Sunday 31 May 2020

Ashoka's 332nd Clone trooper Helmet

At the end of season 7 clone wars I had the urge to build the clone trooper helmet, I did contemplate building the helmet from scratch which is something I might do after this one. The file I used was from thingiverse.

I figured I better use the anycubic Chiron printer for what I brought it for, making 3d printed Star wars stuff. I figure a Helmet is a good start. My main goal is to make a shore trooper kit to troop in.

I have a few pieces still printing but I can start sticking the files together and sanding to get that smooth finish.
So next step more sanding. 

My PCB's have been manufactured and are being assembled now. not long till they will be posted out.

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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!