Part Identification HELP: MPP/BR Deckard's Blaster Screw

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  1. mugatu

    mugatu Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Hi,

    I am sure the answer to my question is very simple, so I apologize that there likely won't be any major detective work required.
    I need to find out what the technical or commonly used term is for the following knurled screw post-type item that is found on Vader's MPP shroud, and also on Deckard's Blaster:

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    It's that silver part. Sorry about the background counter top. IRL it doesn't camouflage the foreground pieces as much as it seems to in these photos.
    Here are some different angles. I know there has to be a very easy common and/or technical name for this screw post, so any help is appreciated.

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    Thanks for any help here.

    Andy
     
  2. Probe Droid

    Probe Droid Master Member

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    Isn't it a thumb screw?
     
  3. mugatu

    mugatu Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I don't know...is that what they are called? I'll certainly give that a try!
     
  4. Probe Droid

    Probe Droid Master Member

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    More precisely, I believe it's a knurled thumb screw.
     
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  5. mugatu

    mugatu Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thanks, Probe Droid. That apparently is the name of them.
     
  6. PoopaPapaPalps

    PoopaPapaPalps Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    It wasn't used for the BR blaster, the little screw thing on the side is actually from some WWII telephone thing. I forget what it's called, but I'm sure others I do, but I've got a couple of them stashed around somewhere.
     
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  7. James Kenobi 1138

    James Kenobi 1138 Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I thought it was from a weaver gun scope.
     
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  8. mugatu

    mugatu Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I was referring to the part in the red box in the following photo. PoopaPapaPalps, is that the part you mean from the WWII telephone? If so, and you have some extras, can I buy one from you?

    I think, and I could be wrong, that the replacement part from the Weaver scope is the part in the yellow box. Please correct me if I'm wrong about that though. This image is from the newer photos taken of the hero prop, that were published everywhere. Not sure whom this photo's creator was, but I will take it down if necessary, or give credit if anyone can tell me whom to give credit to...

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  9. PoopaPapaPalps

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    Yeah, thing in the red box is what I'm talking about. The weaver knob was put in to replace the original screw that sat there during production.

    If I can find them, I'll let you know. I need to keep one so I can work on my blaster ;).
     
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  10. James Kenobi 1138

    James Kenobi 1138 Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    You can buy these in different sizes at ACE hardware.
     
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  11. mugatu

    mugatu Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Excellent. Thanks guys. Seems trivial, but believe me, you've been a huge help. I'm embarrassed to tell you how long and under what wrong names I've spent looking for these!
     
  12. James Kenobi 1138

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    A great place to get these for free is on the back of electronic battery back-up kits like the kind businesses use for cash resisters and computers.

    On the back you can usually find one, it's used to hook up a ground wire except nobody need them and they are never used. I would pull them off at work at the different places I worked from time to time when one went bad and we were recycling it.

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  13. James Kenobi 1138

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    You can find them on sewing machines too.
     
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  14. mugatu

    mugatu Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Awesome!

    I wonder what time Jo Ann Fabric closes here...;)
     
  15. KramStaar

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    PoopaPapaPalps is correct Mugatu. The knob in the red box on the blaster is called a binding post and its from a WW2 era telegraph set.
     
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  16. mugatu

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    Kramstaar, thank you. A new treasure hunt begins for me! Do you know what country's telegraph binding post this came from for the blaster?
     
  17. KramStaar

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    You're more than welcome mate. I can't recall the details unfortunately but I suspect its a US part.

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    I acquired a genuine one (and also a genuine Weaver knob) from someone over at PropSummit a few years ago and if you're interested in finding out more, I suggest you go over to www.propsummit.com because those guys know everything there is to know about the original blaster, the elements that were used in making it as well as replicas etc.

    Sorry I can't be of more help.

    Best of luck
    MARK
     
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