Hello Everybody, today I return to my “Themed” sabers and one particular theme I had last year was my MotoGP inspired hilts. I created a design then applied a paint scheme to represent the main manufacturers and race teams. I had Yamaha, Ducati, Suzuki and Honda models all in team colours. Well I have been watching the IndyCar championship, the Le Mans 24 Hour race and more of this year’s enthralling MotoGP championship and was inspired to build a saber based on speed again….this time in Blender 3D. This is my first original design from scratch using the new software and is really another testbed to see what I can create, so is fairly basic. Enough talking here is Speeder Lightsaber 3D….
Speeder Lightsaber 3D
Emitter and Switch
Checkered Flag Pommel Grille
Comes in Red….
And of course FT Green!
I used this as I said above, to test things out and discover in which order I had to perform certain functions to get the look I want. For example the hilt body is more of a parallelogram with a slanted emitter and pommel, which I had to deform first before I could add the finer details. One happy accident I had resulted in the “checkered flag” pommel grille. I slanted the hilt body then divided the endcap panel (called a Face section). I selected alternate mini sections and pushed them back inside the hilt to create the grille. However after I formed the grille, I thought some edges on the grip looked sharp so I applied a bevel to soften the grip area. What I didn’t know was that it applied a bevel effect on the grill too which gave it a neat concave appearance! Basically though the hilt still looked basic and bland, needing some detail so I divided the side panels and created a raised flag motif on the side grips too which I then applied colour to. So this model comes in Red, Grey or of course my famous For Tyeth Green!
As this is fairly short post, I thought I would give you all a sneak peak at what I am working on for upcoming posts. A good friend of mine emailed me saying how he and his younglings enjoyed my Comic Con post so I’m building a set of sabers for them.
I am approaching the finish line for this post, I hope you liked my reimagining of an old theme. I want to thank you for your support and looking in today, it means a lot that you still call back. Please come back and see what else I have in store in future posts. Till next time.
Hello Everybody, today we return to MotoGP and my motorcycle themed hilts. The team I am celebrating this time is the Honda Racing Corporation (HRC). It all started in Hamamatsu, Japan in 1946 when Soichiro Honda and Takeo Fujisawa formed the Honda Motor Co. They too experimented with internal combustion engines for farming machinery, boats, power generators anything that needed an engine. Honda built motorised bicycles which developed into full motorcycle designs. One of the best known of the latest models was the CBR-1000RR Fireblade. Being a mechanic and racer, Honda soon formed the Motorcycle division and since 1959 has been the biggest manufacturer. The racing division Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) formed in 1982. This is my tribute to the present day HRC MotoGP team, this is Speeder HRC…
Speeder HRC Hilt
Speeder HRC Emitter
Speeder HRC Switch
Speeder HRC Body
Speeder HRC Coupler
Speeder HRC Pommel
Speeder HRC Pommel 2
Speeder HRC Horizontal
If you have seen my previous designs you will know that I tried to create a saber that had the lines of a top flight racing machine. The emitter forms the front mudguard and fairings. The switch is the main body of the bike complete with the cut outs for the radiators! The seat is created using the saber’s leather grip from which the bike’s exhaust sticks out the back. That exhaust is the FTE pommel with accompanying orange glow. The whole saber is painted in powder coat colours which closely match HRC’s corporate race colours. So you can judge how close I got here is Honda’s race bike..
I hope Honda and their riders approve. There have been some very famous names riding these machines ranging from Mike Hailwood (famous for multiple victories in the Isle of Mann TT), multi time MotoGp World Champions Mick Doohan, Valentino Rossi and current Champion Marc Marquez and his team mate Dani Pedrosa. However did you know they also have celebrity fans including a Jedi Knight…here take a look!….
Oooh! A Motorbike!
Obi-Wan resting on a FIREBLADE!
There you go just in case you thought I had forgotten that this site is about sabers 😀 . I do need to point out the newspaper Obi-Wan is reading is a UK based publication called MCN – Motorcycle News! This design finishes my collection of MotoGP hilts and I am close to the end of this post. But before I go I’d like to thank you all for checking all my designs out, your support means a lot. I will be returning to the Star Wars universe and maybe a few sports hilts in upcoming posts. I hope you will join me. Till next time.
Hello Everybody, I continue today in the high octane world of motorcycle racing with my next design/scheme. This time it is for the Japanese marque of Yamaha. Yamaha’s motorcycle division was founded in 1955 headed by Genichi Kawakami. Their first model was the YA-1, a 125cc machine. Although this was the first bike Yamaha made it scored success right from the start, winning the Mt Fuji Ascent race and a clean sweep 1-2-3 on the podium of the All Japan Autobike Endurance Road Race! This success was an indication of things to come and it is now time for me to present my tribute to Yamaha’s current team, riders and machinery, this is Speeder Yamaha…
Speeder Yamaha Hilt
Speeder Yamaha Emitter
Speeder Yamaha Switch
Speeder Yamaha Body and Coupler
Speeder Yamaha FTE Pommel
Speeder Yamaha Horizontal
Can you spot the Movistar “M”?
I hope this paint scheme works, it is fairly close to the real bike and I have even managed to create a little design detail as a nod to the Yamaha MotoGP team’s sponsor for 2017…Movistar! Once more the emitter takes the place of the bike’s mudguards and fairings. The Switch section however is the part I did my little bit of magic on…in the last picture of the gallery I lined up the switch so you can see the cut-out. Hopefully the combination of this cut-out and the colour of the surrounding casing should form the outline of a letter “M”. This is Movistar’s logo and can be seen on the side of the Yamaha team’s cycles (pictured below)
I can see the “M” Tyeth!
Yamaha M1 Racing Cycle
Yamaha have had some famous riders on their machinery including legends like Giacomo Agostini, Kenny Roberts, Eddie Lawson, Wayne Rainey and currently someone described as possibly the “Greatest Of All Time”, Valentino Rossi, I have a large legacy to honour and hope I have managed that. I also hope you my viewers and followers liked this latest tribute. I want to thank you all for your support and for visiting, and please remember you can leave comment and feed back below. I’d love to hear what you think of my work and maybe ideas for things you’d like to see! I will have to end here, I have a very irate ninja warrior in an oriental costume with VERY sharp blades on it who wants to appear in tomorrow’s post, so I had best get on with typing it up! Till next time.
Ciao Everybody, I have another of my MotoGP inspired hilts, this time for a famous Italian marque. This company is Ducati Corse S.P.A. which was founded in a round about way in 1926. Antonio Cavalieri Ducati and his sons, Adriano, Bruno and Marcello founded Società Scientifica Radio Brevetti Ducati in Bologna to produce vacuum tubes, condensers and other radio components. After the war another fledgling company in Turin began making small engines to mount on bicycles. Ducati developed their own engine and bicycle called the Cucciolo in 1950 which had a top speed of 40mph! The company expanded and developed bigger, more powerful bikes and broke speed records etc. The company also moved into the world of racing and achieved similar (but mostly greater) success. Now the top of the line Desmosedici MotoGP racing bike tops 218mph…just a little bit quicker than their Cucciolo!
In recognition of their history here is my design for them..
Speeder Ducati Hilt
Speeder Ducati Emitter
Speeder Ducati Emitter 2
Speeder Ducati Switch
Speeder Ducati Body
Speeder Ducati Ccoupler and FTE Pommel
Speeder Ducati FTE Pommel
Speeder Ducati Horizontal
This design I hope is as elegant as some of Ducati’s own motorcycles. The pure white blade projects from the scalloped emitter which represents the front wheel’s mudguard and fairings. The switch section stands in for the bike’s fairing with cutaways for the radiators. Next up is the rider’s position the seat, represented by the beautifully simple black leather grip section. At either end of this “seat section” are a couple of white flashes to give the indication of the team sponsorships and corporate colours. The saber is finished off with an FTE Pommel, complete with blood orange glow in place of the bike exhaust. The view of the exhaust is probably the most common for the other teams as they try to catch the “Bologna Bullet”. Here is a picture of the latest racing version mentioned above for you to compare…
As I said before I really hope I’ve done justice to such an amazing piece of technology (and I have seen quite a bit of it in my time 😀 ). I also hope you my viewers and followers enjoyed this bit of Italian influence. Sadly it is nearly time to say “addio” and bring this post to an end. Thank you so much for checking my site out and please call in again if you liked what you saw (and maybe tell your friends about FTSabersite, everyone is welcome). I will have more sports themed hilts, the Ninja Turtles and I am working on new designs. Till next time.
Hello Everybody, today I would like to introduce you to the world of motorsport, and while it may not be Pod-Racing, I still find this form of sport exciting. It is MotoGP, where the top motorcycle manufacturers battle it out on the racetracks of the world. It is the pinnacle of the sport and has the best riders in the world competing. One particular team is the Suzuki Ecstar Racing Team who re-entered the championship last year with a re-engineered bike and made a big impact! The new season started last weekend in Qatar and their quest for a title begins again. I have liked their road bikes for a while now so here is my tribute to their racing machines, this is Speeder – Suzuki…
Speeder – Suzuki Hilt
Speeder – Suzuki Emitter
Speeder – Suzuki
Spedder – Suzuki Body and FTE Pommel
Speeder – Suzuki Hilt 2
These top of the range racing machines are beautiful and sleek and full of technology, just like a lightsaber, so I attempted to recreate one. To begin I used an emitter that has a similar appearance to the front mud guard and wheel fairing. Next along is the switch section which lends itself very well to the look I was going for. The switch I used to form the fuel tank and the cut-outs on the switch look just like radiator air intakes. The rider’s seat is represented by the body and leather grip section (with Suzuki blue leather!). The FTE pommel stands in quite nicely as the exhaust pipes of the 1000cc engine machines and has a fiery orange Kyber Crystal glowing inside. To wrap up the design, the saber come with a gorgeous Suzuki Ecstar Racing blue coloured powder coat (actually called Translucent Blue by Saberforge)and matching yellow trim.
Now, as with the Sports themed hilts and Football/Ice Hockey/NFL etc I will have tributes to some of the other teams including Yamaha, Honda and Ducati. But as always the finishing line is in sight and this race is nearly over. However I’d like to say thanks to you all for looking in today and invite you to come back and check out the new stuff I have coming in future posts. Till next time.