Detolf go BOOM!

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by yakcam, Nov 9, 2011.

  1. yakcam

    yakcam Sr Member

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    We've had some pretty rough weather over the last couple of days, lots of thunder, lightening and rain. I thought that I had better check the retreat where I keep the props to make sure no water got in and discovered this...

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    I've owned it for a few years and it's been sitting in that spot for over two years, so this was a bit of a surprise and not what I expected to see, that's for sure. It can be a couple of months between going in there, so it could've happened at any time. Has anyone seen this happen before?

    Cheers,

    Kraig
     
  2. Mr Webber

    Mr Webber Sr Member

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    Yeah, dodgy swedish workmanship.:lol
    i live in Melbourne to Kraig and was feeling the same, hope none of your props were damaged.

    Sweeeeeeet colloction by the way.
     
  3. yakcam

    yakcam Sr Member

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    Hey fellow Melbournian!!!

    Yeah, it was pretty rough weather wasn't it...

    Thanks for the compliment on the stuff, luckily none of it was damaged in the storm. Some water did get in (drain couldn't cope) but it was minimal.

    Cheers,

    Kraig
     
  4. CessnaDriver

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    First time I've heard of that happening.
    Something must have been overstressed,
    maybe some part was not built to proper spec.
     
  5. robstyle

    robstyle Sr Member

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    "proper spec"?

    DUDE! Its Ikea. :behave
     
  6. gizmo

    gizmo Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Wow that's unexpected. Never seen it before. Question though,how do you have such a cool retreat but only go in there every couple of months?With such cool displays I'd want to be in there all the time.


    Ben
     
  7. CessnaDriver

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    I've assembled and own eight, the parts were consistant over the years as far as fit. I could see if glass were slightly longer on one side this could happen.
     
  8. Skor

    Skor Active Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Mine Deltof frequently makes a freaky 'THUNK' sound in the evenings. It scares the crap out of me each time.

    Now I'm worried because my hamster has his cage next to it... I may have to move him :(
     
  9. Alan Castillo

    Alan Castillo Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Now that is weird.

    Temperature fluctuations ?

    I do however see what seems to be a 'centre of impact' there.
     
  10. Darth Niob

    Darth Niob Sr Member

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    No idea how something like that could happen, but mate you have a great collection. :thumbsupWhat are the makers of your helmets?
     
  11. matrox75

    matrox75 New Member

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    Vader did it......wow, have 10 Detolf cabinets for over 5 years, no problem. mate, so lucky nothing got damaged. Cool props!
     
  12. cayman shen

    cayman shen Master Member

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    That's all I can think of...I had a car window shatter do to, apparently, mere temp fluctuation.

    If something had hit it in one place, I don't think you'd get that pattern of small chunks of glass throughout, but rather toward the edges, away from the impact, the shards would grow larger/less fragmented. Unless the Detolf is safety glass?!
     
  13. ob1al

    ob1al Sr Member

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    Are you sure the kids haven't got in there or something? It looks like something has hit it to me.
     
  14. RacerMachX

    RacerMachX Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Looks like the break started around the middle of the cabinet by the at driver helmet.
    Maybe it needs the door panel installed as a extra support.
    Just speculating.
     
  15. CessnaDriver

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    Every Detolf I own does this for a while especially after first assembling. Over time they tend to settle in though and I rarely hear it now.
     
  16. tahenytouchup

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    Are you sure the wife wasn't getting back at you for something lol....looks like a hit to me too. That's a bummer whatever did it...good thing they're only $60 :).

    Now that's a man cave....Love the Vader!
     
  17. Funky

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    I hate to say it but my guess is this ^^^.
    Even if you don't have kids, is there ANY possibility that someone could have gotton down there, accidently broke it and knowing that this is a very high dollar collection, sneaked out of there out of fear that this case may cost thousands of dollars.
    If you have kids, well, kids will be kids. I don't know ANY kid that would have broken that and immidiately run upstairs to tell you what they did...I don't care how good your child is, that's just a natural reaction for them. "Oh, crap! I'm going to get in SO much trouble!!! Run away and play innocent, they never suspect me!"
     
  18. Contec

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    Clearly it was Vader who did it.
     
  19. CessnaDriver

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    Since you'll be taking it apart...
    Maybe try to see if the grooves in the wood were cut the same depth on both sides or some kind of problem.
    We know the Detolfs were not being produced for a while. Perhaps there was some flaw was why.
    Might be worth seeing if Ikea will do you a solid with a replacement or something.
     
  20. Lear60man

    Lear60man Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    My detolfs expand and contract with temperature fluctuations. When I turn up the heat in the mornings....they clunk and pop.
     
  21. amish

    amish Sr Member

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    It does look like it was struck near the middle. Nice collection though :)
     
  22. Trilogy

    Trilogy Sr Member

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    That's a shocking sight to be greeted with when entering your collection space.
    I'm assuming nothing in the vicinity was damaged by the glass?
     
  23. nick daring

    nick daring Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I had mine over tightened when I first put it together. Could that have the problem?

    Nick
     
  24. Yorkie Fett

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    Sorry to veer off topic slightly, but that is a very nice AT-AT driver lid.
    Could you say who the maker is?
     
  25. Garthok

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    Mate that is frightening. I have a friend who's glass outdoor table did the same thing in a sudden weather change. It just exploded. I think you have to live in Melbourne to understand just how quickly..and often, our weather can change.

    The weather was insane that night, I was checking the radar on the phone as it happened, it was constantly all red.

    You have a beautiful collection and I am glad nothing else was damaged. I can't say I have much confidence in my Detolfs now!
     
  26. CessnaDriver

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    I've been on collectors forums for years and I would venture easily hundreds of Detolf owners frequent them, the big thing that causes trouble is people assembling the supports backwards such that the shelves can fall. (it should be keyed such that this cannot be installed improperly) Or overloading the shelves well passed their weight limit.
    I live in an interesting area, mine have survived earthquakes, frequent vibrations from overflying helicopters, fireworks. my own stupidity, I also have put heavier items on the top for years now. I'm pretty confident in them so far. Knock wood.

    Plus a single side glass failure, sucks yeah, but the shelves are not impacted so nothing should fall.
     
  27. yakcam

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    Thanks for the replies guys.

    I checked out the Ikea website and there's a little disclaimer regarding the glass...

    DETOLF Glass-door cabinet - beech effect - IKEA

    So I must have had a small chip or scratch and it just let go on me. I'm pretty sure that I didn't over tighten it, probably just enough to make sure it's not wobbly, but the idea that the recesses were off or the glass was a smidgen too large makes sense. When I have it apart, I'll do some measurements and fix it if anything's off.

    The room's under the roof line, but not accessible from the house, you enter off the verandah and you need a 6 digit code to get in, so I'm pretty sure that nobody did it.

    But Vader does look a bit guilty, maybe it was him :lol



    Ben!!! Yeah, I know it's weird huh? I'm not happy with the layout. I walk in there, look at it for a few minutes, get frustrated and walk out again. Now I just avoid the place. Also, the heating vent is practically useless too, so it's freezing in winter.

    This wasn't meant to be a show off thread, but these were taken a few months ago. As you can see, it's being used for storage too, I need to figure out where to put it all...

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    I need to do the HIC, at the moment, it's just duct taped to a board...
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    The racing computer needs to go elsewhere, it's a bit of an eyesore...

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    I need to figure out how to make the cabinet more appealing...

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    This just looks cluttered...

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    It's hell I tell ya... HELL! I know, I know, poor me :$:lol

    Thanks for the compliment Mate :)

    All the helmets on the cabinet are made by an OZ maker called TPE. The Vader is a GH and the 2 Vader's on the other Detolf are a 20thC and a "Mystery" that was sent to OZ many years ago. It looks a lot like a Fyberdyne, but there are differences too, it's weird.

    Sure thing, it's a TPE (The Plastic Empire) a maker here in Australia. My flight helmet (seen on the bottom right in the cabinet pic above) was the base helmet. Actually, my NAVY talker was used to make their Rebel Fleet and Imperial Gunner too.

    Thanks again for your responses everyone :)

    Cheers,

    Kraig
     
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  28. PepMaster

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    All I can say about this collection is, HOLY ****!
     
  29. jedimarkj

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    Fantastic collection!

    Glad to hear that there was no damage to any pieces of your collection.
     
  30. ThePhoenix

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    I have a Detolf and the glass they provide with the case here in the states anyway is VERY think and heavy so it must have been a large hit to break that glass for sure .
     
  31. micdavis

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    You leave your props alone in a building all by themselves?

    Don't they get lonely?

    That's cruel.

    Poor props.
     
  32. sycor

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    Yikes. Makes me think I should take my Detolfs out of the garage. Granted, they aren't even put together yet but still. If temperature fluctuations can cause that mine may already be toast.
     
  33. CessnaDriver

    CessnaDriver Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    They aren't under under tension just sitting in the box, I wouldn't be concerned.
     
  34. yakcam

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    Yeah, I wouldn't be concerned, so far I'm the only one on here that it's happened to and I'd bet my bottom dollar that a lot of folks here own them.

    Mic, at least I don't make them wear gimp suits anymore... I mean... not that I ever did or anything... I was just kidding... yeah, ummmm, kidding... aha... ha... ha...:unsure

    :lol

    Anyway, thanks for the compliments on the props folks :)

    Cheers,

    Kraig
     
  35. AGxM

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    Goodness what a collection! If you need somewhere safe to store anything let me know!
     
  36. wannab

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    Small scratch or ding on any part of the edge of the glass along with temperature variations = kaboom. I have sandblasted enough glass to know not to blast too close to the edges (learned the hard way). I had done a 4'x8' panel with elaborate chemical etching and sandblasting with part of it carrying to the edge. It turned out fantastic. While waiting to be picked up, direct sunlight hit the lower corner of it and moments later -- gone. I ended up redoing it but this time stopping the design 1" short of the edge -- success. Tempered (hardened) is designed to shatter into little bits instead of large shards like plate glass.

    Now give the rundown on the guitars!

    BTW, who pantsed the Stormtrooper?


    Doug
     
  37. yakcam

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    Thanks Doug, I reckon that's what's happened, a small ding or scratch that I didn't see.

    However, my problem is a minor inconvenience. What happened to you would've been really upsetting, especially after all that work you put in, I think I would've gotten drunk that night.

    About the guitars, I used to work in music wholesale and all the instruments were checked before going out. Being the warehouse manager, I told the guitar techs, that if anything outstandingly good came in, put it aside for me to have a look at and anything that I liked I bought. A few of us used to jam at my joint regularly, that's why I have so many. But sadly I've either lost contact with them or they've moved out of town.

    I think the Tusken pantsed the Stormie :lol

    Cheers,

    Kraig
     
  38. wannab

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    Yeah it was a major bummer for sure. :cry

    Sounds like you had the pick of the litter on those guitars!
    Man I'd wouldn't mind visiting to jam a bit, but my playing is still at the painful stage (a little over a year in now) and I wouldn't want to make anyone suffer that bad. One day a few years from now I may come knockin'. I'd even bring some pants for the stormie!



    Doug
     
  39. yakcam

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    Mate, you'd be more than welcome! BBQ, Beverages, talking props and a jam, sounds like quality time to me :thumbsup

    Cheers,

    Kraig
     
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