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Kaled Dalek Saber – For Tyeth Edition

Hello Exterminate!….I mean hello everybody, today as you may have realised FTSabersite has a visitor from the Whoniverse! Yes I had the unusual experience of meeting one of the most “feared” races in the galaxy of Dr Who, the Daleks, at my local comic con a year or two ago but it occurred to me that I hadn’t built a proper Dalek inspired hilt. Well today I rectify that and bring to you a design firmly rooted in Kaled/Dalek origins. The Kaleds were a sort of reptillian/mollusc/octopus looking creatures that had mutated from more humanoid shape as a result of fallout from the weapons used during a civil war on their home planet of Skaro. To survive and become the “superior race” of the galaxy an individual named Davros developed a survival suit or armoured shell for the Kaleds to live in and hence became Daleks (The Daleks were created by Terry Nation and designed by the BBC designer Raymond Cusick. They were introduced in December 1963 in the second Doctor Who serial, colloquially known as The Daleks. (wikipedia).

But this is Dalek Dolly!

They over-ran numerous worlds, wiping out inferior beings and races but could never get the better of The Doctor or his assistant Ace. Through space and time the guy from Gallifrey was there to stop Davros and his followers. Ok, enough talk for now, I’m sure you’d like to see a few pictures so here you go may I present Kaled Dalek….

I think this saber pretty much speaks for itself…it is basically a misshaped Dalek fitted out with a lightsaber plasma blade! I know, I know! Daleks were dangerous enough with their own weapons without adding a lightsaber but this is just a concept and is safely locked away in my vaults. So beginning at the base you’ll have noticed that the “glider base” has four nozzles that act as the repulsor lift generators that were added to Dalek design in the late 80’s early 90’s so they could Elevate. The nozzles also work well as speaker vents for a custom saber design. Moving up the handgrip, the hilt features the famous Dalek skirt which is covered with numerous spherical balls which were sometimes jettisoned as mini bombs. The switch section of the saber represents the midsection of the Dalek that usually housed the equally famous Sink Plunger sucker arm and Egg Whisk Disintegrator Ray. I removed these appendages and used the recesses to install activation controls for the saber. Above the switch section is a very nice gripping section for the saber, made out of the radiator fins below the upper dome. This ribbed section provides a non slip surface and great position to hold the saber. Then of course the saber features the Dalek dome and the emitter for the blade. I removed the “police car” flashing lights and modified the eye stalk so it became the blade emitter.

However…news of my modifications to Dalek technology seem to have reached the ears of upper command and a Commander Elite has been sent looking for me!! Would you like to see it?…Here you are…more pictures…

Fortunately the Commander Elite realised he was no match for a fully fledged Jedi and friend of Ace, so he backed off and all is well.

And Sophie Aldred aka Ace!

But this brings me to the end of this post. As always just a few bits of news and thanks before I go…Firstly my new Jedi costume arrived recently and I will be making a few minor alterations. The outfit fitted me perfectly, I just need to add a few fasteners here and there to keep some parts of the costume in place and tidy a few unfinished threads (time to get my needle and thread out!) I will also be adding a new belt and boots hopefully in the next few weeks…but more of that in a “Jedi Fashion” special soon.

Thank you all for checking this post out and for all the support you have given me, whether this is your first visit to FTSabersite or you regularly call in you’re much appreciated. Please be sure to return for many more new designs and builds in future posts. Till next Time and Relative Dimensions in Space… And stay safe!

“Kaled Dalek Saber” is a For Tyeth Editions design inspired by the Dalek characters seen in BBC TV’s Dr Who series. The model and renders are ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2020. “Daleks”, “Kaled” and “Skaro” and all other names, logos, images and related material are Trademark/©Copyright of BBC Television UK.

Star Wars’ Birthday – A Long time ago…43 years to be precise!

Hello Everybody, A long time ago….43 years ago to be precise in a galaxy far, far away….well in 32 theatres in the United States of America….a phenomena was born! Yes it was today, the 25th May 1977 that Star Wars hit the cinemas and we were all catapulted into an adventure that spanned space and time. There was a space hobbit wizard, a farmboy, a scoundrel smuggler pilot and his half man half dog co-pilot… even a princess that needed to be rescued(?) from a large mechanical monster in black. Oh and there were “Lazer Swords” too! Star Wars was the brainchild of George Lucas the legendary director and film maker and his dream story has lasted till this very day.

I have been inspired and entertained by the franchise for as long as I can remember and as way of celebrating this 43 year birthday I attempted to do a bit of film making myself. Now I have done a few little animations recently, but they only lasted about 3 or 4 seconds (maybe a little longer) and only used one camera…well I have experimented and produced a TWO camera animation (Always Two there are….A Master and an Apprentice). I have used the Ebony coloured General Leia hilt I recently showcased and two cameras to make a mini masterpiece….oh and watch out for the Special Effects!….

So there is my mini movie! Ok I might not win anything at Cannes Film Festival with this but it was fun being the director and producer of a Fan-Film.

Thank you to George Lucas and ALL the folks behind the scenes that rarely get any praise who brought Star Wars to our screens and into our dreams. Thank you, my followers and viewers for checking out this little celebration and for all the support you give to me and my site, you are appreciated….always! Please call back for future posts as I still have much more to showcase. Stay safe and well, Till next time…..

“For Tyeth Sith Leia Animation” is a For Tyeth Editions creation. It was 3D modelled and animated in Blender 3D by For Tyeth of FTSabersite and is ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2020. Star Wars and all names, images, logos and related materials are Trademark™/©Copyright of Disney/Lucasfilm 1977-2020.

Zygerrian Sting Saber

Hello Everybody, on this site I have brought you the A to Z of saber designs and a few dROYDs along the way. Well nearly A to Z but today I have a Zygerrian Sting Saber to show you. The Zygerrians were a species of humanoid/feline appearance that were infamous for being involved in slave trading. Many years ago during the Old Republic era, Zygerria was the hub for slave labour and the Zygerrians made vast fortunes on the misfortunes of many species that were enslaved. Eventually the Jedi outlawed slavery and ended Zygerria’s exploits. However during The Clone Wars conflict the Zygerrians saw an opportunity to restart their slave empire. Obi-Wan Kenobi, Ahsoka Tano and Anakin Skywalker were sent to Kadavo in an attempt to end the trade once and for all.

It was in this story that we see a rare weapon used by the Zygerrians to control their slaves and it was an Electro-Whip which looked similar to a regular lightsaber. However the Electro-Whip was a non-lethal weapon as the Zygerrians didn’t want to “damage their merchandise” but it did still pack a “Sting”. I recently saw this whip in the Clone Wars cartoon and it reminded me that I confiscated one off a Zygerrian and I thought you might like to see one I designed based on it. Here are a few pictures of the Zygerrian Sting ..

In spite of the fact this was a cruel weapon to control helpless slaves it actually looked rather elegant. The hilt features an ornate emitter that almost resembled a standard lamp as found on luxury cruise space yachts. In the emitter are little nodes from which metal cables extended then the electricity was projected from the crystal diode. So this isn’t a Light Whip but is a regular but electrified whip. The emitter is shrouded with four gold generator coils which gives it that lamp like look. The handgrip has geometric “Greek Key” like markings which are raised ribs to aid grip.

However it is at the pommel that my design differs slightly. Because I decided to make my saber a full light/plasma weapon it needed a second source of power to generate the flexible blade (or solid blade if used as a conventional saber in multi mode) and that was stored in a crystal pommel FTE. Here are a few more pictures showing the crystal features…

As you can see the crystals are very special Kyber crystals that are harnessed by wire cages. This makes the whip a weapon for a skilled Master, but this one will stay inactive in my gallery. However as a treat I will activate it for you and let you have a look at it working – animation time!…

Zygerrian Sting Saber Animation

I think that just about wraps up this design and offering, I hope you liked it. I have a second, limited edition version of this hilt to show in a future post and I also have many more new designs inspired by Star Wars The Clone Wars and Rebels cartoons which I’m currently binge watching.

I also have news of a parcel I received on my doorstep recently and big news that thanks to you, my friends and followers I have cracked the 20,000 views milestone! Thanks so much for all the support you have shown me (especially recently during my technical issues!) and FTSabersite. Whether a first time viewer or one of my regulars you really do keep me posting and you’re much appreciated. So please stay safe in these crazy times and call back to see what else I have in store. Till next time…

“Zygerrian Sting Saber” is a For Tyeth Edition design inspired by the Star Wars The Clone Wars cartoon. The model and animation are ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2020. “Star Wars -The Clone Wars”, “Zygerria” and all other names, logos, images and related material are Trademark/©Copyright of Disney/Lucasfilm and starwars.com.

Happy Star Wars Day – from For Tyeth

Hello Everybody and Happy Star Wars Day – May The Fourth Be With You! As today is a special day for Star Wars fans I felt I needed to do something to celebrate too…so I managed to transfer a classic model from my old laptop and add a bit of an animation to create a short May The Fourth e-card of sorts! I am afraid it is very short but I wasn’t sure my new laptop would handle anything more complex in it’s current state but I did manage to produce something (You know “Do or Do Not…there is no try!”)

I sincerely hope you all celebrate Star Wars in a safe and fun way (especially in today’s unique circumstances) So enjoy watching the films, or the TV shows and cartoons, take part in an online celebration – be it on YouTube, Twitch, Insta, FB or your preferred platform of choice. Thanks for your support all year round not just today. Till next time…..

May the For be With You!

3D Model and animation made in Blender 3D by For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2020 and are ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2020. Star Wars is Trademark/©Copyright of Disney/Lucasfilm.

Wolves’ Claw Sabers -Wolverine revisited

Hello Everybody, today I take you back to the Marvel Universe and the world of the Wolverine. Long time followers of my site may recall I created some designs based on Super Hero themes such as Panther’s Claw, The Flash, The HulkAquaman and of course Logan/Wolverine. (These hilts were so good they inspired a custom saber manufacturer…probably – see HERE). While I liked those hilts I felt I could do better. However I never got round to improving on my designs as there were so many new unique For Tyeth and Star Wars hilts to build. But the other week I was chatting to a few friends of mine on Nothin Nerdy’s Discord server chat room. My friends, WinstonMaul and Emxc commented on my Mauled Staff CW7 and our chat turned to superheroes and Wolverine in particular. As most chats do it was suggested “Hey For, how about a Wolverine hilt? That’d be cool!” I replied I had done the ones I mention above but I could “redesign” a completely new version. So that is what I did…I decided to reforge the Adamantium and sculpt a new saber…this is Wolves’ Claw….

I didn’t go to town quite as much as I normally do and kept the design fairly clean and streamlined. I based the colours on Wolverine’s classic blue/black and yellow costume from the early Marvel comics and gave the hilt three claws just like Logan has.

The handgrip has a nice concave curvature to it which provides a very comfortable grip – and the flared ends prevents the saber slipping from your grasp. The pommel has an X-Men logo as the speaker vent cover. I also made a version in a reverse colour scheme…

I have an X-Men Academy version ready for next week. I have to do as much designing and work as I can while my laptop keeps working (I have to say it is less often it completely locks up but I still have to be wary). But there is some good news…

I have “re-discovered” an old website I used to watch cartoons on. It shut down it’s original site but I recently found the new one and it has ALL of the Star Wars Clone Wars seasons on it….including the latest one, season 7! So I am binge watching Clone Wars and have a new CW inspired hilt for a later post.

This brings me to the end of this post but I’d like to thank WinstonMaul and Emxc for challenging me to design this. I’d also like to thank all of you my viewers, followers and friends for all your support in these strange difficult times. It means a lot that you take time out to check my site. I sincerely hope you and your folks all stay safe and well and please be sure to call back and see future posts. Till next time….

“Wolves’ Claw” is a For Tyeth Editions design and is ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2020. It is inspired by Marvel Studios “Wolverine” and all names, logos, images and related material are Trademark/©Copyright of Marvel Studios.

Dune Saber 2020 – Built in Blender 3D

Hello Everybody, today we travel from one desert planet to another and from one galaxy to another. We travel from the world of George Lucas’ Star Wars over to the sands of Frank Herbert’s Dune! Photos of a new remake of the Herbert classic story have dropped in Vanity Fair magazine and as I had made a few Dune inspired hilts before (click HERE to view them) I felt I needed to make some updates too. So I have built a new saber for House Atreides, the noble family that is in conflict with the House Harkonnen over the control of a planet named Arrakis…or the Spice Planet…or just known as Dune! On this barren planet a special substance named Melange or Spice can be found and upon digesting it can give the person taking it the ability to navigate and control space itself making travel over vast distances possible and almost instant. This Spice therefore is a valuable commodity and whoever controls Dune, controls the Spice and so controls the universe.

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Paul Atreides, aka Muad’dib

The two warring families have vast armies, the Atreides army being headed by Paul Atreides son of Duke Leto Atreides (played by Kyle MacClachlan in the original 1984 film and by Timothee Chalamet in the 2020 remake), whilst the Harkonnen army has Fayd Rautha Harkonnen at it’s command. Fayd is the cruel nephew of Baron Vladimir Harkonnen. The story evolves and tells how the Harkonnen family begin to take over and Paul finds himself stranded on the planet Dune and reluctantly becomes the leader of a religious group of sand dwellers known as the Fremen. Paul teaches them warcraft and sorcery from his family connections with the Witches known as the Bene Gesserit. Paul is a Bene Gesserit by birth, his mother was Jessica who was part of a breeding program to provide a daughter who would then be bred with Fayd Harkonnen. Jessica however falls in love with Duke Leto and promises him a son….Paul. Complicated I know, the film was nearly 7 hours long uncut. However you are here to see a saber and I’m afraid I have been hit by technical issues once more so have struggled to get these images rendered but I think they turned out ok.

 

This saber was based on the bladed weapons seen hanging on the belts of Oscar Isaacs and Josh Brolin in the recently released photoshoot images. Oscar plays Duke Leto and Josh portrays the man-at-arms Gurney Halleck. Well the weapon had a Katana style leather wrapped Tsuka-Ito handgrip which I attempted to recreate with the metallic criss-crossed motifs down each side of the saber. The pommel has the House Atreides family emblem on it and that logo I also used as the activation switch. The emitter is supported by four gold coloured support rods. The emitter itself is a little bit different as it is in fact made by solidifying a letter “D” taken from the TrueTypeFont known as “Android” and creating a 3D object. I then gave the shape a golden inlay to make the “D” stand out (you can see this in the title image above were I use the emitter to spell the word Dune!) Finally there is the very special blade of this saber and it combines two elements, Water and Light. The water is special to the story of Dune as Paul Atreides has to find a way to bring water to Arrakis to enable him to control the Spice. And the Light which is special to lightsabers….is used here to contain the watery core of the blade…and if you zoom in closely you can see ripples in the water!

I have nearly finished this….wait! I nearly forgot something…sabers are known to have Kyber Crystals to help power them right? Well this saber has a “Water Pearl” to help power and focus the blade, wanna see it?….Dune 2020 Hilt 5 MK

There it is in it’s own little protective cradle! You can clearly see the ripples inside this droplet. Now as I mentioned before I am still having tech issues (I hope a new version of Windows due out in May will solve my problems) so I couldn’t produce a full gallery but here are a few of the images from Vanity Fair magazine that triggered my imagination…look out for the dagger handles….

Ok this time it is the end of the post but as always and in these difficult times I want to say a big thank you to you my friends, viewers and followers. You have supported me over three years now and I have broken the 19000 views milestone so thank you so much for taking time to support me and FTSabersite. It is much appreciated. I hope you will return to see what else I can come up with (I do have more designs I just have to get them polished up). Till next time…..stay safe and well!

“Dune Saber 2020” is a For Tyeth Editions design and is Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2020. Dune was written by Frank Herbert. The new Dune 2020 movie and all images are Copyright of Legendary Productions/Villeneuve Films/Warner Bros Pictures and Vanity Fair Magazine.

 

“Echo Saber” inspired by Obi-Wan’s Lightsaber

Hello Everybody, hope you’re all well. Today we stay in the Star Wars universe but I am bringing you a design I came up with based on the iconic saber seen in The Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars – A New Hope, the saber owned by Obi-Wan Kenobi. star-wars-obi-wan-kenobi-1-scaledGeneral Kenobi was well known for “tinkering” and modifying his saber and designs, keeping the plans and technical details in a journal (this journal was reportedly what Luke Skywalker used to instruct him on how to build his green saber in Return of the Jedi). So I imagined what Kenobi’s saber may look like if he modified it (or maybe somebody else did….) and I managed to come up with an elegant hilt that still reminds you of the original hilt. I call this saber “Echo”…

I removed the “troublesome” activation box that so many fans that own a Kenobi replica hilt complain about and I extended the “Grenade Grip” ridged body section. I also slightly thickened the “Thin Neck” but attempted to retain the original look. The pommel is slightly redesigned and hints at Luke Skywalker’s green saber. Echo still retains the classic blue blade and has a matching activation button instead of the cumbersome clamp mounted switch I mentioned earlier. I said that I imagined how this saber would look if Kenobi modified it and I also hinted “What if someone else got hold of the saber, what would they do with it?” Well, sadly after Obi-Wan gave his life so that Luke, Leia and the crew of the Millennium Falcon could escape the Death Star, his lightsaber fell to the floor where he was slain and became Darth Vader’s property. Not much is known of what happened to it after this but rumours say Vader stored it in his castle on the planet Mustafaar. But what if Vader studied his old Master’s hilt and did some tinkering himself? Then the saber might look like this…

I think this looks sufficiently Sith-like, with it’s new shiny new handgrip which on closer inspection has a few little windows cut into it. Those windows reveal the inner workings of the saber and the crimson red crystal chamber (you might remember Vader’s crystal in my “The Destined One” design I built a while back). This crystal chamber is the dark heart of this Sith developed design and produces the crimson blade so famously wielded by the bad guys. Here are a few images of the internals….

Again the crystal chamber forms the heart of this saber, Kenobi knew this and used the best technology he had to embrace it’s potential. However, I didn’t stop there. On the lightsaber forum where I post messages now and then one member asked the site owners if they had any new curved hilt designs. Well that triggered my imagination and I wondered what it Kenobi learnt something from duelling Count Dooku and he went on to build a curved hilt, how would that look? Something like this?…

I kinda like this one! I am not sure exactly how I managed to bend this but it worked (I used a modifier function of Blender 3D named “Bend Modifier but I didn’t know if the function could cope with the really complex structure that would create). A curved hilt alters the arc through which the blade follows when swung making it difficult for your opponent to predict it’s behaviour. Also if you grip the saber at various positions this changes the swings further, much like the way an Olympic class fencer can have dozens of angles of attack. If well practised then you as a saberist would have a distinct combat advantage if you used these techniques. However I know some saber purists would dismiss a curved hilt so I have one final straight version in a predominantly silver colourscheme and this is Echo Spirit…

So that just about wraps up this offering, I hope you enjoyed it. I had fun re-imagining an iconic design and hope I did a fair job of it. I may return to re-imagine other classic hilts in future but I have been asked by certain members of a Star Wars community to create some X-Men themed hilts so I am working on those (hello WinstonMaul and Emxc from my friend Nothin’ Nerdy’s community). I hope you will return to see those (and other Star Wars stuff) in future posts. I again want to thank you all, my friends and followers for your un-wavering support in these difficult times, I appreciate you taking time out to support me and check out FTSabersite. Till next time, stay safe and well…..

“Echo Saber”, “Dark Echo Saber” and “Echo Bend Saber” are For Tyeth Edition designs and are ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2020. (General) Obi-Wan Kenobi and all Star Wars related names, logos, images and related material are Trademark/©Copyright of Disney/Lucasfilm.

Mauled Staff CW7 – Inspired by Maul in The Clone Wars (season 7)

Hello Everybody, today I have sort of good news and we return to the galaxy far, far away with a Star Wars themed design. Now firstly the good(ish) news….after spending over TWO days trying to revive my laptop I gave up sort of. I had followed the instructions on Microsoft’s site and watched YT videos (cautiously) and all my attempts failed. I left the machine alone and used a borrowed laptop to make my Brian May tribute hilt/guitar last week but I got bored. So Mrs T convinced me to try once more to try and fix it and I went through the same procedure with the Recovery USB Drive and….it WORKED sort of. I managed to install Windows again to the point where I have installed all the most recent updates (even in the short time my machine was Kaput MS released MORE updates!). This means I can tentatively use my new laptop again and I have managed to build a new staff design. It is the new double bladed weapon owned by…Darth Maul who features heavily in the new The Clone Wars season 7 cartoon. I haven’t seen the new season of cartoons so can’t give any details, I just know he is back and using a newly repaired staff lightsaber and here are a couple of WIP MatCap renders of my version of it named, Mauled CW7….

Some eagle eyed viewers/readers may recognise one end of the staff as it belonged to Maul’s lightsaber staff which was damaged in his duel with Ob-Wan and Qui-Gon in Phantom Menace. The second half of this rebuilt weapon is a lightsaber formerly owned by Aurra Sing the bounty hunter and failed Sith apprentice.807-1-58c2c71dc4b6d

Again how Maul got this I don’t know as I haven’t been able to keep up with all the cartoons and novels that Disney have released (these fill in all the gaping holes in the plots of the films!) because I can’t afford Disney+ and all the books etc. But enough chat as always you like to see nice pictures and hopefully these new renders are back to my high levels! Here are the Glamour Shots…

Well I hope these are better! I felt bad that I had to resort to using my old setup and my output suffered but I also felt I wanted to keep active. As a result I may return to my Brian May design and re-render the images and get some proper Glamour Shots of “The Lady”. Back to this hilt, it has the half of Maul’s saber we all know and remember but the Aurra Sing half is very different! It was also very interesting to model….those holes took a lot of work. A closer look also reveals that I placed a For Tyeth Crystal Chamber inside! I am not sure how comfortable this staff would be to use with all those holes and sharp control box switch section – it would be like holding a cheese grater! But Aurra Sing and Maul seem to manage with it. However, with all that said I think I kinda like the staff, it is the first I have been able to build since my computer hiccups!

I am nearly at the end of this post and I hope you all enjoyed it. It was a bit stop start for me typing it out as I kept having to save the draft every 5-10 minutes! But I managed. You could say I FORced it to work….I’m sorry, bad joke but I have been stressed and I’m just relieved I could present this to you all. So thank you so much for checking this design out and for supporting me and FTSabersite in these difficult times. Whether you are a new visitor or one of my regular reader/viewers you are all much appreciated and in my thoughts. Hopefully you will all return for future posts which will feature new designs I have come up with inspired by Obi-Wan Kenobi….along with some other “salvaged” designs I managed to save. Till next time, stay safe and well…..

“Mauled CW7 Staff” is a For Tyeth Editions model and is ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2020. It is inspired by the weapon seen in Star Wars – The Clone Wars (s7) which is Trademark/©Copyright of Disney/Lucasfilm ltd 2020. All Star Wars names, logos, images and related material are Trademark/©Copyright of Disney/Lucasfilm.

Red (5) Special – A Thank You To Dr Brian May

Hello Everybody, today I wish to present something very different and very personal at this very crazy time in the world. As you know we are in the grip of a global pandemic and a lot of the planet is in lockdown to attempt to close the virus down. With this lockdown society has had to find new ways to entertain itself and one individual has gone about it in a very humble and genuine way. That person is an idol of mine and he is called Dr Brian May. Yes, the lead guitarist of the rock band Queen. Brian has quietly gone about producing YouTube “Micro Concerts” and tutorials each and every evening to entertain and more importantly reassure us that there are folks out there that are thinking of you and me, so we don’t feel so isolated.

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Now I have a very strong emotional connection with Queen and Brian’s work, the day I was born Bohemian Rhapsody was sat at No.1 in the charts, the first piece of music I remember hearing was the guitar solo from Killer Queen, I taught myself music and piano – starting with a Stylophone! I progressed to proper home keyboards when I convinced my parents I was serious I wanted to learn. I practised Bohemian for over 20 years to get to a “passable rendition” of it…still haven’t nailed it. I did become good enough to play in a band and performed the song around the clubs of the UK….and I even had the honour of performing on a stage that Brian, Roger, John and Freddie stomped on during their 1974 tour. I had serious goosebumps that night! But I realised when I saw the videos that Brian is now posting that I hadn’t really thanked him for what he (and Queen) had given me. This was partly due to not having access to social media and partly because I was shy about reaching out. Well that ends today. I have designed a little something as a “virtual gift” to Brian and it combines elements of his career, music, his love of Astrophysics…oh and he is a BIG Star Wars fan too. This is Red (5) Special….

This is Brian’s beloved guitar the “Red Special” or as she is sometimes called, “The Lady” modelled as best I can in 3D! Brian and his father famously built this guitar from scratch using parts such as a knife blade and a 100 year old piece of wood from a fireplace mantlepiece! Luckily I didn’t have to source parts but I did have a really difficult job recreating the beautiful shape of this instrument (and all the other parts). It has the selector switches, the rotary knobs, the famous triple Humbucking pickups, a tremolo arm…the tuning head with machineheads…and if you look on the back I even added the two black access panels/repair patches you don’t normally see! However, this isn’t 100% accurate as I intended this model to form a display stand for a new…lightsaber! Well Brian is a Star Wars fan so I imagined what a saber would look like with a guitar shaped display stand and realised I could expand the triple pickups to form a cradle to hold a saber…

And the saber is a design I modified from my Altenweg Shoto design I made last year as I realised it had a bit of a Flash Gordon look to it so was a perfect hilt to use. And I’m allowed to mention Flash Gordon on this website as Queen and Brian had a little role in it. It was a spectacular mash up of movie magic and magnificent music. And as I near the end of this offering I have a few more images to share…

It turns out a guitar makes a decent display stand and I have nearly come to the end of this post…Oh wait, you may ask what connection to Astrophysics does this model and guitar have? Look closely near the white switches and you’ll see Brian’s star logo to represent his love of astronomy and his Doctorate on the subject (He’s probably even used radio telescopes like Jodrell Bank!). And why is there a 5 in the name of this model? Red 5 was Luke Skywalker’s callsign in the Death Star attack in Star Wars of course!

I want to finish by saying thanks once more to Brian and I sincerely hope he likes this, it meant a lot to model it and is my small way of saying thanks for all he has done, is doing and will continue to do for all of us in the future.

Stay safe, well and keep rockin – we appreciate Everything You Do.   For Tyeth.

And NO SYNTHESIZERS were used in the making of this design!

All images and likenesses of the “Red Special” are Trademark/©Copyright and belong to Dr Brian May. All names, images logos and related material belong to their respective owners. The Blender 3D “Red (5) Special” model and renderings were made by me, For Tyeth and are ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2020.