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Couple Questions About Late '70s Set
I recently acquired several sets from the late 70s and early 80s. One of the sets is #542
. While researching the set, I noticed that the set is supposed to have 1x1 round bricks with solid studs. However, my studs have holes in them. I am confident these are the bricks to the set as I acquired the previous owners entire stash and these pieces were not part of any other set. Is this a transitionary set much like sets that were released during the release of bluish gray elements?
Next question... My instructions have the set number cut out. Someone on BL mentioned their instructions also have the set number cut out. Was this common practice for proof of purchase or something? Thanks!
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You also have to remember BL isn't always right. In this case I would say both are correct.
My assumption is that at the factory they have a big tray with the parts in, which may never be emptied but as/when topped up it is with the new part style, meaning for a while sets can have both or either (which will also create differences between geographies). Now today this might work its way through over a period of months but given the volume and technology used 30+ years ago, it seems perfectly plausible that this would take much longer to evolve.
I've certainly had a few sets over the last year or so with jumpers with a mix of with/without grooves, and where i've bought multiples to part out this has been different across boxes. It's actually pretty annoying if you have to line up a mix because it ruins the line! As another example, the PAB wall near me has them in yellow and this is a mixture of with and without groove.