Luke ANH grip & activator position

Discussion in 'Star Wars Costumes and Props' started by B-Wing, Mar 6, 2006.

  1. B-Wing

    B-Wing New Member

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    I am ready to apply the grips to a Luke ANH saber (my first one). I have the template from the Parts of Star Wars website (7 grip), but does the position of the grips matter? Should one line up with the activator or the ears or does it not matter?

    Also, I have noticed that in some images I have seen the activator is to the right of the ears and on some it is to the left. Which is correct??

    Thanks for the help. :)
     
  2. Sporak

    Sporak Sr Member Gone but not forgotten.

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    I can address the activator position...
    Screen used is on the left...
    Publicity photos on the right. The ESB was on the right...

    The grips seem to be centered on the front, glass eye...though I've done it both ways ;)

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  3. Westies14

    Westies14 Master Member

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    Wow, who was tha COA written TO, Sporak? What an item to pick up.

    -Douglas
     
  4. Darth Lars

    Darth Lars Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    The grips on the Kurtz saber that Sporak posted above are believed to not be original.
    There is also some room for twisting the Graflex bottom in relation to the top ...
    I think it is quite hard to give a definite answer to this question. I think more research might be needed here...
     
  5. OldKen

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    ahh i got that same one off of Ebay... :unsure



    LOL, its from one of gary kurtz's personal auctions, this piece was sold last year i believe.
     
  6. kurtyboy

    kurtyboy Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I think we only know the exact placement of the grips in relation to the base on the Ranch saber. To my knowledge there aren't any photos of the ANH sabers clear enough to read the text on the base.

     
  7. B-Wing

    B-Wing New Member

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    Thanks to everyone for the replies. I appreciate your help.
     
  8. Sporak

    Sporak Sr Member Gone but not forgotten.

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    Yeah, but again,,the Ranch saber is an ESB...
    This is the only ANH screen used besides caps from the film, that I've seen.

     
  9. Sporak

    Sporak Sr Member Gone but not forgotten.

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    Why do you think that?
    I haven't heard that...To me, there's no reason to doubt this thing as absolutely authentic...it belonged to Gary Kurtz for cryin out loud ;)

    If you're refering to the supposed metal grips...I don't happen to believe that.

    Those grips look a little different, more rounded than we're used to...that is precisely why I believe in their authenticity...besides the above mentioned reasons.


     
  10. kurtyboy

    kurtyboy Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    It also has an ESB style belt clip.
     
  11. Darth Lars

    Darth Lars Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    There was some talk about the grips back in the thread about the auction and in the old T-track research thread. (both seem to have fallen off the board, unfortunately. I can only find this)
    The T-track on this saber and on the Vader saber and Stormtrooper blaster from the same auction had flat tops and straight angled fins. There is only one T-track profile known to have been used on the screen-used props (either original or resin casts of the original track), and it is dissimilar to the one in the auction.
     
  12. DARTH SABER

    DARTH SABER Master Member

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    Just to add some info here, as it has already been mentioned, there are two acceptable grip positions for the ANH luke saber.
    There's the publicity photos version and the screen used version.

    In reality though, the grips are not in different positions but rather the top shell of the saber is in a different position.

    On my graflex (Which is currently in the "screen used" position) Im able to remove the top shell , rotate it and reattach it in the "publicity photo" position.



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