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    Dec 5, 2017, 9:22 PM - ANH Luke Droid Caller Aluminum Top Cap #1

    I've had an original Kobold flash for a while now and I really wanted a top cap that was "screen accurate", matched the finish of the Kobold aluminum, and wouldn't fall off like I'd bet the 1977 Star Wars Droid Caller top cap did often! I did some research and the top cap is not on the droid caller in every scene and in some scenes it can be interpreted differently on the exact shape, dome height, raised off the top of the Kobold, and on and on. So I came up with my version of it and had it machined out of aluminum. It has a deep shaft that snaps inside the Kobold and is held by the sprung ball bearing and the set screw so it can hold up well when trooping, cosplaying, and surely on display without falling off. I had 2 versions machined - One for ANH Luke and one for a Jawa droid caller that's a bit different. Both versions fit the original Kobold & Linhof flashes, Dark Energy replica, and Anovos model. Here are the research pics and my top cap, let me know your thoughts, thanks! Check the Classified Project Runs too!

    Chad











    Jawa that look more flat











    Here's my top cap







    With the Jawa version



    Full shot

    Last edited by HB1098S; Dec 7, 2017 at 9:04 AM.
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    Dec 6, 2017, 6:02 AM - Re: ANH Luke Droid Caller Aluminum Top Cap #2

    I love it! Great work! Gonna do a run?
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    Dec 6, 2017, 6:14 AM - Re: ANH Luke Droid Caller Aluminum Top Cap #3

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    I love it! Great work! Gonna do a run?
    Yes, I will add an interest run soon, thanks
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    Dec 6, 2017, 10:24 AM - Re: ANH Luke Droid Caller Aluminum Top Cap #4

    Limited Run is now in Classifieds...I hope it’s ok to post this here
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    Dec 6, 2017, 10:36 AM - Re: ANH Luke Droid Caller Aluminum Top Cap #5

    Great work, this looks great! I am in for a couple.

    Edit: will post in JY thread.
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    Dec 6, 2017, 12:22 PM - Re: ANH Luke Droid Caller Aluminum Top Cap #6

    Really nice job!


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    Dec 7, 2017, 7:47 AM - Re: ANH Luke Droid Caller Aluminum Top Cap #7

    Thanks for the props, I really appreciate it! Looking forward to a run of these soon!
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    Dec 16, 2017, 9:02 AM - Re: ANH Luke Droid Caller Aluminum Top Cap #8

    Now I’d like to find another Kobold for a reasonable price!
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    Jan 23, 2018, 7:36 AM - Re: ANH Luke Droid Caller Aluminum Top Cap #9

    HB1098S said: View Post
    Now I’d like to find another Kobold for a reasonable price!
    i was kidding myself.....
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    Jan 23, 2018, 8:00 AM - Re: ANH Luke Droid Caller Aluminum Top Cap #10

    HB1098S said: View Post
    i was kidding myself.....
    I hear that.
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    Jan 23, 2018, 3:31 PM - Re: ANH Luke Droid Caller Aluminum Top Cap #11

    I'm gonna say (and this may get rejected) that I have always thought the dome is a metal tablespoon with the handle removed. It seems commonplace enough, shiny enough, and when I place it on my Kobold it seems to overlap in exactly the same way as it does in these pics. It doesn't, in set pics, seem to line up with the edge of the Kobold, which is why, in my opinion, it fell off, probably a lot, as evidenced by the shot of Luke. The close up,taken from the garage scene, seals the deal for me. Click image for larger version. 

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    I'm gonna say (and this may get rejected) that I have always thought the dome is a metal tablespoon with the handle removed. It seems commonplace enough, shiny enough, and when I place it on my Kobold it seems to overlap in exactly the same way as it does in these pics. It doesn't, in set pics, seem to line up with the edge of the Kobold, which is why, in my opinion, it fell off, probably a lot, as evidenced by the shot of Luke. The close up,taken from the garage scene, seals the deal for me. Click image for larger version. 

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    Sorry for the double post.

    And I used double sided carpet tape to attach that dome, seems to be about right.
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    Jan 23, 2018, 5:55 PM - Re: ANH Luke Droid Caller Aluminum Top Cap #12

    I have always thought the dome is a metal tablespoon with the handle removed
    You might be right! It's definitely brighter than the aluminum...
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    Jan 23, 2018, 8:14 PM - Re: ANH Luke Droid Caller Aluminum Top Cap #13

    Mine doesn’t and won’t fall off, lol
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    Jan 23, 2018, 8:54 PM - Re: ANH Luke Droid Caller Aluminum Top Cap #14

    knullzero said: View Post
    You might be right! It's definitely brighter than the aluminum...
    I don't know about the brighter then Aluminum thing. Here is a photo of my top and it's aluminum.
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    Jan 23, 2018, 9:05 PM - Re: ANH Luke Droid Caller Aluminum Top Cap #15

    Now that's some polished aluminum there...
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    Jan 23, 2018, 9:58 PM - Re: ANH Luke Droid Caller Aluminum Top Cap #16

    Banquo Fett said: View Post
    I'm gonna say (and this may get rejected) that I have always thought the dome is a metal tablespoon with the handle removed. It seems commonplace enough, shiny enough, and when I place it on my Kobold it seems to overlap in exactly the same way as it does in these pics. It doesn't, in set pics, seem to line up with the edge of the Kobold, which is why, in my opinion, it fell off, probably a lot, as evidenced by the shot of Luke. The close up,taken from the garage scene, seals the deal for me. Click image for larger version. 

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    I'm gonna say (and this may get rejected) that I have always thought the dome is a metal tablespoon with the handle removed. It seems commonplace enough, shiny enough, and when I place it on my Kobold it seems to overlap in exactly the same way as it does in these pics. It doesn't, in set pics, seem to line up with the edge of the Kobold, which is why, in my opinion, it fell off, probably a lot, as evidenced by the shot of Luke. The close up,taken from the garage scene, seals the deal for me. Click image for larger version. 

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    Sorry for the double post.

    And I used double sided carpet tape to attach that dome, seems to be about right.
    Tablespoons aint round. Seen from head on Lukes topper whatever it is its a circle.
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    Jan 24, 2018, 4:17 AM - Re: ANH Luke Droid Caller Aluminum Top Cap #17

    Cameron said: View Post
    Tablespoons aint round. Seen from head on Lukes topper whatever it is its a circle.
    But many measuring spoons are.

    Something like these: https://www.amazon.de/Messl%C3%B6ffe...l%C3%B6ffelset

    I think too thatīs what was used. On some other above pics there is just the original bulb adapter that can be seen (the insert with the hole).
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    Jan 24, 2018, 9:06 AM - Re: ANH Luke Droid Caller Aluminum Top Cap #18

    Ah, so the Jawa one is a Transcriptor disc. Can't believe I hadn't noticed before since I've had that many of them!
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    Jan 24, 2018, 9:12 AM - Re: ANH Luke Droid Caller Aluminum Top Cap #19

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    Ah, so the Jawa one is a Transcriptor disc. Can't believe I hadn't noticed before since I've had that many of them!
    Now that you say it....stupid me!
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    Jan 24, 2018, 10:21 AM - Re: ANH Luke Droid Caller Aluminum Top Cap #20

    Lichtbringer said: View Post
    But many measuring spoons are.

    Something like these: https://www.amazon.de/Messl%C3%B6ffe...l%C3%B6ffelset

    I think too thatīs what was used. On some other above pics there is just the original bulb adapter that can be seen (the insert with the hole).
    measuring spoons sure are but that’s not what the op said. I along with many other folks made tops from measuring spoons for years. In fact I used a measuring spoon as the basis for my resin topper I’ve sold for years.
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    Jan 24, 2018, 11:17 AM - Re: ANH Luke Droid Caller Aluminum Top Cap #21

    Cameron said: View Post
    measuring spoons sure are but that’s not what the op said.
    I assume just a typing error.


    Cameron said: View Post
    I along with many other folks made tops from measuring spoons for years. In fact I used a measuring spoon as the basis for my resin topper I’ve sold for years.
    For me thatīs still the accurate way - and the reason i couldnīt bring myself to machine me one from alu.
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    Jan 24, 2018, 11:30 AM - Re: ANH Luke Droid Caller Aluminum Top Cap #22

    Luke Top Cap - I’ll take the small lip off on the final run in the Project Runs so the cap fits tight to the top of the Droid Caller

    Jawa Top Cap - I can model the transcriptor disc - we’re talking about the one on top of the turntable arm correct?
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    Jan 24, 2018, 11:32 AM - Re: ANH Luke Droid Caller Aluminum Top Cap #23

    After holding HB’s machined one and seeing how secure it holds I’ll be using his after a small tweak in the design. Trooping with the measuring spoon topper has caused grief with lost toppers.
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    Jan 24, 2018, 11:38 AM - Re: ANH Luke Droid Caller Aluminum Top Cap #24

    Btw. How cool is it that HBs efforts have helped lead to the Jawa topper discovery. How many years have we all looked at those pics without making the connection to the disc.
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    Jan 24, 2018, 11:54 AM - Re: ANH Luke Droid Caller Aluminum Top Cap #25

    Cameron said: View Post
    Btw. How cool is it that HBs efforts have helped lead to the Jawa topper discovery. How many years have we all looked at those pics without making the connection to the disc.
    LOL, thanks Cam

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