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JQSabers Caliburn Apprentice 4 months 2 days ago #79764

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Figured I'd give this saber its own thread, what with all of the customizing I've been doing to it.

If anyone was paying attention... you'd have noticed that my sale post for this saber is gone. With all of the work I've put into making it more attractive, I'm just keeping the bugger now. :lol:

Specs:
Plecter Labs Pico Crumble (Dark version)
RGB tri-Cree
Green lit segmented silver switch
Veco Bass speaker
Switchcraft recharge port
TCSS MPS Insert 12 (D-ring)

Most of JQ's sabers are comparable in size to SF Elite hilts: 1.5" OD and about 12" long. The Caliburn style is probably their most basic of designs, and is actually really nice for dueling with the choke points near the emitter and nothing to snag your hand(s) on along the body.

My only complaint would be just how generally "chunky" the hilt feels, which was my original reason for listing it for sale. After being PM'd here and on FB with so many "It'd be cool if not for that paint job" ... I decided that had to go. Boy, was I unprepared for that undertaking on an installed hilt. :blink:

I've been working on it off and on for the past few weeks... started with 60gr sand paper, cramped my carpal tunnel hands, ordered a dremel which didn't work as intended (I didn't like how it sanded the hilt), got in a sanding block to use with the sandpaper, stripped the whole lower body that way.... then realized.... the black acrylic could be removed with isopropyl alcohol and the white primer could be removed with acetone.

Today I finished cleaning the remaining paint out of the grooves (that my acetone soaked rag couldn't reach) with a metal file, and I went to town giving it some battle scars... also with said metal file. B) Tomorrow I'll finish up with Aluminum Black weathering.

Below is a collage of the "before" and then the "after".
Full individual pics are also up on my Flickr.

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JQSabers Caliburn Apprentice 4 months 2 days ago #79765

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Round one of the weathering. Basically just highlighted the scars and grooves.



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JQSabers Caliburn Apprentice 4 months 2 days ago #79772

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Yeah, dremels don't sand very well, or they sand too well depending on your perspective. Sometimes nothing beats old fashioned man power.
I really like how the hilt looks clean and your scarring is very nicely done.
RELEASE THE KRAKEN!
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JQSabers Caliburn Apprentice 4 months 2 days ago #79773

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It already looks much better all cleaned up with some actual damage instead of that paint job, in my opinion.
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JQSabers Caliburn Apprentice 4 months 22 hours ago #79846

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Weathering pics added. Would have done this yesterday as planned, but 102° fever said otherwise...

Really happy with how the first pass turned out. Nice and thick in the rings by the switch, and the scars are all nicely highlighted. May or may not do a second pass.
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JQSabers Caliburn Apprentice 4 months 17 hours ago #79860

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To me, it looks perfect like that.
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JQSabers Caliburn Apprentice 4 months 16 hours ago #79862

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Thanks. From my experience, the aluminum black tends to flake a bit when put on as thickly as I did in some places. So a few touch-ups may be needed.
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