Tag Archives: Announcement

Happy May The Fourth Be With You Day – A Big Shout-out to Kaiser Sosay

Hello Everybody and Happy May the Fourth to you all! I hope you all have a great day and if you’re lucky enough to have Disney+ then you’ll hopefully get to see the new show “Kenobi” soon. I have to apologise however that this post is a little bit rushed as things in For Tyeth Towers hasn’t run smoothly this past week or so and all my plans for something big to celebrate May 4th went awry. But I took the opportunity to give a big shout out to a fantastic member of the lightsaber collecting/Star Wars community. That person is a member of the Ultrasabers fan forum and is called Kaiser Sosay. I post my designs on Saberforum.com and Kaiser is a regular viewer of my work I post and sometimes commented or offered suggestions. Well just before Thanksgiving in the USA Kaiser tried to contact me but due to technical issues couldn’t reach me but eventually I managed to log onto the forum and received his message. That message was that he had admired my designs a long time but didn’t comment as much as he thought he should and wanted to make up for it. He had read my comments on the forum saying I liked Qui-Gon Jinn’s saber and I hoped one day to own one from Ultrasabers. To make up for his lack of support he wanted to gift me an Ultrasaber Qui-Gon Jinn replica he owned (he actually had two). I was speechless, as here are a few product pictures of the hilt from Ultrasabers’ website….

This is an awesome saber and of course is modelled on the hilt of my favourite character Qui-Gon….and Kaiser wanted to give me his spare one as thanks for all the effort and contributions I make to the community. I was hesitant at first to accept his gift but he was insistant that I take it as he had no use for it and it needed a good home. So I gratefully accepted his offer and he arranged to have it sent to me. And when it arrived I couldn’t have been happier…as you can see here….

The first image was the picture I posted on the forum and the second shows the saber lit up in all it’s glory, because I forgot mention above that this saber was fully installed with light and sound…worth over £200! Kaiser had even “made some modifications” himself adding the beautiful red activation switch just like it has in the Phantom Menace and inside he swapped the electronics so this saber had sound AND could change blade colours! Obviously I will keep it in green to match Qui-Gon but I have the option if I want to swap colours for display purposes. I took a few images of the hilt for you to take a closer look but as I said above things haven’t run smoothly this week and after transferring the images they seem to have become distorted but hopefully they will still show how great this hilt is….

Now you may have noticed that the end cap of this saber is different than the pictures above off the manufacturer’s website because Kaiser swapped it for the slightly longer chromed pommel so again I will at some point buy an original pommel so I can swap between this look and the canon version. And I can do this because the hilt is modular and breaks down into pieces – even the shiny silver shroud comes off so the saber is plain black!…

As this is a special Star Wars day, this generous act is also very special and actually resembles an event in Star Wars history involving Mace Windu. In-between the events of “The Phantom Menace” and “Attack of the Clones” there was a battle and Mace Windu and another Jedi named E’eth Koth were involved. During the battle both were caught up in an explosion and lost their lightsabers, however in the confusion they each picked up the other Jedi’s saber but instead of swapping back they used their comrade’s weapon until it was safe for them to swap back. This was a sign of utmost friendship, trust and respect known as The Concordance of Fealty. And by Kaiser gifting me this saber I feel I have performed the act of Fealty with him. He is a great member of the Star Wars community and has my heartfelt thanks. This saber has a good home forever here.

That just about wraps this post up, again sorry it is slightly rushed and not as polished but my original plans fell through….however I feel this story is important enough to be told on May 4th. I hope you will return on Saturday the 14th to see my next post (I’m gonna take this weekend off as I posted this article early) to see what else I have in store. I have more Katanas, more starfighters, and more blasters and hopefully some costuming stuff. So thanks for checking this post out and Till next time…

MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU AND TO KAISER SOSAY!

This post is ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2022. The Ultrasabers Consular and it’s images are Trademark/©Copyright of Ultrasabers LLC based in Texas, USA.

For Tyeth’s Review of 2021 and Here’s to Something New in 2022!

Hello Everybody and it’s that time of the year where we say goodbye to the last 12 months and welcome a new dozen…It’s New Years! And wow what a year it has been. There have been ups and downs, good times and bad…fortune and misfortune…and everything inbetween. So in this post I want to take a quick look back at what I accomplished and I welcome you to join me on a trip back through the archives….It all started in January (what a surprise!)……

P.S. To access each month’s posts please use the sidebar “Back Blogs” links on the right hand side of the page ok!

January

Well 2021 started with the UK and the world battling a Pandemic in the form of Covid and that meant I had to stay indoors for a while. This actually helped me as I had more time to design and finish my “Miraculous – Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir” themed hilts and create a lightsaber Katana for the Dragon of martial arts….Bruce Lee!

February:

Well that seemed to be a good start to the year design-wise, but as always I wanted “bigger and better” so I needed to up my game. It was around February that I started to re-watch some Star Wars DVDs and was inspired by the bright red Praetorian Guards of Supreme Leader Snoke in The Last Jedi and by a special fuel source in the movie SOLO. That fuel source was Coaxium…very potent and powerful….so I built a saber that ran on Coaxium! And it was rather elegant I think…

I also modelled a replica of the lightsaber owned by the last living Skywalker, Cade Skywalker, that appeared in Dark Horse Comic’s Star Wars graphic novels….and I started learning about a new series of material covering the “High Republic Era” of SW history. It was the time when the Jedi were at their peak and the Sith were temporarily defeated…a peaceful elegant time. Oh yes and I bought a couple of (Nerf) Blasters to modify!

March:

And so time does “March” on and we enter the third month. More “Lockdowns” and restrictions…vaccinations, mayhem and missed holidays…confusion amid that pesky Covid…just the right conditions for the Sith to return. And they did in the form of my friend “Darth Prodigal”. Darth Prodigal is a member of the Ultrasabers’ fan forum, and we chatted a bit and he revealed he had an idea for a “Halberd Lightsaber” – a battle axe combined with a lightsaber – and it was suggested I do my magic and model it in 3D. So I did. Not only did I model an axe saber, but there was a hilt inspired by the SW cartoon Resistance and it’s aerobatic racing ships, a Star Trek spanner and a saber for a YouTuber named Lord Draconical who reviews Nerf blasters and foam flinging devices (oh and he had a replica saber in one of his videos)….

Ooh! Star Trek has invaded FTSabersite? And the Sith seem to be building their strength as Darth Prodigal and Lord Draconical appear to be gaining confidence….the Darkness is rising….can the Light rise to meet it? Well you will have to join me on Page Two to find out as my review continues…click the link below!

Merry Christmas from For Tyeth

Hello Everybody, as I type this the time has just run into Christmas Eve so may I wish you all a happy holiday season however you choose to observe it. This year has been hectic and chaotic…and this past month an interesting one for me. I’ve been extremely busy with some personal issues so I nearly didn’t get to make a card for you all this year. However I managed and here it is….

I’d like to thank all of you for the fantastic support and friendship you have shown me and this site, it really does mean a lot. It keeps me building and designing and at this time of year, makes me feel grateful.

This card has some old special hilts I’ve built (the new and old Graflex sabers) and there are four newer designs. And I really went to town with this card to make it look a bit more realistic…because it is in fact fully 3 dimensional….as this picture shows I set up a full “photoshoot” !

Behind The Scenes of FT’s Card

I am now going to set to work on a retrospective post of the past year, which should be interesting (unfortunately I didn’t do much adventuring but there should still be some highlights!).

So enjoy the rest of the holiday season, stay safe and take care of your nearest and dearest…thank you all once again for all you have given me and Till next time…..(New Years’ Eve)…..

For Tyeth/FTSabersite’s Christmas Card 2021 was created by For Tyeth and the 3D models are ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2021.

Thank You to Sabers Crucible and Lord Nick Nitro

Hello Everybody and to Lord Nick Nitro. Today I am giving my thanks once again as the Force has looked upon me favourably and I have won a new saber! And I have Lord Nick Nitro of the YouTube channel Sabers Crucible to thank for the new hilt. Lord Nitro had a Subscriber Milestone giveaway and my name was drawn out as one of two lucky winners. As such I felt I had to come back out of the shadows again to say thank you publicly and let Lord Nitro know it arrived safely….so over to me…..

I think I may be getting slightly better at presenting YouTube videos…but I still don’t think I’ll make a career out of it just yet. Anyhoo, the saber is a fantastic little hilt that is very sleek, slim and extremely light, named the Kyojin (or “Little Giant” when translated). The name is an in-joke with lightsaber owners as the saber is small yet referred to as a Giant. It comes with 3 sets of basic sounds, has flash on clash effects and blaster deflect functions or you can switch the saber to mute mode so you can practice late at night without disturbing your neighbours!

Those are my colours!

Lord Nitro had two of these hilts to give away, the one I received was as you can see very much a Lightside version in silver with a green blade. Lord Nitro informed me when I emailed him that he thought I’d appreciate the green blade. However I would have been happy with the other blade had I been sent that one, as it was a black handled hilt with a red blade – very Sith like – and Mrs Tyeth would have claimed that one,

Black, Silver and Gold.

I also wanted to apologise to Lord Nitro that it took me a while to respond saying I had received the hilt but unfortunately the delivery driver for the parcel company in the UK that took carriage of the saber allegedly made TWO attempts to deliver my package. However I was in my home and had the door access intercom on and nobody came to my door. The driver saw I was in a block of flats and decided, “Nah….can’t be bothered going up there!” and took it back with him. I arranged to pick the parcel up myself from a Post Office and even then the driver left it at the wrong branch! Luckily it was a branch nearer to my home so I walked down to collect it. Anyhoo moans about the delivery company aside, I love this little gem of a hilt and I have two more pictures to share…

Lord Nitro runs his own corner of YouTube and has a channel named Sabers Crucible which you can find here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMHPVdveXxwZHph66T2Co6A

On this channel Lord Nitro takes custom lightsabers and puts them through a rigorous testing process in “The Crucible” and includes tests to see what amount of impact a saber can take on various critical parts of the hilt and blade. He does this so people watching can make informed choices of which saber is suitable for their needs – without having to find out the hard way and damage a newly purchased item themselves. And I can say some of the test results are spectacular with bits of sabers being launched into the surrounding garden and probably neighbourhood! So please take a moment or two to check Lord Nitro’s channel out and leave a comment or two, click the like buttons and hit subscribe to get notifications of new videos – it will help grow his channel – as will telling your friends about the Crucible.

Finally, I just want to say that Lord Nitro, you are a champion in the Crucible and in the saber community. You are very generous and I appreciate the new hilt, it will have a good home here in For Tyeth Towers. May the Force Be With You.

I will be back next week with much more, including a new Star Wars “Visions” inspired hilt so please call back to see that and future posts. Thanks for visiting today and as always Till next time…..

“Electronic Core Collection” – A range of “Plug and Play” sabers

Hello Everybody, hope all of you are in good form. I know I am in a good mood as I have news of yet another “new arrival” at For Tyeth Towers and I have a new collection to showcase today. More on the new arrival later but first to my new collection of hilts which I gave a small sneak peek at (I think it was a few months back) when I did my Nerf inspire range. These sabers are a collection of basic hilts that have a modular or “Core” design where the electronics are housed in an interchangeable chassis system, a frame to hold the internal components securely). The chassis as mentioned holds the circuit board, battery, speaker and LED bulbs securely to prevent damage but the chassis also allows you to remove these parts and quickly install them in a new hilt. Sometime this type of tech is known as “Plug and Play”. Anyhoo whichever name is used a chassis looks a bit like this:

This system makes it slightly more cost effective to build up a collection of sabers because you can buy/make one Chassis Core and then mulitiple “empty hilts” or modular parts to interchange making your own distinctive style. A few custom saber companies make these “Empties” and modular parts so I decided to come up with a range of my own. So here is my FT Electronic Core Collection:

Long time viewers/readers may just remember these preview images I posted back in April! I went for a mixture of lengths from Youngling/child friendly one handed hilts to full length double hander hilts with the option for two blades! But all utilise the chassis system so one Core could be used for all the hilts (of course one hilt at a time 😀). Here are a few more close up Glamour shots with each hilt separately:

Next up the twin “Black Sun” sabers:

And finally the Silver Streak family:

I am kinda drawn to the twin “Black Suns” hilts personally but I think all of them have a charm about them. Then again, I DO have a bit of a thing for dark hilts at the moment – which brings me to my news of a new arrival….

You may remember last December I revealed my “Ultimate Works Flyte” lightsaber I purchased, well I discovered another very nice and slightly more advanced saber at a great price and….I bought one! This new saber has some very “trick” custom technology installed in it called “Xenopixel ” which means it has the ability to do some amazing effects my normal sabers can’t. This is because the “Xenopixel Blade” has 122 LEDs mounted along the inside of the blade tube and these can be triggered individually so you can program them to appear on/off at different times creating scrolling effects – sort of like the scrolling LED shop window signs. The saber I ordered came in on Wednesday (21st Oct) and I have been amazed how good it is! It also sounds awesome too with the ability to install numerous different sets of sounds to replicate different character’s hilts. I bought the saber from Padawan Outpost in the UK and here is one of their product images of the hilt named the IOTA:

Courtesy of Padawan Outpost

I tried to get a few pictures of my own but this saber is BRIGHT and my camera phone had difficulty photographing it…then I needed to charge the saber fully so I hope to have a full review and maybe a video of this beauty in action with my Flyte hilt soon – they make an awesome matching pair!

That just about wraps up this post and my “Electronic Core Collection”. Thanks so much for checking them out and I hope you will all call back to see my upcoming new saber review. I also have a few “Visions” – designs inspired by Disney/Lucasfilm’s new animated series of Anime shows…and a few more LEGO creations to showcase. But for now I’d like to thank you all whether a long time reader, or a newcomer, you are all much appreciated. If you like what you see here then please comment, like and if not already subscribe so you miss nothing and spread the word about FTSabersite! Till next time….

“Electronic Core Collection” is a collection of designs by For Tyeth/FTSabersite built and rendered in Blender 3D and are ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2021. The product image of the “IOTA” saber is from Padawan Outpost. I AM NOT IN ANY WAY CONNECTED WITH PADAWAN OUTPOST – I AM JUST A SATISFIED CUSTOMER – AND I HAVE RECIEVED NO REWARD OR PAYMENT FOR MENTIONING THEM HERE. (OK legal bit covered!)

A Thank You To Darth Rage Reviews -An Addition to For’s Family

Hello Every body and especially to Darth Rage. Now viewers may not know who Darth Rage is or know anything about his Star Wars content channels Darth Rage Reviews but I have been following Rage for quite some time and now and then would comment on his videos. Rage is “Your source for the Force” and discusses and demonstrates all things Star Wars and lightsaber related. He also does lightsaber spinning, posting regular videos on Facebook and TikTok as well as YouTube. Rage also has cosplaying videos and “quick change short videos” too. His YouTube channel has been growing with rising subscriber numbers. To celebrate this Rage has held “Giveaway Draws” when he reached 800, 950 and 1000 subscribers….you just had to like, comment and publicly subscribe to his YT channel to enter. I was subbed, and I just commented on numerous videos and then the Force looked kindly upon me and well this happened…

Yes I won, and the sound of tiny little feet I mentioned was the feet of my own little Babu Frik! I was amazed as I was just browsing YouTube on the day of the draw when, with 2 minutes to go before it happened I got a notification pop up. So I clicked to watch and support just as Rage drew my name out! As such I want to thank him, but just typing this doesn’t seem enough so I thought I’d try something….new….

I hope I didn’t shock too many of you, I admit I am not a natural YouTuber and was nervous but I managed to stammer my thanks out – even with the uninvited “guests” 😂. I was so pleased when Babu arrived that I wasn’t thinking straight and forgot to demonstrate him talking but keep reading and I’ll include a bonus video of “Babu Quotes” down below.

I would like to ask you to check out Darth Rage’s media platforms and channels, he truly is a great member of the Lightsaber and Star Wars community – and went above and beyond to make sure Babu got to me. Here are the links to his content!

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/DarthRageReviews

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/darthragereviews/

TikTok: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMeyxswB3/

Ok it’s time to listen in and see if Babu seems happy in his new home….

He really is a quality toy and very chatty. He is also inquisitive and soon found my stash of sabers…

Babu has really settled in and will have a good home in For Tyeth Towers. And that just about wraps up my thank you to Darth Rage. I hope you will support him in any way you can and I wish him continued success – and I’ll be along for the ride. I only have to thank you all for your support and for checking this post out left to do, you are all very much appreciated, whether a new visitor or a regular….thank you. Oh and I have a new sign off I want to try….Till next time, I am For Tyeth….the FOR in the Force!

“Darth Rage Reviews” name, media content and materials are used with permission. “Babu Frik” is manufactured by Mattel Toys and is Trademark/©Copyright of Mattel Toys and Disney/Lucasfilm. The Babu Frik quotes played by the toy are ©Copyright of Disney/Lucasfilm.

To Freddie….on your birthday….

Hello everybody…I have been a little busy recently and very nearly forgot that today, the 5th of September, is Freddie Mercury’s birthday. If Freddie was still here with us he would have been…75 years old. So I wanted to post this short post to show I hadn’t forgotten Fred and I made him a replica of his iconic microphone which you can see in this image….

Some of my long time viewers may also recall way back in 2016 I made a lightsaber sceptre which I named “Mercurial” to mark his birthday back then…

These small tributes still don’t add up to the massive debt I owe to Freddie for all the great music and inspiration he gave me as an aspiring keyboard player back in my younger days. And no…..I still haven’t perfected my rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody yet….but maybe one day I will. And if it wasn’t for that song I wouldn’t have had the chance to perform at a venue Freddie and Queen played during their 1974 tour and stand on the same stage as Freddie had. That was a magical night for sure.

So to Freddie, thanks again for everything and happy 75th…..I’m off to put my copy of “Live at Wembley” on repeat for the rest of the day so…..till next time…..READY FREDDIE?

Coming Soon! For Tyeth’s Newest Collection!

Hello Everybody, I think the title and the image above says it all…there is a new collection of sabers on the way. I have had a burst of energy and inspiration and built FIVE hilts and rendered them in just over four days!

Of course you can’t see them at the moment but here is the image again and I’ll let you all comment on which “outline” interests you the most.

These will be posted over the next 5-6 weeks which hopefully will enable me to finish off the other designs I have had on the back burner for a while.

EDIT: VOTING CLOSED AT 00:00 HRS (GMT) 11TH JUNE SO I HAVE THE TIME TO TYPE UP THE POST WHICH WILL PUBLISH AT 00:00HRS (GMT) SATURDAY MORNING!

Thanks for checking this announcement and I hope to see you this weekend when the first of this batch will be revealed. Till next time….

For Tyeth Edition saber designs are modelled and rendered in Blender 3D. Designs, 3D models and renders are ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2021.

“Cat’s Whikers Saber” – Inspired by Miraculous’ Cat Noir

Hello Everybody, hope you’re all doing well and ready for another new design. Last week I featured a hilt for the greatest martial artist ever – Bruce Lee – well this week I back things down a little to a slightly less intimidating character. But he’s still a superhero. Last month I posted “Miracle Saber” for Marinette DuPain Cheng aka Ladybug and told you about her battle against Hawkmoth and I mentioned another hero. That hero gets a saber today.

His name is Adrien Agreste, and is the son of the world famous Parisian fashion designer Gabriel Agreste. Adrien is very sheltered by his father but he is allowed to attend a regular high school which is where he met Marinette – unaware that she is Ladybug and likewise Marinette, despite liking Adrien a lot, is unaware that he is her mystery sidekick…..Cat Noir! Cat Noir is the quick witted, nimble superhero that has a devious charm and a very special weapon that he uses in combatting Hawkmoth’s zombie Akumatised victims. That weapon is a special baton that is ridiculously strong, has the ability to extend to amazing lengths allowing him to use it to “pole vault” around and over obstacles and traverse the city of Paris. It can deflect projectiles and it even has a mobile phone built into it…BUT….it isn’t a lightsaber! So I “fixed” it so it is a proper hero’s weapon for an elegant time! Here is Cat’s Whiskers….

This hilt is based off of Cat Noir’s extender baton and has a matching dark grey coating and green accents. The saber looks sleek and simple, just like the baton but I did add an illuminated activation switch in the shape of a cat’s paw/claws. The green bands are actually slightly recessed ridges to provide a bit of grip and decoration. Speaking of decoration, the pommel end cap features a “Cat’s Eye” emblem in green also (just like his eyes!). I think green is Cat Noir’s colour…

Here you can see Cat Noir with his baton in it’s extended version (though it can extend MUCH longer when needed) but as you can see it lacks the illuminated switch. I felt that my updated version of this weapon was too similar so I did add another piece of decoration which I modelled in 3D to test myself. That decoration is another “paw print” on the reverse side of the saber and is embossed into the surface of the hilt. You can see the emblem which is very important in these next batch of pics, along with a couple of my saber extended too!…

The paw emblem is a “reverse print” pattern of the activation switch (i.e. the raised sections are now sunken and vice versa) and this logo also appears on Cat Noir’s Miraculous trinket. Remember I mention Ladybug and Noir transform by using a magical object or piece of jewellery, well Cat Noir’s Miraculous is his finger ring which has the cat paw logo imprinted on it. The logo also displays a sort of timer showing how long he can remain as Cat Noir before the magic runs out. It is this ring (and Ladybug’s ear rings) that the villain wants and tries to steal in each episode. Hawkmoth…Ah yes….I said there was a Star Wars style twist regarding him didn’t I? It turns out that Cat Noir’s secret identity is so secret…..even HIS FATHER doesn’t know who he is….have you guessed the twist yet? SPOILERS!!! Hawkmoth is……..

OK, I had better stop this post here before I reveal anything that may ruin your pleasure watching Miraculous – The Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir in future – just in case you haven’t seen it. But before I go I have a short announcement to make and my usual thanks and salutations.

Recently WordPress announced that they are testing/rolling out a new feature onto “free account” blogs and sites. This comes in the form of “Sponsored Native Posts” which they describe as a way to generate traffic and awareness of blogs, posts, products and brands (whatever that means). They (WordPress) also state that the authors of free blogs (like me) cannot control what is posted on my pages, so you might read this post on my Homepage and directly above it will be a “Sponsored Post” inserted by WordPress. That post could be about anything! But there is a way around this and that is to upgrade to a paid account which will block these ads. Now I didn’t mind the small ads at the bottom of the pages of my site but full blown post entries I’m not totally happy about. I was considering upgrading as I will soon need more online storage but now this situation has arisen and I may need to consider paying for Hosting. Unfortunately I may have to ask for your help in future if I upgrade. FTSabersite would continue to offer free content as normal but I might have to add a “Members Only” subscription section or similar monetization (which the upgrade also allows for). But I would like your opinions on what “perks” you think I could offer for a subscription fee and whether you would be willing to pay for those. (Believe me I wish I wasn’t faced with this dilemma, however this blog due to my circumstances is just a hobby but one I put a lot of effort into and I’d like to keep it as it is).

Anyhoo, back to the “Thank You” notes I always finish on! Thank you each and every one who has visited (and read this far!) to support me and FTSabersite. You are all very much appreciated as I wouldn’t have an audience if you didn’t turn up. Please comment, like or follow me and spread the word about FTSabersite. I still have lots more to showcase. Till next time….

“Cat’s Whiskers Saber” is a For Tyeth Editions design inspired by the animated series “Miraculous – The Adventures of Ladybug and Cat Noir”. The “Cat’s Whiskers Saber” design, 3D model and renderings are Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2021. “Miraculous – The Adventures of Ladybug and Cat Noir” was created by Thomas Astruc and developed by Zagtoon Method Animations. All names, logos, images and related materials are Trademark/Copyright of Thomas Astruc/Zagtoon Method Animations.

FT’s Review of 2020 and look forward to 2021….What a year.

Hello everybody welcome to my last post……of the year that was 2020! Don’t worry I’m not quitting blogging just yet – even though this past year has made me think about it. What a year it has been, viruses and operating system crashes….laptop failures….premature and sad deaths….and a terrible pandemic sweeping the planet called Covid 19.

January started with mixed reviews of the final film of the Star Wars Skywalker saga with The Rise of Skywalker. By the end of the month it also had the UK worried about a new illness discovered in two Chinese nationals staying in a hotel in the city of York. Covid had already been detected in China during December but this was the first time I had heard anything about this killer illness. But in more positive news I did model and create a couple of hilts from the movie Rise of Skywalker. I got to see the film on the 20th December and by the 22nd I had built these…not bad for a beginner!

February was a good month (sort of) as I finally resolved an issue with my bank and received some compensation for mis-sold insurance. This meant I had a little bit of earth cash and I needed a new laptop as my existing one from 2007 was nearly at capacity and was struggling to perform what I wanted. So I knew I couldn’t afford a complete new setup so I decided to purchase a higher spec refurbished model. I thought the machine would last a year or two while I saved the full amount needed for a new desktop. I was wrong but more on that in a little while. In February I posted a few designs ranging from hilts inspired by LucasFilm’s new Mandalorian tv show on Disney+ along with a hilt from Mulan too. I also had the honour of building a model based on my friend PsychoSith’s beautiful artwork and a well known custom saber company in Portland Oregon was selling off cheap lightsaber parts in a “scratch and dent” sale. These parts were either Quality Control rejects or parts that were damaged in the building process and the company’s owner was selling them to amateur builders to use. Well one of these bargain basement deal pieces caught my attention so I made my own 3D version and turned it into a full hilt – I like to recycle! Oh and I built a saber for Zorro….yes a lightsaber Rapier!

March was another mixed bag as the first deaths were announced (UK) and worries about the Coronavirus grew and a Partial National Lockdown was implemented to contain and control the spread of the disease. It was also during March I started having tech issues with my new I5 laptop. I put the issues down to the problems Windows 10 had on certain computers and tried to work round any glitches. BUT I ended up having to re-install the operating system. I lost some of my files…but miraculously I salvaged some later. Some of the files and designs included these interesting items…another Rapier for Inigo Montoya, a saber for a Doctor Who fan I know and a new item, a Holocron for Darth Logos.

Please join me for Part Two of this review – click the button below!