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    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/Bl...lders-C32.aspx

    Make sure to select it WITHOUT a heatsink module!!!! (you can buy it with or without, but you will be getting one in step 5.)

    Step 2:

    Buy this blade retention screw--->http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/8-...rew--P111.aspx

    Or this one: http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/8-...crew-P538.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/Ce...tions-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 basic LED Module --->http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/Re...dule-P653.aspx

    If you chose a RED or Orange LED, you will need this buckpuck---> http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/Bu...wire-P363.aspx

    If you chose any other color, you need this one---> http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/Bu...wire-P364.aspx

    You will need a 7.4V battery pack to power either of the above buck pucks. You can use something like this---> http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/74...Pack-P759.aspx

    Finally, you are going to need this switch---> http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/Pu...utton-P40.aspx

    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 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/LE...-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/in...ductId=2062758

    2. Heatshrink (1 foot is more than enough)--->http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/18...ubing-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-...l-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...read.php?t=326

    Drill and tap your blade retention screw hole and add the screw!--->http://forums.thecustomsabershop.com...ead.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!)
    Last edited by Forgetful Jedi Knight; 07-15-2014 at 06:20 AM. Reason: Updated electronics links. 7-15-14
    All n00bs READ these first (PLEASE)!!!:1. LDM's Basic Saber-build Step-by-Step Tutorial 1A. Maul's Saber Dictionary 1B. THREAD INDEX 1C. Econo Sound Diagrams
    TCSS the #1 Part supplier of LDM customsabers!

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    I bought everything you told me to, but in the tutorial it says i need so much other stuff.
    So to everyone wo is new to this, don't buy things that he says you need, you need so much more..
    Last edited by kaptenfisk; 03-30-2012 at 06:59 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kaptenfisk View Post
    I bought everything you told me to, but in the tutorial it says i need so much other stuff.
    So to everyone wo is new to this, don't buy things that he says you need, you need so much more..
    Please be aware of a topics age before posting...this was posted 3 1/2 years ago, and as such, is likely out of date, since the parts listed may no longer be available in the store, or are no longer necessary, or have simply been redesigned/changed. Heatsinks are no longer included with blade holders, and nylon screws are not necessary with the new design for the heatsinks.

    Got a question? Start Here. Have you tried the Thread Index yet? Most questions can be answered there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kaptenfisk View Post
    I bought everything you told me to, but in the tutorial it says i need so much other stuff.
    So to everyone wo is new to this, don't buy things that he says you need, you need so much more..
    Yes, had you used the tutorial when it was written you would have purchased everything you needed. Since you used it 4 years later, things have changed a bit. The only thing missing is the electronics. The clue to you should have been when the link directed you to the home page rather than the electronics kit


    BTW, the links have now been updated. Enjoy. If things change in the next 4 years, hopefully someone will not leave a snarky remark about how cruddy the time that I gave freely to help others was.
    Last edited by Lord Dottore Matto; 03-30-2012 at 12:30 PM.
    All n00bs READ these first (PLEASE)!!!:1. LDM's Basic Saber-build Step-by-Step Tutorial 1A. Maul's Saber Dictionary 1B. THREAD INDEX 1C. Econo Sound Diagrams
    TCSS the #1 Part supplier of LDM customsabers!

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    Yeah, sorry about that.
    I just did what you said in Step 9:
    "Don't visit the forum again until you get all of your stuff in the mail, you'll just confuse yourself"
    >.<

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    Quote Originally Posted by kaptenfisk View Post
    Yeah, sorry about that.
    I just did what you said in Step 9:
    "Don't visit the forum again until you get all of your stuff in the mail, you'll just confuse yourself"
    >.<
    LOL, well at least it is all updated now. Sorry it didn't work for you.
    All n00bs READ these first (PLEASE)!!!:1. LDM's Basic Saber-build Step-by-Step Tutorial 1A. Maul's Saber Dictionary 1B. THREAD INDEX 1C. Econo Sound Diagrams
    TCSS the #1 Part supplier of LDM customsabers!

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    I, for one, appreciate the "spoon feed". Even though I'm drawing alot of inspiration from other threads, this is a great place to start (even better with the updated info). So thanks for taking time to update (even if it was prompted by laziness).

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    I am sorry, but I am completely new here. I'm not sure what I need to buy when it comes to step 5, Do i need to buy a custom modular wiring kit if i buy the LED Module?

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    Quote Originally Posted by J-door8 View Post
    I am sorry, but I am completely new here. I'm not sure what I need to buy when it comes to step 5, Do i need to buy a custom modular wiring kit if i buy the LED Module?
    Yes, the link in the original post is outdated, this link http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/MW...uck--P748.aspx is the Modular Wiring Buck Puck that you will need to run the LED Module. It has quick connectors for all connections except for a resistor (only need a resistor for illuminated switches/accent LEDs). Make sure you get the right mA output for your particular LED setup.
    Last edited by DarkarNights; 05-29-2012 at 02:34 PM.

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    So I am new and I am just wanting to build a hilt for a costume. I don't know what all I need to do this. I have the outer parts in my cart to make it look the way I want. I just don't know what I need to do as far as inner workings. I also want some form of end cap for were the blade goes (Non-visible) so that I don't look like I'm carrying around a hallow hilt. Any suggestions?

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