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Title: Vader ROTJ + Luke ROTJ V2 mini lightsaber modding (NEW Vader pics)
Post by: levelnext on October 21, 2007, 03:37:59 PM
Hello dudes and duddettes  :D

Well I am starting two little mini saber projects:

- luke ROTJ V2
- vader ROTJ ...  yes!

For this i used a luke ANH, vader ESB and luke ROTJ mini sabers.
Parts from luke ANH went to the luke ROTJ and parts from the vader ESB went to the luke ANH.

it's still a work in progress... we'll see how it goes.

here are some pics:

(https://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/th_IMG_7416.jpg) (http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/IMG_7416.jpg)    (https://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/th_IMG_7410.jpg) (http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/IMG_7410.jpg)

(https://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/th_IMG_7409.jpg) (http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/IMG_7409.jpg)    (https://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/th_IMG_7401.jpg) (http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/IMG_7401.jpg)


I'll keep you posted with updates.
Title: Re: first steps into mini lightsaber modding...
Post by: KI-ADI-MUNDI on October 21, 2007, 04:05:11 PM
Very cool, I did a Luke V2 mini........but I don't have a cone knob very nice indeed...... ;D Can't wait to see the Vader when it's done. What's your idea for the emitter?
Title: Re: first steps into mini lightsaber modding...
Post by: BIGGS DARKLIGHTER on October 21, 2007, 04:11:14 PM
I'll be watching this with great interest!

I already have an extra Luke ESB and a Luke ROTJ sitting around for just such a purpose =)

Title: Re: first steps into mini lightsaber modding...
Post by: levelnext on October 21, 2007, 04:22:23 PM
I've got  more knobs Beggar, if you want one i could send it to you.  ;)

I am thinking of cutting the ESB vader's emmiter to fit it into the graflex.  I've already dissasembled the vader and it fits.
Then paint the top part of the graflex black.  Still need to figure out the parts under the shroud and the allen bolts.
I am planning on a weathered version of the ROTJ vader as the ANH luke is already kinda weathered (grips, and damage of dissasembly, one s or two? lol)
Then perhaps i'll try and make a pristine one.

I'll keep you posted Biggs.  We need a V2!! I have a knob for you if ya like.
Title: Re: first steps into mini lightsaber modding...
Post by: BIGGS DARKLIGHTER on October 21, 2007, 05:53:57 PM
I'd love a knob!

Did you have them made?

How much?

PM me!

Title: Re: first steps into mini lightsaber modding...
Post by: BEN KENOBI on October 21, 2007, 06:07:21 PM
 ;D

great idea r2 and I'm looking forward for the final product. ;D
Title: Re: first steps into mini lightsaber modding...
Post by: KI-ADI-MUNDI on October 21, 2007, 06:24:07 PM
Thats very nice of you R2 I'd love a knob as well, let me know what I need to do........Thanks
Title: Re: first steps into mini lightsaber modding...
Post by: darthmorbius on October 21, 2007, 08:30:31 PM
Hey R2,

On your Vader ROTJ, how about some small headless set screws for the hex bolts? I'm sure that a hoody or model shop should have them small enough to fit the right scale (or close to it).

you'd have to use precision drill bits on a dremel, and then tap the holes to the proper thread pitch for the setscrews. ;)
Title: Re: first steps into mini lightsaber modding...
Post by: levelnext on October 22, 2007, 02:30:25 AM
Thanks BEN!  i will keep posting pictures of the process to keep you updated  :D

@ DT :  I was thinking headless screws too, but also found some very small black screws but i think they are a little too big.  I'll try and find some
            that fit.

The precision dremmeling time is what might be a little difficult, but i know someone who can do it for me (i guess lol)

For this weathered ROTJ vader i used an ANH luke (for the 7 grips) but i might be using a luke ESB for the pristine version (because of the d-ring).

No progress for now.

I received another luke ROTJ today on the mail (that's great cause i got a little nervous when i started modifying the only one i had) ROTJ luke minis are getting harder to find.

That's all for now, have a nice day fellow fx-saberers  ;D
Title: Re: first steps into mini lightsaber modding...
Post by: Yoda on October 22, 2007, 03:32:16 AM
Hello dudes and duddettes  :D

Well I am starting two little mini saber projects:

- luke ROTJ V2
- vader ROTJ ...  yes!

For this i used a luke ANH, vader ESB and luke ROTJ mini sabers.
Parts from luke ANH went to the luke ROTJ and parts from the vader ESB went to the luke ANH.

it's still a work in progress... we'll see how it goes.

here are some pics:

(https://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/th_IMG_7416.jpg) (http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/IMG_7416.jpg)    (https://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/th_IMG_7410.jpg) (http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/IMG_7410.jpg)

(https://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/th_IMG_7409.jpg) (http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/IMG_7409.jpg)    (https://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/th_IMG_7401.jpg) (http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/IMG_7401.jpg)


I'll keep you posted with updates.


Excellent R2 I'll be interested to see how these turn out for you.
(I have a Luke ANH I chopped in half for obvious reasons ;))
Title: Re: first steps into mini lightsaber modding...
Post by: levelnext on October 22, 2007, 04:22:46 AM
Thankyou Yoda.

So you making a Vader ROTJ too master Yoda?  :'(  oh noooooo,  now mine is going to look horrible next to yours  :'( :'( so unfair ;D :D

Did you chop it in half to use only the upper graflex part and fit it into another bottom?!?
What are your plans on it? 

Anyway i look forward to exchange of experiences on making this mini.


@  BIGGS AND BEGGAR:  PM sent!
Title: Re: first steps into mini lightsaber modding...
Post by: vivan_cygna on October 22, 2007, 05:13:03 AM
You are indeed a crafty little fellow, my friend.  ;)
Very nice!
Title: Re: first steps into mini lightsaber modding...
Post by: levelnext on October 22, 2007, 09:34:44 AM
Thankyou my friend.  We'll see how it goes, hope i dont destroy the hilts LOL
Title: Re: first steps into mini lightsaber modding...
Post by: BIGGS DARKLIGHTER on October 22, 2007, 12:01:35 PM
I'm not worried about messing up the hilts making a Luke V2. Worst thing that can go wrong is getting a paint job you dont like and then just having to strip and repaint.

However, making a Vader ROTJ worries me.
Title: Re: first steps into mini lightsaber modding...
Post by: levelnext on October 22, 2007, 12:18:07 PM
Yes, i meant the Vader ROTJ.  There are some minis at risk, specially that Vader ESB lol.

Hope i only kill one. 

By the way, i am starting tonight with the V2 luke.  I'll keep you posted with pics later this night (it's night over here).
Also want to take some pics of how i managed to take the ESB clamp and fit it into the ANH luke. (there was some sawing involved)
So stay tuned for some extra pics of the first steps of the process.

cheers
Title: Re: first steps into mini lightsaber modding...
Post by: levelnext on October 22, 2007, 05:14:34 PM
double post..  :D

Ok i did some work tonight here it is:

First with the luke ROTJ V2.

I was reading a tutorial HERE (http://threads.rebelscum.com/showflat.php?Cat=&Number=2653909&page=0&view=collapsed&sb=5&o=&fpart=1#2653909) at rebelscum on how to dissasemble the luke ANH/ESB and it was good,
but when it came to sawing the control box on the luke ROTJ i took another path.

pics are clickable  ;D

I ripped the top part of the control box (copper part) and the screws immeditely showed up

(https://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/th_d3.jpg) (http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/d3.jpg)

it didnt take that much time as the tutorial said but i kinda bent the circuit.  No big deal. so then i just unscrew them and then
 i realized that this part is a sleeve and without the screws it moves freely.

(https://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/th_thispart.jpg) (http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/thispart.jpg) 

So i tried some screws  but they got in the way of the clamp (couldn't spin it freely so
it got locked in a not accurate control box/d-ring position)

(https://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/th_d1.jpg) (http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/d1.jpg)

So i had to chop this screw: sand it  and use it on the saber:

(https://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/th_c8.jpg) (http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/c8.jpg)    (https://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/th_c7.jpg) (http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/c7.jpg)

Re-assemble and:

(https://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/th_c5.jpg) (http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/c5.jpg)    (https://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/th_c4.jpg) (http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/c4.jpg)

or

(https://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/th_c3.jpg) (http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/c3.jpg)    (https://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/th_c2.jpg) (http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/c2.jpg)

And then for the cone knob i've got:

(https://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/th_c1.jpg) (http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/c1.jpg)    (https://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/th_c.jpg) (http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/c.jpg)

Not fixated yet.

Well that's for now with the luke.  I'll keep you posted.
Title: Re: first steps into mini lightsaber modding...
Post by: levelnext on October 22, 2007, 05:31:13 PM
triple post! sorry  ::)

and now the progress with the vader ROTJ.

I didnt take photos when i dissasembled the luke ANH, it was kind of messy  :D  Some parts are
hard to take apart.  (good thing these sabers are going to have a weathered look lol)

But here's a quick guide to take apart the Vader ESB:

First i unscrewd the following part and the screws were revealed:

(https://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/th_b5-1.jpg) (http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/b5-1.jpg)    (https://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/th_b3.jpg) (http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/b3.jpg)

Then took out the center part which had to be saw and sanded down to fit the ANH luke hilt.  It
had a little part coming out in the middle that fit into the ESB vader hole but made the assembly on the ANH
luke impossible.

(https://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/th_b4.jpg) (http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/b4.jpg)    (https://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/th_b1.jpg) (http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/b1.jpg)    (https://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/th_b2.jpg) (http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/b2.jpg)

Then unscrew the little knob by the d-ring and all these screws to take the shroud out:

(https://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/th_a1.jpg) (http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/a1.jpg)    (https://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/th_a2.jpg) (http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/a2.jpg)    (https://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/th_a6.jpg) (http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/a6.jpg)

I did grind the emmiter piece and it's metal! So it is going to be hard to saw off all the upper part.  :o

here's more pics:

(https://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/th_a5.jpg) (http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/a5.jpg)    (https://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/th_a4.jpg) (http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/a4.jpg)    (https://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/th_a7.jpg) (http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/a7.jpg)
   
I'll post more pics as i work on the minis.

MTFBWY




Title: Re: first steps into mini lightsaber modding...
Post by: BEN KENOBI on October 22, 2007, 05:49:27 PM
 ;)

wow r2 great stuff so far my brother. :o :o
Title: Re: first steps into mini lightsaber modding...
Post by: vivan_cygna on October 22, 2007, 10:18:21 PM
* Anxiously waiting how will the Vader emitter turn out *
Title: Re: first steps into mini lightsaber modding...
Post by: levelnext on October 23, 2007, 06:05:35 AM
Thankyou guys, i still have to find the proper tools for the emmiter on the vader.  Painting on the luke might start later today.  ;D
Title: Re: first steps into mini lightsaber modding... (help needed on painting)
Post by: levelnext on October 25, 2007, 04:54:05 AM
Hello again.  Well this time i want to star with the painting of the Luke V2, but i need help  ;D

Can anyone point me in the right direction?

I mean, is the luke ROTJ mini = aluminum?
What's the deal with painting over aluminum?
What kind of paint? Tips, recommendations, etc...

Please advice!

Thanks guys.
Title: Re: first steps into mini lightsaber modding... (help needed on painting)
Post by: levelnext on October 27, 2007, 07:46:03 AM
[please help me with the questions face]  anyone? [/face]

 :D
Title: Re: first steps into mini lightsaber modding... (help needed on painting)
Post by: BIGGS DARKLIGHTER on October 27, 2007, 07:51:17 AM
I'd love to help but I have no idea  :(

Title: Re: first steps into mini lightsaber modding... (help needed on painting)
Post by: levelnext on October 27, 2007, 07:54:30 AM
LOL

no problem man, i am searching for info all around, just a matter of time for me to find it or for
some member here to post some tips and we'll be up and running, bad thing today (saturday)
a lot of shops close around here, so might have to wait till monday.

I've only acrylic paint here at home, but something really tells me that it wont work, i need some
other kind, maybe dull coat and sealer or something else.


BTW biggs n' beggar:  got 2 post cards today, who knows for what?!?!  ::)
Title: Re: first steps into mini lightsaber modding... (help needed on painting)
Post by: vivan_cygna on October 28, 2007, 09:09:05 PM
Which part do you wanna paint, R2? The black part on the grip? Do you want to consider anodizing?  :D
Title: Re: first steps into mini lightsaber modding... (help needed on painting)
Post by: levelnext on October 29, 2007, 01:48:43 AM
I dont think anodizing is an option here my friend, could be a little expensive, or difficult to perform by me.
I was thinking something more like someone posting:

dont use acrylic paint but "_________" kinda paint
clean the aluminum first with "__________"
add a coat of "________" at the end for "_________"

and something like that.

but thanks man
Title: Re: first steps into mini lightsaber modding... (help needed on painting)
Post by: Luke S. on October 29, 2007, 06:22:42 AM
Not sure if this helps but we used a zinc chromate primer over aluminum.  Then painted like normal.  I would always clean the surface to be painted to get off any oils from your hands, dirt etc.

BTW  They look great so far. 
Title: Re: first steps into mini lightsaber modding... (help needed on painting)
Post by: levelnext on October 29, 2007, 07:01:07 AM
Thanks TK, thanks 3PO.

Primer! that's what i wanted to know.
I am hitting the hardware store today to find out about the paint, primer, saw, and all the stuff needed to complete these two.

I'll keep you updated.

cheers
Title: Re: first steps into mini lightsaber modding... (help needed on painting)
Post by: Luke S. on October 29, 2007, 07:09:12 AM
I normally use paint thinner or the like to clean off the thing being painted.  Any type of degreaser that evaporates quickly.  MEK (methyl ehtyl ketone) works great also but there are lots of cautions with it as it is very unhealthy.
Title: Re: first steps into mini lightsaber modding... (help needed on painting)
Post by: KI-ADI-MUNDI on October 29, 2007, 08:23:37 AM
Hay man .....I used a black paint pin from Fred Myers it's flat black and has a ball in it like a paint can, I taped off the parts I wanted to change and colored them in solid it drys fast and you can weather the paint with a safety pin after by lightly scratching off the paint you don't want. You can color right over the copper neck don't try to strip off the copper it will just wear down the part, I don't think it's metal it seems plastic to me.......... ;D
Title: custom Vader ROTJ + Luke ROTJ V2 mini lightsaber modding (vader ROTJ update)
Post by: levelnext on October 29, 2007, 02:08:48 PM
Sorry for changing the thread's name, i thought this one would be more appropiate.

Formerly called:  first steps into mini lightsaber modding..

Well i have some updates on the Vader ROTJ.
I will be starting paint job on the Luke V2 tomorrow, but for now i leave you with the Vader progress:

First I cut these parts with a saw and then sanded the interior of the shroud so that it fit the graflex hilt:

(clicky pics)

(https://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/th_a8-1.jpg) (http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/a8-1.jpg)  (https://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/th_a7-1.jpg) (http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/a7-1.jpg)

Notice the little button on the left of the first pic? Well I used that and half a transistor for the control box:

(https://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/th_a3-2.jpg) (http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/a3-2.jpg)

I found a screw/rod that fit perfectly in the hole left by the graflex emmiter rod:

(https://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/th_a2-2.jpg) (http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/a2-2.jpg)  (https://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/th_a1-2.jpg) (http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/a1-2.jpg)

I still need to work out the emmiter d-ring cylindric holder/part, the latch, the knob on the back part of
the emmiter (it's already there but not glued yet), the allen bolts and the paintjob. 
For now this is what it looks like:

(https://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/th_a6-2.jpg) (http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/a6-2.jpg)  (https://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/th_a5-2.jpg) (http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/a5-2.jpg)  (https://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/th_a4-2.jpg) (http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/a4-2.jpg)

Any tips, suggestions, questions or comments welcome.

More pics tommorrow if I actually get some work done.



Title: Re: custom Vader ROTJ + Luke ROTJ V2 mini lightsaber modding (vader ROTJ update)
Post by: BIGGS DARKLIGHTER on October 29, 2007, 03:30:39 PM
Very nice so far  ;D

Question time!

What did you use for the D-ring cylinder on the Emmiter? I know you say it's not worked out yet but it looks pretty good so far.

Title: Re: custom Vader ROTJ + Luke ROTJ V2 mini lightsaber modding (vader ROTJ update)
Post by: levelnext on October 29, 2007, 03:40:38 PM
The one in the photo is a capacitor, but it's not good cause it is not very solid.  I still need to find a plastic or metal cylinder for that part.

going to the parts market tomorrow see what i find.  ;)
Title: Re: custom Vader ROTJ + Luke ROTJ V2 mini lightsaber modding (vader ROTJ update)
Post by: KI-ADI-MUNDI on October 29, 2007, 03:46:37 PM
The Vader is looking great....
Title: Re: custom Vader ROTJ + Luke ROTJ V2 mini lightsaber modding (vader ROTJ update)
Post by: levelnext on October 30, 2007, 01:36:40 AM
Thankyou Beggarsoutpost.  I will start painting today!
Updates later.
Title: Re: custom Vader ROTJ + Luke ROTJ V2 mini lightsaber modding (vader ROTJ update)
Post by: vivan_cygna on October 30, 2007, 01:51:21 AM
Hey, the emitter turns out to be great!
Now be careful with that paint, R2.  :)
Title: Re: custom Vader ROTJ + Luke ROTJ V2 mini lightsaber modding (vader ROTJ update)
Post by: levelnext on October 30, 2007, 06:42:24 AM
Some progress:  I found the emmiter d-ring cylinder.  I used a pen, took the top part off and voila!
With a red hot pin i made 2 little holes to hold the d-ring.

then i started a little painting work and....

Ok i wasnt that careful and i did a bad paint job  :-\

But there no problem cause I am letting my painter girl do the second try.
So for now here's some pics of my bad work and the emmiter d-ring assembly:

(https://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/th_b1-1.jpg) (http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/b1-1.jpg)  (https://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/th_b2-1.jpg) (http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/b2-1.jpg)  (https://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/th_b3-1.jpg) (http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/b3-1.jpg)

Title: Re: custom Vader ROTJ + Luke ROTJ V2 mini lightsaber modding (vader ROTJ update)
Post by: levelnext on October 30, 2007, 08:30:22 AM
Ok these pics are from the second paint try, i added a couple of pieces that are not fixated yet, just to see how it would look:

(https://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/th_b5-2.jpg) (http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/b5-2.jpg)  (https://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/th_b6.jpg) (http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/b6.jpg)  (https://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/th_b4-1.jpg) (http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/b4-1.jpg)


hope you like them  ;)
Title: Re: custom Vader ROTJ + Luke ROTJ V2 mini lightsaber modding (vader ROTJ update)
Post by: KI-ADI-MUNDI on October 30, 2007, 01:55:49 PM
That looks fantastic, I'm going to have to do one now...... ;D
Title: Re: custom Vader ROTJ + Luke ROTJ V2 mini lightsaber modding (vader ROTJ update)
Post by: BEN KENOBI on October 30, 2007, 05:19:42 PM
 ;D

Great Job R2!!You're quite a talent for an astro  droid!! :o :o
Title: Re: custom Vader ROTJ + Luke ROTJ V2 mini lightsaber modding (vader ROTJ update)
Post by: vivan_cygna on October 30, 2007, 10:04:06 PM
The final product comes out very well, R2. It is really something, remembering that this is your first time.  :)
Title: Re: custom Vader ROTJ + Luke ROTJ V2 mini lightsaber modding (vader ROTJ update)
Post by: KI-ADI-MUNDI on November 09, 2007, 04:08:45 PM
Got my mini cone knob from R2 today. Now I can finish my mini V2 Luke. Thank you very much R2 the knob is perfect it just needs a little modding and it will fit great........ ;D. I'll post a thread when I get it finished.
Title: Re: custom Vader ROTJ + Luke ROTJ V2 mini lightsaber modding (vader ROTJ update)
Post by: levelnext on November 10, 2007, 03:27:37 PM
Cool.  glad it arrived already.  dont forget to show some pics of that V2!!

I've done not much lately on this projects.  But tonight I am going to attempt to fabricate the ball catch latch of the mini
vader ROTJ.

Title: Re: custom Vader ROTJ + Luke ROTJ V2 mini lightsaber modding (vader ROTJ update)
Post by: Luke S. on November 14, 2007, 09:23:06 PM
Great job R2 they came out perfect.  Not bad for a lttle astro droid.
Title: Re: Vader ROTJ + Luke ROTJ V2 mini lightsaber modding (NEW Vader pics)
Post by: levelnext on November 21, 2007, 11:31:57 AM
Thankyou TK.
I've got some updates.

I've got a rough final version.  Only a few parts need to be changed for more accurate ones,
and some other cosmetic details that need attention. 

Here's a general view:


(https://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/th_main.jpg) (http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/main.jpg)   (https://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/th_main3.jpg) (http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/main3.jpg)   (https://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/th_main2.jpg) (http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/main2.jpg)



Some close up shots:

(https://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/th_cs6.jpg) (http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/cs6.jpg)   (https://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/th_cs5.jpg) (http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/cs5.jpg)   (https://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/th_cs3.jpg) (http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/cs3.jpg)

(https://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/th_cs2.jpg) (http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/cs2.jpg)   (https://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/th_cs4.jpg) (http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/cs4.jpg)   (https://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/th_cs1.jpg) (http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/cs1.jpg)



Some comparison shots:

(https://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/th_comp3.jpg) (http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/comp3.jpg)   (https://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/th_comp2.jpg) (http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/comp2.jpg)   (https://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/th_comp1.jpg) (http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/comp1.jpg)

(https://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/th_cam4.jpg) (http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/cam4.jpg)   (https://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/th_cam3.jpg) (http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/cam3.jpg)   (https://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/th_cam2.jpg) (http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/cam2.jpg)



As you can see it is not perfectly accurate  :P
And my skill (more like lack of)  with tools really shows.

I still want to work on it, but now it will be just changing little things, maybe adding real mini allen bolts,
finishing the ballcatch so it looks good, presentable at least  :D

Anyway, I'll keep you updated as I try and make the mini better.

MTFBWY


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Title: Re: Vader ROTJ + Luke ROTJ V2 mini lightsaber modding (NEW Vader pics)
Post by: darthmorbius on November 21, 2007, 12:17:07 PM
That Vader turned out GREAT R2!

Now I'm thinking of doing one up!
Title: Re: Vader ROTJ + Luke ROTJ V2 mini lightsaber modding (NEW Vader pics)
Post by: Plane Crazy on November 21, 2007, 01:52:33 PM
That is awesome!!!

I had hoped MR would come out with one, but this work of art has me considering attempting one as well. Great job!!!

Title: Re: Vader ROTJ + Luke ROTJ V2 mini lightsaber modding (NEW Vader pics)
Post by: Darth Resev on November 21, 2007, 03:10:33 PM
Great job on the mods R2
Title: Re: Vader ROTJ + Luke ROTJ V2 mini lightsaber modding (NEW Vader pics)
Post by: levelnext on November 21, 2007, 04:51:38 PM
Thankyou guys.

While working on the mini today i realized i have no practice when it come to tools.  :P

it took me a while to do some parts.

If you guys have any experience with drills or dremel type tools, you could easily
make a better one.

I am thinking of making another one, not weathered.  But I really need to learn
to use the tools LOL.   

If someone is trying to make one, i welcome any question,
I might not know the answer but i could tell you where I messed it up and how
so that you dont.  ;)
Title: Re: Vader ROTJ + Luke ROTJ V2 mini lightsaber modding (NEW Vader pics)
Post by: Vosk on November 21, 2007, 04:53:45 PM
That came out pretty awesome R2.  :)  How's the Luke coming along?
Title: Re: Vader ROTJ + Luke ROTJ V2 mini lightsaber modding (NEW Vader pics)
Post by: Luke S. on November 21, 2007, 04:57:17 PM
Looks like they came out pretty good R2.  I think your weathering job came out great.
Title: Re: Vader ROTJ + Luke ROTJ V2 mini lightsaber modding (NEW Luke+Vader pics)
Post by: levelnext on November 23, 2007, 08:30:56 AM
Thankyou dudes  :D

Well the Luke V2 is almost ready.  It's a pristine condition version.
I still have to paint the emitter.
Iíll be making another V2, a weathered one.  ;D

I made the ballcatch on the Vader a little better.
Still gotta work on the eye too.



Here's some clicky pics of the ROTJ mini collection, hope you like em:

(https://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/th_IMG_8341.jpg) (http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/IMG_8341.jpg)   (https://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/th_IMG_8339.jpg) (http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/IMG_8339.jpg)   (https://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/th_IMG_8344.jpg) (http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/IMG_8344.jpg)



Title: Re: Vader ROTJ + Luke ROTJ V2 mini lightsaber modding (NEW Vader pics)
Post by: Darth Resev on November 23, 2007, 02:01:06 PM
I do like them  :o cant wait to see that V2  8)
3000 POST  ;D ;D ;D **break dance***
sorry bout that  :D
Title: Re: Vader ROTJ + Luke ROTJ V2 mini lightsaber modding (NEW Vader pics)
Post by: 2saberjedi on February 11, 2008, 10:04:48 PM
i must say i h8 the mini sabers... idk why i just do


but R2 u did a great job no mater how i feel about the min sabers i know that the mods u did are great and it took time and u made it work and i must say u should be proud of what u have done

Title: Re: Vader ROTJ + Luke ROTJ V2 mini lightsaber modding (NEW Vader pics)
Post by: levelnext on February 12, 2008, 12:09:13 AM
Well thankyou very much 2saberjedi, Darth Resev!

And congrats on you 3000 post! even thou you have like 4600+ posts now, lol  :D

Thankyou 2saberjedi.  The Vader ROTJ didnt turn out as good as these two:
But I still liked it  :D 

But you gotta check these 2 out, they are really cool:
Click on the pic to go to the RS threads:


Good one:  (resin parts - different finish)
(https://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/th_rotjmini1.jpg) (http://threads.rebelscum.com/showflat.php?Cat=25&Number=2984354&page=1&view=collapsed&sb=5&o=&fpart=1#2984354)


Amazing one:  (all metal parts - incredibly accurate)
(https://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/th_rotjmini2.jpg) (http://threads.rebelscum.com/showflat.php?Cat=25&Number=2898727&page=1&view=collapsed&sb=5&o=&fpart=1#2898727)


Mine:  (click for big pic)
(https://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/th_minisvaderfront.jpg) (http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/minisvaderfront.jpg)    (https://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/th_rotjminis1.jpg) (http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n178/levelnext/rotjminis1.jpg)

Havent even started to paint the weathered V2!!!  I better get to it.
Title: Re: Vader ROTJ + Luke ROTJ V2 mini lightsaber modding (NEW Vader pics)
Post by: 2saberjedi on February 12, 2008, 01:47:52 AM
hey im just past 100 post  8)...



no

thank u R2 its ur work that is being shared not mine... witch was just a broom stick painted white and screwed inside a vacume handle so its a big diff lol


Title: Re: Vader ROTJ + Luke ROTJ V2 mini lightsaber modding (NEW Vader pics)
Post by: Darth Resev on February 17, 2008, 01:17:13 PM
4700+ now  8)  ;D
Awesome!! Is it very hard to do these mods?
Title: Re: Vader ROTJ + Luke ROTJ V2 mini lightsaber modding (NEW Vader pics)
Post by: KI-ADI-MUNDI on February 17, 2008, 01:22:05 PM
R2 the Vader looks great man....whats up with these risen parts are they something your going to be selling ?................ ;D
Title: Re: Vader ROTJ + Luke ROTJ V2 mini lightsaber modding (NEW Vader pics)
Post by: levelnext on February 18, 2008, 10:18:44 AM
Is it very hard to do these mods?

Well It really wasnt that difficult, but the vader didnt come out that good either.

for the luke V2 i say it's an easy process, the painting is what's kinda tricky.

R2 the Vader looks great man....whats up with these risen parts are they something your going to be selling ?................ ;D

Beggar:  Those resin parts were made by a RS member, you can read about it ON THIS THREAD (http://threads.rebelscum.com/showflat.php?Cat=25&Number=2984354&page=1&view=collapsed&sb=5&o=&fpart=1#2984354)

I pm'd him to ask about the resin parts, would he sell them etc.  got no answer.

I would certainly be nice to have a resin kit for a rotj Vader, or a metal kit would be better  ;)