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I don't care what you think,
Yup, it's like you two came here to do your own thing and pi$$ on the club in the process. We're not a tool for your entertainment. We are here for Star Wars costuming for LFL. Your attitude on this one has pretty much put you with Undecided on a narrow list of people's armors I'm not interested in helping (and my primary job here is to help).Good luck with your build... check your state and local weapons laws. I'd hate to see any costumer go to jail over something silly.
Honestly, if you really want to build something like this, The Hunter's Lair would be a much better place to find info on retractable blades. The Predator guys have been doing this stuff for years. As far as I know, that would be your best bet on some help with retractable gauntlet blades. The RPF (Replica Prop Forum) may be another place for some good info.As a long-time member of both of those, I'll warn you, though. They are not even as forgiving as the guys here with regards to attitudes...real or percieved. You get even a little rude or "all-knowing" on either and those guys will tear you apart without mercy. If you go in with a great attitude and ask questions with some humility, virtually all prop and costume forums are willing to bend over backwards to get you the info you seek. We're geeks...and we take care of our own.
thanx for the apology. when people start a post with I don't care, i'll do what i want that starts a bad tone.thing is retractable/expandable blades aren't a bad thing and similar thigs have been done. one of the uk mando's has a gaunt where he can manually do just that and it's based on the principles the predator guys use. also, many members make a faux housing and have blades they can "plug in" for pix etc. however, as cool as it sounds, the idea of an ejecting blade is really not sound for several reasons and if we seem impatient about it, i'll apologize on all of our behalves for that, we've seen it covered alot. it's right up there with using a clone helmet for your mando. heavily covered, shouldn't be done and generally argued with the same points that just don't validate it.many states or countries have pretty severe and strict laws about those types of things, classifing them as dangerous weapons. most events will not want or allow you too utilize something like that while on site as it's a safety issue. the best route for what we do is the plug in for pix type. however, if you must have expandible/retractible, it would be HIGHLY ewncouraged that the whole process be manual and not spring powered. it's also best if the blades are made to look sharp but are in fact very dull and made from a material that will simply snap or break away if any kind of inadvertant contact is made with it.