Lightsaber boasts detachable blade and crystal chamber

[Bradley W. Lewis] continues to amaze us with this Return of the Jedi Lightsaber build. You’ll remember his fine work from his previous Episode IV replica. He’s taken the parts that turned out well for him and expanded upon them. In the demonstration after the break you’ll see the new version has a removable blade (which happens to house 90 LEDs). Just like the last time he’s got a Hasbro sound board and a speaker to add the Jedi-like sound effects. But there’s another trick up his sleeve. Two parts of the grip slide apart on a spring-loaded assembly to reveal the crystal that gives the weapon its sting. And as we found out the last time, [Bradley] really knows how to share his work in the build log.

Oh, and the drawings above? Well, someone who plans this meticulously obviously knows what they’re doing.

Comments

  1. delaylaylay says:

    I could feel the joy welling up within me as I read this.

  2. NatureTM says:

    My god. It’s perfect! Fantastic build pictures too. The light side is indeed powerful.

  3. Dingo says:

    Keep the saber; I want the lathe

  4. Spork says:

    I love his work! He inspired me to build replicas as well.

  5. HaDAk says:

    I envy his skill and dedication. The end product is by far geek-worthy.

  6. notTom says:

    I wish he would make a beam katana now.

  7. Climatebabes says:

    Now make one that can slice trough granite..

  8. BiOzZ says:

    great now i have to buy a lathe XD

  9. Thanks much! I am glad you guys like the project!

  10. FredSanford says:

    Aside from the artistic value (which granted it is pretty cool), what’s the purpose of this ?

    It would make more sense for someone to be pursuing a true workable version of it. THEN, worry about modeling the housing.

    This is like building an X Wing fighter in your garage. Unless it can actually engage an F-22 Raptor in REAL combat, it’s nothing but “art”.

  11. strider_mt2k says:

    I stand in awe.

    Hile, Saberslinger!

  12. Setatx says:

    @FredSanford – BECAUSE IT’S FUN DAMNIT! Not everything has to have a purpose… Sometimes its for childhood nostalgia!

    And I would kill to see a model of a X-Wing fighter in someones garage… and I could give a damn if it actually flew =P

  13. strider_mt2k says:

    Man what I wouldn’t give to be up to my elbows in some X-Wing on a Saturday afternoon…

    sigh

  14. NotMe says:

    @FredSanford
    …”it’s nothing but “art”.”

    ‘art’ = ‘nothing’ ?
    you still have to learn a lot.

    ‘Art is the product or process of deliberately arranging symbolic elements in a way that influences and affects one or more of the senses, emotions, and intellect. It encompasses a diverse range of human activities, creations, and modes of expression, including music, literature, film, photography, sculpture, and paintings. The meaning of art is explored in a branch of philosophy known as aesthetics, and even disciplines such as history and psychoanalysis analyze its relationship with humans and generations.’

  15. IJ Dee-Vo says:

    @FredSanford

    Oh no its another person spending their own time and money in ways you would not do so! How dare they! Seriously that’s one of the worst types of issues I see people respond to epic creations.

  16. macw says:

    @FredSanford

    How exactly would you start making a functional lightsaber like you think this guy should have? Just give me a basic overview of the technologies you’d need to make a handheld battery-powered device that can project a beam or energy only a yard long and cut through several feet of steel in seconds.

    Thanks!

  17. junk collector says:

    @Dingo
    It’s a harbor freight hobby lathe. They are cheap, go buy one.

  18. IJ Dee-Vo says:

    @Setatx

    It seems like it dosn’t occur to people thats a reason to do anything, or because “I wanted to.” or “It’s a learning experience” I’d hate to live in a world without the things that exist because of theses reasons

  19. Anthony says:

    It’s fantastic! Outstanding lightsaber prototype, I wish next step will be a model of an X-Wing fighter.

  20. nah! says:

    my solution for a real light saber was the plasma ball 3d system including a shiftable lense that changes the focus point from near the handle to about one meter away, i think when the lense movement is so fast one couldnd see the lens at all the plasma balls would be seen as a discreete line of light.
    the only problems left is the energy and the space needed for the whole device

  21. Anonymous says:

    Wow! That looks like the original prop from the movie!! :-O

  22. Superfan says:

    Question is: how can any of us enthusiasts get our hands on one of your amazing creations?

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