Hello again Everybody! Yes this is post number two and it has some exciting news for me. A long time ago in a cave workshop, For Tyeth bought a new lightsaber handle that looked like Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinns’s. Unfortunately, it was just a hollow hilt with no electronics so it didn’t light up or make any “Swoosh!” “Swish!” or any other noise actually…however I intended to install some electronics and make it a fully operational custom hilt! Here is my saber arriving and a picture of the hilt itself…
Yes way back in March 2018 the Stormtrooper brought me a OneReplicas Qui-Gon Jinn replica saber and the next two pictures show how it looked. I love the hilt but as I mention…it was just a display piece. You can read my initial post here https://ftsabersite.wordpress.com/2018/03/16/first-look-at-my-new-hilt/
Fast forward 2 years and I finally had the means and opportunity to start constructing the internal electronics to make this hilt function. I had priced up circuit boards (also known as a soundboard) that produced the light and sound effects in custom sabers but whenever I found one I felt would suit my needs it was either too expensive, hard to purchase (because the vendor operated through Social Media sites not a website) or they sold out. Long story short, the Force and the planets aligned recently and a new soundboard was launched and I finally had some funds to buy one. I also purchased a few other parts needed to complete this project…here is a quick gallery of parts….
The first image shows the circuitboard or Soundboard and this particular one is produced by KR Sabers, a UK based supplier of replica hilts and parts to build your own lightsabers. (I WILL JUST ADD HERE THAT I AM IN NO WAY ASSOCIATED WITH ANY OF THE MANUFACTURERS OR VENDORS MENTIONED IN THIS POST – I AM JUST A CUSTOMER AND AM NOT RECIEVING ANY PAYMENT OR GRATUITY). Now I have cleared up the legal stuff I’ll continue to discuss the items I bought. So the soundboard can store a set of sound effects on a Micro SD memorycard which can be updated when you get bored with the noises. It also controls the lighting and effects of the blade. It does this by sending varying amounts of power to three individual LED diodes (bulbs) which are red, green and royal blue in colour. In a similar way to how a TV mixes colours so too does the soundboard electronics meaning this saber, when installed can have any colour blade I program it to have….it also flashes a bright accent colour when the blade hits another, just like the movies! The second image shows an LED assembly and there are three small dots (in this case two red and one white) that are in fact LED bulbs mounted on a polycarbonate base disc called a Star. The LED shown is a Red/Red/White meaning it would shine red and flash a white colour but mine has three colours so I can program any combination. This is all very good but there is one thing I have to point out…the LED Star assembly is less than 1inch in diameter….less than 25mm so this thing is TINY and I have to solder wiring onto it! Then the saber needs power and unfortunately working Kyber Crystals aren’t available on planet Earth so I had to buy a couple of high power rechargeable batteries called Li-On 18650 cells. All of this and a speaker and the activation switch, have to be installed into a plastic printed chassis/frame then inserted into the hilt….oh and that measures at 1 inch in diameter internally so it s going to be a very, very tight fit!
This is a redacted screenshot of my order form with a few of the other needed parts in the list of bought items – there is a battery charger, the speaker for the sound effects, the LED and a polycarbonate deuling blade. And I have to say I was so impressed with the service and their delivery time. (AGAIN, I AM NOT ENDORSING ANY COMPANY) I ordered this package of parts on Sunday evening (the 20th) and by 9:40 am on Monday morning (the 21st) I had recieved an email with my tracking info saying the parcel had been prepared. I had it on my doorstep on Tuesday afternoon….less than 48hrs after I placed the order,,,phenomenal.
I still have some sundries I need to buy (such as the various lengths/gauges of wiring, soldering supplies like flux and solder itself and a few various other bits) before I actually start building anything but I have come a big step closer to realising my dream of building a “real-life” saber, I will post further updates on my progress and hopefully it won’t take 2 years for the next installment! Thanks for looking in and I hope you cal back to see if I succeed in becoming a fully fledged Jedi Installer. Till next time….
Some images courtesy of KR Sabers via their webstore https://thesaberarmory.com/ Images are Trademark/©Copyright of KR Sabers/The SaberArmory.
For Tyeth/FTSabersite has no affilation/connection to KR Sabers/The Saber Armory, I am just a customer describing my purchase and am recieving no payments or gratuities.