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The early prototype for the Terrordactyl
© Graeme Hunter, Nov 2012
Camera used: Panasonic DMC-TZ5

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This Stubai North Wall hammer was modified in 1969 and tested on "The Runnel", Coire an t-Sneachda in December 1969 with Neil Quinn. The success of the dropped pick led to various design prototypes and eventually to MacInnes's Terrordactyl.
GN Hunter - 21/Jan/13
5.12/6d if I remember correctly! I also had one of these hammers.
Sean Kelly - 21/Jan/13
When I was at Bangor Normal College in the early 80's the OE dept had a pile of modified Stubai's. I assumed that John Brailsford had been at work as he was the Dept boss. Bloody things were soft and bent.
mattsccm - 10/Jul/14
If the steel was tempered it was fine. It was quite obvious (but not to all) back in 1969 that this was another option. I helped design the first drop pick prototype with MacInnes which eventually became the Terrordactyl (or knuckle basher).
GN Hunter - 11/Jul/14
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