Hello Everybody, I have a saber I promised to design for a friend of mine jonnys95s10, who is a fan of college basketball and in particular the University of Kentucky Wildcats! Now having researched the team it’s not surprising they have a big following of fans. The team boasts the best overall win/loss record in NCAA history, winning 76% of their games (.765 for my American statistician fans!). One of the guys responsible for such performance is Coach Cal, John Calipari. He is the latest coach of the team which began way, way back in 1903 so having a .765 rating over that length of time is phenomenal and deserves a Lightsaber, and here it is, this is Wildcat Lightsaber….
Wildcats Emitter 2
I hope jonnys95s10 approves of this design, I think it captures the essence of the team! The hilt is clad in the Kentucky Blue and White of the Wildcats’ franchise colours. It even looks as if it is wearing a team jersey with the checkered design on the grenade grip section, just like the pattern found down the sides of the team vests. The saber has a powerful look to match the percentage record and the emitter has two white accent rings, representing the hoops at either end of Rupp Arena. These hoops get used quite a lot with the amount of points the team scores (not to mention the monster dunks!) And to finish the hilt off there is a golden amber blade which projects from the fang-like emitter to reinforce the image of the team’s mascot Wildcat.
University of Kentucky Campus
I am approaching the end of the fourth quarter and will soon have to bring this post to an end. Hopefully this saber will count as another win for the Wildcats. I am still working on new designs (though I am having difficulty with SketchUp, but I will sort that out soon) and I hope you will return to see those and more from my friends in upcoming posts. Thank you so much for looking in on today’s post and for supporting me and FTSabersite, it is greatly appreciated. Till next time.
Hello Everybody, today we are celebrating the crowning of the new NBA Champions – the Golden State Warriors. Firstly I have to congratulate BOTH the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State for their efforts in sporting competition. The finals matches were entertaining (from my limited knowledge of the sport as I’m new to the game!). The Warriors got off to a stellar start and lead three games to nil but the Cavaliers won game four, hinting at a comeback. At 3-1 the decisive game five started and as is usual the score swung one way then the other. However there seemed to be a subtle difference in this game which I will discuss after I show you the limited edition Golden Warrior….
Golden Warrior Gold Edition
Golden Warrior GE Emitter
Golden Warrior GE Switch
Golden Warrior GE Body
Golden Warrior GE Pommel
Golden Warrior GE Hilt 2
Golden Warrior GE Vertical Up
Golden Warrior GE Vertical Down
Since I first posted Golden Warrior Lightsaber I have learnt how to apply layers of colour to the gallery pictures to replicate Powder Coating techniques. So as a result Golden Warrior does indeed have a golden sheen now! I feel it actually works nicely and wish I could have produced this earlier as my friend MommyHoldMe would have loved it. I hope he gets to see this as unfortunately I have lost contact with him. Speaking of “missing” friends, the Cavaliers seemed to be missing the aggressiveness that they displayed in Game Four that hinted at the comeback. The Cav’s star player, LeBron James didn’t seem to have the same impact as normal whereas Golden State’s players gelled as a team with Durant having an MVP game. However as I say I’m no expert but that was the impression I got from the game.
Well the Golden State Warriors are your 2017 NBA Champions and I’ll let them return to the Oracle Arena and San Francisco with their Golden Warrior GE Saber to celebrate – but please guys – don’t paint the city gold!
The Golden Gate Bridge towers inspired the choice of switch
The top of Coit Tower inspired the pommel
I am approaching the end of this post but would like to thank all of my viewers and followers for checking out this update. I have had visitors from Italy and Russia this past week indicating word is spreading about FTSabersite, so thanks for the support and please keep telling friends about the site. I would love to see you and your friends here again to check out new designs in my upcoming posts. Till next time.
Hello Everybody, Hopefully you will know me by now as a fair person, I like equal opportunity etc and of course Balance. So when I realised I had created a saber for the Boston Celtics but I hadn’t created one for their opponents in the Eastern Conference Final, I had to rectify the situation! So here I present my design for the Cleveland Cavaliers. This saber took a while to create as it’s one with multiple layers of colour. But I won’t make you wait any longer here is the Cleveland Cavs Lightsaber…
Cleveland Cavs Hilt
Cleveland Cavs Emitter
Cleveland Cavs Emitter 2
Cleveland Cavs Switch
Cleveland Cavs Body
Cleveland Cavs Pommel
Cleveland Cavs Vertical Up
Cleveland Cavs Horizontal
This saber doesn’t have as many geographical inspired design cues as some of my other designs, it is more along the lines of the team colours. On my satellite system the Cav’s uniforms were white with red and orange trim so this saber shares those colours. The Orange bands on the grip refer to Bobby “Bingo” Smith famed for his long range jump shots. He helped the Cavs to an NBA Central Division Title in 1975 and was part of the Miracle of Richfield (game 2 of the Semi-Finals vs Washington Bullets). There are 7 bands to represent his jersey number. The red band near the emitter signifies the single Championship Title in the franchise’s history (2016). The emitter itself has several hoops as a reminder of the scoring power of “The Big Three” of LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving.
Hopefully the followers of the Cavaliers will approve of this hilt. These Powder Coated hilts take more time to create (and can sometimes appear in low quality but sadly that is the graphics format the builder uses) however they do lift the design from just a basic silver and black hilt. I am always working on ideas for new hilts for characters and themes.
Unfortunately for this post we are running out of time and I will have to part company with you shortly. But as always I want to thank you for looking in today, it’s great to have your support. Please call back to see what new stuff my friends and I come up with in upcoming posts. Till next time.
Hello Everybody, I hope you all liked Roger Redux’s second contribution to FTSabersite, his Rorschach Lightsaber design. So strikingly simple it made it complex! Thanks again to Roger. Today however I bring you a complex saber of my own, and one in my Sports Themed hilts series. It is slightly overdue as the colour scheme was complex (and at first I wasn’t sure of the look so had to tweak it meaning more work!) but it has finally reached it’s intended home. The saber is a tribute to the team that call their home “Heinz Field”, they play in the AFC North at present and have a following called the “Steeler Nation” Yes this saber is for the Pittsburgh Pirates…sorry Pittsburgh Steelers! They were originally nicknamed the Pirates when they were founded way back in 1933 by Art Rooney. Surprisingly the team is still owned by Art Rooney’s descendants to this day, with his grandson Art Rooney II. Well enough talk Tyeth, it’s time to reveal the saber so here is Pittsburgh Steelers Saber….
Pittsburgh Steelers Hilt
Pittsburgh Steelers Emitter
Pittsburgh Steelers Emitter 2
Pittsburgh Steelers Switch
Pittsburgh Steelers Body
Pittsburgh Steelers Pommel
I hope this hilt finds approval with the Steeler Nation! To begin there is a Steelers “gold” blade to match the colour found on their uniforms. And that blade projects from an emitter with three spines, representing three rivers, The Allegheny, the Monongahela and the Ohio…but more importantly it represents the Steeler’s old stadium that was named the Three Rivers Stadium. Around the emitter are three bands of Powder coat colour, Steeler Gold, Red and Blue, a nod to the diamond accents on the team logo. The rest of the hilt is a mix of black and gold the primary colours of the uniform.
Hilt parts one
Hilt parts two
Parts 1 and 2 combined and painted
Now I mentioned I wasn’t sure of the original look I came up with, well to begin I had to make two sets of images as shown above (pics 1 &2) then combine them together so that I had silver parts on a black hilt, these silver parts I could then paint on. But my original saber looked like image three with just the three bands of colour. So I decided to add a Steeler Gold hand grip. However I had to start the Powder Coat paint process all over again!
The process took time but I hope you think it was worth the effort. And speaking of time, it has crept up on me once more and I will have to end shortly. Before I go however I’d like to thank the viewer from Italy who checked out Savannah95’s Berserker and Resonant lightsaber designs, your support is greatly welcomed. And to all my viewers and followers thank you too and please call back for more new designs in future posts. Till next time.
Hello Everybody, I am a little calmer today, my promo slideshow is out in the wilderness and I am just waiting to see some hits (I’ve had one already, ok it’s only one but I gotta start somewhere!). Today I return to my Sports Team inspired hilts with a saber for the NBA team from Boston Mass. A member of the forum I post on uploaded a picture of his saber that he had modified. The leather grip wasn’t to his liking so he replaced it with Hockey Tape. However the colour of the tape looked just like the Boston Celtic’s colours and it triggered my imagination again! This is the result, this is Boston Constitution…
Boston Constitution Hilt
Boston Constitution Emitter
Boston Constitution Emitter 2
Boston Constitution Body
Boston Constitution Pommel
Boston Constitution Pommel 2
Boston Constitution Vertical Up
Boston Constitution Horizontal
The saber has a green theme to it just like the Celtic’s uniforms, starting with the blade. That blade projects from an emitter I thought resembled a basketball hoop and net. There are slanted sections on the emitter which also remind me of the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge which just happens to be next door to TD Gardens Arena – home of the Celtics since 1995 (they formed in 1946 and played at Boston Arena, Boston Garden and a stint at Hartford Civic Center!) The switch makes for a nice choke point so spinning the saber is more comfortable and effective. The grip has a nice shade of green powder coat and tactical diamond milled grip plates. The pommel has a nice decorative and aggressive look with the ring of blocks around it’s diameter. Unfortunately there wasn’t one with 17 blocks on it then they could have represented the 17 times the Celtics were Champions!
This has been Boston Constitution, a tribute to the most successful team in American Major Sports (by percentage) and the greats like Red Auerbach and Larry Bird. Not to mention Zang Auerbach (Red’s brother) who created the now famous mascot and logo of Lucky the Leprechaun! As always I hope I’ve done the team proud, and hope you all like the design.
I am nearing the end of today’s instalment but I’d like to thank you all for visiting today and to say hello to the viewer who logged in from Argentina, thanks! I am off now to polish up a couple of hilts inspired by some comic book Ninjas I forgot to include with some earlier posts. Till next time!
Hello Everybody, Today I have a design for the NFL team that has earned the first round pick in this year’s Draft Pick. That team is the Cleveland Browns! The Browns are a team that play in the American Football Conference (AFC) North Division at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. The team adopted the name of their original coach, Paul Brown. The Browns started out in 1946 playing at Cleveland Stadium up until 1995. The team got into difficulties and had to be “re-built” but returned to competition in 1999 in their new stadium. One section of their stadiums inspired the name of this saber, it is called the “Dawg Pound” and so this saber is named after that section, the fan club that occupy it and their mascots Chomps and Swagger…this is Dawg Bite Saber…
Dawg Bite Hilt
Dawg Bite Emitter
Dawg Bite Emitter 2
Dawg Bite Switch
Dawg Bite Body
Dawg Bite Pommel
Dawg Bite Pommel 2
Dawg Bite Horizontal
This saber is painted in the Cleveland Brown team colours (though the brown itself is missing as it’s not offered as an available powder coat). However the orange, gloss white and black are present. The blade is a blood orange colour to match their helmets which are an oddity in the NFL. The Browns are the only team not to display team logos on the sides of their helmets (Pittsburgh Steelers have a logo on ONE side only). The emitter has a forked design to represent the teeth of the growling fans/Dawgs. The switch section is banded in orange and connects to the body section. Two ribs at either end of the grip are coated orange and look like the end-zones of a Gridiron pitch (the white ribs are your 10yrd markers!). The pommel is black and orange and can either represent the uprights of the goals or the superstructure of the stadium.
Well, I hope you enjoyed this trip to the “Dawg Pound” and Dawg Bite. I equally hope Cleveland do well in the draft pick in around 10 days time (apparently they have used 26 players in the Quarterback position in 18 seasons, so may be targeting Michael Trubisky from North Carolina – hey I know a bit about football 😀 )
Again time is against me but I want to thank a certain person who suggested I design this saber, I’ll call him D. Kay to avoid any embarrassment. I also wish to thank you my viewers and followers for your support. I still have more new designs coming up so please call in again to see those. 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.