Kobold Flash?

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xmr1

Well-Known Member
Hi,

I just bought this Kobold flash unit.



I noticed that it's a bit different than the usual Kobolds. The name is missing and it has a rivet where others don't.

Could you enlighten me what I just bought? Is it usable for a droid caller?

Thx!
 

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I'm not a Kobold expert by any means, but aside from a seemingly more tapered neck, yours could work as Han's Droid Caller. And I'm pretty sure that rivet can be popped off somehow if it were really bothering you.

-Jonaas
 

Sym-Cha

Master Member
Hi there,

Just pop off the flash dome and you'll be all set for a ANH Droid caller ... don't know why there is a rivet or why the name is lacking though???

-Chaim
 

xmr1

Well-Known Member
I bought it from a photo dealer, it's definately a Kobold. He said it's from the 50ies. Were the ones used in SW also from that period?
 

Jedifather

Sr Member
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The Kobold flash was used for Han's droid caller in ROTJ, but it looks like you don't have the correct model.
 
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Lichtbringer

Sr Member
Strange - all real Kobolds and Linhoffs i´ve seen had the same size.

Minor differencies in knurling, taper, a little machined step or not, textured body or not, ..... - but these were found between Kobolds as often as between Linhoffs, and between Kobolds and Linhoffs.

I´m only talking about your ROTJ/ANH separation, cause i think that´s a strong statement which has to be prooved before someone can take it for fact. ;)
 

lonepigeon

Sr Member
The flash at top looks too short and tapered as has been said. It's probably not right for a droid caller. Maybe you can post more pics when you get it.


Linhof's were not used at all.
They are very similar to the Han ANH model, but require some modifications. There were 3 different Kobold variations used in the movies.
 

xmr1

Well-Known Member
I'll post some more pics when I get it, I'm not sure the top is really tapered. It could be just a reflection. But let's see

Could someone post measurements of the right model so I could check?
 

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avianoguitarist

Active Member
Some had the Kobold logo, some did not. The tip is not as tapered as it looks at first glance--zoom in and follow the edges in comparison to the body. Yes, a slight taper but not bad. That's certainly going to work as a Han Droid caller. Don't sweat it--you're good to go!
 

lonepigeon

Sr Member
Hopefully it is just the photo making the dimensions look off.
The correct flashes are 5 inches long (minus the reflector and that insert of course).
 

rkpetersen

Well-Known Member
Here's a pic of my original Kobold, for comparison. My understanding is that this is the Han version from ANH.

 

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rkpetersen

Well-Known Member
Yes, I think you're right, Michael. The full Kobold flash unit I bought had the smaller knob; not sure why.
 

xmr1

Well-Known Member
Ok, the postman just delivered my Kobold. It's exactly 12,7cm long and not tapered at all. Mine has a knob where Lichtbringer's has a switch. It's real nice




The missing Kobold logo and the knob do not bother me at all.
 

Lichtbringer

Sr Member
Strange thing, even the reflector-clamp that is often used as D-ring bracket is different.

Never seen such a version, maybe a slave unit?
 

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