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Author Topic: FINISHED ! Steampunk Mouse. (with onboard furnace).  (Read 22975 times)
Unklian
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« on: December 24, 2007, 02:10:36 pm »

After more burnt fingers....I hate soldering....

The mouse is finished.



With furnace stoked up......



Full build details on my website......

http://www.unklian.co.uk

(See page 7)

Hope you like it !!

Ian.

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« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2007, 02:16:19 pm »

Excellent.
Especially good calls on the copper pipe scroll wheel and the "recycled" furnace. 
Good thinking that man.
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« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2007, 02:44:13 pm »

Very nice work.  The built in hand warmer must be handy in drafty Victorian libraries. Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2007, 03:34:49 pm »

*applauds*

That, sir, is a work of genius! Fantastic stuff!
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« Reply #4 on: December 24, 2007, 03:44:32 pm »

It is absolutely marvelous!
You, Sir, are a very keen craftsmen. I especially like the "handwarmer" ^-Q

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« Reply #5 on: December 24, 2007, 03:44:50 pm »

Sensational!
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« Reply #6 on: December 24, 2007, 04:03:44 pm »

Dear Sir,
your project only adds another layer to my degree of christmas excitement. Can't wait to lay my hands on that Dremel...
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« Reply #7 on: December 24, 2007, 04:44:58 pm »

Oh, lovely Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: December 24, 2007, 06:16:29 pm »

Georgeous!!! It looks as if there is a potential to add an oil burner like the n scale model train uses then you get a little puff of smoke when you move it and it smells like progress!
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« Reply #9 on: December 24, 2007, 06:42:00 pm »

<raving applause> Good show!
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« Reply #10 on: December 24, 2007, 06:42:47 pm »

truly beautiful, top notch job
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« Reply #11 on: December 24, 2007, 06:45:47 pm »

Awesome, though I'm sure you'd have to wear a special type of glove to keep you hand from getting burned?
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« Reply #12 on: December 24, 2007, 07:10:13 pm »

Positively amazing if i do say so myself. Would you care to enlighten us as to how the lights are actuated? I didn't see another switch anywhere.
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« Reply #13 on: December 24, 2007, 07:42:38 pm »

Hi Again.
I'm glad people like it.

With regards to the LED, they're on all the time.

It's based on a very cheap optical mouse. (which works really well suprisingly).

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/BLACK-USB-OPTICAL-SCROLL-WHEEL-MOUSE-LED-FOR-LAPTOP-PC_W0QQitemZ330199221314QQihZ014QQcategoryZ60264QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

I removed the blue (just for show) LED and replaced it with a more "Victorian" orange one.
That's when I thought of a new use for it.

The red LED is what the mouse uses to light the desk to navigate. (A fortunate side effect of this, is that when the mouse has been stationary for a while, the red LED dims so it looks as if the furnace has cooled. As soon as the mouse is nudged, it brightens up again!

I still need to think of something small to add on the front deck as it looks a little bare compared with the rear end.

*dissappears off to shed again*
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« Reply #14 on: December 24, 2007, 07:57:45 pm »

Gorgeous! ...It makes me feel like casting my own sketch for a mouse mod into the fire; the better to roast chestnuts I suppose.
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« Reply #15 on: December 24, 2007, 10:20:53 pm »

Wow that is an awesome piece of work <tips hat>. I hope my endeavours will prove half so nice.
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« Reply #16 on: December 24, 2007, 10:51:12 pm »

I love the rear copper cage, but I'm afraid the rest leaves me cold. That wood is simply the wrong colour, and you're right, the front needs something to balance it out.

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« Reply #17 on: December 24, 2007, 11:45:45 pm »

Now THAT is bloody clever. Good work!
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« Reply #18 on: December 25, 2007, 12:38:13 am »

Ian,
As I stated in your earlier post, this is an excellent design. If you are looking to add something more I might suggest going with the theme and giving it more of a locomotive feel. I like to use brass scale locomotive parts in my metal art. The first thing that comes top mind is a cowcatcher and perhaps a smokestack and you could just keep adding elements. The larger scale pieces tend to be pricey so if that is not appealing you could salvage some plastic pieces from a second hand train and paint them with a good brass paint (Modern Options has a great one that you can patina).
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I also think it looks great as it stands right now.
Cheers,
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« Reply #19 on: December 25, 2007, 03:32:45 am »

If you are looking to add something more I might suggest going with the theme and giving it more of a locomotive feel. I like to use brass scale locomotive parts in my metal art. The first thing that comes top mind is a cowcatcher and perhaps a smokestack and you could just keep adding elements.[/img][/spoiler]

i would happen to agree that a locomotive theme may be appropriate for this fantastic design. 

however, instead of going the pre-built route for a cowcatcher (et al.) i would think that using the same construction technique used on the back portion of the mouse would do far better in designing the locomotive theme.  it would match the entire piece -so both front and back look like they belong together if you know what i mean.

just a thought, but if you were able to fabricate a miniature smoke stack somewhere fitting, there might possibly be something in the model train arena that might simulate or generate tiny smoke puffs.  i am unaware if something actually like that does exist, but might be worth looking into -if you chose to go with it.

great job!

cheers,

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« Reply #20 on: December 25, 2007, 10:12:13 am »

Thanks all for the input:

Mk 2 will be started after Xmas all being well.
I think the "Cowcatcher" idea is great. When It was first mentioned, my first thought was to make it like the rear cage, as I scrolled down, "Blackfeathers" has the same idea.
Thinks......perhaps a very small locomotive style brass lamp with another LED in it...........
More thought will go into a "Theme" for the next one!

I love the rear copper cage, but I'm afraid the rest leaves me cold. That wood is simply the wrong colour, and you're right, the front needs something to balance it out.

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Always open to suggestions. I thought Mahogany was the wood of choice for Steampunk.
The wood is Mahogany, clear varnished. My camera is not the happiest in low light conditions.
You can see the massive differences between poor light and flash.
What wood do you suggest ?

Ian.

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« Reply #21 on: December 25, 2007, 10:23:27 am »

I'd suggest a darker wood, perhaps mahogany with a darker stain. Of course, this is my own personal bent, and I would be outraged were you to deviate from your preferred option.

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« Reply #22 on: December 25, 2007, 11:04:32 pm »

I say! what an excellent mouse!, Very well done indeed!  Grin
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« Reply #23 on: December 26, 2007, 01:00:26 am »

That is one sweet piece of work!
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« Reply #24 on: December 26, 2007, 06:34:09 am »

bloody adorable!
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