is a video of the Double Red blade before I put it into foam, inner diffuser, then the blade stock:

Double 3mm Lightsaber String Blade - YouTube

UPDATE 6/8/15: Blade is complete


Check out a video explaining and showing this blade here:
Explained: Double 3mm Red Lightsaber String Blade for Plecter Labs Crystal Focus

Main blade
228 3mm Red 2.5 v 50 ma 45 degree viewing angle
Seriallel Class III 6x6x6 6x6x6 6x6x6 6x6x6 6x6x6 8x8x8 X 2
FOC strip=none

Foam Diffuser
TCSS thin walled blade tube
TCSS blade diffuser
TCSS bullet tip


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LIGHT SHOTO in IMPERIAL WHITE with AQUA FOC (SB#19)


Both the FOC blade and the main blade are coming together here:


The complete blade finished:


The FOC is kind of hard to see in the picture:


A video blade test after it has gone into foam but before going into the blade diffuser and outer blade:
White Light Shoto Lightsaber Blade for Plecter Labs Crystal Focus LS - YouTube


Check out a video explaining and showing this blade here:
Explained: White Light Shoto Lightsaber String Blade w/Aqua FOC for Plecter Labs

Main blade
80 5mm Red 3.8 v 100ma 120 degree viewing angle
Seriallel Class II
FOC strip
52 Aqua 3mm 18 degree lens LEDs
Foam Diffuser
TCSS thin walled blade tube
TCSS blade diffuser
TCSS rounded tip




ROGUE BLUE STRING BLADE with AQUA FOC #1 (SB#20)

Blue blade half segment test:


The main blade lined up and wrapped, but with no wiring at this stage:


Nearly complete main blade assembly:


Constructing the Flash on Clash strip using 3mm Aqua LEDs:


Attaching the FOC strip to the main blade assembly:


The full FOC strip attached to the main blade test:


Video of the blade test before final stages of foam, inner and outer diffusers:

Lightsaber String Blade Test: Blue Main Blade with Aqua Flash on Clash - YouTube


Video of the awesome finished blade:

Rogue Blue Lightsaber String Blade for Crystal Focus LS with Aqua FOC - YouTube


Main blade
98 5mm Rogue Blue 4v 100 ma 120 degree viewing angle
Seriallel Class II 8x8 8x8 8x8 8x8 8x8 9x9
FOC strip=76 Aqua 45 degree 3mm

Foam Diffuser
TCSS thin walled blade tube
TCSS blade diffuser
TCSS bullet tip
36.5 inches




AQUA NEW HOPE STRING BLADE with COOL WHITE FOC #1 (SB#24)

Here are my LED's almost done sanding them down for this:


Full segment completion tests:


Main blade wrapped but not wired yet,... and you can see I started the FOC string (above main blade in photo):


Main blade wired together with the FOC strip. You can see me testing the FOC strip here:


Almost completely wired up, I am testing a segment of the main blade in this picture:


Blade complete. It's beautiful!


A video of the finished blade:
Aqua New Hope - YouTube

Main blade
100 5mm Aqua New Hope 4v 50 ma 18 degree viewing angle - Each LED modifited for proper viewing angle
Seriallel Class II 7x7 8x8 8x8 8x8 8x8 9x9 10x10
FOC strip=78 Cool White 45 degree 3mm

Foam Diffuser
TCSS thin walled blade tube
TCSS blade diffuser
TCSS bullet tip
35.5 inches




IN PROGRESS STRINGS:

VIRIDIAN (SB#21)

Green 5mm 360 degree LED segments COMBINED with 3mm White Seriallel Class II segments for light green color.
No FOC



PURPLE #2 (SB#22)

This will be my personal purple blade to go with my new Jaina Solo lightsaber



CLASSIC RED #2 (SB#23)

Red 8mm  360 degree LEDs wired in Seriallel Class III, no FOC



PLATINUM (SB#25)

White 5mm 45 degree LED segments COMBINED with Cyan 3mm modified LEDs wired in Seriallel Class II for main blade, no FOC.



MULTI SPECTRUM (S) (SB#27)

RGB 5mm slow color changeing with White 3mm FOC



WHITE ARC BLADE (SB#28)

White 3mm 45 degree LEDs wired in Seriallel Class II, Arc Blade formation, no FOC
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New string completed with pictures and videos up:

Cool White with Green FOC
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Finished a new blade last night: Imperial White with Cool White FOC #2 (SB #17) with pictures and video. Its the last one listed in previous post.
This blade is for Revan Reborn on this forum (DJ) and it will go in his Sentinal Master Saber I made for him last year. We are going to convert to CF LS this weekend hopefully.
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Updated post includes build shots of newly completed 'DOUBLE RED' lightsaber string blade which has 2 strings of 3mm Red LEDs wired in Seriallel Class III.
There are over 200 LEDs for the main blade alone. Bright!
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that double red looks awesome, how good is the FOC in red? I do prefer same colour FOC with some sabers.
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that double red looks awesome, how good is the FOC in red? I do prefer same colour FOC with some sabers.

Thanks. This particular red doesn't have an FOC string inside because I could not fit any more strings besides the two main ones. However, you still get FOC type effects even without an extra string.

For a red with and FOC string, the Kylo Red (R) that I made looks good but the FOC, being another red string like the main blade, is not dramatic. You do see a flash of red but it isn't that dramatic.

For the string Kylo Red (W), that has a white string and it is pretty dramatic. I like playing with that one... it is very cool.

The first string I made by myself (SB #1) had a yellow FOC string. It wasn't very dramatic, but you could tell it was a yellow flash. I have since dissassembled that blade and part of it now lives inside 'Double Red' string blade (one of the two main red strings).
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See a video of me with a green Makoto V4 Super Plus and my Double-Red string blade in my CF LS 6.5:

Red and Green String Blade Lightsabers - YouTube
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See a video of me with a green Makoto V4 Super Plus and my Double-Red string blade in my CF LS 6.5:

Red and Green String Blade Lightsabers - YouTube
Wow those are bright, love the on/off effect of the string blade.. So awesome!! When can these blades be "affordable" lol




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New photos and videos of the construction process and completion of two more string blades added above:

1) White Light Shoto with Aqua FOC

2) 'Rogue Blue' Lightsaber blade with Aqua FOC
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