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    Hey everyone,

    I’m moving along in my build and am ready to create the crystal chamber “reveal” section. I’m basically cutting a window into a section of the hilt so you can see the crystal chamber. However, I want some sort of mechanism so that I can close or cover up the window for dueling. I’ve seen people create hinged doors, but that leaves the door hanging off, so you can’t duel with it open. Others create a collar with an opening that they put around the section and rotate the collar to reveal or cover up the chamber. Great idea, but it won’t work for me since I’ll have an activation box in the way I can’t rotate anything around it.

    Does anyone know of a good solution? Perhaps like a sliding door mechanism? How can it be built? I’ve been googling forever on clasping, hinge, hasp mechanisms to no avail...

    Thanks so much!
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    While i would think this would weaken the structure for dueling, you could simply use magnets to secure it and put it in your pocket when you want to reveal.

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    Sleeve/cover slides or rotated for reveal. Originally secured with reverse set screw. Then modified with cap screw for dueling. Nothing fancy but works great.
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    Doh. I missed the activation box part. But I think this could still work. Got a rough sketch or mock up to look at?
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    Quote Originally Posted by darth_chasm View Post
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    Sleeve/cover slides or rotated for reveal. Originally secured with reverse set screw. Then modified with cap screw for dueling. Nothing fancy but works great.
    Yeah, I’ve done hilts with methods similar to what DC has described in the past.
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    Quote Originally Posted by darth_chasm View Post
    Doh. I missed the activation box part. But I think this could still work. Got a rough sketch or mock up to look at?
    Hey Darth Chasm,

    Thanks for the help. Here is all I have on me right now. I can try to gather sketches later if necessary.

    https://imgur.com/gallery/xoOVG
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    Hey Raktus.
    The sliding switch cover I made moves on the outside of the hilt, secured between two layers of shroud material. The lower piece has a channel cut out for the cover plate to slide back and forth, the upper piece holds it in place. It's simple enough but it requires layers which may not suit your design with an activation box in proximity. If you are willing/ready to show or explain your design it may help with the brainstorming.

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    Almost graflex-like. Done right you may be able to make the sleeve and box look like one unit.

    The potential problem I see is spacing with switch and crystal.

    Also with a sliding sleeve like this you risk marring the hilt. I solved that with anodizing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by darth_chasm View Post
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    Almost graflex-like. Done right you may be able to make the sleeve and box look like one unit.

    The potential problem I see is spacing with switch and crystal.

    Also with a sliding sleeve like this you risk marring the hilt. I solved that with anodizing.
    Thanks Darth Chasm and Greenie,

    I was thinking it was done something like that Greenje, but I’m not sure how to create a recessed area inside the shroud material to seat the sliding tab.

    Darth Chasm, that is definitely an idea I’ve been floating in my head. Simple, but effective. I’ll sketch out something in mind and upload it here in a bit.

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    Here are some quick rough sketches:

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    Harp implemented one of the ideas here:
    https://youtu.be/-pf-2B-1bDk

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