This is a VERY long winded topic, ..sorry, but a lot needs to be said. ;D ;D
This is saber build log for Ramaditya's Latest saber, the Dara.
He approached me several months ago for a new build, ...one with many features. I knew that this project would most likely benefit from a slew of other talented saber smiths and machinists.
So I began contacting a few forum members:FenderBender and Allaera Secura:
Ramaditya requested a crystal chamber in his hilt, ......hmmmmmm this seemed like an obvious choice ;) . I contacted Allaerra, discussed a few options and about 2-3 weeks, a really cool MHS
Based crystal Chamber arrived at my door. What more could a person as for! Master Jedye:
MJ and I hadn't Officially formed Gemini Concepts at the start of this build, ...but he was the obvious choice to make a shroud. His dremel-fu is Sttttrrrroooooooonnnnggg.
Ramaditya didn't have a design, ......he had a "vision" of what the saber should represent for him, ......so I talked it over with MJ and several days later, he submitted a render. From there, ....it was Dremel Time.
He really let is artistic side flow on this one, .....I like it a lot! Kudos Bro!
He even Powder coated it with a clear coat to ensure it will not tarnish. Awesome job on this!Makototsai:
Mako's 2n1 soundboard drives this whole thing, ....and he is a remarkable person! I sent him a PM, ....told him what I needed and he shipped this out as soon as he finished making it. Shipping time was oddly only a few days from Taiwan. :o :o :o
Now, I couldn't use the speaker that came with it, and I have placed a smaller speaker in there, ....but I have bought a NEW/BETTER speaker for this, ....and will situate it further in the hilt. The idle hum on this board is AMAZING!! But I find the clashes a little high pitched for my taste, (but I think it is because of the speaker I used and it's location in the hilt) I will fix this, ...remember, ...Work in PROGRESS!
The video at the end Exaggerates the High Pitched sounds, ...It DOES sounds MUCH better in person.
I also need to change the battery pack, ...I will use an 18650
trustfire setup for this, ....I just need to MAKE the battery holder.Great people to work with, ...all of you. This has been a cool experience so far! And why was this saber built like this, ...with so many people involved, you ask?
At the time of the first discussion of this saber, ......this community was shaken by events that will not be discussed, we all know what they were/are. The air was thick, ...tension was high.
Then out of nowhere, Ramaditya Pm'ed me, ....he wanted a saber for him AND his girlfriend to share. He had no render, ...no design, ....he just knew he wanted a purple crystal and white blade, ....and it should be named the Dara
Dara, ....means several things, ..... "Young Love", ..."First Love".
Cool huh, ......I thought so.
With tension mounting and events uncertain in the saber community, ....I, ....we, ......us, ....the builders of THIS really cool saber, just wanted to show people that we, the sabersmiths, have a mutual respect and admiration for each others work, ....for each others talents. We discuss builds behind the scenes, ....we help each other when needed, ...when asked. We SUPPORT each others decisions and share our ideas. We can argue, we can disagree, but we do it respectfully.
We are a community, ....we are friends, .....we are family!
All is well, ....all will continue to be well.
And here is proof:
So what is left? This IS a Work in Progress:
Polish the hilt, ....it's gonna be SHINY and scratch free!
Make a battery holder for that 18650 trust fire, .......accepting ideas on that, ..PM me please!
Add a covertec knob/wheel
Add a recharge port for that trustfire and Kill key
POSSIBLY add an accent LED on the pommel
Replace the speaker so that the true awesomeness of the Mako board can be heard!
wait on the pommel, (The pommel in the picture is only a "placeholder". ;D ;D
Wait on the Portholes
Prolly a few other things, .....but I'll figure it out!
Ramaditya, ..I hope you are liking this so far!
FenderBender, Allaera, MasterJedye, Darth Tyranus, Dabogah Jedi, ........thanks for making this so awesome! I hope we get to do this in the near future again! It's been a hoot!