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The MKVI, a journey to the Ultimate ROTJ Hero saber.
« on: May 03, 2011, 12:46:40 PM »
The MKVI Project

So bye now everyone has seen my newest product, the MKVI.  When we set out to create this saber, we wanted to accomplish two things.  First, we wanted it to be as accurate to the "Hero" prop as was reasonably possible and secondly, we wanted it to be "electronics ready". 

Here is a picture of the "Hero Prop" from which we took the dimensions for the MKVI:



To be 100% prop accurate (and as is always the debate) we would have had "asymmetrical" ribs.  In the end, we decided not to replicate the original prop builder's sloppiness and went with a symmetrical ribbed section.  We also decided to make a small concession on the black "cube" switches and went with plungers rather than a "rocker" box.  That's about all that is different from the Hero saber.

From the picture above, we decided on the following renders:





At this point, we also decided to go with real copper and aluminum rather than "simulating" the copper parts.  It added a lot of cost ot the saber, but I felt that it was completely worth it for my Unicorn!

Production has begun!



Off to the laborious task of powder coating...yuk.  A special color was developed for the MKVI.  It is a non-trans semigloss black.





And back to the machinist to turn the ribbed sections down...



Once that was finished...back to me for final assembly:



And Voila!  My 3 personal babies!!!



Along with comparison shots of common ROTJ's for comparison's sake:
(top to bottom: MHS ROTJ, Old Arc Wave, MKVI, MKIII(Obi of course, lol), MR)



and Nightstorm's MKVI #1:


Even though I did not post every picture, I hope this thread gives some appreciation for how these custom sabers are produced.  Stay tuned for ordering info in the next few days. 

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Re: The MKVI, a journey to the Ultimate ROTJ Hero saber.
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2011, 12:53:58 PM »
spectacular and breathtaking to see all those parts like that. i do have a complaint though, and it's more my anal retentiveness... when you have them all lined up like that it looks like they're touching...  :o

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Re: The MKVI, a journey to the Ultimate ROTJ Hero saber.
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2011, 12:55:17 PM »
LDM, they are BEAUTIFUL! I can't wait to get mine! Which one is it, which one is it?  ;D

Just kidding! I am ready when you are!  ;)

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Re: The MKVI, a journey to the Ultimate ROTJ Hero saber.
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2011, 12:58:04 PM »
spectacular and breathtaking to see all those parts like that. i do have a complaint though, and it's more my anal retentiveness... when you have them all lined up like that it looks like they're touching...  :o

They are NOT touching, lol.  Would I do that to art?  hellsnowayonearth! ;D

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« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2011, 12:59:25 PM »
spectacular and breathtaking to see all those parts like that. i do have a complaint though, and it's more my anal retentiveness... when you have them all lined up like that it looks like they're touching...  :o

They are NOT touching, lol.  Would I do that to art?  hellsnowayonearth! ;D

lol i knew it was a trick of the light! might need new glasses...

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Re: The MKVI, a journey to the Ultimate ROTJ Hero saber.
« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2011, 01:38:50 PM »
Can't wait to get my hands on one of these beautiful sabers.

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« Reply #6 on: May 03, 2011, 03:02:09 PM »
what is the wait time gonna be on these from order to delivery?


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Re: The MKVI, a journey to the Ultimate ROTJ Hero saber.
« Reply #7 on: May 03, 2011, 04:05:27 PM »
what is the wait time gonna be on these from order to delivery?

Once i get caught up on my build log?  Likely 2 weeks.

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Re: The MKVI, a journey to the Ultimate ROTJ Hero saber.
« Reply #8 on: May 03, 2011, 07:52:30 PM »
It's so beautiful to see all those Luke parts standing there...it's like taking a peek inside a diamond mine. :D

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Re: The MKVI, a journey to the Ultimate ROTJ Hero saber.
« Reply #9 on: May 03, 2011, 08:56:35 PM »
So what I see there... is that all that will ever be made?  Or just this run?  Or are there more out of frame.
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« Reply #10 on: May 03, 2011, 10:07:54 PM »
So what I see there... is that all that will ever be made?  Or just this run?  Or are there more out of frame.

That is definitely all for this year.  I will decide when I see how well they sell.

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« Reply #11 on: May 04, 2011, 05:03:11 PM »
General,  You were amazing to do this for people, sometimes I don't think you don't get enough credit on how hard you work, bravo. 

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« Reply #12 on: May 04, 2011, 05:47:33 PM »
General,  You were amazing to do this for people, sometimes I don't think you don't get enough credit on how hard you work, bravo. 

Thanks man.  I do it because I love it and many people are very kind in their support.  I really appreciate the positive vibe that I get from so many.  It definitely keeps me motivated when things start to feel like they are mired in mud, lol.

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« Reply #13 on: May 04, 2011, 05:56:10 PM »
The waiting is killing me.
I want one, i cant help it this hero is so beautiful.




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« Reply #14 on: May 04, 2011, 06:12:02 PM »
While the pictures are awesome...nothing compares to holding one of these.  It captures the imagination and takes you back to that sand skiff on a far away desert planet we all know so well.