A Vintage Graflex comes back home to Rochester, NY!

Discussion in 'Star Wars Costumes and Props' started by rnbuda, Sep 9, 2015.

  1. rnbuda

    rnbuda Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    While my 1:1 Boba Fett build is in process I've caught the Force Awakens bug! I only have some FX Lightsabers in my collection but when I saw Luke's lightsaber in the new trailer I knew I needed a Graflex 3 Cell!

    While searching for a vintage piece I've found out that they were in fact made in Rochester, NY which is my home town! That little fact made me want one even more! I plan on heading down to Clarrisa Street to bring my Graflex "back home"! It's pretty cool knowing a piece of Rochester, NY will always be part of the physical Star Wars Universe!

    Here's my flash tube after a nice cleaning! I'll keep updating this thread as I convert it into an ESB/TFA Lightsaber!

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  2. matty matt

    matty matt Sr Member

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    Nice! She's a beauty.
     
  3. mugatu

    mugatu Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Your Graflex looks awesome! What is stamped on the bottom?
     
  4. rnbuda

    rnbuda Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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  5. mugatu

    mugatu Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    You lucky SOB! That's a keeper right there! Folmer New York...that sure is purty!
     
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  6. teecrooz

    teecrooz Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Glad someone here got that one. Mine should arrive tomorrow.
     
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  7. l33tLX

    l33tLX Active Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Agreed with all previous posts. Nice specimen, glad a member got it, perfect esb candidate. Good luck with your build, and keep us posted!
     
  8. Sym-Cha

    Sym-Cha Master Member

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    Indeed ... very nice score ... it's also good for TFA ... which will save you the costs for an extra vintage red button, though for screen accuracy sake you may need to track down just one vintage red button to replace the current short knurled version ... if you like :)

    Chaim
     
  9. rnbuda

    rnbuda Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I'm not super knowledgable when it comes to the Gradlex variations what kind of red button and the difference?
     
  10. Lichtbringer

    Lichtbringer Sr Member

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    Yours has the thin knurled area on its side, that is only used on Lukes ANH stunt.
    You need one with complete knurled sides.

    Unfortunately thats the one everyone wants and seeks . so it is not cheap.
     
  11. jkno

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  12. stopeverything

    stopeverything New Member

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    I might have that on mine, I'll check when I get home from work.
     
  13. rnbuda

    rnbuda Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Ah gothca. Yeah I won't be sweating that detail.
     
  14. Sym-Cha

    Sym-Cha Master Member

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    And make an educated guess who also used that lightsaber? Indeed Vader ... and here's the evidence in pictures ... with the short knurled red button :

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    Chaim
     
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  15. rnbuda

    rnbuda Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Woah crazy!

    I might just keep it unconverted! Great piece of movie history

    We shall see!
     
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  16. rnbuda

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    Small Update:

    Got the correct long knurled button in the mail today, thanks to some help and guidance of mugatu and eBay. I sold my short knurled button to help off set the costs. Now I'm just waiting on my conversion kit to get here and we can get moving!

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  17. mugatu

    mugatu Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Good deal man! That button is primo. Can't wait to see the rest of your build.
     
  18. rnbuda

    rnbuda Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    My package from Roy was delivered today! Only took 9 days to get to the US!

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  19. l33tLX

    l33tLX Active Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Looking good! Make sure to try and get the kobold as close to the right orientation like in the wampa cave scenes!
     
  20. Sym-Cha

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    That all depends on how close the text on the bottom resembles the same orientation as in the Wampa scene when the Kobold clip is in line with the clamp ... since every G R A F L E X is unique in that regard ... and you have 2 options in how to attach the bottom 3 cell to the clamp so do a test-fitting before drilling any holes whilest looking at these pictures :

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    Chaim
     
  21. rnbuda

    rnbuda Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Any recommendations on what text should be showing?

    Also, saw this at Target...

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  22. matty matt

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    Cool! I wonder if that flash is a lightsaber now, lol. It probably belongs to someone here.
     
  23. Sym-Cha

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    Nice cover ... if you can show 'New' from New York and still have the Kobold clip aligned with your clamp the correct way that would be swell ... though it might be impossible to achieve if the stamped text is positioned otherwise :wacko

    Chaim
     
  24. mcsurgeon

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    nice find!
     

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