Dec 19, 2007, 8:07 PM - Medical Frigate part ID help
Anyone want to take a guess as to what this long ribbed bar started out as? Its about 17 inches in length.
Last edited by ShowCraft; Dec 20, 2007 at 9:30 AM.
Dec 19, 2007, 10:58 PM - Re: Medical Frigate part ID help
I'm gonna stretch out on a limb here and say a car door grommet.
Dec 20, 2007, 4:49 AM - Re: Medical Frigate part ID help
Ive looked at that one for ages, and cant even begin to think what it is!
First i thought some kind of heatsink, but im not sure.
I have to say, i myself dont feel its a kit part, its more a found item that looked cool, or it was handmade.
Good luck, there are some cool things to find on the Frigate!
Dec 20, 2007, 4:53 AM - Re: Medical Frigate part ID help
One other thought i had, is the hex shapes were from the Tamiya Leichter, cut in half and attached to a tube, but the part isnt quite right!
Shes covered is various F1 kits too, but even they have not been fruitful!
Dec 20, 2007, 8:58 AM - Re: Medical Frigate part ID help
I tend to agree with zombierepellent...it looks like a grommet.
Dec 20, 2007, 9:32 AM - Re: Medical Frigate part ID help
So what else is what on that thing?
All I know is that simpleton fact that ship and plan hulls were used.
Dec 20, 2007, 9:33 AM - Re: Medical Frigate part ID help
I"m speaking of the whole ribbed bar. Its obviously a found object about 17 inches long. It would also be very light weight.
Dec 20, 2007, 9:53 AM - Re: Medical Frigate part ID help
Dec 20, 2007, 10:55 AM - Re: Medical Frigate part ID help
Maybe a roller out of a copy machine or a duplex machine.
Dec 20, 2007, 11:09 AM - Re: Medical Frigate part ID help
Hmm roller, good call, could be, it would be light i guess!
Rob all sorts are on this one, its a complete mish mash of ILM madness.
Tamiya F1's like the 1/12 Brabham BT44, 1/20 BT46 are two that spring to mind!
Other kits are Morser Karls, Saturn V's, Monogram B29, Tamiya POW, the list is just ongoing, its lik they just opened boxes and went nuts lol.
Dec 20, 2007, 6:24 PM - Re: Medical Frigate part ID help
7" long? deffinetly not a door grommet then
Dec 21, 2007, 2:25 AM - Re: Medical Frigate part ID help
I just knew you would get around to building this ship Jim. I recall you mentioning a start on it about 7 or 8 years ago... I would love to build one myself- it's one of my grail builds.
Thinking back to the time the Neb was built, could the part be some sort of Xerox machine greeblie? The guys may be on to something- it's almost surely a roller of some sort. Paint roller insert? What sort of gadgets would they have had lying around in the model shop back then? Hmmm.
Dec 21, 2007, 7:13 AM - Re: Medical Frigate part ID help
thats what i thought, but the parts inside those tend to be cylindrical rather than the shape we see. its got notches at the end which says to me it probably get rotated inside a machine, but what machine???
Dec 21, 2007, 7:18 AM - Re: Medical Frigate part ID help
What about my paint roller idea? Doesn't the centre plastic part have grooves in it to hold more paint inside?
Dec 28, 2007, 3:11 AM - Re: Medical Frigate part ID help
Jan 3, 2008, 3:39 AM - Re: Medical Frigate part ID help
A3 (11'' x 17'') dot matrix printer - lower part of paper feed (roller). But they were rather expencive in late 1970s early 1980s, and I dont see them removing it unless it was broken. Is the pin holder visable on the other end???
May be a wind goose chase, but it looks like one and its the right size.
Jan 3, 2008, 6:36 AM - Re: Medical Frigate part ID help
I like JD1's idea of a slide projector rack, at least as a starting point for the piece. Perhaps more than one were cut up and joined. They were used quite a lot for detailing by people like Bill Pearson and Mike Trim back in the day. Kinda makes sense. The hexagonal profile throws this theory off a bit, but who knows how much the piece was customised?
Jan 3, 2008, 8:29 AM - Re: Medical Frigate part ID help
Lots of good suggestions guys, thanks.
Whatever this thing is, I'm sure its light weight plastic and unmodified with the exception of a few kit parts added.
The tell will be the nipple thingy on the front which appears to be a moisture or dust resistant pressure grommet and also the little blocks on top of the front most ribs. These are most certainly parts of the original piece and not added on.
Jan 29, 2010, 12:24 AM - Re: Medical Frigate part ID help
OK, about time this question was asked again. Anyone have any idea what this part is? (ignore the kit parts coloured light blue)
Jan 29, 2010, 1:32 AM - Re: Medical Frigate part ID help
Aquarium filter? Auto power steering cooler? Maybe something lying around the ILM shop like a Xerox printer cartridge or an optical shop item like a film processing machine roller. It's a tough one to work out!
Jan 29, 2010, 3:32 AM - Re: Medical Frigate part ID help
It's obviously some sort of doohickey.
Jan 29, 2010, 3:37 AM - Re: Medical Frigate part ID help
Hmm on a quick search IBM laser oil toner?.....sadly, cant any good enough images.
Jan 31, 2010, 4:45 PM - Re: Medical Frigate part ID help
Looks like a long,threaded rod with a hex nut on the end and the rest looks like scratch built.A bunch of plastic stacked/glued onto one another or some existing part or miscilaneous throw away piec of junk they decided to throw into the mix of building it,but this is a WILD guestimation.ILM does have a laser cutting machine(not sure if they had one in 1978-79) so it could have been some simple part they drew up in CAD and cut out the parts on sheet stock and sandwiched everthing together.
Jan 31, 2010, 6:40 PM - Re: Medical Frigate part ID help
I have a feeling that I'd seen this part in it's raw form from the same company that sells the X-Wing heat sink part and that this part is also a heat sink of some type on a larger scale. Maybe worth emailing a pic to them for advice or trawling through their catalogue!.
Jan 31, 2010, 9:59 PM - Re: Medical Frigate part ID help
A heat sink of some type would be very heavy at 17" long... since they are primarily made of metal...
It does look like a pirce from a printer or copy machine some type of paper guide. And 17 inches is a common paper size, but rollers are usually round, so I do not think its a "moving" part.
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