* Your finished product will be a lighted prop, not an actual plasma weapon able to cut through solid objects.
It was a dream of mine as a child to have a realistic looking laser sword of my own design. I wanted to be like a space hero and construct my own weapon, so in 2009 I made up my mind to learn how.
I turned to the internet and found information about building sabers, but much of the information was incomplete. Some sites told how to build a great looking hilt for costuming but didn’t have any information about making them with a light-up blade. Another site taught me how to make a saber blade light up with an “LED string.” This helped, but I didn’t like how you could see each individual LED in the blade and the hilts were just glued-together PVC pipe.
I found some online videos, but the vocabulary was sometimes hard to figure out.For example: “I used 4 layers of polypro to make the blade light up evenly.” I wondered what the heck polypro was and what defined a “layer.” I found other videos that showed some outstanding custom sabers, but when the guys talked about the electronics I felt like I needed a masters degree in electronic engineering from MIT to keep up.
Then I found sites with machined parts for building sabers that you simply purchase and assemble. Maybe I’m nuts, but that didn’t seem challenging enough for me. I wanted my saber construction experience to be an adventure, not just a project, so this book will take you on the same journey I went on (minus some of the mistakes I made along the way).