New forum rule. All future runs require the seller to send the site owner and ARKM a prototype for careful examination so that the run has proper approval. The Sabers would need to remain in our possession so we can determine the duration of the quality and longevity of the item.
Man I can't wait to see this chassis. I have a feeling epic is not worthy a description.
Well even though I'm not done with my major summer long home improvement project and will continue to work on it, I can't keep the shop closed forever. Summer is now officially over so my shop is now open again. Thanks for your patience.
Solo's Hold sold me a couple of Prizm soundboards whilst searching for the lost city of Vancouver Canada. He never did find that city but he did save 15% on car insurance by switching to Geico. Not sure why that's relevant to this post... but it is... because Scary Vader Dog says so. *whispers* I think he works for Geico.
Just an FYI, If you really want a person to see this thread, use the @symbol in front of that person's actual username (which can be (but not always is) different from the name displayed on the forum). That will send that person a notification stating that he/she has been "tagged" and will show a link to post in which he/she was tagged.
Just an FYI, when you reduce the voltage of a 7.4v battery pack by using a 5V regulator (I can only find pucks that regulate current, not voltage but maybe my Google-Fu is weak on this topic), the excess voltage is bled off as heat. It's been done in sabers before and not with good results. The excess heat is noticeable, not marginal and can damage your electronics.
Well boy, if you can't shove two neopixels and a connector into a blade plug then I've got a shed out back you can live in. It's got a dirt floor but my wife is known for her biscuits and mustard and she'll throw some out to every now and again. You'll need to do some chores. Got some lawnmowers you can get to work on. Got fields to clear too but you'll be using a kaiser blade for that. Seems like a win/win situation that couldn't come back to bite me.
Both my last two posts were in jest but to be serious for a moment... most likely the extra time, labor and cost of making a Razor blade plug with neopixels and a connector in it compared to how much more money I will have to charge for them, will increase to the point where it's not practical. I would think that most people that are already familiar with my blade plugs won't want to pay double (or more) for the same exact blade plug they are using in their in-hilt LED sabers. Of course, they'll have no choice but to pay that price increase if they want one so that's a "plus" for me, lol. Once all the neopixel stuff for sabers becomes mainstream, I'll give it a try and see how it goes. Again, to be serious, it's not a big deal for me personally. I'll survive no matter what. I was just trying to be humorous and drum up fake humorous sympathy replies so thanks for your's, lol.
No likes or comments on my last post. So it was the latter. That's cold people. Cold ('cause we all know I make SOOOO much money selling blade plugs *ARKM stated sarcastically and says the guy who closed down his shop for the summer*, lol). I could end up on the streets, trying to sell blade plugs... but no one's buying. The new blood will be like "Silly ARKM, I can't use that in a saber. We use Neopixel blades now."
We all know what that will lead to... I'll go crazy and want revenge on the pioneers of the Neopixel blade. Then some anonymous benefactor (that sounds strangely like Darkside Engineering) will offer me hope by supplying me with vast amounts of money that for some reason instead of instantly ending all my financial woes and solving most of my problems, will be used to create mass amounts of anti-neopixel propaganda and lies to discredit the neopixels blade pioneers until ultimately, everyone goes back to in-hilt blades. Then... ALL WILL LOVE ME AND DESPAIR!!!
Well... it's either that or a lot of people will continue to use in hilt LEDs in their sabers and thusly will not impact my sales by too much or even if it does, I'll somehow be perfectly fine because I don't live off blade plug sales at all... but all of that is about as likely as someone like Donald Trump becoming president of the United States.
All you all are overlooking the obvious (or more likely, don't care, lol)... I don't want to have to add electronics to my blade plugs, jack up the prices by a ton to pay for said electronics and extra labor and hope they still sell. Frikkin' progress. In my day we didn't have fancy neopixels. In my day we if we wanted a glowing rod to fight with, we just grabbed a stick from the community fire, made buzzing sounds while swinging them through the air and then went and killed a saber-toothed tiger with it... and we liked it! We loved it.
Possibly. That and cosplayers and those that just like the visual blade features that neopixels and LED strings in general provide. Should stand up to at least light dueling but would like to experiment with it someday. Makototsai made a super flexible LED string blade a few years back that looked like it maybe could be a solution for heavy dueling but with the language barrier (he speaks Chinese), I have not bothered to ask how he made it. Google Translate can only do so much, lol.
For me, if what I want doesn't happen then I will never own a string blade saber (other than a Force FX). I don't want one that much anyways because I am pro "heavy dueling". Still, owning at least one string blade saber that wasn't a Force FX would be cool. However there's no way in hell I'm making my own string blade. I'm not that masochistic. That said, unless and until vendors start supplying fully made string blades, I'm just not that interested in owning one.
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
Luke Skywalker: We never did any swag. There's never enough interest to even break even. My sponsor coin run was a huge success and helped us pay the bills well into 2018 and even gave us the money to fund a couple of one time costs we incurred this year.
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
Sept 23, 2017 16:24:51 GMT -5
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
Luke Skywalker: Site. I never intend to charge selling fees. The coin drive was a much better way to go imho. As for our logo, name and copywriter and TM's go. I have no issue with anyone wanting to use them. I ask two things. Please let me know prior. If it's crude
Sept 23, 2017 16:26:24 GMT -5
Luke Skywalker: and vulgar and casts us in a bad light I simply won't approve it. The other thing I think would be nice is that if our name is used on things like t-shirts that you do make a small donation to help support the site.
Sept 23, 2017 16:27:29 GMT -5
Luke Skywalker: My recommendation, and the place I will definitely go when I want to have a shirt done is TRA member defcon. Al's work is outstanding. Al is the Solo's Hold of saber bags and other fabric items. I've had him make me a couple of shirts and several
Sept 23, 2017 16:29:06 GMT -5
Luke Skywalker: saber bags. His merchandise is perfection.
Sept 23, 2017 16:29:32 GMT -5
Luke Skywalker: I think I'm down to about 8 coins.
Sept 23, 2017 16:30:26 GMT -5
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.
Sept 23, 2017 16:32:23 GMT -5