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Luke Black Series ROTJ FX Lightsaber Conversion 9 months 1 week ago #70904

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Hey all again. Been spamming these conversions lately for the Black Series FX Lightsabers.
This is too much fun.
Picked this up at GameStop yesterday for $100, with the sole purpose of converting it.
I am not a fan of the thick neck, but the hilt feels very solid and comfortable.

So first of all, ignore all previous MR conversion guides
This one is different, in an easy way.

First of all, remove the card thing. It's actually glued on, so it comes on fairly easy.

Then remove the these two screws

The top part then comes off, and you see this

Remove the switch, and either clip the wires or desolder them (I mark mine with sharpie so I know where they go when putting it back together)
Then the part where the switch was held should just come out without any effort

Remove the screw, and the housing should come out (Careful with the arrows, they fall out, like mine)
Now, twist the blade and push down (Of course, you should have removed the pommel and battery back)
It should slide out pretty easily with minimal force. Just make sure you first twist the blade.
Now, you need to punch out these two pins

This was relatively easier than the other sabers I've done

Now comes, the most annoying part of this conversion.
At first, I messed up. I pulled the wires out from the speaker/battery contacts.
You need to pry open the casing. I went with a flat-head opening the seams. It's challenging, but take it slow.
Don't underestimate this part, it truly is pretty difficult.


As I said before, I broke off the power/speaker wires, and soldered them back from an image I found. Here's what I have wired correctly, along with the wiring for the LED conversion part



I should be getting my parts for the actual conversion soon, but all the preliminary stuff is done for now.
I'm using a Green Cree XPE-2, TCSS Heatsink 1", Thermal Paste, Lens Holder, 8.7 Degree Lens

I am sure I'll have to modify the annoying blade holder to fit the module, but that is for another day
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Luke Black Series ROTJ FX Lightsaber Conversion 9 months 1 week ago #70909

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At this point you might as well invest in a 1" drill bit. I know it can be frustrating dealing with these 25mm bladeholders that are just a hair too small for a 1" blade.
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Luke Black Series ROTJ FX Lightsaber Conversion 9 months 1 week ago #70911

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These things are annoying, but I prefer retaining the 7/8s blade.
I've managed to make a sleeve for one of my 7/8s blade using the old blade from my Hasbro conversions.
I just have to do the same with this one, but I'm figuring out where I will put a retention screw.
Same with my Vader, which I just need to find a longer screw.
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Luke Black Series ROTJ FX Lightsaber Conversion 9 months 1 week ago #70915

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The stock blades are larger than 7/8" and just under a hair of 1". It's fine if you want 7/8" blades at the end, but you might as well make/use a 1" blade socket to make installing the LEDs easier, then use a piece of 1" blade as an adapter (or a piece of the stock blade with some tape around it).
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Luke Black Series ROTJ FX Lightsaber Conversion 9 months 1 week ago #70928

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True indeed.
The sleeve method works, but I don't think the TCSS Conversion kit will work, considering how this guys internals are done.
Since I don't have my LED heatsink yet, not sure how I'm gonna make it work.
Hopefully it's not like the Vader with a lot of work.
If it is a lot of work, then I'll buy the kit and see if I can make it work, by using the 1" drill bit you mentioned. I have a few laying around.
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Luke Black Series ROTJ FX Lightsaber Conversion 9 months 1 week ago #70932

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Ah, no, you've got a point. I forgot the BS boards are a lot longer, and some hilts like Yoda just won't accept the conversion kit without replacing the internals... Kylo and Vader get away with moving the board back a screw post, further into the electronic casing. Is that not an option on Luke?

Thinking back, TCSS also sells a 7/8" heatsink, but you'd need to wrap it in aluminum tape or something to get it to fit snugly in the plastic bladeholder.
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Luke Black Series ROTJ FX Lightsaber Conversion 9 months 1 week ago #70940

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It's not that the board is long, but the casing for the board and such on this particular hilt is pretty darn long, and it differs a lot from the old MR version, so I'm assuming the conversion kit will not work well. Mainly think about the battery speaker pack.
With the Vader I managed to have a lot of room left. I am gonna get the kit later on, but for now I'm happy with it.
The other Luke, I had some wiggle room, but not as much as the Vader. I'm still waiting on that IRA member to stock up on his kits. I'll be sure to get one of those.

They do, but it's out of stock. Been checking since last week.
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Luke Black Series ROTJ FX Lightsaber Conversion 9 months 6 days ago #71009

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I'm in a bind. After wiring everything up, the saber powers up but instantly shuts off.
I'm guessing that the Triple A's (x3) setup doesn't provide enough juice to power the LED or the soundboard.
Can I be correct of this assumption?
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Luke Black Series ROTJ FX Lightsaber Conversion 9 months 6 days ago #71017

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I don't think that's the right assumption. Haven't stress-tested the new BS boards, but the old MR boards would just reset when current draw went too high. I'd guess it's an issue with your switch or the battery pack connection.
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Luke Black Series ROTJ FX Lightsaber Conversion 9 months 6 days ago #71023

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Yeah, I've eliminated that assumption now. I don't think it's the switch. I rewired it to make sure their wasn't any bridging, but I still have the same results
No light, but I have sound

I think, it's the battery pack pads

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Is it possible that the RotJ Luke LED string is soldered onto the board reverse from the other boards, and the VOD contact is on the opposite end?
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Luke Black Series ROTJ FX Lightsaber Conversion 9 months 6 days ago #71032

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If that would be the case, then the led shouldn't work, but it does (for a moment).
Since this, I've resoldered pretty much everything with new wires, and still have the same result.
I have thrown in the towel.
I have taken this as a lesson in my soldering skills, and am just gonna do a full on conversion.
NBv3 G/G/W.
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Luke Black Series ROTJ FX Lightsaber Conversion 9 months 5 days ago #71069

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Ordered mah parts.
Just got to wait for the NB to come back in stock.
I had a few questions on resistors though.
I spoke to a few smiths on FB and they said I wouldn't need to wire any resistor to my G/G/W tri-cree.
Not sure if that is good advice to follow.
I know per my calculations, that I wll need .47ohm, .5watt

Now for the hilt. You mentioned something about a 1" bit. I can't seem to find the 'correct' one.
I want to open up the emitter area more, so a 1" blade can fit, and possibly fit a proper blade holder. Maybe the conversion kit.
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Luke Black Series ROTJ FX Lightsaber Conversion 9 months 4 days ago #71093

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Changed plans again lol
Gonna scrap this hilt, and get a Bastion :)
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