You guys are ridiculous. "I'm an internet expert, so I don't believe the photographic evidence, because I never noticed this tiny feature before and know better!" Jesus. Get over yourselves.
Gary Kerr included it in the Polar Lights model, because Gary Kerr handled and examined the 11-foot model, took measurements and reference photos, and helped disassemble the model for its Smithsonian restoration. Anybody else in this thread handle, photograph and measure the model before its Smithsonian restoration? Hm?
No one in this thread ever claimed to be an expert on anything, or to have ever seen the 11' model in its original state.
I said I thought it was BS, then when presented with evidence I said I didn't like it and intend to ignore it. Zoid's prerogative.