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ASP ANH Graflex w/mods 8 months 3 weeks ago #64147

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The SF ASP A New Hope (ANH) Graflex has been a bit of a hot topic because of a single factor: its' switch. The switch section on this hilt is very sharp and the button itself is rigged to be depressed by a metal bubble card glued to a rubber washer. Some simple mods to the switch section and the addition of accents to the emitter bump this hilt from "decent" to "reasonable facsimile" and I think this hilt deserves a second look. For one thing it's quite photogenic:







Let's start with the switch section which needs the most TLC. I sanded down the box and the edges of the box with a 440 grit which took its' edge off. Then I ripped out the bubble card and the button to replace them with a recharge port and a standard latching switch. I rigged a TCSS bubble card with Velcro to slide in and out of the switch section.



After that I epoxied a 9mm clear quartz cabochon into the empty glass eye spot. To cap it off I'm using a KR Graflex blade plug with a Arctic Blue LED:





Some notes worth mentioning: the graflex pins are glued in, not screwed in. I had to readjust a pin that wasn't installed properly and after several seconds of spinning it in place I realized I just needed to pull it out. Other tricky factors are that the LED and blade retention screws are a bit "hidden." The LED retention screw is the "beer tab" screw below the red faux button and I had to sand it down so it didn't stick out when it holds the LED in place. Lastly the aluminum grips are quite nice and not at all uncomfortable.

The SF ASP Graflex isn't a replica grade hilt but it's still quite a good and durable graflex. Some quick mods up it's "quality of life" score and adding the replica bubble card and quartz eye elevate its' sophistication. If you're not interested in investing the time or money into a much more expensive Korbanth hilt this is a reasonable alternative.
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ASP ANH Graflex w/mods 8 months 3 weeks ago #64153

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Nice mods.
I've considered on many occasions on getting another Flex so I can do my own version of a 'darkflex'. But always end up talking myself out of it as I'd rather put the funds into acquiring a different saber instead. But I still have a need to create a dark version...
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ASP ANH Graflex w/mods 8 months 3 weeks ago #64157

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Not bad, good job.

Did the original bubble card that came with the switch box sit securely when you slide it (i.e. like the Prodigal Son) or fall out because there was nothing to secure it?
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ASP ANH Graflex w/mods 8 months 3 weeks ago #64163

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A little goes a long way I guess when it comes to this hilt. Nice mods h2soy. That little bit made yours all the better!
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ASP ANH Graflex w/mods 8 months 3 weeks ago #64166

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Did the original bubble card that came with the switch box sit securely when you slide it (i.e. like the Prodigal Son) or fall out because there was nothing to secure it?
The original metal bubble card is glued into place so the button can be depressed with the washer that's glued on top of the button. I like having a recharge port and the metal looked lackluster so it had to go.
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ASP ANH Graflex w/mods 7 months 3 weeks ago #66129

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I may be stepping over the line here, but it really should be done. I sorry if this comes off as a dig, it's not. Just an honest assesment

SF version of the Graflex is the only version I would duel with, it's more comfortable and lacks inherent weaknesses the Korbanth/Romans/Real ones have.

However if you are wanting it to look as close as possible and will do nothing but light sparring? This more than likely will not work. Korbanth is around 90% accurate and can be pushed up to 95%, Romans is 99% accurate. Neither can take a beating, but they look like the ones Anakin/Luke/Rey used. And honestly are prettier in most people opinion. It's an advantage for looks when not worrying about dueling, they can make the parts look like they are meant to. Not thicker, off versions. If this hilt calls to you than disregard my statements and the style is yours and we all like what we like. And it would break (literally) the other hilts I mentioned!
It's a good hilt for what it is.

So for Dueling the SF. For looks either, and for accuracy....
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ASP ANH Graflex w/mods 7 months 3 weeks ago #66134

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SuUpberSith wrote:
SF version of the Graflex is the only version I would duel with, it's more comfortable and lacks inherent weaknesses the Korbanth/Romans/Real ones have.

I've tried dueling with the ASP Graflex emitter, and, I can't really recommend it without mods. It's a two-piece emitter - a shell with separate blade holder that's held in place by the greebles. After a few hits, though, everything comes loose. Sure, it can be re-tightened, but...

Maybe with some epoxy or threadlock, everything could be solidified. If SF starts offering a pre-built Graflex in the store lineup that's had everything secured, sure. Maybe the pro-built ASP Graflex will be locked tight. But as-is, off-the-shelf, no, the ASP Graflex emitter isn't a great dueling emitter.
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ASP ANH Graflex w/mods 7 months 3 weeks ago #66145

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I've tried dueling with the ASP Graflex emitter, and, I can't really recommend it without mods. It's a two-piece emitter - a shell with separate blade holder that's held in place by the greebles. After a few hits, though, everything comes loose. Sure, it can be re-tightened, but...

Maybe with some epoxy or threadlock, everything could be solidified. If SF starts offering a pre-built Graflex in the store lineup that's had everything secured, sure. Maybe the pro-built ASP Graflex will be locked tight. But as-is, off-the-shelf, no, the ASP Graflex emitter isn't a great dueling emitter.

Good point. I was thinking of the new pro built version, but stand by it as having the most having the most potential for dueling. No doubt it's an odd hilt (whoever's version) to choose to duel with, as basically damn near all other hilts are more comfortable.
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