RESEARCH: X-WING CONTROL STICK

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PropReplicator2

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I would assume the part is a pulley based on the groove, but I am not seeing the groove on the disk used for the joystick for some reason. Maybe it’s my eyes but I keep seeing a ESB the lip is part of the joystick and the metal disk is glued on top of that?

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lonepigeon

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lonepigeon have you been able to ID the metal flanges next to the red switch lens? Sorry if it's been asked, I went through a ton of those connectors and adaptors and haven't been able to find a match
The PL259 connectors are the right size, but they didn't start using those on SW props until ESB.
There's another piece the same size, but smooth at the bottom (no threads like the PL259) that's used a lot in ANH. I'm not sure what it is. It seems like a turntable-type piece but I haven't found the real part yet.

There are two on the Interrogator droid. One just behind the needle, the other above.
I'm pretty sure those are the pieces on the X-wing control pad.
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lonepigeon

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The disc IS part of a turntable, but not the one used on the BC.

I am pretty confident, that we are looking at this...

I don't think that's it. I've never seen that on a SW piece before. I don't think it's from the Hydraulic Reference and every other Michell piece is.

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lonepigeon

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Here's a blueprint of the tone arm top piece that I did awhile back for a friend's Death Star droid head project.
I did not have the actual part in hand, but I did have the parts it attached to and several photos to work from.

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Dann

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I'm not really seeing that pulley that you've got there on it, either, Markus. For what that's worth. (Probably not much, ha!)

It's a really cool part, though!
 

newmagrathea

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The stick has been reminding me of old staple guns or staple hammers lately because of way it appears to be constructed. I've been looking on the bay but haven't turned up a positive. I suppose it could be another mechanical hand tool. Does anyone have any ideas in that vein of thinking?
 

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thd9791

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I read on the Michell website that they claim they made parts for SW. Was it the case that SW bought extra or leftover parts... or did SW ask them to make bulk amounts of new parts they already produced, in order to dress the sets? they seem to have a lot of duplicate parts for these props.
 

Wavey

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Aaah, these ol'chestnuts. I had to put my research on hold for the X-Wing and Y-Wing control sticks (and entire cockpits) due to my
drives getting trashed at that time and a lot of info lost - then a few weeks later other stuff came along so I didn't get to complete
the projects. I'll jot down the thoughts I had on the parts and see if that helps.

Calculator

You are right, of course, on the Exactra line of calculators for the Y-Wing stick (check the indent hole between 6 and 9 and X,
vissible in the screen cap) but I think there are actually two different variations of the desktop calculator in use, possibly even
three between the X and Y Wing pits. One Exactra type as you've found, one that could be more along the lines of a Casio type and
there is.... another - in the footwell of the X-Wing (cos there's always "another" lol). Exactra seem to use muted / drab colours -
olive, orange and possibly light blue keys (look close at the long keys in the screen cap, blue and pinky orange showing through).

Updated - I've just seen a pic of the underside of the X-Wing targeting computer, may or may not be a calculator at all!!! This
changes what I was typing below. Again, cos.... Star Wars....

On the side of the X-Wing targeting computer there's a bluey-greeny zero key with a Casio style profile - but you have to check all
the Casio types because there are very slight differences in the flared base end angle (see the pic for a tiny difference). Very
differnt to the Exactra straight edge style. But here's where it may get a bit odd.... The Y-Wing calculator pad seems to have an odd
shaped key in the 'number 9' possition (with the white base), it's more like a Casio key and a little bit shorter than the rest. Maybe
the calculator pad was damaged or the key was indeed swapped with a Casio key - but that was just a thought from back then.
Now, the Casio type looks a lil more like the keys under the X-Wing targeting computer, which I think are the other two long keys
(the + and -) and two numbers (being a Hendrix fan obviously it would be a 6 and a 9, but I don't mind). And this is where my mind
went into 'What if....' mode, just before the great crash.

Control Stick

Why is this clip of an odd looking stick pasted inbetween the X-Wing run shots? I don't know the filming dates or times to any of the
movie scenes, so I'm wondering what if this stick was from an extended Y-Wing run on the trench that didn't make the final cut? Or,
maybe this clip was filmed in the US to add some extra tension as an after thought. We know the small red button looking part was on
the Death Star canon trooper helmet and that scene was filmed at the LA power station.... If it was filmed in the US then that would
help explain the use of an Exactra desktop calculator, being more common there, and a cheapish Casio in the UK. The turntable discs
and panel indicator switch covers where everywhere so they would have been shipped with costumes and props for pickups.
The stick itself reminds me of something but so far I can only guess its uses. There was an early 80's UK based sci-fi film that used
two similar grips to control two robotic arms that moved liquids or something around a secure room in a laboratory situation. Long
poles extended from the tops of the grip - like where the silver disc is covering a wider circular area and maybe a hole. It will take
some time to find that film again lol.

The trigger may have two uses, going by where that safety pin is located. It may be dual-use, as the pin is very far forward on the
trigger, it could be that a short pull operates a temporary manual action - then, remove the pin to activate a secondary sustained
action, where the part is pressed in, then you fully pull the trigger and the switch is held in by the body of the stick's top. This
action reminds me of something that could be used for filming or lighting like on an early belt operated steady-cam. The horizontal
lines on the grip part remind me of a large flash or strobe-flash light handle. Other uses could be for an aimers control in a plane
turret or, as mentioned above, for construction hardware like a crane. But the horizontal grip lines sugest the part is hand-held
freely rather than something that is push-pulled.

I didn't get much past these ideas, so the hunt continues.
 

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newmagrathea

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Yeah, I kind of suspect that it was a pick up shot done in the US. That would explain the difference in the parts used.
 

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Wavey

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Yea that's what I'm thinking, it looks like two slightly different Y-Wing cockpit interiors. The set ship pit and the open-back mock up.
 

thd9791

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Those little metal flanges are all over the interrogator droid! two there on that black clamp, two above on the weird bottle shaped thing on top and there are three underneath I think. I'll have to find those photos.
 

thd9791

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The PL259 connectors are the right size, but they didn't start using those on SW props until ESB.
There's another piece the same size, but smooth at the bottom (no threads like the PL259) that's used a lot in ANH. I'm not sure what it is. It seems like a turntable-type piece but I haven't found the real part yet.

There are two on the Interrogator droid. One just behind the needle, the other above.
I'm pretty sure those are the pieces on the X-wing control pad.
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