Hello Everybody, sadly as the title above says I am going to be offline for a while due to technical issues. My laptop battery has died and I haven’t a backup laptop to use I’m using a mobile phone to type this announcement! I will do my best to get things fixed as soon as possible but I am still here and will return to posting when I can
Thanks for understanding and May The Force Be With Me for a speedy resolution.
p.s. I think I can access email if anyone needs to contact me ok.
I am For Tyeth, and this is my little lightsaber themed corner of the Galaxy (well, the Internet).
Five years ago I discovered that I had a bit of talent designing Lightsabers when I won a design competition held by a custom saber manufacturer. That win encouraged me to push my ideas from just pencil and paper sketches into more realistic looking 3D models . But I needed somewhere to display my work so I will be showcasing some of my Lightsaber designs and some from my friends here!
You can find all the designs in the Saber Gallery.
I usually post at least one new saber a week, sometime more, plus I have little bits and pieces that are inspired by various “pop culture” influences – have you ever seen The Ghostbuster’s car Ecto 1 turned into a saber? Well I built one. Want to see what the Mandalorian’s lightsaber might look like? I have one of those too! So please take a look around and if you like what you see leave a comment or like, maybe even subscribe so you never miss a new post or design.
Hello Everybody and welcome. Today I have something completely different than I normally post and in this one I will be showing you my “fully operational battle blaster” the Nerf Havok-Fire EBF 25 foam dart firing minigun. Now Obi-Wan Kenobi famously disliked blasters and was quoted as saying, “Blasters….(ugh) So uncivilised!” as he used one to finish off General Grievous in the film Revenge of the Sith. But….I recently got into Nerfing and foam dart shooting and it’s great fun. I have always enjoyed doing target practise and as a youngling had an ancient “weapon” called a Bow and Arrow that I used to fire at tin cans and targets hung on trees, then I got projectile firing toys and eventually progressed to firing an air powered gun now and then. And I got pretty good. But as I got older and moved to a high rise tower block I didn’t have anywhere to practise. But now I have gotten into foam dart flinging fun!
Last year I did obtain some Nerf blasters that I intended to modify and turn into Cosplay props but I haven’t gotten round to doing any modifications as I couldn’t get spray paints and supplies etc due to lockdowns….unfortunately in that time I have sort of gotten attached to how the blasters look as they are and kinda want to collect them normally. So back to today I want give you all a full look at my latest acquisition the Nerf Havok-Fire EBF 25. This was a gift from Mrs Tyeth, who found it in a Salvation Army Charity shop (aka a Thrift Store in the US) in the village where her mother lives. Mrs T thought it was complete but it did have it’s ammunition box missing (fortunately I found a reasonably priced replacement one online). It was otherwise in immaculate condition and awesome. SO enough talk here are a few pictures…
This thing is a BEAST of a blaster, based on a chain/belt fed heavy machine gun. The foam darts are stored and loaded via a flexible chain link belt that has 25 cylinders which each hold a dart (hence the abbreviation EBF 25 – which stands for Electronic Belt Feed 25). And once loaded and blaster primed it is FULLY AUTOMATIC. It keeps firing and reloading for as long as you pull the trigger and have ammunition to fire. Here are a few close up pictures and images of the blaster and it’s ammo box…
In the first pics you can see the handgrip section with the trigger and if you look above where the trigger is you will see what looks like a switch – well this is the fire mode selector. In the OFF position the blaster is idle but you can load a dart one at a time by pulling back on a lever bolt then pull the trigger to fire one dart – then repeat the process. This mode doesn’t require batteries (it takes a whopping SIX D-Cell size batteries which weigh a ton)….BUT flick the mode switch and it will….hang on I have something to show you later! The last pictures show the ammunition box and ammo belt that clips onto the side of the blaster, and there are two orange handles (the cone shaped bits) that are the loading/cocking levers. OKAY….OKAY….Enough talk….what happens if you load this blaster with 25 darts, pull the lever back, aim and fire?….THIS IS A FIRING TEST!>>>
That my friends was the Havok-Fire shooting 25 foam darts in 9 secs or at a rate of 3 darts a second! It is an amazing bit of fun and bear in mind this blaster was produced and released in 2008 so it is 14 years old and still functioning! Some Havok-Fire owners modify their blasters by installing more powerful batteries so it fires even faster and connect 2,3,4 and even more ammo belts together to feed more darts. If you were to face this in a Nerf Foam War it would be intimidating! As you can tell I kinda love this blaster, and you can even take the tripod off and attach a sling belt so you can carry the blaster just like Rambo or Dutch in Predator…and spray your opponents with foam darts!
FOR TYETH FUN FACT:NERF is an acronym which stands for Non Expandable Recreational Foam which describes the material that the blaster’s darts are made from! Nerf and Nerfing later became the terms used to identify the hobby as a whole and not just to describe Hasbro Toys products.
So basically I have been bitten by the Nerf Bug (well I suppose it’s better than catching COVID). I still plan on modifying some of the blasters I have because now lockdown restrictions in the UK have been relaxed I can get out and obtain the parts/supplies I need. This particular blaster though I am keeping original…though if I can find another one cheap on Ebay then I might be tempted to give it a “Sci-Fi look” makeover. You will have noticed that just in front of the blaster I had a lightsaber on display too….just so you don’t think I have been turned to the Nerf Side of the Force ok! That lightsaber will feature in a post here very soon as it is extremely precious to me.
That I think just about wraps this post up I have run out of darts of information to share with you about it. I hope you enjoyed the slight change of pace and subject matter, but I wanted to show lightsabers and blasters can exist and live together nicely…Thanks so much for checking this post out and for all of your support. New viewers or regular visitors you are all appreciated. Please call back for more saber designs, Lego creations and now Foam Flinging Frolics in future!….Till next time…..
Hello Everybody, today is a slightly better day for me as I have been having fun with my new saber and blasters I showed you last week. Mrs Tyeth bought the big “Minigun” style blaster from a charity/thrift store and thought it was complete, unfortunately when she managed to bring it home I found that the “Ammo Box” that clips to the side to hold the ammo belt was missing. Luckily I decided to set up an online shopping account and found a cheap replacement Ammo Box and placed a bid….and I won! So now I have a “Fully operational battle blaster”! I will feature it here next week so stay tuned for some “For Tyeth Foam Flinging”. But I need to show you my latest Lego creation and this one is a stretch.
I have been working a series of models based on Airspeeders and transports and today I expand the collection. The first speeder I built had one engine, the second had twin engines so doubling up again this week’s build has….FOUR engines. I have been watching the Lego Star Wars cartoons recently and in a few episodes we see the Padawan learners of the Jedi Temple on adventures in their “school bus” and I thought “Hey, I could build a transport vehicle a bit like a bus that holds multiple figures”
so I set to work starting with the engine…..
I began with one engine and a single control vane, then made duplicates as I knew one or two wouldn’t be enough for this slightly more bulky vehicle. I struggled at first wondering how to arrange the pods but then I remembered a ship called the QuadJumper seen in The Force Awakens (the QuadJumper is the ship blown up by Tie Fighters that are attacking Rey and Finn on Jakku before Rey decides to borrow the “piece of garbage” we know as the Millennium Falcon!). So I built a couple of assemblies that positioned four engines in two stacks that fit either side of the vehicle. The last image shows a Starboard (right sided) engine assembly. Next I had to build a fuselage big enough to accommodate a few minifigures. I took the Commando Speeder and stretched it, along with adding a sealed passenger compartment then attached the two engine assemblies to either side….this was the result, the QuadBus!….
I was extremely pleased with this as it had the same sort of look and vibe of the many shuttle transport buses seen darting around the skies of Coruscant during the Prequel movies. I planned to make this a bus, however while putting it together it felt more like a high end personal transport for two or three figures so I had a Chauffeur Pilot in the cockpit section and two “passengers” in the aft compartment.
This gallery shows off the lines of the ship from various angles and a few close ups of the detailing including the opening cockpit canopy and passenger compartment window/doors. With the four high powered engines I don’t think this “bus” would have any problem nipping in and out of traffic and would be quite a comfortable ride….much more comfy than the original BikeSpeeder I built that started this series of models!
So I had fun practicing my “Target Shooting” and swinging my new saber about, plus I came up with a new Lego design but….back in the real world the current situation in the eastern Europe and Ukraine has gotten worse and as I feared the war seems to be becoming an “entrenched” battle. Casualties are mounting and needless suffering is growing with more people leaving the country if they can. And here in the outer rim of the UK I feel frustrated still that there isn’t much I can do in real terms. However I can send out a message to let the people of Ukraine know I am wishing for a swift peaceful end to the suffering they are subjected to and I had an idea how I could show support…by rebuilding the QuadBus…in the colours of their national flag!
I think this works!
And that brings me to the end of this week’s post – thank you so much for checking it out. I am having more and more fun creating these Lego designs and will hopefully have more for upcoming posts. I will also have a full feature on my latest and greatest Nerf blaster, the Havok Fire I showed off last week. So please call back to FTSabersite to see all this and more in the next few weeks. Thanks again and remember you are all very much appreciated, I couldn’t run a blog without you, Till next time….
Hello Everybody, today I have a saber based on a famous starfighter that was a multi-role spacecraft and very durable. This space ship was the equivalent of the famous A-10 Warthog fighter/bomber aircraft of the American military – both could take a beating. Anakin Skywalker had a Y-Wing fighter during the Clone Wars but his was brand new and looked much more streamlined due to the panelling and armour plating – whilst the Y-Wings we usually think of look much more skeletal as most of the bodywork was scavenged or lost. You will have seen Y-Wings during the original trilogy movies, especially during the two Death Star battles.
You can clearly see that this version of the Y-Wing has seen some action…and you can easily see how the ship got it’s name. The fuselage and cockpit forming the stem of a letter “Y” whilst the engines stretch out to form the arms. Now I can’t remember what I was doing that inspired me to model this as a saber but I did and I think it’s about time I revealed my Y-Wing Saber….Gallery Time…..
I started at the front with the cockpit section – seemed a good idea. As this was going to be a saber I didn’t add the two small laser canons in the nose as they would get snagged up as you tried to handle the blade. The rest of the cockpit is there and looks fairly close, including a small laser turret at the rear (the gun barrells being able to be folded down out of the way). There is “Greebling” details on the side to try and replicate bits of mechanical parts where panels are missing. The long thin neck section is the handgrip and is adorned with some pipework and brackets to again represent possibly fuel lines etc (these are a little more flush with the fuselage so don’t get in the way and provide a bit of grip). Following further down the hilt we get to the main structure which acts as the switch section for the hilt. I added a lit activation switch disguised as part of the pipework (the junction fixture). If you zoom in REALLY close you can even see the bolts that I modelled to hold the plumbing in place! The main blade’s emitter is situated at the rear of this fuselage section and is flanked by the engine outriggers that house the secondary blades. There is more Greebling details on the main fuselage and on the outriggers. A close-up of the panels can be seen in the last image,.
Now this saber is based on a spaceship so I should really show you how it looks in space, so here are a handful of “in flight” images!
Well, it sorta looks like a Y-Wing and I like the engines and the side blades. With the elongated neck section the Y-Wing takes on a sort of Trident shape but I feel it is still recognisable.
Now that just about wraps up this homage to a workhorse spaceship that helped save the galaxy more than once. But it isn’t quite the end of this post…I have some news of new arrivals! This week I received a present or two, first I got a few new NERF blasters so I can keep practising my sharpshooting (Safely)….and if you look closely at the picture….you might see a saber…
Yes I have succumbed and got some blasters or two, the Nerf Havok Fire EBF-25 and the Volt SD-1. The Volt is a single shot pistol that you load a dart, pull the orange drawbar to cock it then pull the trigger to fire, Simple. The Havok Fire…well that’s a beast! It is loaded by using a belt of cartridges – each with a dart in – and when in full automatic mode it fires all 25 darts in about 3-4 seconds! The rest of the blasters you may have seen in my previous posts. And the lightsaber? That is absolutely amazing… a gift from a member of the saber forum I use who liked my designs so much and thought I contributed to the community that he wanted to give me the saber. He read comments that I hoped to pick one up and he had a spare so gave me it . It is a Qui-Gon Jinn replica made by Ultrasabers but the member upgraded it a bit. I will do a full article showing the new blasters and saber very soon.
But I am now nearing the end of this post and I’d like to say a big thank you for checking this Y-Wing inspired saber out. I have much more coming up in future posts (as you can see^) so I hope you will return to see those posts too. Whether this is your first visit to FTSabersite or you are a regular thanks so much. I am now going to practice my target shooting at some cardboard cutouts! Till next time….
Hello Everybody, now I normally don’t comment too much on my private life but I have been helping to care for an elderly relative and that relative had to go into a residential care home as she needed way more assistance than Mrs Tyeth and I could cope with. So this past week has been hectic with the “big move” and everything else I have been dealing with. BUT this is a Star Wars lightsaber and stuff website so I best show you something from a galaxy far away. As I have been busy I’m afraid I just have a modified version of my recent Commando Speeder model I posted a fortnight ago….but it is in a new paintscheme! So here is a reminder of the base model…
I felt this speeder was a bit lop-sided and asymmetrical so decided to balance it out by adding another engine and wingplate section. This would make it twice as powerful and twice as fast (theoretically) and so I had to find a nice open space to test it out so how about a trip to Bespin and the famous Tibanna Gas Clouds? OK, here’s the Glamour Gallery in the Gas Clouds….
As you can see this one is a real flyer! I had to “de-tune” the engines a little or else it would have achieved orbital flight….remember that the engines I borrowed are from a Naboo N-1 Starfighter (the famous yellow and chrome fighter seen in The Phantom Menace). But I think the new speeder looks more stable and balanced now. These engines do allow me to experiment and in a future post I have a four engined model that does go orbital.
In other news, hopefully I should be getting my new (sort of new) Nerf blaster tomorrow and in the new week my new saber will be here. What? I didn’t mention anything about a new saber? Oh, yes…well it turns out that a very generous member of a forum I use was so impressed by my talent and contribution to the lightsaber community that he wanted to do something nice for me. He saw comments I had posted stating I liked a particular lightsaber and he had a spare one that he wanted to gift to me! So hopefully I will have a new hilt to add to my collection.
However, as good as this news is, things are not great everywhere. I normally restrict myself to commenting on things I can have an impact on or on subjects such as the passing of inspirational people like Peter Mayhew, Eddie Van Halen or Freddie Mercury…but a lot of extraordinary people have lost their lives this past week in an event of madness. I won’t drag myself into the politics of who’s in the right or wrong of the situation…I will just say that there is NO NEED FOR THE ACTIONS THAT ARE TAKING PLACE IF WE ARE LIVING IN A CIVILISED WORLD. Unfortunately….it seems that some people aren’t in the same world.
I just hope the madness and suffering ends swiftly and peacefully….I will say that needless deaths have been suffered on both sides of the argument but I have to post this image in solidarity for the brave oppressed people of Ukraine.
Thanks for reading, till next time….please be kind to each other and find a peaceful solution….
Hello Everybody and welcome to my 600th post! Yes, believe it or not this is number six hundred – how have I managed to reach this many I’m not sure but it has been fun. And today I’m going to take you on a trip to the city of Detroit in the not so distant future and show you a saber inspired by the peacekeeper known as ROBOCOP! I had an exchange of comments with my friend Resa (find her fantastic blog here: https://graffitiluxandmurals.com/) , who kind of mistook my Boba Fett saber’s title image for the character Robocop which led me to the idea of recreating the cyborg in saber form.
I was a fan of the film Robocop and vaguely remember when it came out way back in 1987 (yes, I’m old….I’m very old!) and was amazed by the cyborg police officer. That officer was the man, Alex Murphy, who served in Detroit and in the line of duty was “murdered” by a crime gang led by a creep named Boddicker. Boddicker however was secretly connected to a mega corporation named Omni Consumer Products (aka OCP) – a company which more or less ran the city and it’s police department. Because it ran the police force OCP tried to cut corners and developed a robotic alternative to human cops in the shape of a droid named ED-209. Unfortunately ED-209 was flawed and an accident during a board meeting demonstration led to a board member being shot dead. Another exec, Bob Morton, saw an opportunity to push his idea for a cheaper human/robot alternative and was given permission to develop his “Robocop” program. He just needed a human. That human was Alex Murphy.
After investigating a crime gang Alex Murphy ends up being trapped in an abandoned warehouse where the gang he was pursuing surround him and in quite a graphic scene, shoot him multiple times with pistols and shotguns and is left for dead. He is rushed to hospital but is pronounced dead…..then his remains are taken and integrated into the cyborg being developed by Morton (with OCP claiming that Murphy was an OCP cop so he “belonged” to the company so they could use his body). The cyborg was successfully assembled, but the integration of man and machine led to fragments of Murphy’s memory and past life slip into “Robocop” and he became aware of his past life and he wanted justice….armed with his high powered pistol he set out to get it. But I thought he might like to own a lightsaber too…so here is “Pacifier”…..
This saber as you can see is heavily based on the cybernetic body armour worn by Robocop. I basically turned the cyborg into a saber. The emitter is essentially his head and helmet, complete with OCP markings on the side and the famous cutout shape that revealed Officer Murphy’s mouth and lower face. The neck section of the hilt represents the rubber neck gaiter which leads to his upper torso. The handgrip features rounded oblong plates shaped to represent the upper arm shells and, mounted on the “chestplate” area are two activation switches. Below the switch section another ribbed section connects to the lower body and two more of the shell plates are used to replicate the thigh armour which famously splits open to reveal the hidden holster for Robocop’s machine pistol. On the base plate of the pommel cap is a 3D modelled “OCP” logo.
But of course we need to see this lawman in action so I figured a few images of him on patrol would be cool so I rendered a few images in some suitably grimy, grungy scenery…here is a Glamour(?) Shot gallery…
The first three images are actually located in a factory in Los Angeles that was used as the location for the Machine Shop/Milling factory seen in the movie “The Terminator” because I couldn’t find any Detroit factory interior images….but I did find an abandoned highway underpass for the last two images…just the sort of place where the criminal underworld would plot and plan their crimes!
Now in the film it turns out that Boddicker is secretly connected to the President of OCP and the Chief Exec had some “safeguards” programmed into Murphy…so when Murphy tried to apprehend the crooks, well…I’ll let you check the movie out (however I will warn that the film probably ISN’T SUITED FOR YOUNG CHILDREN as some of it is very graphic ok!
Well, I’m getting near to the end of this day’s patrol and the end of this 600th post. Thank you all so much for your support of me and my little site over the years. You are all very much appreciated, whether this is your first visit or if you are a veteran visitor….I thank you all. I can’t promise I will be around for another 600 posts but I will do my best. So please call back and see what else I have in store as I venture towards maybe 1000? Till next time…..
Hello Everybody, today we return to the world of the Lego Digital Designer and see what Star Wars build I came up with after my Commando Carrier Speeder model a fortnight ago (see it here: https://ftsabersite.wordpress.com/2022/02/05/commando-speeder-another-ft-lego-forge-creation/). I liked the Commando Carrier but felt it might just be a little bit sluggish (despite having a Naboo N1 Starfighter engine) and troopers might want something a bit more agile to travel around the battlefield. I figured I’d build a Speeder Bike and “added a few special modifications myself”. In the past we have seen the famous Speeder Bikes on Endor in “Return of the Jedi” and recently the character named Cobb Vanth had a Speeder in The Mandalorian and Book of Boba Fett. Lego themselves have made a Speeder named the Freeco Speeder so I took inspiration from all three.
The first image above shows a Lego Imperial Speeder Bike and Biker Scout from RotJ, the next two images are Cobb Vanth’s speeder and the last image is the Freeco Speeder from Lego, so I wanted something combining ideas from each. I figured a single seat speeder with a storage rack and the N1 Starfighter engine would be cool so here is what I came up with, the Commando Bikespeeder….
I configured this speeder for the harsh climate of Hoth and I kinda like this one a lot (especially as all the white parts are matching colour). It is agile, having angled outrigger wingboards that surround the N1 engine pod. Basically this is a rocket ship bike! It is fast, powerful and agile. On the top of the engine nacelle is the rider’s seat and control sticks – and a set of wedge shaped headlights. The front view of this speeder is quite aggressive with the three wingboard tips and the massive engine. This bike has a Clone Wars era Republic Trooper aboard and you will notice that he has an R2 unit perched on the back using the storage rack!
On the outboard wings there are vents for cooling, even on a snow planet like Hoth the engine heats up quite a bit. There are also two disruptor lance weapons – the long pipes with the blue barrel ends. You will also be able to see the hinge joints I used to attach the wingboards to the main body. I love these pieces of Lego as I can ratchet the wings up and down slightly to give the impression that they are controlling the vehicle. They are also the same hinges I used to attach the cargo pods on the Mandalorian Infiltrator model I built (See the Infiltrator here: https://ftsabersite.wordpress.com/2022/01/22/a-lego-mando-infiltrator-moc-my-own-creation-or-is-it-inspired-by-johnson-tings-artwork/)
All in all, I am really happy with this model as it feels “Star Warsy” and looks as if it could be a vehicle from in universe. And as I mentioned in previous posts I still have a few more variants of this Bikespeeder and the Commando Carrier, including “stretched” versions. But for now I am nearing the end of this post and you all know what that means.
Yes, it’s time for me to say a big thank you for checking this Lego Forge design out, I hope you enjoyed it. I have the “stretched” versions and repaints of both Speeders to come in future posts and back in the realm of lightsabers, I have a few Katana variants and a saber for a Law Enforcer….“Your move…..Creep!” (< bit of a hint). But for now thanks and remember you’re all very much appreciated and your support means a lot to me. Till next time….
Hello Everybody, today we go back to the sands of Tatooine and meet up with our favourite bounty hunter Boba Fett. Two weeks ago I showcased a hilt inspired by Boba and it was rusted green metal but did have a smattering of gold accent parts. This I envisioned was Boba’s everyday carry lightsaber, his work kit as it were. Today though I am presenting the modified version he might use for special occasions…maybe when he ascends to become the Kingpin of Tatooine? I will before I go any further just say I had a busy week (I had to prepare for a an important appointment) so this is really a repaint but I hope you like the contrast. Here is Amban Ascension Saber…..
I always thought that black and gold was a classic colour combo and I think it works well on this saber – especially set against this desert backdrop. I also think the handgrip sleeve is much more defined meaning you can clearly see how detailed it is.
So, as I said earlier I was busy with an appointment I had to attend so haven’t been able to put as much into this post but I do have a bit of fun for you. In the new Disney/Lucasfilm show Book of Boba Fett, we were treat to some special surprise characters appearing….and one Jedi Master that appeared in The Mandalorian also showed up in BoBF. That Jedi Master was re-united with the little green character he saved earlier and offered the green guy a choice. The green guy had to choose between accepting a suit of chain mail armour made of Mando Beskar….or to accept the gift of a famous former Master’s tiny lightsaber. If the green guy chooses the saber he would be trained as a Jedi, if he took the armour he would live and study as a Mandalorian. Well I have a choice for Boba….which saber do you prefer? Black or Green?
Haha! Myself I would choose both, but then again I can cos they are my sabers! Anyhoo, I hope you liked this variant. Don’t worry I will be back to my normal levels of effort and output for next week as I have another new Lego Forge creation to share. But I am nearing the end of this post so I best do my usual thanks and finish.
Thank you all for checking this somewhat shorter post out. Whether this is your first visit or you are a regular visitor of FTSabersite, you are all very much appreciated and help keep me motivated to be creative, I hope you will all return for future posts including my 600th which is approaching soon – I am working on more sabers as I speak. There will be a new range of “Rangers” sabers and more Katana/Oriental inspired designs. So please stay tuned and…Till next time…..
Hello Everybody, well it’s time for another post and design so I’m returning to my second hobby again, Lego. With the current news situation of rising fuel prices and costs of living I felt I needed to get a new mode of transport and looked to the Star Wars universe to see if I could get a “new cheap set of wheels” to get around in. But guess what, I found that in the galaxy far…far over the horizon that they seem to have ditched wheeled transports! Even as far back as the original Star Wars film in 1977 the “cars” had no wheels as seen with Luke’s X-34 Landspeeder…
It just hovered! But it did look cool and worked over sand. Then in Empire Strikes Back we had the famous Snowspeeders that attacked the lumbering AT-AT walkers on the snow planet Hoth. Progress into Return of the Jedi and you had Speeder Bikes on Endor. So I decided I would try to design a speeder as LEGO have just released a model of a Speeder Bike as seen in The Mandalorian and Book of Boba Fett. I didn’t just want a single seat speeder as sometimes Mrs Tyeth might need a lift somewhere so it had to have multiple seating so a X-34 Landspeeder style seemed best to work on. Then I realised that in The Phantom Menace, the Naboo resistance fighters had a nice landspeeder…
I decided on building a utilitarian landspeeder capable of carrying a couple of troopers. This was what I came up with…
This speeder is designed as a light Commando Speeder, holding two occupants and is powered by a large multi exhaust engine that can vector for improved agility. The observant of you may recognise the engine as being similar to that found on a Naboo N-1 Starfighter – and you’d be correct! I recycled the engine from the N-1 and removed the long tail spine – however the side skirt “wings” do still feature those spines. The cockpit is basic but functional and all the heat produced by the massive engine is vented through the radiator grille situated behind that cockpit. Now even as I type this I have already modified this basic speeder with extra engines and I have even lengthened the “fuselage” to carry more passengers but those extended designs will feature in a futre post. In the meantime I decided to get arty and photo-edit the Commando Speeder into a more life-like scenery (the Lego render backgrounds are a bit …meh!) So here are a few edited images…Glamour Shots!….
I kinda like this Speeder – it’s just a shame it’s only a Lego model. But I had fun designing it and I am surprising myself all the time with how quick I can come up with builds and learning the techniques used to assemble these models. I can’t wait to show off the “Extended” versions (oh and there’s a single seat “bike” variant too!).
But for today that just about wraps this post up as you can see from the last image, the suns are setting and I need to go rest. Thank you so much for checking this design out, I hope you liked it – if it becomes popular who knows I could start a dealership. I hope you will all return to see more sabers and speeders in future posts. Whether this is your first visit to FTSabersite or if you are a regular, all the support is fantastic and has kept me going so cheers. Till next time…
Hello Everybody, hope you are all well. I will be honest, I am not exactly my usual self today as things in real life are just beginning to annoy me a bit and as such feel really “deflated” (well I say just beginning, they have bothered me for a while though I don’t normally mention the issues). So what better way to try and brighten my outlook and mood than a new saber? I have mentioned before that there is a big new wave of interest in Star Wars’ The Mandalorian and now there is a new show on Disney+ that is rumoured to be equally big and it features Boba Fett! “The Book of Boba Fett”(aka BoBF) is showcasing the events that take place after the movie Return of the Jedi, and shows how Boba Fett escapes from the Saarlac Pit creature and what he does afterwards on Tattooine. I haven’t seen either The Mandalorian or BoBF as I don’t have Disney+ but I know that both Din Djarin (The Mando) and Boba Fett use a distinctive laser rifle named the Amban Pulse Phase Rifle. And it is looks a bit like this…
The weapon is a type of disruptor and has a unique shaped shoulder stock rest….but an even more unique “tuning fork” shaped barrel muzzle. I thought that despite not being the most practical it was sort of cool and different. This got me thinking, “What if Amban made a lightsaber? What would it look like?”. And just as with my “Mandalorian Lego Spaceship” last week, I decided why not tinker with Blender and build one! So here is gallery one…
I reckoned that if Amban made sabers then they would have incorporated the Tuning Fork motif into the design somehow and so I used it to form the emitter! The blade projects from the hilt and is flanked by two large “axe-blade” prongs that can be used in Melee situations where a lit lightsaber would be impractical. The saber is in a rusted green metal texture to replicate the worn out damaged armour Boba Fett wears (due to the time he spent covered in stomach acid after being swallowed by the aforementioned Saarlac) but has been adorned with shiny new gold parts and handgrip reflecting his new found success as the Kingpin of Tattooine. The grip I really like as the geometry(the mesh that forms the model’s shape) is highly complex which is amazing my laptop could manage to make. Anyhoo, there are a few little details so I’ll present gallery two to highlight those….
The handgrip is a mass of holes, almost like chain mail armour and incorporates an activation switch neatly recessed into it. The Tuning Fork blades are also in gold edged with flaking green and they each have a Mythosaur skull emblem moulded on them – the Mythosaur being the emblem of Mandalorians as seen in my “Mandalawrian Saber” hilts from a few years ago. You can check that one (and the Boba Legend variant) using this link: https://ftsabersite.wordpress.com/2019/11/16/the-mandalawrian-saber-hes-here-to-take-you-in/
You would think that this was a new and exciting design from Amban but you would be wrong, a lot of newcomers to Star Wars think that , or saw Boba Fett and his rifle first appeared in the 1980 film Empire Strikes Back – BUT as the fourth picture shows Boba Fett actually made an appearance WAY, WAY, WAY back in an animated segment of the infamous Star Wars parody “Holiday Special” from 1978! It was only a short clip about 3-5 minutes long but Lucasfilm returned to include Boba in “Empire” and now he and his rifle are the focus of the new blockbuster show!
That, I think just about concludes this design…thanks for checking it out and I hope you liked it. I feel a little better in myself for having posted it, I’d like to thank all of you for the support you show me and this site, whether this was your first visit or you regularly call back it means a lot to me. As such I still have some LEGO models to show off that I created in the Digital Designer software (and they are Mando and BoBF themed!”…plus I am working on new sabers (albeit slowly!) all for upcoming posts so please don’t miss those!. MTFBWY and Till next time…..