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Re: first steps into mini lightsaber modding...
« Reply #15 on: October 22, 2007, 05:14:34 PM »
double post..  :D

Ok i did some work tonight here it is:

First with the luke ROTJ V2.

I was reading a tutorial HERE at rebelscum on how to dissasemble the luke ANH/ESB and it was good,
but when it came to sawing the control box on the luke ROTJ i took another path.

pics are clickable  ;D

I ripped the top part of the control box (copper part) and the screws immeditely showed up



it didnt take that much time as the tutorial said but i kinda bent the circuit.  No big deal. so then i just unscrew them and then
 i realized that this part is a sleeve and without the screws it moves freely.

 

So i tried some screws  but they got in the way of the clamp (couldn't spin it freely so
it got locked in a not accurate control box/d-ring position)



So i had to chop this screw: sand it  and use it on the saber:

   

Re-assemble and:

   

or

   

And then for the cone knob i've got:

   

Not fixated yet.

Well that's for now with the luke.  I'll keep you posted.
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Re: first steps into mini lightsaber modding...
« Reply #16 on: October 22, 2007, 05:31:13 PM »
triple post! sorry  ::)

and now the progress with the vader ROTJ.

I didnt take photos when i dissasembled the luke ANH, it was kind of messy  :D  Some parts are
hard to take apart.  (good thing these sabers are going to have a weathered look lol)

But here's a quick guide to take apart the Vader ESB:

First i unscrewd the following part and the screws were revealed:

   

Then took out the center part which had to be saw and sanded down to fit the ANH luke hilt.  It
had a little part coming out in the middle that fit into the ESB vader hole but made the assembly on the ANH
luke impossible.

       

Then unscrew the little knob by the d-ring and all these screws to take the shroud out:

       

I did grind the emmiter piece and it's metal! So it is going to be hard to saw off all the upper part.  :o

here's more pics:

       
   
I'll post more pics as i work on the minis.

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Re: first steps into mini lightsaber modding...
« Reply #17 on: October 22, 2007, 05:49:27 PM »
 ;)

wow r2 great stuff so far my brother. :o :o

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Re: first steps into mini lightsaber modding...
« Reply #18 on: October 22, 2007, 10:18:21 PM »
* Anxiously waiting how will the Vader emitter turn out *
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Re: first steps into mini lightsaber modding...
« Reply #19 on: October 23, 2007, 06:05:35 AM »
Thankyou guys, i still have to find the proper tools for the emmiter on the vader.  Painting on the luke might start later today.  ;D
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Re: first steps into mini lightsaber modding... (help needed on painting)
« Reply #20 on: October 25, 2007, 04:54:05 AM »
Hello again.  Well this time i want to star with the painting of the Luke V2, but i need help  ;D

Can anyone point me in the right direction?

I mean, is the luke ROTJ mini = aluminum?
What's the deal with painting over aluminum?
What kind of paint? Tips, recommendations, etc...

Please advice!

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Re: first steps into mini lightsaber modding... (help needed on painting)
« Reply #21 on: October 27, 2007, 07:46:03 AM »
[please help me with the questions face]  anyone? [/face]

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Re: first steps into mini lightsaber modding... (help needed on painting)
« Reply #22 on: October 27, 2007, 07:51:17 AM »
I'd love to help but I have no idea  :(


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Re: first steps into mini lightsaber modding... (help needed on painting)
« Reply #23 on: October 27, 2007, 07:54:30 AM »
LOL

no problem man, i am searching for info all around, just a matter of time for me to find it or for
some member here to post some tips and we'll be up and running, bad thing today (saturday)
a lot of shops close around here, so might have to wait till monday.

I've only acrylic paint here at home, but something really tells me that it wont work, i need some
other kind, maybe dull coat and sealer or something else.


BTW biggs n' beggar:  got 2 post cards today, who knows for what?!?!  ::)
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Re: first steps into mini lightsaber modding... (help needed on painting)
« Reply #24 on: October 28, 2007, 09:09:05 PM »
Which part do you wanna paint, R2? The black part on the grip? Do you want to consider anodizing?  :D
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Re: first steps into mini lightsaber modding... (help needed on painting)
« Reply #25 on: October 29, 2007, 01:48:43 AM »
I dont think anodizing is an option here my friend, could be a little expensive, or difficult to perform by me.
I was thinking something more like someone posting:

dont use acrylic paint but "_________" kinda paint
clean the aluminum first with "__________"
add a coat of "________" at the end for "_________"

and something like that.

but thanks man
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Re: first steps into mini lightsaber modding... (help needed on painting)
« Reply #26 on: October 29, 2007, 06:22:42 AM »
Not sure if this helps but we used a zinc chromate primer over aluminum.  Then painted like normal.  I would always clean the surface to be painted to get off any oils from your hands, dirt etc.

BTW  They look great so far. 

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Re: first steps into mini lightsaber modding... (help needed on painting)
« Reply #27 on: October 29, 2007, 07:01:07 AM »
Thanks TK, thanks 3PO.

Primer! that's what i wanted to know.
I am hitting the hardware store today to find out about the paint, primer, saw, and all the stuff needed to complete these two.

I'll keep you updated.

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Re: first steps into mini lightsaber modding... (help needed on painting)
« Reply #28 on: October 29, 2007, 07:09:12 AM »
I normally use paint thinner or the like to clean off the thing being painted.  Any type of degreaser that evaporates quickly.  MEK (methyl ehtyl ketone) works great also but there are lots of cautions with it as it is very unhealthy.

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Re: first steps into mini lightsaber modding... (help needed on painting)
« Reply #29 on: October 29, 2007, 08:23:37 AM »
Hay man .....I used a black paint pin from Fred Myers it's flat black and has a ball in it like a paint can, I taped off the parts I wanted to change and colored them in solid it drys fast and you can weather the paint with a safety pin after by lightly scratching off the paint you don't want. You can color right over the copper neck don't try to strip off the copper it will just wear down the part, I don't think it's metal it seems plastic to me.......... ;D
   
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