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« Reply #2450 on: October 10, 2015, 12:53:16 am »

The blue tank is an oxygen tank from a B17 bomber.  It is what I use for the larger airships. On the right is an Indian water tank for fighting forest fires.  Middle left is a very unusual copper fire extinguisher.  Very excited about working with it.
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« Reply #2451 on: October 13, 2015, 12:03:21 am »

So....Over lunch I thought I'd check out the inventory @ my favorite "Safe, undisclosed location". I think I did pretty well for $27 (US)

The adze head or the gas pump head would each probably bring that or more! (I know the adze head isn't "steam"...but wanted to show it off, anyway).

Check out that rusty thing! Future clock, methinks. Aren't the colors amazing!?

The Coke was not included...just there for size reference.

The dealio across the top? A nice, (3 foot-ish) spring. Has some nice flex to it...it MIGHT form a circle. Woohoo!!!

Who wants to help me with ideas for these delicious items?!?


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« Reply #2452 on: October 13, 2015, 12:51:52 am »

Nice collection.

I use many a spring like that to create rings.  Just slice done the length and get dozens of rings that have all sorts of uses.
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« Reply #2453 on: October 13, 2015, 04:39:10 am »

Looks like you had to do some digging. Tongue
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« Reply #2454 on: October 13, 2015, 03:32:48 pm »

Looks like you had to do some digging. Tongue
  Well, Drew...no digging THEN, but I'm ready to NOW!   Grin
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« Reply #2455 on: October 18, 2015, 04:06:05 am »

Big wheels keep on turnin'!!! Two HUGE pieces I found this week. $20(US) total. Big one probably weighs 50 pounds and is around 22 inches across. smaller one probably about 30 lbs and 19.5 inches. They cleaned up real nice. Now to figure out what I'm gonna DO with 'em!
The paper and pen are in the pic for perspective (and alliteration).
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« Reply #2456 on: October 18, 2015, 12:03:58 pm »

Nice find.
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« Reply #2457 on: December 11, 2015, 05:56:33 pm »

I found myself a lab weighing device,.......with old inhabitant   Shocked:




I've got a great idea with it.
Show it when it's finished, but it stays a suprise... Grin

Not with the cadavre, with the scale i mean... Undecided
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« Reply #2458 on: December 12, 2015, 06:18:08 pm »

the translation is something close to "Not for trading".  I'm guessing no one
was too interested in TRADING for that former critter, anyway!   Grin
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« Reply #2459 on: December 15, 2015, 07:33:27 pm »

Yes, you're right!
It means exactly that.
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I had not spotted the mouse until i put this thing on my bench. That was his last journey.
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« Reply #2460 on: December 16, 2015, 02:06:31 am »

Speaking of finding something extra in a piece.

Cut open a fire extinguisher today to make a bell, something I have done thousands of times, on inside was an inspection flashlight.  The unit had been full before I started.  Put new batteries in the flashlight and it works although the switch is a little flaky.
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« Reply #2461 on: December 20, 2015, 05:30:05 am »

Found this bad boy at Value Village last month (took this long to get the photos up):

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I don't know how much it weighs but it took two employees to get it into my trunk safely.  Anyone able to identify it?
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« Reply #2462 on: December 20, 2015, 03:01:09 pm »

So, what's your plan?
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« Reply #2463 on: December 20, 2015, 09:33:08 pm »

I wouldn't modify that adding machine at all; it is a great display piece as it is.
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« Reply #2464 on: December 21, 2015, 12:36:20 pm »

So, what's your plan?

First thing is to open it up and see how broken it really is.  That will determine whether it stays intact or becomes spare parts.
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« Reply #2465 on: December 24, 2015, 03:27:43 pm »

I scored 736 vacuum tubes yesterday...for $10 (US) ! I think ALL of my future builds will include a tube (or 10)
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« Reply #2466 on: December 24, 2015, 04:16:53 pm »

Found this bad boy at Value Village last month (took this long to get the photos up):

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I don't know how much it weighs but it took two employees to get it into my trunk safely.  Anyone able to identify it?


That is a mechanical adding machine made by Burroughs around the 1890's. Very collectable. The original Burroughs machine was issued patents #388,116 and #388,118 on Aug 21, 1888. However, it appears that it had some design flaws and the first 50 produced are said to have been destroyed by their inventor...

Can't tell from the pictures, but it appears the original side glass panes are missing. Still, quite a nice example.

PLEASE do not use that for project parts! Undecided
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« Reply #2467 on: December 24, 2015, 08:51:03 pm »


That is a mechanical adding machine made by Burroughs around the 1890's. Very collectable. The original Burroughs machine was issued patents #388,116 and #388,118 on Aug 21, 1888. However, it appears that it had some design flaws and the first 50 produced are said to have been destroyed by their inventor...

Can't tell from the pictures, but it appears the original side glass panes are missing. Still, quite a nice example.

PLEASE do not use that for project parts! Undecided

Not to worry.  I buy all these old bits intending to use them for projects but then never have the heart to take them apart. 

And yes, all the glass panes are missing, including the front one where they appear to have normally stamped their brand name.  From a quick look around, it does appear to be a Class 1 Model 9.  This gives me a good starting point.  Thanks, Siliconous.

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« Reply #2468 on: January 24, 2016, 04:48:49 pm »



This Weekends charity shop / junk shop finds

2x plywood draw units at £5 each (for apothecary type drawers)
A self inking self advancing 6 digit number stamp (for specimen labels)
A hook in the shape of a finger
A miniature ammo box
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« Reply #2469 on: February 07, 2016, 06:59:21 am »

From my latest haul; photos taken in dim light with a cell phone camera clutched in my shaky hands:

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Reproduction Edison advertisements.

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Cool seventies era cut-and-past book to build zoetropes and similar devices. Book seem to be incomplete, and some of the pieces with it seem to have come from other books or kits.
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A reproduced lobby card or movie poster, and a file card about Edison that looks like it came from one of those sets that they used to sell through TV offers. Black and white photo is an eighties era postcard of silent film actress Theda "the Vamp" Bara, reproduced from a publicity still from Cleopatra.

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Flip side of the movie poster; a poster for another Theda Bara film. Someone was a fan.

This haul came in to my comic shop in boxes with old comics. I recommend that everyone on this forum start there own comic shop to take advantage of the cool steampunk stuff that will come you way every year or two.
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« Reply #2470 on: February 17, 2016, 10:14:31 pm »

This haul came in to my comic shop in boxes with old comics. I recommend that everyone on this forum start there own comic shop to take advantage of the cool steampunk stuff that will come you way every year or two.

Or just because comic shops are cool.
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« Reply #2471 on: February 24, 2016, 10:36:34 am »

Oh my god! Those goggles are amazing!
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« Reply #2472 on: February 27, 2016, 02:48:54 am »

A nice haul of radio/TV tubes, for $30 (the smaller Canadian variety of dollar, that is):

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Now I can start making some seriously mad-science looking stuff.  Grin
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« Reply #2473 on: March 23, 2016, 10:08:07 pm »

I bet most of them are old Russian stock.
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« Reply #2474 on: March 24, 2016, 01:53:26 am »

Or someone who repaired old radios and TVs. Notice the partial note to the right about a 'TV' and a tube # starting with '12a', common things they are.
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