The artwork on some those old kits particularily the Tamiya ones was phenomenal. I had some of them in the 1970’s and the box art really fired the imagination as a kid.
Thanks for sharing the image and that little bit of nostalgia.
Are you building the Original Falcon prop replica or the Current Falcon prop replica?
Portside rear of the landing gear box area -- here's one of the areas where it's critical to have multiple reference sources.
On the left, the original 1975 prop underside from the Chronicles reference book, with Part #A15 from the Tamiya 1/35 M60 (modified, with a center-edge greeblie added).
On the right, Gorts Parts Map MF 010 - 1.3 with entry 12 listed as the Tamiya 1/35 Panzerkampfwagen III Ausf. M/N part #A21, which is clearly a later shot of the current prop in its current state.
So ILM replaced this piece with the other piece.
Interestingly, though they are not at all similar, they do share roughly the same width:
Me, personally, I'm going Old School, because 1977...
Question: What is the added greeblie on the center edge of the old-school M60 piece? And is it attached to the M60 piece, or just adjacent to it? Looks like it's placed beside/on top of it, to my eye, but I can't tell for sure.
Just when you think you've figured something out, you realize you're wrong again.
The left side piece, on the Original Falcon prop, is NOT from the Tamiya 1/35 M60, but from the vintage Tamiya 1/48 M60, part #A1, and THAT is what explains the "added greeblie" on center-edge.
You don't think it was ever replaced? But it's not on the picture in Gort's maps, and a piece that wasn't there before is in it's place. What else could explain this discrepancy? Are they "both" there, and I'm just not seeing it? Send pics, if you've got them.
Tsophika is right again: I got the left and right side of the gear box confused. So here are the correct, non-replaced greeblies:
On the left: the Tamiya 1/48 M60 (vintage), Part #A1 (goes on the starboard side of the Falcon gear box)
On the right: the Tamiya 1/35 Panzerkampfwagen III Ausf. M/N, Part #A21 (goes on the port side of the Falcon gear box)
Man, that was really confusing me for the last two hours, because I was reading Gort's Parts Map as the "same side" of the gear box as the Chronicles photo...
Suffering the ol' "my eyes got crossed from staring at it too long" problem - been there, done that!
As an aside (AAA), does anyone else feel a pang of regret when 'parting out' a kit in pursuit of "the kitbash"? So many fine examples of the tool makers art...