ESB DL-44 Hero Blaster thumbscrew nearly IDENTIFIED

Discussion in 'Star Wars Costumes and Props' started by thd9791, Jan 29, 2019.

  1. thd9791

    thd9791 Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

    Trophy Points:
    3,001
    C9CD81B1-6A7C-489C-8C3F-5AE51E64A8CE.jpeg so folks, I’m sorry for shaking things up. I’ve found the source for the weird thumbscrew used on Live firing Hero blasters in Empire Strikes Back.

    The knurling was so specific that Boba Debt reverse engineered photo evidence and had to try it twice to figure it out. Beautiful pieces and I’m using one of his to compare to.

    This is a Kaiser retaining screw. (Same brand as the Fett prototype blaster handle) it is an adapter from 1/4 20 to 3/8 16 or the euro equivalent. The front surface shows a zigzag profile for the knurling without a raised edge. It’s also larger by a few mm.
    90B8C483-C34E-444C-860B-9D1A190153F6.jpeg 4109C73B-AA96-4041-9403-BD4F8C1B0D43.jpeg 2AEF299A-FCEB-4BB6-9880-639CE3ADD1D6.jpeg
    Now, there could be a smaller Kaiser nut that used to exist, or these were modified. The post only reaches to the mag well and not through it. I’m thinking, if this was used, they sliced off the stem and tapped through to put a stud into the magazine, leaving some exposed.
    4DC2572D-67C8-4799-A964-4FB524D32954.jpeg
    E9FB629A-B207-4334-B6DE-098EDA66B6A9.jpeg 73596A14-88D0-4B0B-AA88-AA2E81930B53.jpeg
    Also there’s a furniture store in Northern Europe that uses XXX in its name. That would be a porn store here in the states. C17E74D6-210A-4542-8B27-275ABB569FC8.jpeg
     
  2. ALLEY

    ALLEY Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

    Trophy Points:
    2,370
    Some folks call it a “Kaiser Nut” I calls it a “Sling Nut”....ahum...

    3903E7BB-9F9A-4DDC-BB82-7C44009F598B.jpeg
     
    veektohr, DiggsBarklightr and Dann like this.
  3. mugatu

    mugatu Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

    Trophy Points:
    1,782
    Excellent detective work, Tom!
     
  4. OdiWan72

    OdiWan72 Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

    Trophy Points:
    3,376
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2019
    thd9791 likes this.
  5. matty matt

    matty matt Sr Member

    Trophy Points:
    2,090
    Darn it, that title got me excited! These have been mentioned before but I’ve never found one the right size. I even contacted Kaiser a couple years ago. They were no help. It’s probably a similar screw but from a different manufacturer.
     
  6. russellsch

    russellsch Sr Member

    Trophy Points:
    1,891
    Markus, when I click on your link, it takes me to your Amazon under your sign in.
     
    thd9791 likes this.
  7. halliwax

    halliwax Legendary Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

    Trophy Points:
    5,210
    Toms at it again!!
     
    mugatu likes this.
  8. thd9791

    thd9791 Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

    Trophy Points:
    3,001
    I had no idea you could still buy an "assortment" for like 80 euro through amazon. Anyone done that, and gotten one of these?

    I'll add that I sourced mine from evilBay from another country so I think this is the original packaging.

    I saw that stock photo of Kaiser screws a long time ago myself, but I've never seen one in real life. It's exciting to hold one. These are only 1-2 mm too big and I'm torn between us eyeballing things wrong or there being a slightly smaller "nut" version. It's the only vintage thumbscrew I've seen or held that looks like this, so I'm convinced we're really close. It even threads onto the exposed stud on my ESB blaster.
     
    redbutton and OdiWan72 like this.
  9. SethS

    SethS Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

    Trophy Points:
    2,791
    I can tell you from all my custom saber part acquisition that a 1/4 20 to 3/8 adapter is super common in photo gear. Not that knob specifically, but I can see it coming from that world.
     
    thd9791 likes this.
  10. OdiWan72

    OdiWan72 Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

    Trophy Points:
    3,376
  11. DiggsBarklightr

    DiggsBarklightr Active Member

    Trophy Points:
    326
    I started researching XXX Lutz and then got sidetracked...:p
     
    russellsch likes this.
  12. halliwax

    halliwax Legendary Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

    Trophy Points:
    5,210
    Lmao!!!!
     
  13. OdiWan72

    OdiWan72 Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

    Trophy Points:
    3,376
    *LOL* ... it´s legit buddy.

    One of the biggest (hence the XXX) furniture shop chains in Germany and some other european countries.
    But of course they sell beds, even to p**n related businesses, so there´s your connection ;) :lol
     
    thd9791 likes this.
  14. Dann

    Dann Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

    Trophy Points:
    2,890
    I had totally forgotten about that, and look, I even replied like two posts down! My memory really leaves a lot to be desired.
     
  15. thd9791

    thd9791 Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

    Trophy Points:
    3,001
    Dang, so did I :)

    Well I guess this is a development from that post, and can open up more discussion (y)
     
    halliwax likes this.
  16. mgoob

    mgoob Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

    Trophy Points:
    1,830
    I remember that thread.

    One day it will be found, of that I am sure.
     
  17. redbutton

    redbutton Active Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

    Trophy Points:
    462
    Great find Tom!
     

Share This Page