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FTX-1 TIE Fighter – Tyeth Industries Experimental

Hello everybody and today we blast back into space with another iconic starfighter and if I were to type this shape

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You might just recognise which stafighter without me saying anything else! Yes today I turn my attention to the Empire’s most feared fighter. That fighter is the Sienar Fleet Systems’ TIE Fighter. The name some may not know is an acronym representing the ship’s type designation. T.I.E. stands for Twin Ion Engine Fighter as it features twin Ion powered engines which are a bit like compressors but without any moving parts! The engines aren’t the only unique feature as the ship has distinct hexagonal “solar panel” wings and an “eyeball” cockpit section. The cockpit was a dangerous place to be for Imperial pilots as the ships didn’t have an atmospheric system meaning they had to wear sealed flight suits…but worse, they didn’t have a Hyperdrive and they didn’t carry shield generators making them vulnerable. TIE Pilots were considered expendable and the Empire relied on overwhelming numbers rather than smaller quantities of quality piloted ships. So on this sad note I decided I would try and improve this design and build a new fighter I call the T.I.E. Fighter or Tyeth Industries Experimental fighter!

Sharp eyed readers may have also spotted the Bladerunner “Spinner” Police Flying Cars in the background of these pics…I have no idea where they came from but I think Han Solo was piloting one of them 🙂

As you can see I started with a basic model to begin with as I was working from memory and wanted to tweak the wings but I wasn’t happy with what I came up with. The wings were too stubby/boxy if you know what I mean, they didn’t look right at all. I did get the fuselage and cockpit sort of OK, it has twin laser cannons under the front windshield and there are the two engines – but as always I wanted to do better. So I wheeled the model back into the workshop and came up with this upgrade…

These wireframes clearly show I modified those blocky winglets from my first version and the segments have checkered solar panels! I also elongated the wing mount pylons, making the ship slightly wider but more sleek. This reduces the cross section and makes the ship hard to hit with lasers – though the wings are still large targets. More importantly I added a few more bits of panelling to allow installation of a Hyperdrive and shields! This revised version needed testing so I took it for a spin…

The flights took place within the atmosphere just so I could evaluate the handling and characteristics, which I’m pleased to say were quite nice and responsive. The ship had a good roll rate so you can spin, cos “Spinning….that’s a good move, WHOOAAA!” Sorry I came over a bit Anakin there! But having passed the in atmosphere tests I needed to get this out into orbit and stretch it’s legs, here are a few images from my extended range flight tests! Another gallery…

I gotta say this new FT TIE Fighter can really move! It’s a good job I am not putting it into production or the Rebellion would be in BIG trouble. I managed to find some picturesque locations for my test and got some nice pictures. However I am particularly pleased how the last image turned out as the colouring made the pic look like a 1977 style poster! (I also used it as my post title image ^^)

That just about wraps up this design, I had great fun recreating a classic TIE Fighter to go with my reworked X-Wing and I hope you liked it too. Before I go I need to let you know I still have a further TIE variant that I have modelled and will feature in an upcoming post…but that’s not all I have another SEVEN hilts and my big new battle-ready starship has been approved by my friend who asked me to design it. This means I have another post for that. Phew! I think that’s all the news. Thank you so much to each and every one of you who visited FTSabersite today, whether it’s your first trip here or if you’re one of my regular readers/followers – you’re all much appreciated and please comment, like and call back for future posts. Till next TIEm….

“FTX-1 TIE Fighter – Tyeth Industries Experimental” is a For Tyeth Editions 3D model inspired by the TIE Fighter seen in the Star Wars universe. The models and renderings are ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2020. The “Sienar Fleet System TIE Fighter” and all names, logos, images and related material are Trademark/©Copyright of Disney/Lucasfilm.

Dyad Sabers – It’s all about pairs (and boots)

Hello everybody, first off thanks so much for all the kind comments on my 500th post last week it means a lot. So today I return to a collection I had been promising a while back but then my Windows 10 install crashed and I thought I had lost them. These were my original concepts collection of hilts I built to stretch my understanding of Blender’s latest version. This was the second design I came up with so I thought “I know, I’ll build two of them” and so I created a Dyad – which is a catchy word I used for the design name. It is a fairly basic design but for around forty minutes work it turned out OK and it featured a few details that were improved over past versions of Blender. Anyhoo, here is the first gallery of pictures from the workshop….

You might be able to tell that this saber is quite sleek, not too fussy, has a good grip but I did make a small compromise and added a crystal chamber. Unfortunately it wasn’t till later when I was taking the Glamour Shots that I noticed when viewed from the side the saber looks like a bricklayer’s “Spirit Level” tool with the chamber looking like the level’s bubble chamber! I’m not sure whether there are bricklayers in the Star Wars universe anymore as most buildings are now of a Duraplast or metal construction. OK so I had best move on and let you see the next gallery and this one is the Glamour Shots…

I did make a vanity decision and made this hilt with a green core assembly and inserts with a black shroud. Green is sort of my thing and I figured I could work it into my “Branding” if I ever put these in production! I think the saber has an edgy look to it and the bell emitter is semi recessed, surrounded by a shark’s mouth cut-out in the shroud. I also added some “Tombstones” which are the small rectangular adornments that slot through the shroud and help hold the emitter in place. These also give the saber a look similar to Ahsoka Tano’s hilts from The Clone Wars cartoon. Ahsoka was famous for wielding two sabers so I thought I should build a second hilt to accompany this one so I gave Dyad a new colour scheme for the core. Here is the next gallery…

This colour I quite like and it is one you don’t see on lightsabers very often. The candy orange is really a contrast and complimentary colour to both the green and black. Now I have a balanced pair of hilts, and in Star Wars everything is about balance. But as always I couldn’t just finish here and as I had a ”duality” theme going on, two sabers, two colours, a double bladed version was needed. This is one final image of how two Dyads could form a saberstaff double bladed hilt.

That just about wraps up this post, except for an exciting bit of news I’d like to share. I have been hinting and mentioned that I am in the process of assembling a Jedi costume and I have received my tunic, tabbards, pants and robe and they fit nicely (I just have a few minor alterations to make). However the outfit didn’t come with boots so I looked for a pair of cosplay Jedi boots…but when Mrs T saw the pair I found she was a little concerned how long they would last. She told me “if you are going to buy a pair you may as well get a decent pair..” and offered to help me buy a quality pair and I may have gone a bit mad. I have ordered a pair of “proper” replica Jedi boots as worn by..(?)…in The Phantom Menace! I spent over an hour exchanging emails with the manufacturer in real time so I could send in my measurements for the boots – I’m REALLY nervous now hoping I got the sizing right. Pictures will be posted in a special FT Fashion post when they arrive and I’ve finished the outfit.

Finally I’d like to finish with my usual thank yous. Thanks to all of you who have visited and supported me and FTSabersite, whether today or as a long time viewer/reader. I can’t publish a blog without you and you’re all very much appreciated. Till next time……

(Have my boots come yet?…No?….OK maybe tomorrow….)

“Dyad Sabers” are a For Tyeth Editions design and are ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2020. “Ahsoka Tano” and Star Wars are Trademarks/©Copyright of Disney/Lucasfilm.

FTX-Wing Fighter – Fit for my 500th!

Hello everybody and welcome to a special post for me. Way back on August 17th 2016 I posted my first ever design here on FTSabersite – yes I’ve been around that long. Little did I expect to still be coming up with material almost four years later. I spent around a fortnight setting this site up and a friend of mine, Savannah95 helped debug it for me and make sure all my links went to the right place and I went live with my first design, which you can see here…

This was made using a third party online saber building app, and I entered it into a design contest held by the company that created the app…and I won! That gave me the confidence that I could create sabers and I must have come up with over 500 by now! Ah yes 500! That is also the number of this post, my milestone I reached today. And to celebrate I wondered “What gift would I like for my 500th?” The answer was….an X-Wing maybe, so now I use Blender I built one and here it is…the FTX-Wing….

These work in process images and wireframes show how I progressed and complex the model is. Of course I had to have a gold plated ship too. However as nice as these studio shots are you want to see the Glamour pictures so here is gallery two…

The first three images are slight work in progress test images and you can see how I modified the cockpit and even added R2-D2. I think this is a little bit different than a lightsaber and it turned out nice for my first spaceship. I used a lot of modelling techniques and features within Blender including Mirror Modifiers to build one half of the ship while Blender automatically “mirrored” the opposite half. Then I used a new tool add-on that adds nice crisp cut-outs, recesses, grooves and slots (around the engines). I even remembered to add navigation lights!

But then I thought “Ok, I now have an X-Wing…what can I do with it? I know….take it on a mission!” So I decided I’d try to recreate a piece of movie history….the Death Star Trench Run!….

I made this little video recreating my attempt to defeat the Death Star. (I watched a documentary on how the Empire fastened the parts of the Death Star together…..it was RIVETING!)

And I have my friend Neil of https://makeroommakeroom.wordpress.com/ to thank for the Death Star trench. He told me about another Blender function that I used to recreat the panels and blocks that make up the trench walls….the Discombobulator function (yes that’s what it’s called!) I then swung the camera around 180degs and filmed the aft view of the FTX-Wing and get a close up view of the engine pods and the glow I created for them. I’m really proud of these as they look really close to the original FX in the re-released version of Star Wars (George Lucas added more ships and glowing effects). You can see much more clearly where I’m flying to…I’m flying to the end of the trench to finish my mission. Was I successful? Let’s take a look….This is Emerald Leader reporting in…..

OK, again I know I’m not going to worry Disney or Lucasfilm with my film making skills but I bet for a moment you thought it was real! And at the very end I did reach my objective – the exhaust port I aimed my torpedoes at was shaped as a 500! Success!

That just about wraps up this special 500th edition of FTSabersite and as always I’d like to thank everyone, and I mean everyone who visited from day one to today. You have been fantastic and I have loved getting to know some of you better, I have made good friends which is priceless. Now before this sounds like some sort of retirement speech I’d better let you know I still have 7 saber designs and 3 more spaceship designs to display so I might just have enough material to get to 1000 posts….who knows? I hope you will return to find out in future posts. Till next time, stay safe and thanks once again….For Tyeth, Emerald Leader!

FTX-Wing” is a For Tyeth Editions design insired by the Incom T-65 X-Wing seen in Star Wars. The model and animations were made by me For Tyeth/FTSabersite and are ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2020. Star Wars, X-Wing Fighter and all other names, logos, images and related material are Trademark/©Copyright of Disney/Lucasfilm.

Zyggerian Gold Sting Saber

Hello Everybody, I have been hard at work in my new “Ship Building Studio” as a friend of mine has asked if I could model a very large spacecraft for a story he is writing. It is going well and I kinda like the ship I have built so far, but as I send proof of concept images to the gentleman he keeps coming up with modifications he’d like me to make. So I haven’t had much time to dedicate to sabers, however I do have the limited edition version of my recent Zyggerian Sting Saber I can show you. As you’ll recall the Zyggerians were a species that specialised in Slave Trading until the Jedi and Republic outlawed the practise. However I imagined “what would a high profile, wealthy Zyggerian buy as a gift to either themselves or other Zyggerians?” This is what I came up with…a limited edition Zyggerian Sting Saber….

The whole saber has been coated in “Phryyk” a golden material that can be found on Lord Sidious’ lightsaber (The Emperor). Phryyk is very rare, valuable and found in only a few places around the galaxy. The saber still has the special dual crystal set up to allow it to be used as an “Electro Light Whip” or as a standard lightsaber bladed weapon. While I was animating the Bronze Zyggerian Sting saber I thought I should do the same for this limited edition….

I filmed this from a different angle to get some different lighting and reflections. One day I may make a full movie! But I’m still waiting for updates to my laptop so until then I’ll have to stick with short animations and images. Speaking of which, how about another gallery? Ok here are some more pictures….

I can see an egotistical, rich Zyggerian using this but I can assure you this hilt as with the Bronze version I built are safely stored away from mis-use in my vaults (aka as Cloud Storage – see I’m getting tech savvy!).

Now as I mentioned above I have been busy building other objects aside from sabers. This includes four starfighter models and a very large military ship all of which I’ll be bringing to FTSabersite in future posts. I will also be posting about my new costume which I’m in the process of making alterations too….but slowly it is coming together so I hope you can join me back here for that. In the meantime, thank you so much for your continued support of me and my site, each visitor that comes here means I will keep creating and posting. You are all fantastic friends, please stay safe….Till Next Time….

p.s. Don’t worry I still have around 6 or 7 sabers to show off too!

“Zyggerian Gold Sting Saber” is a For Tyeth Editions design inspired by the Star Wars Clone Wars cartoon. The design, 3D model and imagery are ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2020. “Star Wars The Clone Wars” and all other names, logos, images and related material are ©Copyright of Disney/Lucasfilm.

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.

“dROYd” My new little buddy!

Hello Everybody, today I have something to show you I never in a million parsecs ever thought you would see! As regular viewers know I have been having issues with Microsoft Windows 10 and it’s update scheme causing my laptop to crash several times and needing to be re-installed. Well after each crash my laptop refused to boot up and I couldn’t recover my files so when I re-installed Windows it wiped the laptop, Blender models and all….TWICE!…or so I thought!

However, having installed Win 10 for the third time I thought I better check how much of my hard drive had been used and delete any of the old system files that MS don’t delete in the process of loading the software again. They store these “waste” files in a folder named “windows.old” but when I checked my system folder there were THREE folders, “windows.old”…and two others “windows.000” and “windows.001”. Intrigued, I opened these folders and had the shock and surprise of my life….ALL and I mean all of my “lost” files were there in my system folder! All the 3D model files, all the texture and graphic files, all the reference images and all my renders! I was flabberghasted. But this means I have all my work and I have immediately uploaded EVERYTHING up to Bespin Cloud City to store my files there. With luck I won’t lose any more work as I will upload all new files straight away now. (I found a total of 5GB of lost data – yes that much!)

So now I have the pleasure of introducing you to a new little buddy of mine who was inspired by the droid seen in the recent Jedi Fallen Order computer game named BD-1. My buddy is named dROYd or ROY to his friends and has been excited to meet you but he is a little shy too…so here are a few in studio and wireframe pictures to start with….

As you can see, ROY is a little shy but from the wireframe images you can see he is a small bipedal droid but don’t let that fool you, he is very high tech! He can patch in to computer systems, open and close blast doors, project holographic images such as maps and schematics, he even tight-rope walks along cables to gain access to remote platforms etc and activate bridges. He has twin antennae so he can pick up First Order/Imperial transmissions, a multi-wavelength optic sensor eye (he can see “hidden” laser grid security beams and stuff) and even has card slots so he can store info from datacards! He is very versatile. Ok ROY, do you want to come out and let everyone see you properly…they’re my friends….yeah? Come on it’s time for your Glamour Shots!…

This is ROY! See he’s ok if he meets friends of mine. He has a rather nice white colour scheme with red trim, but if the need arises I can customise him and give him a makeover into any pattern I like! You can see on his front and rear body panels  controls for his many high tech functions. You can even see his Input/Output sockets and card slot. Now ROY is a little insecure about his legs but it is his legs that make him so nimble and agile. He also says he can sense an “Evil Roy” that works for the bad guys. I don’t know if there is a “Bad Robot” but here are a few pics so you can compare how close I got to BD-1 from Jedi Fallen Order…

I think BD-1 and ROY look like droid brothers! And there WAS a bad robot version too. Luckily the bad robot isn’t as advanced, it lacks the flexibility and control panel ROY has so he shouldn’t worry. ROY you are a much better dROYd!

I think this just about covers today’s very special introduction. I hope you enjoyed meeting ROY I never thought you’d have the chance to be honest. But as I have recovered my files I have enough new models and stuff for about two months of posts now. There is too much to list here but I hope you’ll call back to see what else I have saved in future posts. Thanks for all your support whilst I struggled with Windows, you are all appreciated whether a new or regular viewer. Till next T.I.E……

“dROYd” is a For Tyeth Editions creation and was inspired by EA Games/Bio-Ware’s Jedi Fallen Order computer game character BD-1. “dROYd” is Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2020. Jedi Fallen Order and all names, images, logos and related material are Trademark/Copyright of EA Games/Respawn Entertainment 2019/20.

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.

“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.

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.

“Mandalawrian Beskar Special Edition” Saber

Hello Everybody, welcome back. Yesterday I posted a quick announcement of a new project I am working on based on the new upcoming The Clone Wars Season 7 show, so I only have a short post today showing something I have been working on. Recently I have been in “negotiations” with the banking clans on Earth and I have decided to enter the world of stocks and shares, commodities and ForEx! But first I would need an investment or collateral sooo I went and had a rummage around my workshop to see if I had anything of value to trade. Well low and behold something appeared in an episode of the TV show “The Mandalorian” that reminded me of some objects I picked up many many years ago and those objects looked like one of these….Beskar Brick

This is an ingot made of Mandalorian steel which is also known as Beskar! Beskar is a very valuable (and treasured by Mandalorians) metal used to create battle armour. It is resistant to blaster fire and can even deflect lightsabers so it can be very useful making it valuable. Guess what? I found a crate FULL of these ingots buried under some boxes of lightsaber parts and I have these….Ingot Stash 1 MK

I have quite a stash and more than enough to start investing in financial endeavours….however, I have kept a few in reserve and done something special with those bars of Beskar…..I have forged a Mandalawrian Saber in solid Beskar! This very limited edition of my saber looks like this….

As you can see this hilt has the same texture as the bars/ingots of Beskar! And the pattern of wavey lines is known as a “Damascus pattern”. It is seen in metalworking found on Earth but has been a feature of Mandalorian metalwork for thousands of years. The metal is very versatile and can be forged, melted down to form a foam, hammered into plates, used in machinery and architecture….just about anything. So this saber has a very big advantage against other sabers….because of the properties of Beskar, it can as I mention above deflect lightsaber blades and momentarily disrupt that blade so the saber temporarily malfunctions. Imagine you have this Beskar hilt and your opponent makes contact with their blade on your hilt…their blade would shut down giving you a short time to counter attack. Your saber would also be less likely to get chopped in half! I kinda like this saber but I have other new stuff lined up so I will give you all a bit of a sneak peek.

As I posted yesterday I have modeled the new saberstaff seen in the trailer for The Clone Wars and one half of the staff is the remaining half of Darth Maul’s famous double bladed weapon, and the second half is made up of a saber owned by a former Sith named Asajj Ventress! You may have seen her in the Clone Wars cartoon as she was an apprentice of Count Dooku. She used twin red curved hilts but she also used a yellow regular saber hilt too. And I have modeled that to construct the new Maul staff I posted yesterday. Here is a pre-render preview of my progress on this Ventress hilt so far…Ventress MatCap 1 MK

There are a few tweaks I need to make but I feel this is a solid basis to improve on. I will feature this and an article on Ventress in a future post complete with Glamour Shots and maybe an animation! So that just about wraps up this post and my Beskar build, I hope you liked it, I think it is quite distinctive.

Thank you all for looking in on this design and for supporting me and my site. As always you are much appreciated and I am proud to say my viewing stats are rising meaning word of my efforts is spreading so thanks if you have told friends and family or social media about FTSabersite. I have more new designs to bring you including a couple of curved hilts, a saber that nods to Obi-Wan Kenobi and I may have a tribute to an upcoming movie with a beautiful sword! I sincerely hope you’ll call back to see those. Till next time…..

“The Mandalawrian – Beskar Special Edition” saber is a For Tyeth Editions design and is ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2020. It is inspired by Disney/LucasFilm’s “The Mandalorian” TV series. The names “Beskar” and “Mandalorian” along with all other images, logos and related material are Trademark/©Copyright of Disney/LucasFilm.