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Lord Dottore Matto
10-31-2008, 04:13 PM
Okay, My head is ready to explode reading the posts by lazy people who want to be spoonfed, so I'll tell ya what I'm gonna do (no, not take out Mafia hits on all of you), I'm gonna SPELL it out right here!

If you follow this tutorial, you WILL end up with a BASIC working LED MHS lightsaber!

Step 1:

Choose a LED blade holder from this link--->http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/Blade-Holders-C32.aspx

It comes with the blade holder and heatsink module. You can use a thermal pad to attach the LED to the heatsink. http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/Star-thermal-tape-pad-P483.aspx

Step 2:

Buy this blade retention screw--->http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/8-32-x-12-thumb-screw--P111.aspx

It can be cut later if it is too long for your particular blade holder.

Step 3:

Choose a Hilt (style 1 thru 4) from this link--->http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/Center-Sections-C33.aspx

These have pre-drilled switch holes and female threads at both ends. It is the "handle of your saber". Don't get bogged down with chokes or extentions or any of that crap! We are going SIMPLE here!

Step 4:

Choose a pommel, one insert and one clip from this link--->http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/Pommels-C34.aspx

This will be the "end cap" assembly of your saber. Just pick the ones that you like (one of each).

Step 5:

Choose this Modular wiring kit (leave all of the other default selections as-is) and LED (and pick the color LED you want)---> http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/Rebel-Star-LED-MHS-Heatsink-Module-P653.aspx You will also need a battery and either a latching switch or a momentary switch with a pololu converter board (good if you decide to upgrade later on).

This kit has ALL of the BASIC electronics that you need! Don't get all crazy with extras! Build this one first and you can add sound or a driver to it when you know enough to do so!

Step 6:

Buy a 36" blade, this is the best one for a beginner--->http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/LED-Corbin-style-Show-blade-1-OD--P227.aspx

It is bright and YES, you can battle with it!

Step 7:

Tools you MUST have to do this project include:

1. Soldering Iron (Here is a link to a nice basic kit with EVERYTHING you will need!)--->http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2062758

2. Heatshrink (1 foot is more than enough)--->http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/18-Adhesive-lined-heatshrink-tubing-P32.aspx

3. PPE (personal protective eyewear), goggles, etc. You don't want to burn your eyeballs out with flying solder do you!

4. Drill and tap set--->http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/8-32-Tap-drill-set-P52.aspx

Used to drill and tap the hole for the blade set screw. BTW, you need a hand drill too!

5. Tap handle--->http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/Tap-handle-P54.aspx

Used to hold the tap while you tap the hole that you drilled for the blade retention screw.

Step 8:

Order all the "stuff" from steps 1-7

Step 9:

Don't visit the forum again until you get all of your stuff in the mail, you'll just confuse yourself!

Step 10:

Follow the basic MHS assembly tutorial--->http://forums.thecustomsabershop.com/showthread.php?t=326

Drill and tap your blade retention screw hole and add the screw!--->http://forums.thecustomsabershop.com/showthread.php?t=5724

Step 11:

take a few digital pictures and upload them to--->http://www.photobucket.com

and then post them here for all of us to see!

Step 12:

Read, Read, Read and in no time you will be building more advanced sabers! (and the questions that you ask won't get you flayed alive!)

swear000
10-31-2008, 04:44 PM
great for the n00bas! Problem with instruction 10 http:// is listed twice. Other than that fantastic work!

Reith
10-31-2008, 04:53 PM
Thank you oh great one!!!! It looks great!

Jedi-Loreen
10-31-2008, 04:55 PM
I would have said, chose your hilt first, then your blade holder, but I guess it doesn't matter. :p You were just going from one end to the other, so it does make sense.


Great post! :D


Now, let hope the newbies actually find, and read it!

Lord Dottore Matto
10-31-2008, 05:07 PM
great for the n00bas! Problem with instruction 10 http:// is listed twice. Other than that fantastic work!

Thanks! fixed it.:p


I would have said, chose your hilt first, then your blade holder, but I guess it doesn't matter. :p You were just going from one end to the other, so it does make sense.


Great post! :D


Now, let hope the newbies actually find, and read it!

We can only hope so! If everyone thinks it will be helpful, maybe Tim will sticky it!

Lord Maul
10-31-2008, 05:59 PM
PM him with the link for a sticky if you want it - I'm not a mod on this board

Back on topic, great tutorial LDM. This should help put to rest a lot of the common n00b questions.

Lord Dottore Matto
10-31-2008, 06:40 PM
PM him with the link for a sticky if you want it - I'm not a mod on this board

Back on topic, great tutorial LDM. This should help put to rest a lot of the common n00b questions.

Ya Mon, I eMailed him!:D

FenderBender
10-31-2008, 08:42 PM
I think that when NEWBIES first register they should be required to read this before they can authenticate their account. Great post LDM!

grayven
10-31-2008, 10:37 PM
SO how would I go about building a Lightsaber? Couldn't you just build it for me? I'll pay you out of the money I get after I sell it.

Love ya LDM.;)

P.S. Great job, Hope it works.

Lord Dottore Matto
11-01-2008, 12:15 AM
Schweet! This thread is a sticky! I think that all well-meaning TCSS members should put into their SIG's!:cool:

MaverickJsmith
11-01-2008, 02:29 AM
Very well done indeed Matto.

I seem to have cought something that's contagious, have a look at it 8)

Maverick 8)

Lord Dottore Matto
11-01-2008, 02:51 AM
Thanks Mav! If enough folks follow suit, maybe the word will spread (Just maybe!);)

MaverickJsmith
11-01-2008, 03:59 AM
Maybe, if we're lucky :D

Maverick 8)

bubbalew
11-01-2008, 06:24 AM
Seeing as I've been reading these forums since I joined and just now building My 1st saber I heartily agree and will also help spread the message.:rolleyes: Guess maybe I should post a bit more huh?:rolleyes:

Kant Lavar
11-01-2008, 06:38 AM
This meets with my approval. ;)

Lord Dottore Matto
11-01-2008, 11:23 AM
Thanks Kant, Bubbalew and Mav! The more we all get the word out, the more help it can be to folks!:mrgreen:

FenderBender
11-01-2008, 12:43 PM
Done. Now if all the experienced users would follow.........

Donnovan Sunrider
11-01-2008, 06:46 PM
Good post Dottore. The only thing I'd add would be to have a link to the thread tapping tutorial among the mention of doing it.
This thread here: http://forums.thecustomsabershop.com/showthread.php?t=5724

Lord Dottore Matto
11-01-2008, 08:56 PM
Good post Dottore. The only thing I'd add would be to have a link to the thread tapping tutorial among the mention of doing it.
This thread here: http://forums.thecustomsabershop.com/showthread.php?t=5724


Great addition! I added it!:cool:


Hello (http://forums.thecustomsabershop.com/showthread.php?t=5724) Tapping thread!

Titoshi
11-04-2008, 07:13 PM
That is really great post, but how do I make the blade retract?....:wink:

Darth Vane
11-05-2008, 02:37 PM
Now, let hope the newbies actually find, and read it![/COLOR][/SIZE]

found and read it!

Obi-Dar Ke-Gnomie
11-05-2008, 03:11 PM
That is really great post, but how do I make the blade retract?....:wink:

Forget about that, I'm still trying to figure out how to keep the blade from flying out of the blade holder. ;-):rolleyes:

swear000
11-05-2008, 03:29 PM
blade retention screw should be all that is needed. Is it still flying out even with the screw?

Obi-Dar Ke-Gnomie
11-05-2008, 03:35 PM
Dude, I was joking!

Feros
11-11-2008, 07:26 PM
i had a small question and found this thread in your signature... fantastic. now, not only is my question answered, but you have helped me with other questions i didn't even know to ask. And, i won't look like 'the lazy new guy'. Thank you for an excellent intro-to post.

Jedi-Loreen
11-11-2008, 10:20 PM
Yay, you pass the "find the basic answers before asking the same old newbie questions" test.

Congratulations. ;)

astromech_kuhns
11-26-2008, 09:39 PM
you know i failed that test miserably. but now im making hilts and probably aboout when i turn 15 and get my job ill start buying poarts and make one. jedi sentinel for me!:p;)

jym
12-23-2008, 10:40 AM
hmmm. i didnt see this thread at first for some reason. this is exactly what i wanted. i have the building know how, just not the perfect shopping mind! i see lots of shiny parts and stuff i want and forget what i need to actually build the saber.

Donnovan Sunrider
12-23-2008, 10:56 AM
The MHS Builder (http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/mhsbuilder/) is your friend. Play in there to get an idea to get an idea of how parts look together.
Try to keep the length in mind though, it's easy to design something that's a lot more massive than you expected.

Lord Dottore Matto
12-23-2008, 06:30 PM
i had a small question and found this thread in your signature... fantastic. now, not only is my question answered, but you have helped me with other questions i didn't even know to ask. And, i won't look like 'the lazy new guy'. Thank you for an excellent intro-to post.

A little late, but you are welcome!:mrgreen:

Lord Dottore Matto
12-23-2008, 06:30 PM
hmmm. i didnt see this thread at first for some reason. this is exactly what i wanted. i have the building know how, just not the perfect shopping mind! i see lots of shiny parts and stuff i want and forget what i need to actually build the saber.

And you are welcome too!:mrgreen:

JamoUp
02-18-2009, 08:37 PM
Thanx for posting this. Very helpful thus far! I can't wait to get all my saber parts so i can post questions without using "search" ;)

jedislayer
03-23-2009, 09:58 AM
thanks for the help i was going to go crazy trying to do this myself:-D

Lord Dottore Matto
03-23-2009, 11:02 AM
Thanx for posting this. Very helpful thus far! I can't wait to get all my saber parts so i can post questions without using "search" ;)


thanks for the help i was going to go crazy trying to do this myself:-D


You are both welcome. I am really glad it helped you.:D

Pepperpete
03-26-2009, 03:59 PM
This should be the very first link on every single page. :)

It answered questions I've had sinse I started looking/lurking months ago. Thank you so much for the clarificiation.

jedislayer
03-26-2009, 04:17 PM
if you have an EL blade holder can you use it with an LED saber if you have the heatsink?

Defectuous
05-04-2009, 11:47 AM
This made my first build a breeze, Working on going more custom for my next pair.

Lord Dottore Matto
05-04-2009, 04:50 PM
Glad to hear it fellas ;)

DigitalJedi
05-17-2009, 12:20 AM
This helped so much!:D

Invisas1979
06-23-2009, 06:45 AM
Hi All

Further to my aquiring a TCSS saber I have just completed the wiring and fitting.

Reason for posting?

So all new guys and gals know just how straight forward this is, IF YOU FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTION.

That said I did want to know what the lens should look like before the blade holder is fitted, just in case I broke something screwing the holder down.

http://i951.photobucket.com/albums/ad354/invisas/Nameless/DSC02215.jpg

So here you go.

LDM. Awsome tutorial.

Master Schyler
07-03-2009, 08:52 PM
Who am I?

I am a n00b.

I am a n00b who read this thread and greatly appreciates the guidance!

Steps 1-8 are complete! I cant wait to begin work on my first lightsaber!

Thanks ALL! I will let you all know how it goes!

Jedi-Loreen
07-03-2009, 09:04 PM
We like noobs that read. :)


Do some more reading while you are waiting for your parts to arrive. ;)

Thaxos
07-04-2009, 09:45 AM
Ahem, and I quote
"Contrary to the belief of many, a noob/n00b and a newbie/newb are not the same thing. Newbs are those who are new to some task and are very beginner at it, possibly a little overconfident about it, but they are willing to learn and fix their errors to move out of that stage. Noobs, on the other hand, know little and have no will to learn any more. They expect people to do the work for them and then expect to get praised about it, and make up a unique species of their own."

So give yourself some credit, you're probably not even much of a NEWB anymore if you've done all this reading. Granted, you won't know everything, but that's why these forums are here :D
Click here (http://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=98933) to learn more about n00bs, and get a good laugh while you're at it! :p

Retsu
07-05-2009, 07:55 AM
Excellent tutorial!! Thank you so much, your help is much appreciated!! I'm already in the works of making a build for my first saber as we speak, well I mean type. :D

Solo, Jacen Solo
07-23-2009, 10:41 PM
ok, so basically I can't make a purple lightsaber? And is it crucial to buy that LED starter kit, or once you buy it can you switch out the activation button?

AND another question.

Is it possible to make a hilt just out of extensions? Or do you have to make it out of the main bodies and then add extensions?

and whats the Heatshrink used for?

Jedi-Loreen
07-24-2009, 01:02 AM
The only ways to make a purple blade using high powered LEDs is to use an LED die that has 2 or 3 LEDs in red and blue and properly mix the colors (too advanced for beginners) or use a white LED and a purple filter (much easier).

You can make a hilt out of extension pieces, but you'll need to have Tim drill a switch hole in the piece that's going to hold the switch.

This saber I made from 2 different extension pieces (with a double male adapter in between) and I told Tim where I wanted the switch hole to go.

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b8/JediLoreen/Lightsabers/SUNP0037.jpg

If you don't know what heat shrink is for, then you didn't read the basic MHS hilt tutorial linked in the first post of this thread.

http://forums.thecustomsabershop.com/showthread.php?t=326 (http://forums.thecustomsabershop.com/showthread.php?t=326)

cardcollector
07-24-2009, 08:51 AM
Hey, making a purple saber is easy.:) J-lo said you could use colored filters Tim sells.

if you don't think that it will be purple enought look here: post 10 & 11 have filters like the ones Tim sells.

If you do go purple, just make sure you the white seoul P4 and not the white Lux III.

As for your last question- Yes. the BYO electronics kit is a great way to start!

Solo, Jacen Solo
07-24-2009, 09:14 AM
I was thinking about going with the filters...but in my experience I've not liked the way filters look. Its just easier to go with a straight up color. Maybe I'll experiment with the filters later.

jtzako
07-26-2009, 08:12 AM
I would like to suggest that the 'guide' recommend using a quick release connector if you are going to use a 'choke' section. Since the LED and other parts dont fit through them it can be a pain to assemble and even bigger pain to disassemble if you dont use this piece.

astromech_kuhns
10-17-2009, 07:51 PM
oh my goodness thaxos! that was the funniest newb vs noob tutorial ever! and it is so true we should probably start following its example!

ElbE121
10-20-2009, 06:20 PM
Just wanted to say thanks a lot for the step by step guide. It was really helpful, made a newbie like myself feel a lot more confident in being able to pull off my first build with very little trouble! Now just the waiting game for my parts to arrive.

Lord Dottore Matto
10-20-2009, 09:35 PM
You are welcome my good sir. PM me if you have any questions.

Shadar Al'Niende
10-22-2009, 04:52 PM
Have to say, this was the first thread that i read on these forums and although i still had some minor questions...i see people everyday asking things that have been answered herein. There is true knowledge in this invaluable resource. Thank you so much for putting it together!

BYRJE FOKAN
10-29-2009, 07:01 PM
Even with this there is still a TON of things to really think about before building a saber. I am still a little overwhelmed with all the things you can do to customize one.

Lord Dottore Matto
10-29-2009, 09:23 PM
Even with this there is still a TON of things to really think about before building a saber. I am still a little overwhelmed with all the things you can do to customize one.

Yes...this thread is meant to give you a head start on the basics only. Use it as a building block.;)

Vos Malek
10-31-2009, 09:07 AM
Thanks LDM! This helped me alot when I built my first two sabers. I actually built them with no screwups!! Now onto more complicated setups!

Novastar
11-04-2009, 03:38 AM
A nice, solid YEAR of success with this thread! SWEET! Great job, LDM.

If you are visiting this thread AND you are new to LED sabers... AND you have not seen the very FIRST post: http://forums.thecustomsabershop.com/showpost.php?p=108630&postcount=1

Otherwise... continue on your merry way... :)

Statarius
11-19-2009, 10:57 PM
Query: Would any design changes be necessary, should one decide to use a seoul P4 instead of the Lux3 "spoonfed" to us in the wonderful original post?

Lord Maul
11-19-2009, 11:06 PM
Not really, no ;)

Lord Dottore Matto
11-20-2009, 01:53 PM
Query: Would any design changes be necessary, should one decide to use a seoul P4 instead of the Lux3 "spoonfed" to us in the wonderful original post?

Nope, consider them "equivalent" for these simple builds. (good question though) and gimme back that spoon!:mrgreen:

Statarius
11-20-2009, 03:56 PM
Wonderful!

And if my newb-ness may be excused for two more utterances: (1) Is there any problem in adding adapters/extensions (for aesthetic and expansion) to this basic layout; (2) how would one without a drill press get a covertec onboard this design?
(I predict the answers are: (1) no; (2) buy the tap/drill hole service)


lol You really should start a thread where each person can ask 2-3 questions, regardless of their n00b/newb-osity.


[edit] Oooo, and as long as I'm here :D : How can Yoda's MR sell for only $80 (amazon)? From what I've read and what I've messed with on MHS that would only cover the hilt.
I guess deep down I'm wondering what possible reason there is for not buying and cannibalizing it....
My kids gets a rockin' first lightsaber and eventually I get the soundcard.

Darth Securis
11-21-2009, 09:06 AM
#1. You can add all the expansion pieces you want as long as the threads will match up. Just keep track of how long your saber will be, you can get up to 15 inches real quick which is a pretty long saber.
#2. If you haven't ordered your MHS parts then you just add the drill and tap service to your cart before checkout.

I got a used Yoda in good condition for $45. Good deal for a MR. If all you want is a LED saber, then get a MR and convert it. It will be less expensive and easier than a custom MHS w/ soundboard.

On the other hand, a custom MHS w/soundboard is going to look and sound better. I am doing a conversion w/ some modifications right now and will be getting an MHS for my next saber.

enigma1337
11-23-2009, 08:06 PM
all i have to say is thanks LDM for this very straightforward tutorial, still reading though since i jumped headfirst and made a design first

but it definitely laid the ground rules

jedi Xam'i Letsab
04-10-2010, 02:37 AM
Being a noob I thought that the first part was a touch .... well lets say I can understand how you guys have been losing patience, I guess those noobs who have not read the post just don't want to spend the parts and get it wrong. I know I for one have a hard time with drills and have never solder ironed anything. so we ask and ask and then ask again, I know I for one haven't been the most active memeber but that being said the tutorial is perfect.


from
Jedi xami letsab

Lord Dottore Matto
04-10-2010, 03:50 PM
Being a noob I thought that the first part was a touch .... well lets say I can understand how you guys have been losing patience, I guess those noobs who have not read the post just don't want to spend the parts and get it wrong. I know I for one have a hard time with drills and have never solder ironed anything. so we ask and ask and then ask again, I know I for one haven't been the most active memeber but that being said the tutorial is perfect.


from
Jedi xami letsab

Thank you. I am always glad when it helps someone. I just wish more folks would take advantage of it.;)

BaylorJedi
04-29-2010, 06:18 PM
This thread is amazing, I'm very greatfull for it! I've always wanted to build my own functional saber, with this thread and the help of a few other people I just placed an order for all of my parts. I'm getting it drilled and tapped by them and the hilt is getting powder coated. It says that it may take up to two weeks if work needs to be done, any idea on an eta to shipping? Should I not even expect them to ship for two weeks?

Shadar Al'Niende
04-29-2010, 09:22 PM
Should I not even expect them to ship for two weeks?

Correct

Darth Nemesis
04-30-2010, 04:24 PM
Thank you LDM! This is the perfect guide for us noobs to get started with our first build.

Yoshi-Taka
05-01-2010, 09:13 AM
I've got a quick question as a brand new user to this: is a blade retention screw entirely necessary? I ask because I don't like the look it gives to my hilts and I prefer a sense of simple elegance to... well, overly sci-fi, if you know what I mean.

jjshumpert
05-01-2010, 10:52 AM
well i guess its not necessary if you dont mind your blade flying across the room every time you try to swing your saber...

FenderBender
05-01-2010, 11:26 AM
Use a set screw and you wont ever see it.

Shadar Al'Niende
05-01-2010, 03:39 PM
I've got a quick question as a brand new user to this: is a blade retention screw entirely necessary? I ask because I don't like the look it gives to my hilts and I prefer a sense of simple elegance to... well, overly sci-fi, if you know what I mean.

Use a set screw so that it sits flush with the hilt, see above for the reason why.

*EDIT* Do'h, Fender beat me to it! :D

Yoshi-Taka
05-01-2010, 04:16 PM
I justed looked them up. Those will work perfectly. Thanks, guys.

Tyhm
05-10-2010, 07:15 PM
<3
I came from cosplay.com, where this community is legend...I'm directing them here for all their Beam Katana, Glowing Ice Sword, and other Heavily Modified Not-At-All-Lightsabery starts...hopefully it'll mean less n00bs expecting it to be quick, cheap and easy at least...

PS: 2 years and this is Still buried in a forum within a forum? Criminal...
tutorial (t-tr-l, -tr-, ty-)
n.
Something that provides special, often individual instruction, especially:
a. A book or class that provides instruction in a particular area.
b. Computer Science A program that provides instruction for the use of a system or of software.

Not to be confused with a locked forum that assumes you already know what you're doing and tells you in slightly bewildered tones that the blade goes in the front...no offense to Tim, but this is WAY more helpful.

Sunrider
05-10-2010, 07:46 PM
Beware the dark side. Once you start down the dark path...... forever will it dominate your destiny.

Lord Dottore Matto
05-10-2010, 07:51 PM
Thank you Tyhm. I am glad it was helpful.;)

Kel-Qui
05-15-2010, 05:28 AM
Hi all,

I am putting together a parts list with the help of this thread but for the switch I wanted to use one of those anti vandol switches that Jay-Gon talks about in his builds but I can't seem to find a latching one that doesn't illuminat or does it not have to be a latching switch? (the saber will not have sound if that helps with my prob)

Another thing I was thinking about (but at a later date) was installing a recharge port is there any thing I should know on that or is it pritty simple to do even for a nOOb?

Just trying to get as much info as I can before I jump into the fire. This thread is extremely helpful so thanks LDM :D

Causa
05-15-2010, 09:07 AM
Here's a current thread on the recharge port thing:

http://forums.thecustomsabershop.com/showthread.php?p=168788#post168788

Kel-Qui
05-15-2010, 09:59 AM
Here's a current thread on the recharge port thing:

http://forums.thecustomsabershop.com/showthread.php?p=168788#post168788

Thanks man that is extremely helpful.

This will proberly sound like a right nOOb question where for you will all shake your heads whilst tutting and then saying blooming nOOb plonker, but am I right in thinking that you don't need a sound board (eg. US2.5 or FX board) to have a recharge setup?

"Please don't flay me alive if it is a stupid question (LDM)" LOL

The Grey Elf
05-15-2010, 01:48 PM
Thanks man that is extremely helpful.

This will proberly sound like a right nOOb question where for you will all shake your heads whilst tutting and then saying blooming nOOb plonker, but am I right in thinking that you don't need a sound board (eg. US2.5 or FX board) to have a recharge setup?

"Please don't flay me alive if it is a stupid question (LDM)" LOL

You don't need a sound board for anything except sound. But if you don't use a sound board you will need to make sure you have an LED driver, buckpuck, or resistor between your power pack and your LED. On the negative lead, if I'm not mistaken.

Tyhm
05-15-2010, 03:19 PM
Soundboard IS a driver, Grey. http://forums.thecustomsabershop.com/showthread.php?t=529 - while not addressed directly, "this applies to Ultrasound"

MitsuUniverse
06-07-2010, 03:59 PM
Hopefully this isn't too large a bump,

but I noticed that the green Luxeon III isn't available anymore. I searched the forums, but found nothing. There will be another shipment, right? It doesn't say it's out of stock, it's just... gone.

Any help would be appreciated.

Shadar Al'Niende
06-07-2010, 04:39 PM
Luxeon III's have been discontinued and replaced by Rebel LED's in the store. Go here for what you seek (http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/Luxeon-Rebel-Star-P523.aspx) ;)

Maybe a mod can update the thread.

MitsuUniverse
06-07-2010, 04:51 PM
Thank you!

Shadar Al'Niende
06-07-2010, 04:53 PM
You are welcome, for clarification: the link i provided is for the LED only. You will still need the correct resistors etc that come in the kit. You will simply need to purchase them separately. Good to see people reading and getting involved ;)

Lord Dottore Matto
06-07-2010, 08:37 PM
I have updated the tutorial to include the P4 kit as well. ;)

MitsuUniverse
06-07-2010, 08:59 PM
Are the P4's as good as the Luxeon's?

Lord Maul
06-07-2010, 09:20 PM
They are better ;)

MitsuUniverse
06-09-2010, 10:24 AM
Okay, can someone explain the powder coating colors for me? Is there an option for white? I'm unsure...

EDIT: Whoops, missed the color posts. Nvm

Jedi_Knight_Zekk
07-11-2010, 05:06 PM
Thanks for the help! NOw I know exactly what parts I need!

pogo
12-10-2010, 08:33 PM
oddly enough this one thread has been bookmarked and has answered about 40 questions i had.

thank you sir!

Kel-Qui
12-11-2010, 04:16 AM
I think I said it before but this thread has been awsome I now have all the info I need to build my saber design the only problem I have is the lack of funds but I'm working on it.

For any that are intrested here is my saber design which I have named Twin Dragons
http://i841.photobucket.com/albums/zz331/kel-qui/TwinDragonsaberspic.jpg
They will be red bladed as I have gone dark side MUWHAHAHA lol they won't have sound though baby steps and all that

kaptenfisk
03-30-2012, 07:02 AM
This is so false. You will need so much more items.

kaptenfisk
03-30-2012, 07:04 AM
ID DOES NOT COME WITH heatsink, and nylon screws..

Silver Serpent
03-30-2012, 07:16 AM
It was true when this thread was posted, almost 4 years ago. Things have changed a bit since then. Nylon screws are no longer necessary, and the heatsink is available separately.

kaptenfisk
03-30-2012, 07:26 AM
yeah
and that will cost me around 50$ more. just for the heatsink. this is just great.

Is there any way to make the saber, without the heatsink?

Silver Serpent
03-30-2012, 07:42 AM
I think you're exaggerating a bit. http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/MHS-new-style-Heat-Sink-P622.aspx is only $8 in the store. Unless you live outside the US, shipping is unlikely to bring your total to $50.

If you wish to make your own heatsink, it can be done with a piece of copper or aluminum. Copper is better at transferring heat, and is the preferred solution.

If you go to the "Parts Lists" section of the boards, you can post your list of parts you plan on purchasing, and the veterans here will let you know if you're missing anything important. It may save you some heartache in the future.

kaptenfisk
03-30-2012, 07:48 AM
43$ including shipping :/
And yeah, i live in Sweden.
is there any tutorials on how to make you're own heatsink?

i dont understand what you wrote in the end of your comment. "If you go to the "Parts Lists" section of the boards, you can post your list of parts you plan on purchasing, and the veterans here will let you know if you're missing anything important. It may save you some heartache in the future."

Should i do a post on all the items i have?
This is what i have now 6677

TuxedoCartman
03-30-2012, 08:28 AM
kaptenfisk, I live in Japan, so I feel your pain on shipping charges. Only advice I can give there is double and triple check your orders ahead of time, and order enough to make it worthwhile. If you think you'd like a second saber, or sound at some point, now's the time to order.

It looks like you've got pretty much everything you need for the stunt saber in your picture, with the exception of the heatsink (which is VERY necessary). What about a blade, though? Do you have one already? If not, ordering one at the same time as a heatsink would make that shipping charge more somewhat more justifiable.

As for making one... I dunno. It's certainly possible, but seems like a whole lot more trouble than it would be worth, IMHO. Especially since MHS parts are manufactured in America, and while building a heatsink you may run into problems with SAW/ metric discrepancies. (Don't know about Sweden, but et me tell you how fun it is trying to find a 4-40 x 1/4 inch screw in Tokyo. Whee.)

kaptenfisk
03-30-2012, 08:57 AM
Yeah i have the blade.
I came pup with an idea, my sites lives in SF right now, and she's coming home this summer. So thought i could order it to hear house, and then she could take it with hear then she's coming home.
But i would love to have some help, what type of heatsink i will be needing, and if there's anything else i will need, please tell me!

TuxedoCartman
03-30-2012, 09:12 AM
I'm assuming you bought your blade holder not that long ago? If so, the heatsink you need is this one. (http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/MHS-new-style-Heat-Sink-P622.aspx)

Let's see, what else do you have... I see an LED star, lens, lens holder, blade holder, quick release connectors, blade retention screw, pommel & pommel insert w/ c-clip, resistor, battery holder, heat shrink, battery-holder, main body, and a button. Is the button the latching variety? It needs to be if not.

Only other thing you need is a thermal tape pad. (http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/Star-thermal-tape-pad-P483.aspx) They're cheap enough, you might want to pick up two, in case you mess one up trying to apply it. You may also need a bit more wire (not entirely sure; don't the original "how to" guide in front of me). 26-28 gauge is good for your purposes, and Tim sells it in the store for dirt cheap, or you should be able to find it just about anywhere.

Jay-gon Jinn
03-30-2012, 10:52 AM
43$ including shipping :/
And yeah, i live in Sweden.
is there any tutorials on how to make you're own heatsink?

i dont understand what you wrote in the end of your comment. "If you go to the "Parts Lists" section of the boards, you can post your list of parts you plan on purchasing, and the veterans here will let you know if you're missing anything important. It may save you some heartache in the future."

Should i do a post on all the items i have?
This is what i have now 6677
The section Silver serpent mentions is on the main page, under the header "Miscellaneous". The section is titled "Parts Lists." It can be found here: http://forums.thecustomsabershop.com/forumdisplay.php?39-Parts-lists
This is the section of the forum where new members can post a list of the parts they plan to order, prior to ordering, and make sure they have everything they need, to try and avoid the situation you've found yourself in.

The heat sink that is made to fit your blade holder is the one linked to by Silver Serpent. Trying to get something else to fit in the blade holder is going to be difficult, as was pointed out by tuxedocartman, but it may not be impossible. Based on the picture of the parts you have, I'd say that saber is going to be a little short, but that's my opinion...I'd add a choke to it as well, between the blade holder and the main hilt piece. If you do order more parts and have your girlfriend bring them with her, I'd also suggest adding the adhesive pad for under the led:
http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/Star-thermal-tape-pad-P483.aspx
Not only will it hold the led securely to the heatsink, but it also aids in the transfer of heat from the led into the heatsink, which will then transfer it to the blade holder where it will dissipate off the outer surface.

Lord Dottore Matto
03-30-2012, 12:38 PM
Information becomes outdated sometimes. I wrote this thread 4 years ago. Now that it has been brought to my attention, I have updated it for future users.

icemetal
04-13-2012, 01:31 PM
awesome thread clears up a lot of things and if it weren't for this thread I probably would've given up on this whole thing already, but I have a few questions I hope you don't mind helping me out with :)

1.When I build my saber in the MHS builder it seems to add a Heat sink by default, yet I thought the "Rebel Star LED & MHS Heatsink Module" already includes the Heat sink?

2. In the "Basic MHS build tutorial" a "resistor" is used however no resistor is included with the "basic build list of parts" It does however, come with the "buck puck" I assume this can be used to serve the same purpose as the resistor?

3. I want a blue LED light saber and my only concern is that it won't be bright enough, what I mean is I want it to have that "nice white bright core" all the way to the tip with the blue "haze" around it, I heard the "corbin style" blade does this well? and if so will the "Rebel Star LED & MHS Heatsink Module" be enough to pull this off?

thanks everybody in advance, been reading a lot and I'm ready to order my parts soon :)

Knighthammer
04-13-2012, 03:05 PM
awesome thread clears up a lot of things and if it weren't for this thread I probably would've given up on this whole thing already, but I have a few questions I hope you don't mind helping me out with :)

1.When I build my saber in the MHS builder it seems to add a Heat sink by default, yet I thought the "Rebel Star LED & MHS Heatsink Module" already includes the Heat sink? Yes, the Rebel Star LED & MHS Heatsink kit inlcused the heatsink, just need a Blade Holder for it to go in.

2. In the "Basic MHS build tutorial" a "resistor" is used however no resistor is included with the "basic build list of parts" It does however, come with the "buck puck" I assume this can be used to serve the same purpose as the resistor? This one I'll need some help with, but I *think* you can use the buck puck without a resistor, but its probably still recommended.

3. I want a blue LED light saber and my only concern is that it won't be bright enough, what I mean is I want it to have that "nice white bright core" all the way to the tip with the blue "haze" around it, I heard the "corbin style" blade does this well? and if so will the "Rebel Star LED & MHS Heatsink Module" be enough to pull this off? Should be yes, just watch voltages and amperage

thanks everybody in advance, been reading a lot and I'm ready to order my parts soon :)

I'll do my best to answer these.

icemetal
04-13-2012, 03:40 PM
alright many thanks, your all great! :)

Strydur
04-13-2012, 05:05 PM
The MHS builder adds one by default but once it is in your shopping cart you can just remove it.

Lord Dottore Matto
04-16-2012, 08:14 PM
You do not need a resistor if you use the puck (that is why I didn't include one in the update, :lol: ) As far as the extra heatsink, just remove one from your cart and you will be good....unless you are me, then throw 10 extra into your cart :lol: .

benny
04-18-2012, 05:51 PM
i'm back after almost 4 years!! :shock:

what exactly are extensions for??

thanks guys.

Boj-Vaati Mau
04-19-2012, 07:15 PM
Making your hair look fuller and more lush! :D Extentions can be used to add length or a chamber or switch space or, as in my case, your whole saber.

Jay-gon Jinn
04-20-2012, 09:17 PM
I doubt the question was serious Boj, but good answer. ;)

Lord Dottore Matto
04-21-2012, 01:14 AM
i'm back after almost 4 years!! :shock:

what exactly are extensions for??

thanks guys.

Buahahahahahaha...good one man, :lol:

Jedi Master Weylin
08-15-2012, 11:15 AM
Hey noob here. I went over the instructions and went through and added all the stuff to the cart but there's one thing that I'm wondering about. (Step 5:

Choose this Modular wiring kit (leave all of the other default selections as-is)--->http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/MW...stem-P666.aspx)
I clicked on the link and it just took me to the main page. I don't know whats up with that. It will be a while till I can actually pay for this stuff cuz im still looking around for a job. But which module were u talking about?
Here is the link to the switch that I found neat and want to use. http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/16mm-Anti-Vandal-Latching-Blue-Ring-Switch-P435.aspx I don't know if it will work with the hilt that I picked out.
http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/Hilt-style-4-with-standard-style-switch-hole-P103.aspx
Big thanks.

clahey83
08-15-2012, 11:46 AM
you will have to buy the AV switch hole service
http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/Machine-AV-switch-hole-P557.aspx

as for your switch make sure you read all of the description "These are large and the only items currently set up to accept them are the Box style 4 and Bezel for illuminated switches" you will need to either use the setup described or pick a short AV switch. if you decide to stay with your AV switch and go with the box do not buy that AV switch service. there is a seperate service specifically for mounting that box http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/Box-4-Mounting-holes-service-P453.aspx

as for the modular wiring system, this thread was started several years ago and that package has been replaced with this one http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/Build-Your-Own-Seoul-P4-Electronics-Kit-P469.aspx

Southpaw
11-29-2012, 09:35 AM
Love this thread - I purchased a saber from another company, and it's great, but then I discovered the possibilities of MHS! So I'm following your steps and I discovered that step 5 appears to be missing. Or rather the link to the mws kit goes to the wrong page or maybe TCSS moved the page or... Help a n00b out? As if you havnt been helpful already ...

Jay-gon Jinn
11-29-2012, 10:13 AM
Love this thread - I purchased a saber from another company, and it's great, but then I discovered the possibilities of MHS! So I'm following your steps and I discovered that step 5 appears to be missing. Or rather the link to the mws kit goes to the wrong page or maybe TCSS moved the page or... Help a n00b out? As if you havnt been helpful already ...This is the modular Wiring Kit LDM was referring to: http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/Build-Your-Own-Seoul-P4-Electronics-Kit-P469.aspx
It is not exactly a "Modular Wiring Kit," though since you'll have to do some soldering to use that. In the modular wiring section, there are parts that can replace all of what was in that kit separately: http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/Modular-Wiring-System-C82.aspx

Lord Dottore Matto
11-29-2012, 07:28 PM
Updated and current.

Strydur
10-11-2013, 11:45 AM
Step 5 needs to be updated as all the link gives is the LED module and no battery holder, switch, etc.. sorry for changing it on you..

Rough Trade
10-13-2013, 06:28 AM
Step 5:
Choose this Modular wiring kit ...
This kit has ALL of the BASIC electronics that you need!

Does this modular wiring kit come with all the basic electronics that I need? I read the description of the modular wiring kit and it doesn't list a battery pack - but, you didn't say to purchase a battery pack separately, so maybe it does have one? Does it come with the resistor? Does it include the quick-connect? How about an on/off switch?

Everything else you've laid out so carefully and meticulously, including providing VERY HELPFUL and time saving links! So, it seems odd that you wouldn't mention anything about a battery pack, etc., which seems critical for building a basic working light saber - unless, of course, all that IS included in the modular wiring kit.

It's just not clear to me and I want to make sure I've included everything I need in my purchase. Would you please clarify? Thanks!

Strydur
10-13-2013, 11:15 AM
5 Years ago when the tutorial was written the link in step 5 was to a different product that we no longer carry. The current link is just for the LED module. You still need a battery pack, resistor/buckpuck, switch, etc..

Rough Trade
10-13-2013, 05:18 PM
The current link is just for the LED module. You still need a battery pack, resistor/buckpuck, switch, etc..

I'm glad I double checked. I'll dive in and start exploring battery packs... Thanks for your response!

garymorris
01-31-2014, 12:17 PM
are there any tutorials with photos of how to hook up a16mm Anti Vandal Momentary switch i am very new to this

Forgetful Jedi Knight
01-31-2014, 01:56 PM
are there any tutorials with photos of how to hook up a16mm Anti Vandal Momentary switch i am very new to this

First off, Welcome to the Forums!

You will need to take time to go through these forums and read up on things. You can start with the links in my signature. You only mentioned a switch, but not what you are connecting to it.

Go through this thread and I'm sure you'll come up with several diagrams that show how to connect a 16mm AV switch.

http://forums.thecustomsabershop.com/forumdisplay.php?28-Cutaway-views-and-wiring-schematics

If you have more questions, please start a new topic in the Questions and Answers area, once you have done some basic research on your own, and then I, or one of the other experienced people will help you out.

TensePhilly
02-04-2014, 11:13 PM
I need help; So, apparently you can get a heatsink with your blade holder, but you can also buy a separate one too... So what's the difference?

Onli-Won Kanomi
02-04-2014, 11:38 PM
Some people may have already built an MHS saber and just want to change whatever bladeholder they were using before to a new one but since they may already have heatsinks with LEDs mounted on them that they want to use they can just buy the new bladeholder without one. Other people who are building sabers new and don't already have a heatsink would probably want to buy one along with the bladeholder they choose, or several if they want to be able to 'swap' LEDs of different colours in and out of the same bladeholder.

There are several types of heatsinks to choose from, some designed to work best for single-die LEDs like P4s or rebels and some designed to work better with multi-die LEDs like LEDEngins or tri-rebels that allow extra holes for additional wiring on such LEDs. There is also a 'flat' heatsink for space-limited saber builds where there isn't much room for 'cram fu' that sacrifices the long copper lug behind the usual heatsink face to allow more room in the hilt behind the heatsink for fitting other components. There are also 'old style' heatsinks for people who might want to change their LED on a saber that uses an 'old style' bladeholder they may already have.

TensePhilly
02-05-2014, 03:41 PM
So if I buy a blade holder and pay 9$ more for a heatsink it'll have color?

Forgetful Jedi Knight
02-05-2014, 03:50 PM
No, It means that you would have a heatsink to use with whatever LED you decide to buy. LED's can be sold separately. I think you are confusing the pre-wired MWS parts, with a standard blade holder and heat sink. Start a thread in the Questions and Answers thread, with what EXACTLY you plan on doing, and we will be happy to take a look at it. ;)

Celtic Jedi
12-04-2014, 06:26 PM
I might get opposite answer on this question but what do you think is best for a basic LED Lightsaber on Resistor or Buckpuck .

Forgetful Jedi Knight
12-04-2014, 06:33 PM
I might get opposite answer on this question but what do you think is best for a basic LED Lightsaber on Resistor or Buckpuck .

It depends [TM]. Generally, your best bet for a single die would be a single cell Li-ion and a resistor.

Cperruccio
12-26-2014, 04:44 PM
5 Years ago when the tutorial was written the link in step 5 was to a different product that we no longer carry. The current link is just for the LED module. You still need a battery pack, resistor/buckpuck, switch, etc..

Besides those three is there anything else we will need?

Forgetful Jedi Knight
12-26-2014, 05:10 PM
Besides those three is there anything else we will need?

It depends on what you want to do. Also, don't you already have a thread of your own regarding what you wanted to do?

Jedi_Roz
01-07-2015, 10:12 AM
Hi everyone,

Another newbie here, have read a lot and watched videos and I wanted to take a moment and say thank you for all your hard work on walking us through things. I'm sure it gets frustrating. Thank you very much!

I am looking to build my first saber and do have a question about the main bodies. What are the differences between not getting holes drilled and getting the recessed hole done instead? Ideally I would like to have a saber that I could put a blade on and have sound but not sure about the switches and how to attach the clip for a belt. I probably am missing the posts somewhere. So I appoligize if I have missed it.

Thank you again everyone. It has been very helpful!

Forgetful Jedi Knight
01-07-2015, 10:59 AM
Hi everyone,

Another newbie here, have read a lot and watched videos and I wanted to take a moment and say thank you for all your hard work on walking us through things. I'm sure it gets frustrating. Thank you very much!

I am looking to build my first saber and do have a question about the main bodies. What are the differences between not getting holes drilled and getting the recessed hole done instead? Ideally I would like to have a saber that I could put a blade on and have sound but not sure about the switches and how to attach the clip for a belt. I probably am missing the posts somewhere. So I appoligize if I have missed it.

Thank you again everyone. It has been very helpful!

Welcome to the Forums.

Either way, if you want a switch, you'll need a hole for it. You will just need to decide what kind of switch(es) you want depending on what you want in your saber.

Also, a covertec ring or a d-ring is attached to the hilt via a screw. Again you will need to decide what you want and where so you can have the store drill and tap the hole for it, unless you can do it yourself.

Jedi_Roz
01-07-2015, 11:42 AM
So what types of switches can one have? One for light and for sound? I am confused on how that all works? Am I missing a page that explains how the different buttons work? Or what buttons you can build into it for what?

I can drill holes as well, I have a woodworking/metal working shop so No worries there.

Thanks again for your help.

Forgetful Jedi Knight
01-07-2015, 11:51 AM
You should go through the manuals for the various sound card in the store. They would explain what you need, and the store would show you what your options are.

Jedi_Roz
01-07-2015, 11:54 AM
Ok thank you, I will.

I really appreciate your responses, thanks.

setelf3of5
01-07-2015, 01:02 PM
Welcome, good luck on your build. I look forward to it!!

Jedi_Roz
01-07-2015, 02:01 PM
I'm sorry, last question, where are the manuals you are referring to? I know I'm totally having a blonde moment and missing them.

Thank you again

Forgetful Jedi Knight
01-07-2015, 02:11 PM
I'm sorry, last question, where are the manuals you are referring to? I know I'm totally having a blonde moment and missing them.

Thank you again

When you go into the store and go to the sound card section, in the description is a link to its owner's manual.

tonycmartin
01-17-2015, 10:19 AM
Hey I am looking to build my first saber and just want know if I need a battery setup too? It's not listed and I'm just wondering how the saber is powered without it.

Forgetful Jedi Knight
01-17-2015, 10:36 AM
Hey I am looking to build my first saber and just want know if I need a battery setup too? It's not listed and I'm just wondering how the saber is powered without it.

Yes you would need a battery.

XionLord
06-17-2015, 09:06 AM
Ok, so I will open with saying I have minimal experience with this sorta thing.

The guide is great but old. I noticed they did have a modular wiring soundboard, and that there is a new hilt style, and multiple hole types you can get drilled.
I assume if I bought entirely modular stuff it would by similar to the modular kit I built my Quad-drone with. Essentially high tech lego, plug and play.
Would I be wrong?

Spent the last week bouncing between pre-mades. Currently between just ordering from Ultrasabers (Which i found had a lot of bad review at one point but less recently) and genesiscustomsabers.com (which is located in the same province of canada from me) make sense.
Reason I am here is because if i am given a decent guide i could probably make one myself, with the features i want. The two big features are sound and some way to recharge the saber. And when i googled guide this post was the first to show up. And seems simple enough to make a simple saber. Flip that, this process is like staring at a wall. I see the writing but its a lot to take in, especially if i plan to make something feel like its mine.

Added Edit: Sadly modular soundboard is out of stock. T-T, but overall idea still applies. also curious if there was someone who doesnt mind going over my shopping list when the time comes. I dont wanna forget something, or miss compatibility. Saving money and doing it myself would be defeated if i cant actually build it myself.

Forgetful Jedi Knight
06-17-2015, 09:27 AM
Welcome to the Forums.

We will look over your stuff when the time comes. In there meantime, I strongly suggest you start reading up on the forums. Building a saber can be done fairly easily, though you will need some basic skills and tools, depending on what you want to do.

TrypWyr
06-17-2015, 09:35 AM
genesiscustomsabers.com

Just to throw this out there, you can't go wrong with one of Rob's sabers, he's the bomb.

That said, there is something magical about building your own... ;)

XionLord
06-17-2015, 09:42 AM
Oh so hes worth it? So few review on him to be found.

Got soldering gun, and a dremal multi-tool. I have some minimal experience.
But was i right in thinking modular wiring could end up being plug and play/easiest starting point?
Cause between that, and the cheap costs of services like powdercoating and having them drill a recharge port, I might go for it.
Out of stock modular soundboard, but I am curious how hard it would be to wire up my own. I also saw a custom wiring service. that could save myself a screw up.

Silver Serpent
06-17-2015, 10:17 AM
Yes, the guy in charge of GCS is the same Madcow who did most of the tutorial videos in this section of the forums: http://forums.thecustomsabershop.com/forumdisplay.php?51-Informational-and-Tutorial-Videos

I agree with TrypWyr. Building your own is a wonderful experience. It's hard to match that sense of joy when you ignite a saber for the first time, and you built it yourself.

Forgetful Jedi Knight
06-17-2015, 12:23 PM
Oh so hes worth it? So few review on him to be found.


He's one of the top 4 or 5 Sabersmiths in the hobby.

gamer_88
10-28-2015, 05:25 PM
Where is the link for the modular wiring kit?

Forgetful Jedi Knight
10-28-2015, 05:28 PM
Where is the link for the modular wiring kit?

It's in the store. Look under Modular Wiring System.

gamer_88
10-28-2015, 05:29 PM
Thanks Forgetful Jedi Knight.

gamer_88
10-28-2015, 05:36 PM
I open up modular wiring system and different categories pop under modular wiring system which one is it under?
12275

Forgetful Jedi Knight
10-28-2015, 05:39 PM
I open up modular wiring system and different categories pop under modular wiring system which one is it under?
12275

"All of the above". You essentially need one of each if you want pre-wired parts. Battery pack + prewired switch + prewired LED = Very basic stunt saber.

gamer_88
10-28-2015, 05:41 PM
Okay Thanks

Forgetful Jedi Knight
10-28-2015, 05:43 PM
Okay Thanks

What exactly are you trying to do?

gamer_88
10-31-2015, 10:19 PM
What is this part called? 12298
and is the resistor required if so does it come with any of the parts listed in the thread

gamer_88
10-31-2015, 10:26 PM
Great post Lord Dottore

gamer_88
10-31-2015, 10:51 PM
................

gamer_88
10-31-2015, 10:53 PM
What is this part called? 12298
and is the resistor required if so does it come with any of the parts listed in the thread

Silver Serpent
11-01-2015, 09:02 AM
This part? There's about a dozen parts in that picture. Which one are you looking at?

Cire Yeldarb
11-03-2015, 12:16 PM
If you are talking about the wires, I am pretty sure thats an old quick connector section that was replaced by the JST connectors

Wraith20878
11-15-2015, 08:49 PM
Thank you LDM for this excellent post! Building my first stunt saber soon, and this info helped immensely in collecting parts and tools. Any other questions I have had, have been answered in other threads or on the TCSS YouTube channel, which also has excellent tutorials. Really looking forward to getting started. Just waiting on parts now.

craigpay
12-16-2015, 02:01 AM
Thanks for the excellent post! I bought some TCSS parts from JQ Sabers here in the UK for a very basic stunt saber. I started out with a buck puck and 2 x TrustFires then I swapped over to a resistor + a single Panasonic 18650B when that ran too hot and the batteries drained too quickly for me (1.5 hours). I'm looking for serious endurance for costume trooping whilst I spin and freestyle duel. Here's a photo. I'm not a huge fan of the colour (cyan) but this is just a test build. I'm using JST connectors on the LED module so it can be easily swapped out for other colours.

12584

Next step is to start playing with sound, extend to a staff saber, weather, add more detail etc. Thanks again!

arlongkpr
12-20-2015, 12:27 AM
Yay for us Noobs :)

Shingen
02-19-2016, 10:34 AM
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