Here's Red Leader's chest box. Didn't see one quite like this in the beginning of the thread.
Looks like all three are straight sloped buttons.
I think many people don't even realize that many of the chest boxes we see on screen have these flat wedge shaped switches on them.
However, they are shown in the references in the first post.
Here on the layout for Wedge Antille's chest box you can see a flat "wedge" for the center switch.
Notice that there is no line drawn through the middle of it to indicate that it's a rocker like the other two switches.
One is also seen on Hobbie's chest box.
The Chest box used in the MoM exhibit gives us a really good look at a wedge shaped switch.
I find it fascinating that those are obviously cut from wood. Assuming the MOM exhibit in that condition is a screen used prop. Leads me to believe that although these rocker switches may have been a "found part". But since so many of the costumes use them they had to manufacture them to have the quantity needed.
Thinking of the situation with the original Star Wars movie, a fairly unknown film maker, with a very tight budget. The prop department was amazing and maintained a consistency throughout the entire line by doing this sort of thing. I've seen higher budget films do much worse of a job with prop consistency. Still amazes me all these years later.
......But since so many of the costumes use them they had to manufacture them to have the quantity needed.
That could very well be the reason that the wedge shaped switches exist.
It's a lot easier and faster to cut out a wedge than it is a rocker. And of course most everything gets done in a hurry when you have such time constraints.
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