Red LED for Vader Black Sidebar Lightsaber

Darth Vader’s Black Side Bar Lightsaber from ANH

The first Exactra 20 calculator that I ever bought had the red LED’s in it, It’s the only known one with a yellow PCB so far, I’m sure there are more out there. It’s funny because at the time I was bummed out that it had the red LED’s because I wanted to use the PCB for the Vader ESB hero which has the other kind of LED under the bubbles. After I bought my second Exactra I got one of the other kind of PCB and was so happy about it. Oh, if I had known then about the rarity of what I already had.

Turns out that the “V2” as I called it is used more than the than was previously thought.

Gathering Info about the Black Sidebar Lightsaber

I had very little info about this particular version of Darth Vader’s lightsaber. At the time it wasn’t in vogue to do this build, I happened upon someone else’s thread who had built it and it was the only thread that I could find. I cannot for the life of me remember who it was, it may have been the person who had made the discovery about the red LED being used. Lacking knowledge on it I started a thread to ask the community about it.

The Build

I did not at the time and to this day do not have the funds to purchase a real MPP flash, but if I did I would use it for this specific lightsaber. The Darth Vader black sidebar has become my favorite version of all of Darth Vader’s lightsabers. There is just something menacing about the red LED’s instead of a bubble strip. I used a Heiland because at the time there wasn’t a replica MPP available. The clamp was from The Customer Saber Shop (TCSS). The shroud, bulb release, T-tracks, and mylar tape are from Wanna Wanga.

Part 1

Darth Vader Black Sidebars part 1

Part 2

Darth Vader Black Sidebars part 2

Part 3

Darth Vader Black Sidebars part 3

Part 4

Darth Vader Black Sidebars part 3

Completion Pics

Darth Vader Black Sidebar completed 1
Darth Vader Black Sidebar completed 1

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