New Elstree Studio documentary with discarded Graflex.

dcarty

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Superglue was new in the 70's (I also remember the Krazy Glue commercials cementing the guy's hard hat to an I beam then letting him hang from the beam). There's an interview with, IIRC, Lorne Peterson where he describes introducing the crew at ILM to superglue as he was familiar with it from industrial use and it was just becoming available to the consumer market.

That said, of the Graflexes I own some ears are tighter than others and I find gently compressing the flanges where the pin runs through can do the trick as well.
 

Dann

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That looks great! Your homemade version looks really nice, too, you almost didn't even need to get Roy's!
 

Gregatron

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Received and installed Roy’s new d-ring. It’s a great product, and the final result matches the toe pic quite nicely, even If we can’t quite confirm whether the original prop had two rivets or not.
 

Gregatron

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Just for funzies, I rotated the upper half on my TGS for some photos. I should again point out that removing the clamp lever washer and giving the lever that extra turn produces an exact match with the toe pic. That little nub of the lever screw sticks out of the upper sidebar, and the lever closes most “comfortably” in the semi-open position we’ve become used to seeing in the ANH prop. You can still force the lever all the way closed, but it’s tough.

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Gregatron

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Gotta say that I’m getting used to the two-rivet clip, too. Interesting that the earliest replicas and whatnot indicated two rivets, since people had scant ANH reference back in the day, and so were retroactively applying the ESB prop’s use of two rivets on the Kobold clip. Then, someone came up with the notion of a single rivet (presumably because two would seem a bit crowded on the smaller ANH clip), and pretty much every licensed and fan replica over the past decade-plus has stuck with that.

And now we’ve come full circle!
 

Gregatron

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Also, because of my discovery regarding the clamp washer and the lever, I’m now convinced that the bubbles were indeed beveled and slid into the clamp, rather than being pinched between the clamp teeth (and the lever being unable to fully close because of it).
 

dcarty

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Also, because of my discovery regarding the clamp washer and the lever, I’m now convinced that the bubbles were indeed beveled and slid into the clamp, rather than being pinched between the clamp teeth (and the lever being unable to fully close because of it).
I'm doing my new build this way (tore apart the old one). I've been experimenting with the bevel on the eBay bubble piece that broke.
 

dcarty

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Like a lot of things Star Wars it's a bit of futz around with it until it fits. I'm making a belt hanger with a TGS 2 and the fit is a lot looser than it is with my authentic Folmer. Here it is in the TGS. I had to center the strip so it would close evenly. I shaved off a bit of the top edge with a Dremel and a teardrop bit.

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Vintage Folmer and Exactra:

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