I would think the need for heatsinking would still exist, as you now have many more LEDs practicing entropy in the form of converting electricity into light and heat. Now, the required heatsink will be in a different location, and may be more spread out, but unless I'm missing something vital...?
Things change. In particular, electronic costs come down.
I'm still expecting quantum dots or photonic hypercrystals to show up in blade construction. The bottom line is, the world is changing, and the rate of that change is fast. Faster than you think. We don't know what's coming, or how it will affect our hobby. All we can do is look around at what's available today, and make the best choices we can for the project we're working on now.
I bought one of their classic belt clip sabermounts, and the thing is a work of beauty. No burrs, no sharp edges, and the back is powdercoated. I swear, if I had room in my budget, I would grab one up.
I think this is the one with the open bay under the shroud so I know how to work with that. All in all, it looks like a nice saber.
Somewhat to my surprise, I find that you are correct. The instruction set that came with the saber is... minimal. If you hadn't mentioned it, I would never have known that. It's a sort of slot bored through the saber from the side, creating an open-ish bay.
There's been some interest expressed in the Pach Store / Ultimate Works, so I thought I'd share some photos and thoughts of my my cousin's purchase of the Master Q hilt for his Qui Gon Jinn getup. I believe I was on the tail-end of the first run, which is now sold out. I got shipping notification almost immediately, and then it was on the ocean for about three weeks, and then it was in Miami. Why it got sent from Hong Kong to Miami, I'm not entirely sure... I'd've expected Long Beach or Seattle or somewhere.
Anyway, it eventually made it to my door, and while the inner box was a little roughed up, the layers of foam nicely protected the saber itself:
As you can see, it came with a blade plug, and also a few screws for blade-holding and so on, as well as a couple of allen levers for said screws.
It disassembles into three major pieces (cat for scale)
The emitter is a 1" emitter, and while I have not yet checked it to be certain, eyeballing it suggests that a TCSS LED heatsink and optics bit will fit inside.
The pommel has its own 3-pole charging port built in.
It's difficult to see because of lighting issues, but the main body has only half its width available for a sound board, because of the hilt ridging. At the anterior end, there's a bit of open tube where a battery could go... I'm thinking it may not be long enough for an 18650 while still fitting the LED heatsink et alia in there, but some monkeying around with it will reveal that... I'll write about that when I get there, I suppose.
At the posterior end, there's a built-in place for a speaker to sit, with a cut-away for wires from the recharge port to pass through. That's going to be another interesting adventure, I'm sure.
Overall, both my cousin and I are happy with it. It's almost certain to receive approval from The Rebel Legion as part of his getup, and that's the bottom line, desu ne?
I bought a Master Q from pachstore, made by Ultimate Works, and it arrived Saturday. I need to find the time and energy to take photos of it, but the short version of my thoughts is: well worth the money. Very much screen accurate.
89Sabers is apparently a guy who used to do work for Parks, and struck out on his own.
So, I'm sure that some of you attend conventions, and no doubt, some of you fly to those conventions. I'm curious how you bring your lightsabers along. Do you pack them in checked luggage? Does that make you worry about lithium battery issues? Do you carry them on the plane with you? Has anyone ever mistaken one for a pipe bomb? What issues have you had with the TSA?
Having grown up reading comic books where continuity was a matter of whether the current writer remembered what the previous one had done, I can accept all kinds of changes in the storyline, as long as the stories are good. Does this Luke remember Mara and their son? Does this Peter remember marrying MJ? It's all a plastic, flexible playground.
The optimal wavelength band for pumping the fluorescent dye in the tubing if what you want is conversion of the blue pump light into green fluorescence is between 440nm - 470nm. It is in this 440nm - 470nm wavelength band that absorption of the blue light by the fluorescein green dye is maximized. At 495nm about half the light will pass thru the thin wall blade tubing without being absorbed and transformed into green light.
Of the conventional LEDs that I have tested, the Royal Blue CREE XT-E (450nm-460nm) is the most efficient blue light pump source for the photon blade.
I guess that means I will be installing an RbRbR tri-cree, then.
I'm building a Master Q hilt for my cousin, so he can theoretically do a QGJ with The Rebel Legion. That means a green blade. I am, of course, looking at setting it up with a Photon Blade. According to my reading, the peak response of the Photon Blade is at 495nm; The blue Luxeon rebel is nominally 470 nm, which is a difference of 25 nm. The Luxeon cyan rebel is nominally 505 nm, which is a difference of 10 nm. Therefore, it seems that the Luxeon cyan is the better choice for a bright blade -- or am I missing something?
What about Flash on Clash (FoC)? If I have a tri-rebel LED module, should I do CyCyW, CyCyCy, CyBW, or something else, in order to get a clear flash?
jaltrooper: Hey guys! Dumb question...but are there any t-shirts available, or any other swag I can buy to support the Page?
Sept 23, 2017 8:52:58 GMT -5
ARKM: We have challenge coins. Contact Luke Skywalker if you want one.
Sept 23, 2017 13:50:47 GMT -5
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Sept 23, 2017 16:23:33 GMT -5
Luke Skywalker: As for shirts. I really need to get one for me as well. I've been wanting one with our new logo since we changed over. My desire has always been that this is a site for the members. I consider you all my friends and have no desire to make a profit from
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ARKM: Luke Skywalker, hit me up if you want the image I used for the front of my shirt.
Sept 23, 2017 16:25:38 GMT -5
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Sept 23, 2017 16:27:29 GMT -5
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Luke Skywalker: ARKM what image did you use? Was it the one with SVD's glowing eyes? I'm really curious to see how our logo looks on a shirt. Defcon would certainly need to use the flattened simpler version. For a detailed logo I think you'd need it silk screened.
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