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Looky!!! Vintage Kitsch [Nov. 15th, 2005|06:31 pm]
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I have something SOOO special (to ME anyway!) to show you!!!!

take a peek....  warning, it's picture heavy... 

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[User Picture]From: kahoki
2005-11-17 06:44 am (UTC)
Wow - this is really impressive. My dad worked as a field engineer on missles back in the 60s and 70s and he made up what he called a busy box with simple switches and ciruicts to make alternating light patterns, but this shows a lot of ingenuity for the day, as it is pretty comparible to what was being used on Sci-Fi TV shows, give or take some paint and a few more bells and whistles.
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[User Picture]From: fish1000
2005-11-17 10:30 am (UTC)
That is Beautiful - A real work of Art.
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-11-17 12:13 pm (UTC)

Great Toy

My dad made radios when I was young, way back in the mid 50's; he built it into a HUGE (or so it seemed at the time) cabinet with opening doors. Lots of lights and switches and dials, and i strange sounds from the shortwave bands it could receive. For me, this was my spacehip control panel! I now work on flight simulator hardware design.
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-11-17 03:58 pm (UTC)

Re: Great Toy

Ah yes, the great noises that used to populate the short wave band - the essential soundtrack for any space adventure from my childhood. My own console consisted of a huge black tube testing machine with numerous buttons, a large ammeter on the front and even a set of punch cards you could stick in it. Turn on the red light, turn up the shortwave radio, and presto - my brother and I were were on a perilous journey to mars....
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[User Picture]From: grubi
2005-11-17 01:28 pm (UTC)
This is obviously a toy crafted by a father who loved his child very, very much. You are lucky to have had such a creative father. Never let that toy go!
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[User Picture]From: meadowood
2005-11-17 03:31 pm (UTC)
I'm sure your Dad had a hand in making sure it went to its rightful owner too! :) Hope you don't mind but I 'friended' you. Seems we have a lot of friends in common AND are both on the Assemblage list! :)
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-11-17 03:42 pm (UTC)

Love it!

You're a very, very lucky person to have had a father that went to so much trouble for you, AND was so creative in such a groovy way. I'm so glad you rescued it and shared it with us all.
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2005-11-17 05:14 pm (UTC)



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[User Picture]From: roninspoon
2005-11-17 05:32 pm (UTC)
Man, my dad just made me some wood blocks. They didn't lightup or anything. I feel kinda cheated now. That is, seriously, one of the cooler things I've ever seen. It makes me want to build something similar to install in my living room so that I have something to play with during commercials.
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-11-17 05:33 pm (UTC)

If this were mine..

.. I would most definately find a way to stash a real computer inside of it, and sit it up on the desk next to my monitor. Complete with light show.. Someday I'm going to make myself a HAL-9000. :)
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-11-17 05:41 pm (UTC)

What a Dad!

This story brought tears to my eye and a strong recollection of a story I told at my Mothers funeral a few years ago. As a kid I lusted for one of those tin toy gas stations. They were so cool with all the figures, oil cans, gas pumps etc. But they weren't cheap and not in our budget. But what's a kid know about "budget". I was crestfallen and Mom knew it. So one afternoon she comes into my room with a cardboard box, some tape, glue, toothpicks, plastic wrap and a stack of magazines and she proceeded to help me build my own gas station, complete with pumps, a lift, a plastic window, the works! That moment meant more to me years latter than any tin toy ever would. (I am crying now as I write this.) Thanks Mom! And thanks to YOUR Dad for wonderful moments like these.

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[User Picture]From: alien_anomaly
2005-11-17 11:03 pm (UTC)

Re: What a Dad!

wow... that brought tears to MY eyes too!!! Those moments of creating together are the most special memories of all.
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-11-17 05:43 pm (UTC)

so awesome.

it would be incredible if you could post a small video clip of it in action!
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-11-17 06:49 pm (UTC)


Outrageous man, lucky you to have saved it from the heap.
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-11-17 07:32 pm (UTC)
Wow. Way cool. It's clear your dad made this with heaping love. You are very lucky.
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-11-17 07:48 pm (UTC)

Way cool dad

That really is a very ingenious setup your dad had. He was obviously a caring and thoughtful father.

You made mention of using motors in your own projects. It appears that the motors he used are Synchron motors, which are quite common and normally run on 120 VAC (consuming 3 watts). All the Synchron motors are very similar and manage different RPMs via gearing. They can be found quite cheaply on eBay (search for "synchron motor") less than $5 each.
Wiring them up in series is not a concern (we're talking AC here) aside from the normal electrical guidelines (make sure the wiring is of adequate gauge, the connections solid, etc..).

Best of luck and congrats on having this great thing to remember your dad's love for you by. Also, thanks for sharing it with us.

Ed T.
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-11-17 08:40 pm (UTC)

I cant wait to do something like this for my son

My wife and I just had a baby boy, and I am dreaming of the days when we will work on projects like this one together.

This is truly a treasure.
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