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Vader Black Series Conversion 2 weeks 3 hours ago #70804

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Hey all. So I decided to also convert my Black Series Vader
For right now this is just the disassembly and primary wiring
So first of all, remove the screws on the shroud


And then this screw, and another on the opposite side (same as this one)

Then remove this screw and disassemble the switch area

Like I did with my Luke, I marked with a sharpie a wire to differentiate
I took this a step further and instead of desoldering the leads, I clipped them, and extended the wires

Now tuck it in
You will then be able to remove the innards. Just lside them out
Now to remove these two pins

One of these pins is covered by the tape that adds detail to the saber
I just peeled it back a bit and proceeded to tap out the pins with a punch

Now the blade should come out.

Disassemble the housing and you should be here

Exactly like the Luke, bridge what you see and add a wire to each lead
This one was a bit messier for me than the Luke. I tried to clean up the solder a bit, but I had no desoldering braid
Hopefully it still works well


Next update will be the LED
Using a XPE-2 Deep Red Cree with a 2ohm 1 watt resistor
A 1" heatsink module from TCSS with an 8.7 degree lens
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Vader Black Series Conversion (In-Progress) 1 week 6 days ago #70815

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You don't need to differentiate between the switch wires. They're basically one big wire that the switch splits/joins, so it's only important that you keep track of which two switch contacts were originally used, not which wire went where.

Also, the board already has some resistors built in, so you shouldn't need more than a 0.5-1ohm resistor, if you even need one at all.
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Vader Black Series Conversion (In-Progress) 1 week 6 days ago #70816

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I realized that after everything was assembled lol.
The thing wouldn't switch on, clipped the resistor off and then it worked perfectly.
Got some bad advice on that part
Over all this was the hardest and most frustrating of them all
Once I get home, I'll upload the pics and type my challenges
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Vader Black Series Conversion 1 week 5 days ago #70843

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Finished!
Little things to note
No need for a resistor, had an issue that was solved when I clipped the resistor off

The most annoying thing was that my 1" heatsink didn't fit anywhere, so I had to sand the blade holder to 1" so I could snuggly fit the LED module inside. No instead of being 7/8s, it's 1".
I prefer 7/8s so I'll be making a 1" to 7/8s sleeve
I should have just used the conversion kit, but this was pretty excruciatingly fun in a way
The Deep Red is so cooooool. Feels so Rogue One-ish especially down my hallway





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Vader Black Series Conversion 1 week 5 days ago #70844

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That looks sweet man, great job!....you can't beat that deep red color!
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