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    1 Week Ago  Sep 15, 2018, 5:30 PM - Re: ANH Han Solo Belt Disk #26

    Here's a photo showing the disc from the book that went along with the original Smithsonian "Magic of Myth" tour, and the one I scratch built.
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    Here's a photo I took from one of the tour Solo costumes
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    Here's screen cap that shows the shape but not many details
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    And here is a photo of one of the belts I used to sell with the disc on it
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    So, yeah - I think it's what was used based on the evidence. At least on the ANH belts.
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    1 Week Ago  Sep 16, 2018, 3:31 AM - Re: ANH Han Solo Belt Disk #27

    SFPROPS said: View Post
    Here's a photo showing the disc from the book that went along with the original Smithsonian "Magic of Myth" tour, and the one I scratch built.
    Click image for larger version. 

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    Here's a photo I took from one of the tour Solo costumes
    Click image for larger version. 

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    Here's screen cap that shows the shape but not many details
    Click image for larger version. 

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    And here is a photo of one of the belts I used to sell with the disc on it
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    So, yeah - I think it's what was used based on the evidence. At least on the ANH belts.
    I disagree ... mostly with myself.

    Two things make me doubt the original disk is a cigar lighter:

    1) The central hole on the belt disk seems to be larger and deeper. It looks like there's a screw inside it which possibly wouldn't work with a lighter? (I guess it could have been drilled and counter sunk? Depends what's behind there.)

    2) The pattern of holes on the belt disk is hexagonal, yet on all the lighters I've looked at they're arranged in a circle.

    Neither of these points is conclusive either way, certainly regarding the ANH disk since the pictorial evidence is so scant ... but I think I'd need to see a lighter with the right number/pattern of holes to be certain.
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    1 Week Ago  Sep 16, 2018, 10:38 AM - Re: ANH Han Solo Belt Disk #28

    While it might not be the exact brands/styles you've found photos of, the chances of it being so close in size and with the same basic features, and it not being an electric cigar lighter are slim, IMO.
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    1 Week Ago  Sep 16, 2018, 3:37 PM - Re: ANH Han Solo Belt Disk #29

    It's also entirely possible the pattern of holes was more circular in ANH because it was a found item.By the time ESB came around it was replicated on a lathe and the holes were hexagon-ised.

    Interestingly, in this photo it looks like there's a seam running around the centre of the edge. So it could have been a budbuster after all.

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    Maybe they used the whole thing for ANH and just the lid for ESB/ROTJ?
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    1 Week Ago  Sep 16, 2018, 6:18 PM - Re: ANH Han Solo Belt Disk #30

    I'm wondering if this was also an original airplane part.

    Another item I'm thinking of is a speaker from a toy that makes cow sounds. I remember these from the 1970's.
    They were based on compressed air, so the holes were needed to help generate the sounds.
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    1 Week Ago  Sep 17, 2018, 3:23 PM - Re: ANH Han Solo Belt Disk #31

    Corellianexports said: View Post
    I'm wondering if this was also an original airplane part.

    Another item I'm thinking of is a speaker from a toy that makes cow sounds. I remember these from the 1970's.
    They were based on compressed air, so the holes were needed to help generate the sounds.
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    This sort of thing? I don't know what's in them, but I think there's no speaker as such? Pattern looks similar though.
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    6 Days Ago  Sep 18, 2018, 4:01 PM - Re: ANH Han Solo Belt Disk #32

    How about a vintage airplane radio mic or steward announcement mic?
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    6 Days Ago  Sep 18, 2018, 5:23 PM - Re: ANH Han Solo Belt Disk #33

    Haha, I guess I hadn't realized just how many different found objects that have totally different purposes and uses share this very similar design!

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    5 Days Ago  Sep 19, 2018, 11:14 AM - Re: ANH Han Solo Belt Disk #34

    Ive been looking at "vintage microphone elements" for awhile now. Give that a google.
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    5 Days Ago  Sep 19, 2018, 2:02 PM - Re: ANH Han Solo Belt Disk #35

    Dann said: View Post
    Haha, I guess I hadn't realized just how many different found objects that have totally different purposes and uses share this very similar design!
    I would add aviation basin waste to the list of possibles.

    Cameron said: View Post
    Ive been looking at "vintage microphone elements" for awhile now. Give that a google.
    Yeah, again they all seem to have the holes arranged in a circular pattern ... but it could be easily a variant of them. Like you say, they may well have had an aviation or steward/ess announcement mic in the pile of bits - the problem there is finding an image of a dismantled one rather than the unit as a whole.

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