So what was that part Mal had anyway.

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  1. Obi-wan Coyote

    Obi-wan Coyote New Member

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    There have been some pics of it in different sences. The best was on tonights sci fi run of Firefly. It was less than 5 mins into the show when Mal was laying on the deck bleeding. Does anyone have some screen shots of it? Does anyone know what they used? All I know was it was called a compresion coil.
    Any thoughts?
    Thanks, Obi wan Coyote
     
  2. Nexus6

    Nexus6 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    It was called a "Catalyzer". These are the best I could do on short notice:

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    I changed the lighting & contrast a bit to try & get a better look...
     
  3. Kris

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    The episode is called 'Out Of Gas'.
     
  4. Obi-wan Coyote

    Obi-wan Coyote New Member

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    Nice Pics... So have we found out what it was? Looks like some car part. Any thoughts?
    Thanks, Obi wan Coyote
     
  5. SurferGeek

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    Some type of blower or pump?
     
  6. Kris

    Kris Sr Member

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    Someone mailed me this:

     
  7. Gigatron

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    Definitely looks automotive in design. Based on the hose attachment points and what looks to be an electrical connector, my guesses are either part of the air intake system or the heater/blower assembly.

    -Fred
     
  8. division 6

    division 6 Master Member

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    The black coupler actually looks like it's a stanard gardening piece from OSH.

    D6
     
  9. gunnerk19

    gunnerk19 Master Member

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    I'm pretty sure it's a drain pump from either a washing machine, dishwasher, or air conditioning unit; Just haven't found exactly what, and google images help about as much as an axe to the head...
     
  10. Obi-wan Coyote

    Obi-wan Coyote New Member

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    Well, I have doing some research. And not have much luck. I do think it's a blower of some type. I been checking the washing machine and dish washer pumps, and found they are mainly plastic. The one in Out of gas is clearly cast alum. Now I checked some designs on comercial dishwashers and repaired a few in my pass. It's not the correct design, they are much larger. So the search goes on.
    Obi wan Coyote
     
  11. Nexus6

    Nexus6 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    While you very well may be right, ^that's^ a pretty big presumption imo. If there's anything my time here has taught me, it's that ANY material can be painted to look like ANY thing else... ;)
     
  12. Pretzellogic

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    May be so, but that thing looked like it had some weight to it.
     
  13. Darth Brass

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    *bump*

    Any luck with this?
     
  14. dr_slurpee

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    Bringing this back to life to see if anyone has found any info.
     
  15. Darth Lars

    Darth Lars Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    My guess is that it is the impeller from a garden pump, for waterfalls and such.
     
  16. Bronson BB

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    Bump from the grave!

    I had a gearhead friend of mine look at clips and stills of the Compression Coil Catalyser last night.

    He was calling it a ducted fan or some sort of impeller motor.
    If you look at the drum body portion of it, you can see a waterproof seal where it's bolted together.

    I'd love to know what this is dingus is.
     
  17. Sulla

    Sulla Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Man, I'd love to know what it is too! Thanks fro dredging this one back up. I must have misesd it's first two reanimations.

    Sorry to say I have no new input to offer, but I'll start looking.
     
  18. F-N-S

    F-N-S Well-Known Member

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    I spent countless hours looking for that thing.

    If anyone could find it, I would be forever grateful! :D
     
  19. robstyle

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    Its a part that was just kicked off the engine that the prop guys had no idea what it was in real life. They had a box of them and that was the first thing that came to mind as they are all over the engine. Nathan has it so at the next con or appearance he does, ask him about it.
     
  20. oldzey

    oldzey Sr Member

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    [​IMG]

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  21. F-N-S

    F-N-S Well-Known Member

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  22. kurtyboy

    kurtyboy Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Anyone got working links for a place that sells the parts already identified?
     
  23. oldzey

    oldzey Sr Member

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    "It's an aircraft part."

    http://www.fireflyprops.net/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=9&start=28

    Some more screenshots I took and enhanced from a regular DVD (would obviously be better in HD):

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    The underbelly of the Catalyzer (blue hex bolt/knob?):

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    The Catalyzer cameo in "Ariel" in the junkyard where Wash and Kaylee are searching for ambulance parts:

    [​IMG]
     
  24. JediG60racer

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    Looks to me like an Audi external wastegate, for an old 5000 series turbo.
     
  25. JediG60racer

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    Now that I see the scale more clearly, it's probably not from the Audi. It's got the pressure regulator and diaphragm assembly attached to a valvebody with pressure crimps on the pipe ends, so it's definitely a wastegate/pressure regulator for a forced induction system. Could be for a small turboprop aircraft engine, but now I'm leaning more towards a diesel truck motor. I've even seen similar pressure wastegates on cruise control systems, albeit smaller.
     
  26. JOATRASH FX

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    Well, there were several of them on set taken from a big box of aircraft parts so...
     
  27. Raven713

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  28. Nexus6

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    Awesome before-&-after.
     
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