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  1. Treadwell's Avatar
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    Jun 19, 2005, 8:38 PM - #51

    Jeff sold his bowcaster to lonepigeon, IIRC, so perhaps Chris can tell us what his take on the "Champagne" is.
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    Jun 19, 2005, 8:56 PM - #52

    Originally posted by Treadwell@Jun 20 2005, 01:38 AM
    Jeff sold his bowcaster to lonepigeon, IIRC, so perhaps Chris can tell us what his take on the "Champagne" is.
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    I wish.
    Are you sure he sold it?
    He told lots of people about it, but I never saw a single photo.

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    Jun 19, 2005, 10:04 PM - #53

    I guess I was thinking of the Fett rifle.

    No, I never saw it, either. I'm not sure he ever finished converting it, come to think of it.

    If I manage to re-re-re-re-reestablish contact with him (for other pending issues) I'll ask him about it.
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    Aug 24, 2005, 6:19 PM - #54

    Sorry to bump this, but has anyone had any luck getting ahold of this Jeff Ritzmann (TK-423) guy? I tried contacting him using the e-mail addresses listed on his 501st profile several months ago, but never recieved a response. I've sent off e-mails to to the CO and XO of his 501st Garrison, the Old Line Garrison, but I am still waiting on a response.
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    Aug 24, 2005, 6:46 PM - #55

    Come on guys. If there was such a thing as a Champagne Crossbow, I'm sure there would be at least one mention of it (apart from the Jef Ritzman reference) on the world wide web.

    As I said before. I sent pictures of the original Bowcaster to Horton Customer Services asking them to identify it and they wrote back to me saying it was definitely a Horton, a very old one. A predecesor to the more recent Horton Safari. That it had an aluminium frame and that only one existed currently in the entire Horton USA company... and it was not for sale.

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    Aug 26, 2005, 11:31 AM - #56

    Okay, here is another question:

    I've heard that there were some differences between the ANH bowcaster and the TESB/ROTJ bowcaster.
    What are they?
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    Aug 26, 2005, 11:47 AM - #57

    Really hard to say because of the lack of good reference material for the ANH version and any clear shots showing some parts of the others.

    The main thing that stands out is the front sight changed after ANH. Not sure about ESB but the 'string' was added to the bow in ROTJ (it wasn't present in ANH).

    And for the trivia fans.... It has been written that Chewie didn't fire his weapon until ROTJ. He actually does fire it once in ESB.

    Originally posted by JediToren@Aug 26 2005, 04:31 PM
    Okay, here is another question:

    I've heard that there were some differences between the ANH bowcaster and the TESB/ROTJ bowcaster.
    What are they?
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    Aug 26, 2005, 2:19 PM - #58

    Originally posted by kurtyboy@Aug 26 2005, 04:47 PM

    And for the trivia fans.... It has been written that Chewie didn't fire his weapon until ROTJ. He actually does fire it once in ESB.
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    When is that? I've been wracking my brain, but I can't recall the scene. Is it in Cloud City?
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    Aug 26, 2005, 2:25 PM - #59

    Mynock hunting?

    Scott
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    Aug 26, 2005, 2:39 PM - #60

    Yes. It's Chewie's shot that makes the cave worm wiggle the first time.
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    Aug 26, 2005, 2:41 PM - #61

    Ah yes.

    But do we actuall SEE the shot, or just hear it from offscreen?
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    Aug 26, 2005, 3:11 PM - #62

    We see it. The framing is pretty close on Chewie, so there are only a couple of frames with a blaster bolt in it.
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    Aug 26, 2005, 3:29 PM - #63

    Here's low res copies of what I have - hope they help:




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    Aug 27, 2005, 2:43 AM - #64

    Now those are nice. Thanks for posting them.

    Not at all what I was picturing for the knobs. Looks like plastic with aluminum skirts.

    Could the metal knurled knobs have been used on the Han hero blaster or was it confirmed that those were from the Sinatra gun?

    EDIT:

    I found the black knobs with metal skirts. They are available at most online electronics supply and surplus dealers. Not at all hard to find.

    Still looking for the knurled knobs.
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    Aug 27, 2005, 7:06 AM - #65

    Chewie's bowcaster goes up to 11..
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    Aug 27, 2005, 11:23 AM - #66

    Originally posted by Treadwell@Aug 27 2005, 08:06 AM
    Chewie's bowcaster goes up to 11..
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    couldnt you just make 10 louder?
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    Aug 27, 2005, 2:27 PM - #67

    Originally posted by kurtyboy
    Originally posted by Macklin
    I found the black knobs with metal skirts. They are available at most online electronics supply and surplus dealers. Not at all hard to find.
    Yeup, thanks for the info Macklin. Any idea how big those knobs are? I've already found a few that look close. It's hard to tell but it looks like the larger one in the middle might have numbers written on it but I can't tell.

    The main thing that stands out is the front sight changed after ANH.
    I was digging through my pics just now and found a few images of the ROTJ bowcaster:



    From what I can see the only visible difference is that the string has been added. Obviously things like the various knobs, discs, and dials could have changed, as could the strap but I don't see anything different about the front sight. What are you referring to?
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    Aug 27, 2005, 2:33 PM - #68

    The plug on the side of the low res photos looks to be an old RCA style plug. I remember using one similar back in the 70's, think they came in orange.
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    Aug 27, 2005, 3:17 PM - #69

    Wow...so that's the actual prop? What's the one without the balls?

    I'm working on mine. Just got done cutting out the inside of the stock and front area of the Horton.

    Scott
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    Aug 27, 2005, 8:11 PM - #70

    Hope it helps
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    Aug 27, 2005, 9:09 PM - #71

    IIRC - Andrew Ainsworth mentioned the use of audio equipment for SW prop parts. I believe these knobs might be from amps etc.
    The knurled ones seem to be off of a camera - maybe inside the Eumig or Kalimar.
    Marcus should be able to check those.
    Note the tall one with the base has the word "wind" on top and a curved arrow indicating the direction to turn. There are two thin arrows on top of the other one indicating that it turns clockwise just like the taller one.

    Scott - The prop in the pics without the balls is the ANH bowcaster in progress. It's still missing the two 4x20 scopes and Imperial disc greeblies as well.

    I don't recall if I mentioned it in this thread but the balls on the bowcaster are solid cast foam rubber, not racquetballs (as Mayhew recalled). They added the balls to the prop so Peter Mayhew wouldn't accidentally stab himself. I spoke with the owner of the original prop awhile back. I've been looking for the correct type of balls since with no luck. I remember them from when I was a kid, but they apparently don't make them like that anymore - probably toxic
    Of course I asked about the crossbow itself, but he said there are no manufacturer markings on it. The crossbow frame is aluminum.

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    Aug 27, 2005, 9:17 PM - #72

    Here you go:

    http://www.minute-man.com/acatalog/Knobs.html

    Check out the bottom two knobs. These are widely available across the net.

    Patrick
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    Aug 28, 2005, 11:00 AM - #73

    Great photos Jason. Thanks.

    Philmore #337 does look good for the large knobs. Is the size correct?

    The large knob is missing from the left side in the Chronicles photo and you can see the area of missing paint. Is the Chronicles photo from pre or post production?

    What about knob #3020 for the one below the RAC plug? The skirt is the wrong color/material but once painted it could look ok.

    Chris, I don't see anything like those in the Kalimar or Eumig
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    Aug 28, 2005, 3:30 PM - #74

    Originally posted by kurtyboy@Aug 28 2005, 04:00 PM
    The large knob is missing from the left side in the Chronicles photo and you can see the area of missing paint. Is the Chronicles photo from pre or post production?
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    Chronicles pics are post production. I think that's been pretty well established because of all the damage to the props - Obi-Wan lightsaber, Han blaster and now the bowcaster.

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    Aug 28, 2005, 9:46 PM - #75

    Here's another site:

    http://www.farnsworthelectronics.com/knobs.htm

    It states that the larger one has a 1.46" dia. and the smaller one is 1.375".

    I haven't had time to do the scaling, but that sounds about right. Anyone else care to confirm?

    Patrick

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