Here's the ranch:
check that video with Roger Christian in the archives
it's just the pin missing.
I've butchered more than few graflexes, and some of these brass inserts are really loose and will fall out when you remove the pin. But other are pretty tight and you actually have to hammer them out with a rod. So they hold the bunny ears in place just fine ( maybe not for dueling though).
I’m going to check my reference in an hour or two, the bottom might be solid. I’ve been looking at rivets or something because they could have “spread” the brass on top a littleI went ahead and replaced the bunny ear rivet on my ESB Graflex stunt with a hollow brass rod like we apparently see on the Skywalker Ranch Graflex…
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Since we see these ears come off and on with these stunt hilts, I think it logical to assume that they may have used hollow brass tubes to replace the original rivet, like we see with the Skywalker Ranch Graflex. It may be a leap in logic, but I’m going with it.
I finally remembered what this reminds me of! Anakin Starkiller let me try my hand at a Star Trek Phaser kit a long time ago. One part involved pressing a ball bearing into a brass tube, mushrooming the end, trapping a rod looping around it.
At first it looked like the tip of this was spread like that, just flanged out a little.
I don’t think that anymore though. It’s poking out a little in the public icons photos, and less in the video. Maybe it is a tube… haven’t seen the bottom fully yet
I’ll tell ya, I get the feeling the thicker lip of the INC was just a stronger connection… an upgraded design. The Folmer lips were still at least 1/16” give or take a little.Now that is a very interesting and plausible theory! Perhaps for the purpose of installing the internals in the Graflex, the prop department knocked out the stamped bottom plate and did like you did using an adhesive and two new rivets to re-secure the Kobold clip and plate.
Could we merely be seeing a thin lipped Folmer bottom on the real prop?