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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 4:44 pm 
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It's cool that the source part has been found, nice going!

But I won't be bidding on one myself since the MR MT sits on my shelf. :)

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It'd be shame to see the Eumig and Derwent Interconnect land-rushes happen again,


Never mind that, it'd just be nice to know what the hell you're talking about! ;)

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"use the Force, Harry!" erm, Luke I meant :wink:


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Calculator bubbles?

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It'd be shame to see the Eumig and Derwent Interconnect land-rushes happen again,


Never mind that, it'd just be nice to know what the hell you're talking about! ;)

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The Eumig camera is the base for the Macrobinoculars that Luke used in the original Star Wars.

The Derwent Interconnect is the jet engine part that was used as the emitter on Ben Kenobi's ANH light saber.

Once the information became public on the Eumig the prices went from the $5-$10 range into the three hundreds for a time.

They're back in the $5-$10 range again.

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It'd be shame to see the Eumig and Derwent Interconnect land-rushes happen again,

Never mind that, it'd just be nice to know what the hell you're talking about! ;)
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It was something on the RPF last year. Within a very short period some key components of Star Wars props were identified. Some poor camera trader in Germany (I think) was suddenly inundated with calls from the US about a thing he'd probably been trying to shift for years. Then it disappeared from stock. Then the word spreads and the camera folks get wise.
At one time, you could buy a Graflex flash handle for about $20. We're our own worst enemy.

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With Damian TS826's permission (as it was he who discovered the calculator the keypad came from) I'd thought I'd post some images of the calculator I managed to recently find.

Firstly here it is in it's original condition. Closed:

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...and open:

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Here's the first incision I made to get to the innards. I'm lifting the back of it in this shot:

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And with it flipped over. The keypad is the part with the circuit-board type layout on the back:

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Then I removed the keypad from the calculator:

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There's some debate as to whether the black edges are present on the original prop. They're where the PVC cover of the calculator are heat-welded to the plastic of the keypad.

This explains why there's not a line at the top because of course I had to cut that off with the rest of the keypad:

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Here's a small animation (thanks Mike!) of the keypad I have superimposed over an image of an original Motion Tracker:

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Apart from some distortion that's probably from the lens of the camera that took the original image I'd say it looks spot on.
There's a bit of an optical illusion going on where as the black line fades in it looks bigger, but if you keep your eye on the white borders of the keys and where the keypad finishes on the original photo you'll see the edges actually match up as far as I can tell.

In the spirit of sharing and all that here's a 300dpi image of a scan of the keypad. For reference the keypad itself should measure 48x43mm

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For those of you who like a cleaner (but less accurate) look Mike Rush very kindly re-drew the scan in Illustrator. Here's a link to a download of his file:

http://www.triotech.demon.co.uk/keypad/MT.tif

I can't show the keypad on my MT as that's in storage but I'll try to grab it soon and will post here when I do.

Hope this helps!

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Hey Harry..Nice Boobies :wink: :D


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2008 8:32 am 
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Thanks for the tutorial Harry. Just have to find one of these now, oh yeah and put the rest of the tracker together

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2008 10:25 am 
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Very nice :)

So the last missing pieces are the rotary switch knop and the correct pump housing...

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Nice one Harry...thanks for sharing..

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2008 1:45 pm 
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I can't show the keypad on my MT as that's in storage but I'll try to grab it soon and will post here when I do.


not a problem Harry - I have my MT ready - my adress is still the same :lol:


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Stephan go ahead & post if your Tracker is at hand, I'd like to see what it looks like with the keypad attached...

...or did you mean you wanted me to post my keypad to you? Cheeky boy! ;)

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Harry, see, most of your stuff is stored in the garage, you don`t need to put this nice keypad into the storage too :lol:


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It's all changed since you were here last. The garage is now a small workshop - and storage for a lot of my stuff, but the valuable bits are somewhere else now. You're always welcome over to visit, just don't mention the war! ;)

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