i dont mind the scratches, they're barely noticeable unless ur being nit picky and looking at it close up. im planning to convert it sometime down the road when i get the cash. i dont know anyone in my family who has a brief sense of building and repairing so i wont be going for a Do It Yourself Kit, and i sure as xxx dont trust myself with messing around with the hilt, especially when it comes to breaking things down since all i do is break them.
still i like it, its pretty bright for something with only 3 AA batteries in. hopefully ill find the 3 AA battery version of the Luke ROTJ, but thats for another time.