TBs reader Cagri (legoadam) from Turkey, has got a few TECHNIC links whose origin is not traceable anymore, but which are a bit different from the usual ones.
As you can see from the pictures below, these (on the left) do not have the barriers present in the regular 'TECHNIC, link 1x6' (on the right).
Their origin or the sets where they were included, etc... are uncertain.
The exemplars Cagri got are black which may restrict the possibilities to trace the original set(s).
They could be either an older part with an initial design which were modified after short time and make this part uncommon, or a new one.
Instead of barriers at one side and small protuberances on the other, these parts have little protuberances near top and bottom edges of the rings on both link ends. So you can't force a towball to pass through the holes.
The towball fits into the link just like the link with barriers. There is no difference except that you can make it fit on both sides unlike the link with barriers, as illustrated on the image below.
- Have you ever seen this part, or can you help to locate it?
- In which set(s) were they used?
It is not inventoried at BrickLink neither Peeron and unless we make further findings, it will be quite difficult to get this part added into parts database of the above mentioned tools.
According to the testimonials from several of us, it was found that the older sets used inf fact the link version without barriers in black color, since 1988.
As examples we have the sets: 8855 (Prop Plane) and 8865 (Test Car).
It looks also that first exemplars of 8880 (Super Car) also used this version, which would extend the life span of this part former version till 1994, at least.
With these findings Cagri shouldn't have problems anymore, to get approval from BrickLink admins to get this part added into the database and hopefully the inventories from the affected sets will get corrected too.
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Last Update: 2008.Aug.23 00:29 GMT