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    Jan 12, 2018, 7:47 AM - ALIEN found items used list? *Mystery Disc Research* #1

    So I've been trying to identify a certain greeblie that's found in both star wars and on some ALIEN props. I was thinking of what particular items- equipment, cameras, car parts, etc. were used to kit-bash some of the props or sets, and cross reference that with what was used for the original star wars trilogy.

    Is there a quick guide to such items for the ALIEN movie production?
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    Jan 12, 2018, 8:06 AM - Re: ALIEN found items used list? #2

    tubachris85x said: View Post
    So I've been trying to identify a certain greeblie that's found in both star wars and on some ALIEN props. I was thinking of what particular items- equipment, cameras, car parts, etc. were used to kit-bash some of the props or sets, and cross reference that with what was used for the original star wars trilogy.

    Is there a quick guide to such items for the ALIEN movie production?
    Photo? Someone might see it and know exactly what it is.
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    Jan 12, 2018, 8:16 AM - Re: ALIEN found items used list? #3

    Moviefreak said: View Post
    Photo? Someone might see it and know exactly what it is.
    No one's ever ID'd this part yet, you be given a ticker-tape parade if you do


    Ignore the red circle. This disk on multiple star wars props, but is seen on the ALIEN costume as well as a prop ALIEN space helmet.

    The only lead was from the prop builders who claimed they used a "rolls royce aircraft engine," but I've ruled that out as being the source. I've been searching relentlessly for around 5 years now

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    Jan 12, 2018, 9:31 AM - Re: ALIEN found items used list? #4

    tubachris85x said: View Post
    No one's ever ID'd this part yet, you be given a ticker-tape parade if you do


    Ignore the red circle. This disk on multiple star wars props, but is seen on the ALIEN costume as well as a prop ALIEN space helmet.

    The only lead was from the prop builders who claimed they used a "rolls royce aircraft engine," but I've ruled that out as being the source. I've been searching relentlessly for around 5 years now

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    Never been identified AFAIK
    I once had contact to a goy, who owns a screenused Alien helmet and he could not provide any background information either.

    Need this damn thing(s) for my Hoth scanner
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    Jan 12, 2018, 5:50 PM - Re: ALIEN found items used list? #5

    Upside-down sink strainer?

    What's it made of? If you've been searching for five years, it must be important to you. Take some photos with good lighting of the top, bottom and side of it and post back here.

    I think there is an image site that brings up similar things based on your photo as well. Can't remember what it's called.

    Can you also post screenshots of the props it is used on?
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    Jan 12, 2018, 6:48 PM - Re: ALIEN found items used list? #6

    This looks similar to an engine block plug, I’ve also seen similar in boiler heat exchangers used for safety blow off holes, they are just pushed in with force and are self sealing, similar marks on the edges as if they have been pinged out ( removed ) with a special 3 pronged pliers, not see anything like this for over 25 years now, not even at junk sales
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    Jan 12, 2018, 6:54 PM - Re: ALIEN found items used list? #7

    sandbagger said: View Post
    Upside-down sink strainer?

    What's it made of? If you've been searching for five years, it must be important to you. Take some photos with good lighting of the top, bottom and side of it and post back here.

    I think there is an image site that brings up similar things based on your photo as well. Can't remember what it's called.

    Can you also post screenshots of the props it is used on?
    reverse image search
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    Jan 12, 2018, 9:21 PM - Re: ALIEN found items used list? #8

    An engine block plug cap is a damn fine guess. They would be stamped steel or tin and most likely discarded after transport. They are pried out with a flathead screwdriver if you are being quick about it and that would leave the mark. If you have any good photos of a rolls royce engine prepped for transport that would be a good place to look. They are a throwaway part so getting one or even finding pictures might be a bit difficult.
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    Jan 12, 2018, 11:34 PM - Re: ALIEN found items used list? #9

    Espresso machine filter/gasket?

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    Jan 13, 2018, 1:13 PM - Re: ALIEN found items used list? #10

    Any chance those disks are magnetic? Looks like part of a speaker.
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    Jan 13, 2018, 11:48 PM - Re: ALIEN found items used list? #11

    To answer everyone's questions, yes, I've tried/searched all of the above except for espresso and boiler blow off holes. The engine plugs/core plugs were up there but everything I've seen of them have been void of any detail.

    I'm still leaning on the idea it's a part of a dial or selector for a household appliance, or likely for a large audio device.
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    Jan 14, 2018, 10:05 PM - Re: ALIEN found items used list? #12

    Do you have a picture of it on the prop? How big is it?

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    Jan 15, 2018, 4:34 AM - Re: ALIEN found items used list? #13

    protective cover or packaging for a triple head shaver ?
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    Jan 15, 2018, 7:19 PM - Re: ALIEN found items used list? #14

    I suspect that dimple is a spot weld, indicating there's something attached to the back of this. More pictures would help.

    I found your other thread while I was googling some other ideas: https://www.therpf.com/showthread.php?t=263003, might be useful for those interested in counting out other options.

    Edit: one of the other images shows there are three indents, one next to each 'bump'.
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    Jan 16, 2018, 11:36 AM - Re: ALIEN found items used list? #15

    Just based on that photo I'd guess it's a vacform - the dent could well be just that, a dent. Does the dent appear on other versions of this part?

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    Jan 16, 2018, 12:16 PM - Re: ALIEN found items used list? #16

    BeardySi said: View Post
    Just based on that photo I'd guess it's a vacform - the dent could well be just that, a dent. Does the dent appear on other versions of this part?

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    I'd have to disagree, this piece is likely stamped metal

    Here it is on the snowtrooper



    Han's Hoth scanner



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    Jan 16, 2018, 8:25 PM - Re: ALIEN found items used list? #17

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    Jan 16, 2018, 9:24 PM - Re: ALIEN found items used list? #18

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    I feel like this is in the right direction.
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    Jan 16, 2018, 9:44 PM - Re: ALIEN found items used list? #19

    It does! I got some intriguing results with "snap disc" as well.

    Klixon appears to be a brand name for a switch manufacturer,

    http://www.sensata.com/klixon/klixon.htm
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    Jan 16, 2018, 11:31 PM - Re: ALIEN found items used list? #20

    I think you're on the right track.
    It appears to be part of a thermostat, which would be a pretty cool coincidence for a scanner used on Hoth.
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    Jan 16, 2018, 11:39 PM - Re: ALIEN found items used list? #21

    This is interesting. Look what's on the back of this dryer thermostat. It looks like one of the buttons on the scanner.
    https://www.onlineapplianceparts.com...stat_p_28.html
    http://www.appliancespares.co.za/383...hermostat.aspx
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    Jan 17, 2018, 7:44 AM - Re: ALIEN found items used list? #22

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    are you kidding me
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    Jan 17, 2018, 8:27 AM - Re: ALIEN found items used list? #23

    tubachris85x said: View Post
    are you kidding me
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    It may not be a perfect match, but it seems to be in the right direction. (A new direction to continue the search!)
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    Jan 17, 2018, 8:44 AM - Re: ALIEN found items used list? #24

    Moviefreak said: View Post
    It may not be a perfect match, but it seems to be in the right direction. (A new direction to continue the search!)
    I've been nonstop since seeing that. I've looked at thermostats before, but this particular version never popped up. The issue now is that this seems to be a unique type, and it's referred to as a multitude of things on Ebay. I've largely discounted the thermostats as being the item simply due to the scale.

    So if this is what it should be, I think it will be from a larger appliance than a washer or dryer, at least one's used in homes. I've not seen a variation on this one yet. "Klixon" appears to be either french or German, but could be wrong. Of course it's also spelled w/ a 'c'
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    Jan 17, 2018, 5:11 PM - ALIEN found items used list? *Mystery Disc Research* #25

    The dent is where it was crimped to whatever it was covering. I’ve seen similar thing over the bearings/bushings on motors. The thin piece allows you to pack in a bunch of permawick so that they’re self-lubricating. Then you crimp the cover so it hangs onto the housing, holding everything in. Never seen anything like this, but the crimped dimples immediately jumped out at me.


    Those thermostats are a great lead, as those are usually just crimped on as well!

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