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    Australia. I read a tutorial on mastako string blades and thought I would have a go. still need to decide on a hilt but those graflex replicas in the store look cool
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    hey buddy hows it all going? i got a video for you to look at if you have the time...I have been messing with string blades...easier than i thought and the results are lol enLIGHTening
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    yo Captain ive finished it! I got a bit of a build log in the gallery called Madmaxx presents his Opus lol check it out.
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    I did the etching with a car battery charger and used nail polish as the resist, hooked it up and dumped it into some salt water and that was it.i free handed the pattern so it looked a little more organic and now just have to work out the chassis and put it all together.i will keep you posted and I would love to see your new project when you start it.
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    hey buddy long time no anyway i started on my opus and i have afew progress pics for your viewing pleasure... . its not quite finished yet but it should be in a week or so. anyway enjoy
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    heya Captain. how goes the war?!? lol i put a couple of hilt ideas in my profile. you have seen some but i have decided on the one with the inside layout ....i can't wait to start on it.I havent added accent leds to it but i can do up to eight with the igniter board... so i was thinking that i might designate 3 to a chamber... red green and a blue one so i can kind of match the crystal colour to the blade colour?? I'm gonna have to run afew tests first though but it might be fun
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    yeah cool. i like the second one better.That gives me somewhere to start from thanks Captain.I think the competition had some nice entries and the front runners deserve to win,but you are right i think afew of them are butt ugly also but thats just me lol.
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    stupid password..i had it on when i had my contest pics in should right to look at now though seeings that i think the contest winners are a dead cert. 'sigh' i will have to try harder next year lol
    thats my file of design ideas. cheers again Captain
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    hey Captain. If you get a chance take a look at these ideas and see what you think.Hope your doing well catch you around.
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    Hey captain how you going? I've just bought an igniter board and true color add on from naigon. It will be my master piece lol I hope. Now I just have to decide on a hilt design that will be able to safely contain said master piece-ness. I might run a couple of designs by you when I get some on paper if your interested. Hope your well catch you around
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PVC Rahm Kota Pt. II

by captain_mills on 09-21-2012 at 09:39 PM
So, I'm hoping I can get some help here, but since no one has seen my first blog post (or at least commented on it) I may have to post this into the Forums...

Anyway I am including a link to the Mace Windu board I am using in this saber. It has a tactile switch spot on the board and I can't figure out how to wire this switch to a momentary switch.

Anyone have any suggestions?


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Updated 09-23-2012 at 09:13 PM by captain_mills


PVC Rahm Kota

by captain_mills on 09-18-2012 at 08:47 PM
I decided to put together a Rahm Kota saber at a cheap cost. It'll be a variant. Somewhere between the one Rahm Kota had and what it became when Galen Marek used it... I'm using the one from the 'net I found as inspiration. It's made of 1" PVC for the main body, with an endcap and a coupling. The blade holder is also 1" pvc with a 3/4" grey PVC lathe-turned to fit inside. all the parts are lathed down in my wood lathe except the main body.

The electronics are from

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Updated 09-19-2012 at 09:42 PM by captain_mills


Crystal Chamber Pt. III

by captain_mills on 02-21-2011 at 10:09 PM
Ok, so I have an updated chamber that I'm going to put into my brother's Obi-Wan hilt that I posted in an earlier blog post. In part I, I showed off an incomplete version of what is below. This is the finished version, without the wiring, of course. I decided to put the original crystal back in it, and had to adjust it to get it to fit.

I will work on the wiring probably next weekend, since I will be busy the rest of this week (it was nice having Pres. Day off of work). There

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Crystal Chamber Pt. II

by captain_mills on 02-20-2011 at 06:59 PM
Hello again...

I spent the afternoon custom-making a crystal for the chamber. Took a piece of clear acrylic and put it to the grinding wheel. There's some "gunk" on the edges that I need to clean off (anyone know how to polish acrylic??). Otherwise, It's about 1 1/2" long and about 1/2" in diameter. It fits nicely into my chamber, and lights up nicely... Still not as bright as I'd like it to be though...

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Updated 02-20-2011 at 07:01 PM by captain_mills


Crystal Chamber & Saber Interior

by captain_mills on 02-19-2011 at 10:58 PM
So, today I decided to start work on the interior of my saber. There will have to be some adjustments, as I don't have my MHS saber parts yet, and have no idea exactly what the interior diameter will be on each of the parts. I consider this to be a trial run anyway, and I'm looking for suggestions and comments.

The LED is supposed to be green, but the way I have it wired, it's running off 4AAA's at 1.2V each (4.8V total) and with a 100 ohm resistor, it isn't bright enough to be

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