I found out about all of *this* a couple weeks ago - meaning the fx-sabers and TCSS forums, the advances in sabersmithing technologies, plus I actually live pretty close to Novastar and Caine. So, naturally, I HAVE to build a saber.
However, I'm also working on a novel (www.JarethDakk.com
). There's a part of the story where the kids build a lightsaber-ish weapon to get past security robots. I thought it might be interesting to build THAT.
Here's some sketches.
My first priority will be to build a rudimentary saber to get a feel for how to do the electronics. Something like this:
I'm from a medieval swordfighting background, so I definitely wanted a longer hilt - this is kind of a hand-and-a-half hilt length. I originally wanted a full hilt but it is just too dang long:
But eventually the hilt is going to look more like these:
These are primed plumbing/sprinkler parts I attached to golf clubs with the clubs sawed off a long time ago (for a film project way back when). By the way, the golf club cores gave these props EXCELLENT balance.
Hoping to have the electronics hooked up tonight!
More to come.