Found!!! Obi ANH 'Gear'!!!

Discussion in 'Star Wars Costumes and Props' started by Serafino, Oct 17, 2005.

  1. Serafino

    Serafino Sr Member

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    So here's Killdozer's post:


    Very cool. I looked at machine guns awhile back, I had thought this made sense as a machine gun part--but all the guns I saw had 'lathe-wise' ribbing, this is the first I've seen with a 'gear' shaped heat-sink.

    I hope this is one of the ones that people sell parts for. :D
     
  2. Shinobi

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    oh man, this has been a crazy month for prop discoveries - my head is still spinning.

    Dan
     
  3. James Kenobi 1138

    James Kenobi 1138 Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    You know, it's funny but a few years ago I was one of the only people who believed it was a heat sink. At the time, I thought it was a heat sink for an electric motor (like an RC or small appliance), or maybe from a large piece of electrical equipment.

    Everyone thought I was crazy, I looked all over the web for pics, this was the best I could find:
    [image]http://www.rpf.invisionzone.com/archive/obi_gear/heatsink001.jpg[/image]

    It's nice to know I was right.

    So, important questions:

    Make and model, availability, does anyone have any good gun dealers/suppliers/experts in the field?
     
  4. Serafino

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    JK we thought you were crazy for thinking it was a motor heat sink when none could be found which approached the prop in size and specs. :D

    I doubt anyone said it wasn't a heat sink. That was right around the time I was looking at machine guns in exploded drawings. ;)

    But close is no cigar, it is Killdozer who appears to have made a spectacular find here. :)

    So let's coordinate research on this one with Killdozer shall we? I've made some inquries (shame on me but I'm dying of curiosity) and have PM'd KD with their names.
     
  5. Prometheus

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    Oh my.. if that proves to be the real part, i dont see myself visiting this board any longer since all the parts are found :lol
     
  6. James Kenobi 1138

    James Kenobi 1138 Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Totally Killdozer- awesome find.

    I'm just happy to see it's a heatsink and not a 'gear' like everyone believed for so long- even I gave up on thinking it was a heat sink.

    I had given up and was currently looking at gears in motion picture camera mounts thinking it might be in there somewhere.

    I'd love to see if anyone has any contacts and can get some better pics of this thing.
     
  7. DCB

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    What exactly are the parts pictured and how big are they? Looks a tad too large to be the gear IMO.
     
  8. lonepigeon

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    I believe it was someone from Icons who first told me it was a heat sink. They had said it was from some custom electronics application though. I wonder if they had just messed up what Bapty may have told them.

    Regarding KD's awesome discovery-
    I did a little quick searching, but figured I'll wait fo KD to tell us exactly what gun that is.

    DCB - Right now he's just teasing us with a pic. I hope he'll tell us more soon.
    Size wise it looks perfect to me and finding it on a gun makes sense.

    Again the line is blurred concerning who exactly built the sabers.
     
  9. Prop Runner

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    I'm speechless, KD. YOU DA MAN. :D

    So of course I immediately e-mailed my MG81 source about this - the barrels seem to be paired together in an aircraft turret configuration (but on second glance they look like two separate guns: the barrel on the left appears closer to the camera), and since the MG81 is also a German aircraft machine-gun, chances are he may be able to score one of these for us as well - keep your fingers crossed. :)

    - Gabe
     
  10. wuher da brewer

    wuher da brewer Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Wow, talk about another awesome discovery. Way to go Stuart.
     
  11. exoray

    exoray Master Member

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    I did a little searching also and will follow suit and let KD break the news... Here is another pic though...

    [image]http://www.rpf.invisionzone.com/archive/obi_gear/gear.jpg[/image]
     
  12. eFXBarry

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    That's looks to be it :)

    Excellent. Can we put this baby to bed now? Finally, after all these years :D

    Like you Chris, I had always been told it was a heat sink. Congrats to Killdozer for finding the one.

    Barry
     
  13. Neon Sentry

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    You guys are crazy. All of these finds in just the past few months... have all of you been cryogenically frozen since '77, just waiting to be thawed out to begin your part quest?

    I commend all of you who have sifted through thousands upon thousands of pics, looking for just the right piece or part. It's incredible what some of you can do :D
     
  14. Romans Empire

    Romans Empire Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I really hope that's it....BUT

    The second picture shows the fins a bit better, and the tips look too thick.

    Here's hoping they are not as thick as they appear.

    :cheers
     
  15. Yorpheus

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    If you look throughout the picture though, the pixels are double thickness in a lot of areas due to compression or enlargement of a low-res pic.
     
  16. jedeyenight

    jedeyenight Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Do you think where that cotter pin is located is where they fished the "wire" through?
    Great find KD.
     
  17. RKW

    RKW Sr Member

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    IT BELONGS IN A MUSEUM.

    I do think this forum should have a hall of fame section to honour those who have discovered prop components.
     
  18. Brinn 71

    Brinn 71 Well-Known Member

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    AWESOME.. Just AWESOME..

    Can we swear in this forum? I've got some obscene explanatives for just this happy occasion. :p

    Great find.. I'd better start SAVING.

    B
     
  19. Polluxius

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    I knew that this was the Year of the 'GEAR'.

    Good jod KD, maybe at Christmas we will all have perfect obi replicas under the tree :angel
     
  20. Howard

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    Many congratulations KD.

    This is one hell of a year.

    :cheers

    Howard. :)
     
  21. DrStranglove

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    Good God.....


    Where is KD with the scoop?
     
  22. Sumatra

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    Probably out picking up as many of these as he can before spilling the beans. :lol
     
  23. vaderdarth

    vaderdarth Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I'm being cautiously optimistic......but very nice find man....

    Dave :)
     
  24. Westies14

    Westies14 Master Member

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    I just can't believe it. The emitter and the gear found, so close together? It's bizarre. Amazing work, AGAIN. And thank you so much.

    -Douglas
     
  25. moffeaton

    moffeaton Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    WOW. Fantastic..
     
  26. Darth Lars

    Darth Lars Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    :eek :eek :eek

    Congratulations, Killdozer. That really looks like the one, with the wire even. :confused Find out what gauge that is.
    And to think that I missed that a few weeks ago when I was staring at guns like crazy... :$
     
  27. StefTrooper

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    Congratulations Killdozer..


    :cheers
     
  28. OldKen

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    thats it,

    the parts are there,

    i want replicas now... not excuses.

    general serafino... prepare your men for a large run. :lol

    the circle is now truly complete...

    if that aint it its DEFFINATELY on the right track and too close to tell its not, just from the pics...

    awesome work to killdozer and crew.

    this will be a day long remembered. :cheers
     
  29. Gigatron

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    * cool :D

    Good find, KD :thumbsup

    Let's hope this is really it, this time.

    -Fred
     
  30. Killdozer

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    OK... OK.... I've followed many paths leading to dead ends, but if Serafino is excited enough to REPOST my discover, I guess I'm finally on the right track. :lol

    The caliber I know: .303 a UK standard, and apparently, in my research so far, uncommon.

    I tried to do some scaling of exoray's fine photo (which I can't believe. the one I posted was the best I could find.), but without success. However, here's a pic which made me go "ah hah.", or at least, "not bad.":

    [image]http://www.therpf.com/archive/obi_gear/lanholding.jpg[/image]

    Now, nobody wants a blowup like on the flash hider thread. I don't particularly care if I get an original part myself, but let's all play nice for now, and not flood potential suppliers with emails. I've started a list of contacts-- PM me if you'd like to participate this way.

    Thanks may not quite be in order yet, but I wouldn't have gotten this far without the TOP NOTCH cooperation of you lot.

    KD
     
  31. yodaman

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    Wow - just wow.
    Great find :)
     
  32. stormpath

    stormpath Active Member

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    congratulations. great finding... :)
     
  33. DCB

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  34. Killdozer

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    I see you found my source ;) ... now the challenge will be to keep this from boiling over...

    KD
     
  35. Gigatron

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    I am far from an ammunitions expert, but would a .303 make a decent anti-aircraft round. I know it was used for the enfields (shown in the picture in that link), but I would think those big guns would use something like the british equivalent of the 50 cal. (and it looks like there's a strip of them near the .303s)

    Those guns are definitely not anti-personnel. If anything, they'd be either anti-armor or anit-aircraft. And if it's the latter, either plane mounted or tri-pod or trailer mounted (for a mobile platform), probably in groups of four.

    Just a thought.

    -Fred
     
  36. eFXBarry

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    If you go to the url below and scroll down through the posts, you'll find some interesting facts and figures on the Colt-Browning 0.303 machine gun and a great picture that should confirm the heat sink to definitely be the Obi-Wan "gear" if there are still any doubts.

    http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?t=17075

    Barry
     
  37. Serafino

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    Note the asymmetry of the 'tooth' ends.... So much for my "cut and filed" theory :lol

    SCORE..... Great find Barry.
     
  38. Killdozer

    Killdozer Active Member

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    I just plotzed.

    wow.

    KD
     
  39. Black Jack

    Black Jack New Member

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    I have no doubt now. Really great find. :thumbsup
     
  40. eFXBarry

    eFXBarry Well-Known Member

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    Can somebody snag and host the pic?

    His site will get killed otherwise :)

    Barry
     
  41. Darth Lars

    Darth Lars Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Here:
    [image]http://www.therpf.com/archive/obi_gear/7.7_mm_colt-browining_c.jpg[/image]
     
  42. Serafino

    Serafino Sr Member

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    Nevermind. :)
     
  43. Sidewinder

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    That pic leaves no doubt in my mind.

    SAS
     
  44. eFXBarry

    eFXBarry Well-Known Member

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    THIS is why I love the RPF.

    We have a winner.

    Barry
     
  45. Ghost Host

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    Wow, ...and the timing is amazing, too.
     
  46. Lordsandy

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    This is Nucking futts.

    Awesome find............ :eek
     
  47. PHArchivist

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    Naive question: I don't suppose the Meteor carried that weapon...?
     
  48. Gary Weaver II

    Gary Weaver II Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    holeee sheaat.. That's awesome...

    -Gary
     
  49. Prop Runner

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    Here's some info I've obtained:

    I'll post pics as they become available. :)

    God, this is FUN. :D

    - Gabe
     
  50. Shinobi

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    my sentiments exactly :lol

    isn't it crazy? we've spent years trying to figure this piece out - and then in the span of a month or so, we find both parts - I can't remember the last time something like this happened on the RPF

    so Andres - does this mean your gear run is hold? :p

    Dan
     

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