Shapeways Shop Section ⇒ C2 – NerfworXlab
Prices: Approx $80
Install Level: Intermediate
Each kit contains a battery/speaker module, sounboard module, soundboard cover and a kill key.
⇒ NB / 18650 battery holder / 20mm bass speaker => shien-nb-nwx-ahsoka-large-nb-kit
⇒ CS / 18650 battery holder / 20mm bass speaker => shien-cs-nwx-ahsoka-large-cs-kit
⇒ Prizm 4 or 5 / 18650 battery holder / 20mm bass speaker => shien-prz-nwx-ahsoka-large-prizm-kit
⇒ Prizm 5.1 / 18650 battery holder / 20mm bass speaker => shien-prz-nwx-ahsoka-large-prizm5.1-kit
⇒ CF9 / 18500 battery holder / 20mm bass speaker => shien-cf9-nwx-ahsoka-large-cf9-kit
⇒ I2 / 18500 battery holder / 20mm bass speaker => shien-i2-nwx-ahsoka-large-nec-kit
Prices: Approx $50
Install Level: Intermediate
⇒ NB / 14500 battery / 20mm bass speaker => shoto-nb-nwx-ahsoka-small-nb-kit
⇒ CS / 14500 battery / 20mm bass speaker => shoto-prz-nwx-ahsoka-small-prizm-kit
⇒ Prizm 4 or 5 / 14500 battery / 20mm bass speaker => shoto-prz-nwx-ahsoka-small-prizm-kit
⇒ Prizm 5.1 / 14500 battery / 20mm bass speaker => shoto-prz-nwx-ahsoka-small-prizm5.1-kit
⇒ I3 / 14500 battery / 20mm bass speaker => shoto-nb-nwx-ahsoka-small-i2-kit
⇒ Contact Solo’s Hold
Most of the chassis parts needed for our chassis are available at The Saber Armory.
Local hobby stores or online store (as well as eBay) are a good source for parts.
You can also be inventive and add any custom parts, wire mesh, paint job or else to your chassis to give it an unique look!
Here is a list of parts needed to install the above chassis:
⇒ Brass or copper rods – 1.5mm max OD
⇒ Crystal – optional shien-crystal and shoto-crystal
4– Electronic components and blades:
Saber electronic components are basically more or less similar from one saber to another. You’ll need a main Led, a Battery, a recharge port, one or two switches, a soundboard, accent leds, a speaker and wires. Then the blade is the last part of your saber, they are usually made from PolyCarbonate tubes + tip.
You can find most of what you’ll need at The Saber Armory. Some components can also be found at The Saber Bay on Etsy. Local electronic shops or online stores like Digikey are also a good source.
⇒ Soundboard, the “heart” of our sabers is the Soundboard, here are the 2 major Soundboard producers:
Plecter Labs – from the entry level Nano Biscotte to the high end Crystal Focus.
Naigon Elelctronic Creations – from the entry level Spark to the high end I3.
⇒ Battery, see chassis model.
⇒ Recharge Port, 2.1mm port is used on these chassis (kill key included in the chassis kit).
⇒ Battery charger, according to the battery voltage used.
⇒ Main Led, Tri-Cree XPE-2 recommended
⇒ Heatsink (1″ led module) is included with the hilt.
⇒ Switches are included with the hilt.
⇒ Speaker, 20mm Speaker only
⇒ Accent Leds, 5mm led for the Crystal Chamber recommended (if RGB, read your soundboard manual to select between common anode or common cathode led), 3mm leds for the others.
⇒ Wires, we strongly recommend PTFE wires, as the insulation is thin while still able to handle current very well. You can find them from this eBay shop for example. Use the smallest AWG size possible:
– Tri-Cree install => 30awg for eveything
– Neopixel install => 32 awg wires for everything except Battery and Neopixel strip + and – (24awg PTFE).
⇒ Heat shrink tubing, to protect your joints.
⇒ RICE port – a RICE port can be added with a micro jst port. Ex on ebay.
⇒ 7/8″ OD Blades or 1″ OD blades.
When the blade is removed, you can add a blade plug for security and aesthetic ⇒ Example in the shop
– These instructions will details the install procedure as much as possible. GOTH-3Designs cannot be held responsible for any mistakes made by DIYers.
– Always wear protective gear when working on install (gloves, eye protection, …), GOTH-3Designs cannot be held responsible in case of accident.
Note 1: These instruction will cover the Plecter Labs Prizm install, however we do not cover wiring instructions tho, please read your soundboard manual before starting the install.
Note 2: 30awg wires and smaller are mandatory for this install (30awg for main wires and 32awg for accent leds and switches are highly recommended).
Note 3: The whole hilt is meant to be install friendly, however, intermediate skills will be needed to install the saber (cram-fu, precise soldering, …). Read the full instructions before starting your install. Commission an installer to build the hilt for you, if you feel unsure about what to do.
Note 4: About the Kill Key. It is recommended to sand a bit the side of the kill key “on/off” slot, in order to make them more round and to turn better in the recharge port. (as a reminder, this slot allow to start / stop the saber without removing the kill key).
Note 5: Recharge port wiring reminder:
Step 2- Wire and install the switches provided into the led module. We first sand off one side of the leads, so that they won’t be shorts once installed in the heatsink (insulating the switches before installing them is also necessary).
Notes: Make sure the wires take as less space as possible behind the heatsink.
Step 3- Add the switch plungers to the hilt, then slide in the led module in. Once checked that the switch are well aligned with the plungers, lock the led module using the retention screw provided with the hilt. Make sure to test your switches before going further.
Step 6 – The module inserts into the black hilt as shown below. There is a hole that aligns withe the covertec screw hole. Open the chassis hole using a drill bit and Dremel to make sure the covertec screw locks in easily and secure the chassis from sliding down (then you can unlock that chassis module to proceed with the install).
Step 11 – Wire and install the recharge port into the back of the soundboard module. First cut the port leads to the minimum needed. Depending on the recharge port, expanding a bit the dedicated hole on the chassis will be required for it to slide through easily and be secured with the associated hex nut (a drill bit and a Dremel can be used for that).
Step 14 – Add the cover and secure it with the 3 rods. And test again.
Notes: If you wish to use a RICE port, you can install a Micro JST female plug (3 wires) in the board cover. You will then have to create an adapter for your RICE cable (either female jack / male Micro JST, or cut the RICE cable to add a micro JST connection).
Step 15 – Assemble the soundboard module back.
Important: Before assembling the black to into the shroud and lock everything using the coverted screw, understand that the slide in/out feature of the chassis is optional. The chassis is designed that way to ease the installation and leave as less wires as possible in front of the battery module (to line up the speaker with the sound holes). If you don’t need the sliding feature, glue both module together and lock the assembly with the Covertec screw. If you want to use the sliding feature, make sure there is enough wire length between both modules and that the wires are centered properly not to prevent the chassis to slide back entirely.
Step 3- Wire and install the switches provided into the led module. We first sand off one side of the leads, so that they won’t be shorts once installed in the heatsink (insulating the switches before installing them is also necessary).
Step 4- Add the switch plungers to the hilt, then slide in the led module in. Once checked that the switch are well aligned with the plungers, lock the led module using the retention screw provided with the hilt. Make sure to test your switches before going further.
Step 5- Wire and install the recharge port (you’ll need to cut the lead to the minimum first).
Notes: the chassis have wire channels as shown below. We recommend to make the channel hole on the first pictures bigger if you plan to use a RGB accent led (use a drill bit and a Dremel to do so).
Notes: You can “hide” the recharge port using wire mesh or else.
Step 7- Install the soundboard.
Notes: Regarding Prizm, as usual, the yellow capacitor is an issue as there isn’t enough space for it to fit properly. To work around this, we’ve un-soldered the capacitor, added wires to it and located it in an area where it would no be an issue (check the second picture below, the capacitor is in the bottom left corner or the soundboard slot).
Step 9- Insert the chassis into the hilt and finish the wiring of the switches and main led. Make sure the wires go through the dedicated channel, and pull the switches and Led wires out from the back while inserting the chassis (to minimize the space needed after the led module and to align with the sound holes properly.
Step 10- The chassis has a hole that lines up with the Covertec screw (the screw will secure the chassis).
Add the covertec screw to lock the chassis/black tube/shroud assembly, then add the big thumb screw assembly.
Test again, and make sure everything is working fine before going to the next step.