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FFXIII Sword Transformation by Laitz FFXIII Sword Transformation by Laitz
(Resource for people intending to construct Lightning's transforming gunblade... with the transforming portion.)

SE comes up with yet another transforming weapon (Cloud's FF7AC buster sword being the first?)... the problem is that they don't give any technical explanation on how the sword actually transforms, leaving fans like me to figure it out ourselves.

Following on *fevereon's [link] and her comment that SE actually cheated on the transformation, I went to see if it was for real. Hunted for FFXIII trailers on the net. Amazingly, one of them contained the full sword transformation sequence, as seen above.

Transformation Sequence as narrated by me:
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-The length of the gun/rifle opens up. At the same time, the sword blade starts to shift forward, while the part supporting the back of the sword blade rotates along with it.
*Note* If you look closely, you'll notice that the sword blade and the part that moves along with it... aren't connected. This either means that there's a hidden mechanism within the internal black portion of the sword that moves the blade forward, or that the blade moves by itself. =.=

-The length of the gun closes back onto itself, then does a 180 degree rotation to fold to become the 'handle guard' of the sword. At the same time, the teeth on it retract back.
*Note* Notice that for the bottom half of the rifle length, both parts are connected, forming a barrel hole in the middle. In order for the bottom half to fully fold back into the sword, the sword handle actually rotates backward to create a space for it to fold into.

-The red 'horn' at the top tip of the rifle moves all the way back and does a 180 degree rotation so that after the gun has transformed into the sword, the 'horn' essentially remains at the same position.

-The black 'horns' on each side of the rifle rotate in the same manner as the red 'horn' did, allowing them to stay in the same position in sword form as with gun form.
*Note* The red and black 'horns', from what I can see, should be connected to the length of the rifle from both sides. There could likely be a rail system inside that allows the 'horns' to move about.
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That's pretty much whats in the transformation sequence. Most of the transformation is mechanically possible in real life, save for the sword blade moving when not being connected to anything. Lastly, if you plan on making an actual working replica of the sword, I can only wish you good luck.. you'll be needing it.
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SkiraReed Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for this!
It's a great help! My boyfriend and me are planning to create a fullmetal version of this sword WITH it's funktion to can be transformed.

It's really hard to get some good references!
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Laitz Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No problem! All the best on your build! :D
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SkiraReed Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I will upload the progress here on deviantart. And I don't care If the build needs a year. 
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Laitz Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Doesn't matter if it takes a year. As long as the final product looks awesome, it'll be worth it. :)
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SkiraReed Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Exactly! I'm thinking the same way!
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SailorCrafty26 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I really, really appreciate this. I have been thinking that I need to become an engineer someday just so I can bring this sword to life...it would take me years XD
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Laitz Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Haha yeah, it'd be a real challenge to replicate the transforming mechanism faithfully!
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Kawaii-Kioko Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're helped me alot with this explanation.
Thank you^^
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Sakieru Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010
I like this sword. Have a prototype from the Lifesaber version of it. But sometimes I never get how it works, by logic. If I switch from Gun to Sword, I destroy the gun barrel or it can never shoot. And what exactly hold the Blade? Once in a while, I mean its hanging in the sky xD. I tried it with a rail, but after that, my egde is distorted xD.


Ok, it a game, with an epic gun of nice feature, but its more epic if it really works. I have this itching in my fingers to do this Blaze Edge. Can you eventually explain me how it works without destroying Gun and Sword each other? ^^
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Sakieru Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
Sry I was a long time away, so excuse me for the late answer.
Maybe Im not understand you 100%, because Im german^^
I experimented, but it always left a notch in the Blade behind.
Can you explain me again easily? For Dummies^^
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Shaiath Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, perhaps you can show me a picture of it; I'll show you where I think things are going wrong.
Heck, if you did a good job and we can fix it, I'd love to have one commissioned for myself. ;3
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Sakieru Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011
sure... once my little brother had not eat it by boredom -.-
Im only had left the papercuts (templates) and my motivation goings down, since I have my job. First, I have to obsess the drawing again. But dont worry, I will draw again. It needs only time :/
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Shaiath Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Alright. I'm in the middle of making my own; I'll let you know how it goes, and I'll post a few pics in the next couple of days, alright?
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Sakieru Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011
sure, I'm curious about to see it^^
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Shaiath Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just posted a pic, go to my Featured gallery to take a look.
It's not great quality; I'll borrow Demi's new camera next week when it's done, but I think it's pretty damn sweet.
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Laitz Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
When you switch from gun to sword, the blade slides across the barrel (the black portion inside). Likely the barrel is split into two, so the blade can slide through. Theoretically it still can shoot, since the mechanism should be located further inside.

As for what's holding the blade, honestly... nothing. Yeah you're right, its hanging from nothing.. it just slides. That's the part where Square Enix cheats. If you want to make a working one, you could probably just hinge it to the red/white piece at the back.
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Sakieru Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010
Thx for the reply and help.
Yeah, it probably works with the hinge, but thats exacly the problem, coz the egde is looking down and cut the level of the barrel.^^
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Laitz Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I don't think cutting the barrel is a problem though. The barrel is not essential for a gun to fire, so having it split in the middle should be fine.
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Sakieru Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010
hmm, maybe.
Ok thx, I try some experiments.
Maybe, I didnīt understand all by grammatical, what you say, sry, bad English ^^ (Im a german-plonker o_O)
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Daz-Keaty Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this sword. :D

Unfortunately its just about all I really liked about this game. :|
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Laitz Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I haven't played the game yet, but yeah, its my favourite part of the game too. :)
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Ernz1318 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
AHA!!! Now I see how its done... !!!
Wish me luck on making the transforming sword... XD
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Shaiath Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Man, Square LOVES challenging it's fans, from Superbosses, to Swiss Army GunSwords.
Thanks SO much for this; I wasn't even going to try, until I found your image tonight. :3
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Laitz Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Glad you liked it. Wish you the best of luck if you're going to be building it!
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VoltaFox Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks for posting this, I was wondering how it worked, haha
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Laitz Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Always welcome. ;)
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Irashi-Inazuma Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010
Thank you :D I've finally figured out how it works haha
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showjumpergirl Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Heh, a daunting task, but I think I can do it xD Or at least try. I've got about a year...
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Laitz Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Haha! Well, I wish you good luck! :)
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showjumpergirl Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks xD I think I'll need it.
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