Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Yoda Lightsaber the orginal Praco vintage camera flash

I have been collecting Star Wars parts for a while now, Lightsabers to be precise.
You can read more about the visual dictionary Praco/Bosley camera conversion for Yoda's lightsaber from the prequels. You don't see him use it in the Phantom Menace, but Yoda uses a 3D model based on the design from real world camera items.
If you want to go down the rabbit hole you can always read more at or

You can see the top emitter is a model wheel from a Lamborghini Countach
 The History and Evolution of the Lamborghini Countach

Photo's from and you can find more at 

So the goal is to make one and here is what I have collected over the past 5 years. Praco's are quite the Unicorn so it took quite a while to get hold of mine.

I have modelled and printed a test blade holder to fit a 7/8 inch blade and a custom PCB board designed to take a very new LED LC8812. These are designed to take the place of the sk6812's and most likely the ws2812b's

Here you can see the 3D printed blade holder fits well.

You need both a Bosley and Praco flash handle to make a Yoda saber, along with the model wheel and an engine sump from another model. You can read up on in the parts of Star Wars page or

Modelling all the parts has been a nice challenge in Fusion 360.
It has been months or work off and on making a solution in fusion 360, and working with Jimy to come up with a new PCB  from scratch that's not been thought of before. Turning what I imagine into a high end replica Saber!   

The size of the boards coming out these days is amazing, I have selected the Golden Harvest v3 
to be the driving force behind this saber. It's small and packed with plenty of goodies.

Currently a work in progress with machining the brass inner chassis in mind, 
 I plan to add a few look-through sections, as well as a-big-as-I-can-manage crystal chamber. At the moment it looks like it will be about 18mm tall. Considering its only a 26mm diameter, I think that's pretty tidy.

Here you can see the render of the 7/8 inch blade holder with a slot in the back for the custom PCB and threads to attach the brass sleeve. I may change the threads to something different but I have 2 months before I'm ready to start machining to finesse the model.

If I get around to updating my progress here, you may see a final design 
before I start machining it. I already have the schematics for the PCB with the new LC8812's in 5050 size ready to roll. I have to thank Jimmy for this work. On the PCB there is a super easy JMP1 to select blade or PCB LEDs (or both).

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Tuesday, 12 May 2020

New Blackstone Fortress Expansion Bases

I hope every one is doing well during the covid 19 pandemic. 
During the time spent at home I have had some time to work on these extra bases and tomorrow I should be able to collect some silicon to mold these new bases and get them ready for sale. 

Here are the renders of the new bases.

2 new 50mm

8 new32mm
3 new 40mm
8 new 25mm

Happy painting! 
I will have to post my lightsaber progress soon too!

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Miniature Bases for sale!

Its been a while since I posted here, but I still get a fair amount of traffic. I just though I would share with you my web page for miniature bases!

I started these a while a go for the 40k Deathwatch overkill board game. I now have successfully turned these into pressure cast resin base toppers.

Most recently I have designed these shattered bases for the new 40k board game Blackstone Fortress
If you are interested in any of these head on over to the webpage  and check them out!

Happy painting!

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Rogue One Torch Simple Shell to fit a torch inside.

I have had a few request about the Rouge One torch and after some discussion with interested parties here is the design.

I have made a few modifications for ease of installment. Bellow is a picture of the actual helmets in storage you can see the torch is held in place by wire, So I have replicated the system to attach to the shield.

Below is the wire set up that you can use to install your torch to your helmet shield. Note this is a different torch set up. You will need 1-1.2mm wire to slide inside the 2 holes of the torch to secure it to the helmet shield.

Type of torch that will fit inside the print any torch that has diameter of 15mm and a maximum lenght of 98mm, here is a link to the torch in the picture.

Finished torch on the Rebel Helmet.

The torch shell will be available at shapeways.

Thursday, 29 June 2017

The Force Unleashed II - Renders

Designed in Fusion 360 with the intention of one day machining them and building the internals. I used the reference material from various sources to design them. Below is the video trailer for TFU2.

Here are two of the lightsabers from the force unleashed, Rahm Kota with crystal reveal and Starkiller. both are a work in progress but close enough to share.

Work continues on the Obi Wan chassis. . . .

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Friday, 2 June 2017

Obi Wan Kenobi Lightsaber - Lower chassis design

Small update almost finished work on the lower chassis, I would like to see how its working once printed before I add a few atheistic details.

I have moved the recharge port to the lower chassis and made it a 1.3mm instead of a 2.1. Speaker housing should fit nicely.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Obi Wan Kenobi Lightsaber - Internal chassis Printed

Now that the chassis is printed I'm pretty pleased with the print. There are a few details I will need to change, and now that I have discussed some of the design features with a friend I will tweak them also.

The back channel of the print allows for wiring

The battery clips in nicely to the print and holds it well, just need to tweak the alignment. 

The spark 2 fits, some modification for ease of wiring is needed. 

I will need to drill out part of the grenade section to allow for the the charge port under the rear hole in the clamp section, I might change to a smaller recharge port also.

Already on to the upgrades . . . .