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Offline Acerocket

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'Skinnyflex' EPIII
« on: January 09, 2014, 07:56:22 PM »
Back in 2005/2006, before I had any CNC machines, there was a single, static hero saber made with manual machines, hand files, a Dremel tool, and lots of elbow grease. 









It was a customer commission based on pictures sent to me by said commissioner, taken of the hero prop displayed at CIII.























Having seen such huge advances in tech over the past 8 years, I decided to revisit the old desing and update it for sound/LED capability.

As I worked through the design, I bounced it off a few of my peers.  First they asked if I could make it skinnier than a Graflex.  Sure I said.  I did it on the static version.  Then I was asked if I could keep the neck accurate and have it use a 1" blade.  No said I.  It can't be done.  Well, I put my mind to it and did manage to keep the neck accurate, but the best I could do was a 7/8" blade.  Then I was asked if I could make the copper eye and copper button functional switches.  No way that is going to happen I said.  But again, I had to eat my words as I did find a way to make them functional.  And then when I thought I was done, I was asked to make it come apart to have a reveal chassis.  Well, I made the eye and button work, I can make the saber come apart.  So I did just that.





































OD of the body is 1.375", 1.5" OD on the 'clamp', and 11" long.  There is a 'hero' blade plug for when you don't have the blade in, and a special 7/8" blade setup to retain the correct look when you have a blade in the saber.  The clamp is fixed to the rear half, but the saber opens to reveal the internals, recharge port, RICE Port, or whatever else is inside the saber.  There is a special, spring-loaded plate that helps keep the bottom half secure and prevents unwanted uncouplings.

Some run specs.
Sabers will be unpolished - I am not offering any polishing services, so please do not ask.
Grips will be anodized black aluminum - not purple rubber or plastic/Delrin.
Other aluminum parts colored black in renders will be black anodized (blade holder, neck, etc).
Real copper and brass for brass and copper parts.
2 pommel inserts will be included.  One solid 'Hero' version and one vented version for sound.

This saber is not designed to be a dueler - it is a show-off saber for collectors and con goers.  If you choose to duel with this saber, you risk breaking the blade and I will not be held responsible for any damages.  This is due to the desire to keep the 3/4" diameter neck accurate.

Now, for the run details. 

All sabers will be offered as empty.  However, I have been in talks with several Rebellion members who are willing to tackle a limited number of installs.  But as Plecter Labs recently introduced new CF, PC, and CS boards, my installers have not had a chance to complete beta testing on these new boards and set new install pricing structures.  As such, I have been waiting to hear back regarding install prices before posting my sale thread.  I am going to go forth and post my thread and update with install pricing by Rebellion members at a later date.  If you want a ballpark install figure, check in the Mining Colony with some of the members there to see what current install pricing for the different boards and options is.  I am fairly confident that my installers will be be offering CF, CS, PC, NB and stunt installs.  Or, you may purchase an empty and do your own install or contract with any member of the Mining Colony or any other smith you choose. 

Price for an empty saber will be $260.00 plus shipping.  The $260.00 price includes paypal fees, but does not include shipping - that price will be deternmined at the time the saber is ready to ship and also will depend on where the saber is shipping to.

To get in on this run, a deposit of $130.00 needs to be paid to sales@orbitalmachining.com as a payment for goods.  Your name will not be added to the list until payment is received (please, include your FX-SABERs username with your paypal payment).  A second payment of $130.00 will be due two months after I close this thread (this date will be announced and I will PM run participants with this date when I close this run list).  The shipping payment will be due when I am ready to ship the sabers and have confirmed the shipping address.  Now, the reason for a $130 deposit and then the second $130 payment in two months is so that everyone can budget accordingly.  This way, I am not catching anyone 'off guard' when I ask for final payment if I happen to complete these sooner than expected.  Deposits are not refundable.  Run size is not limited.  I will close the list in a couple of weeks and will give a one week's notice before closing this run.

edit:  internal dimensions:  Just behind the LED, optic and spring plate there is a 1.14" inner diameter for 2.4".  Beyond that, into the rear grip, there is 1.125" for 3.8".  WHen the saber is 'opened' the first .875" of the 1.14" ID is inside the upper grip section, the remaining 5.3" would be exposed.

So, who's going to get in on this run?

1.  WAT TAMBOR
2.  scottjua sold to ChillySithLord
3.  Darthvix sold tooswaldkefo
4.  deke
5.  Codeweasel
6.  Scruffy Nerf Herder
7.  MACE WINDU  sold to Gallius Vain sold to Vader's Vault
8.  Master Jevaho
9.  Ki-Djowac
10.  Scorpion
11.  MH
12. Justinmars sold to Sith Emperor sold to Satele Shan
13.  tedrampart
14.  STARKILLER
15.  STARKILLER
16.  STARKILLER
17.  STARKILLER
18.  STARKILLER
19.  private sale off site #1
20.  private sale off site #1
21.  private sale off site #1
22.  DARTH MAUL
23.  DARTH MAUL
24.  Industrial Action
25.  CybKnight
26.  Private sale off site #2
27.  Obi Dar
28.  JANGO FETT
29.  JANGO FETT
30.  LUKE SKYWALKER  sold to Paven Shigar
31.  LUKE SKYWALKER  sold to McAllister
32.  bombarta  sold to Mhawke7894 sold to Dstang65
33.  Alex Gordon
34.  Private sale off site #3
35.  Private sale off site #3
36.  Private sale off site #3
37.  Keil Edge sold to Lazi-D
38.  sithslayer1 sold to Vader's Vault
39.  chaos_79
40.  naigon sold to ShadyCanuck
41.  Mandalorian
42.  Alec Skirata
43.  Vadermac
44.  caz345 sold to Khal
45.  Ho-Wai Lowill
46.  Watto
47.  lgtsbr
48.  Iggy
49.  Juansith
50.  VVenom  sold to msasin
51.  Pfockerchief
52.  Sanjuro
53.  RyDiddy
54.  Aginor
55.  Darth Xusia
56.  Solan Starr
57.  Dark Navel
58.  Private sale off site #4
59.  Kenobi2185
60.  Sandpeople are people too
61.  OBI-WAN KENOBI sold to Track Faolan
62.  Darkjedi

LIST CLOSED
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Re: 'Skinnyflex' EPIII
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2014, 08:07:22 PM »
Wat, maybe I missed it (probably), but what is the INTERNAL diameter?

Sorry if that is a stupid question.

Nice work on that by the way.

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Re: 'Skinnyflex' EPIII
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2014, 08:10:47 PM »
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Re: 'Skinnyflex' EPIII
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2014, 08:12:20 PM »
Im in, sending payment now.
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Re: 'Skinnyflex' EPIII
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2014, 08:19:31 PM »
Wat, maybe I missed it (probably), but what is the INTERNAL diameter?

Sorry if that is a stupid question.

Nice work on that by the way.

Just behind the LED, optic and spring plate there is a 1.14" inner diameter for 2.4".  Beyond that, into the rear grip, there is 1.125" for 3.8".  WHen the saber is 'opened' the first .875" of the 1.14" ID is inside the upper grip section, the remaining 5.3" would be exposed.

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Re: 'Skinnyflex' EPIII
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2014, 08:21:41 PM »
Wat, maybe I missed it (probably), but what is the INTERNAL diameter?

Sorry if that is a stupid question.

Nice work on that by the way.

Just behind the LED, optic and spring plate there is a 1.14" inner diameter for 2.4".  Beyond that, into the rear grip, there is 1.125" for 3.8".  WHen the saber is 'opened' the first .875" of the 1.14" ID is inside the upper grip section, the remaining 5.3" would be exposed.

Awesome, thanks Wat.

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Re: 'Skinnyflex' EPIII
« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2014, 08:42:43 PM »
Payment sent.

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Re: 'Skinnyflex' EPIII
« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2014, 08:46:49 PM »
I'm in.. deposit coming.

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Re: 'Skinnyflex' EPIII
« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2014, 08:48:03 PM »
@ Wat - As cool as this is, you've got all my monies on the Mamba! HAHA!  But this is SO cool and I'm sure many will partake!

Great Job!!!

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Re: 'Skinnyflex' EPIII
« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2014, 08:48:40 PM »
Very nice! 
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Re: 'Skinnyflex' EPIII
« Reply #10 on: January 09, 2014, 10:11:39 PM »
nice im in i will send payment when i get home


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Re: 'Skinnyflex' EPIII
« Reply #11 on: January 10, 2014, 12:27:17 AM »
Money Sent

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Re: 'Skinnyflex' EPIII
« Reply #12 on: January 10, 2014, 03:05:41 AM »
Gonna be EPIC.

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Re: 'Skinnyflex' EPIII
« Reply #13 on: January 10, 2014, 03:11:34 AM »
Deposit sent!


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Re: 'Skinnyflex' EPIII
« Reply #14 on: January 10, 2014, 04:27:04 AM »
Oh, definitly want. I'll check my cash level and send the deposit soon.