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G.I.Z.M.O Duck sculpture

This sculpture by Deviantart user Timbone is insane and wonderful. I love how much detail, effort,  and care went into a character who's tagline was 'blathering blatherskite'.

Give this girl some cake: Steampunk Portal Gun

DeviantArt user ~Batman_and_Bananas created this beautifuly detailed full scale Portal gun . She didn't just stop there, however- she also made a pair of Portal Boots, Bunson Battery, and some wallets to complete her Chell cosplay. Excellent job! 

Fantastically detailed Iron Man figurine

Jonathan Kuriscak of Packratstudios modded/created this amazingly detailed Iron Man figurine. He also made a matching little victorianized, moustachio'd Tony Stark to pilot it. 

The mod includes a flickering-fire like effect in the suit's 'furnace'. This is the kind of amazing, dedicated fine craftsmanship I love to see. I can only imagine how tiny his brushes are, and how far he must stay away from caffeine to wield them.

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Gift guide #1: Animal parts

be careful not to bite

By BillyBlue22, info below the cut.

I'm going to say right off the bat that I am not a fan of the greater american gift giving frenzy. I don't do black friday deals, I don't by things out of some obligation to do so. 

However, that being said, I do find joy in giving gifts. My friends and I used to practice 'Present Day'. Present Day was any day between December 15th and January 15th. You had the option to give (or not) gifts to as many or few people as you wanted- on any day in that month. It was spontaneous, it was fun. 

So, If you practice any kind of Present Day, I'm going to do a few gift guides. Just things I see around that I would be thrilled to receive, for whatever reason. This time: animal parts. Vegans, take note: animal parts of made of animals. Usually (hopefully) dead ones. 

 

Makeshift Forklift

A couple of months ago The Lady asked me to move the kid's playhouse to a different part of the yard.  Not having access to a fork lift, I fig'red that I could mount a 2" hitch ball on the Yaris' tow bar and make a "fork truck" with my flatbed trailer.  It worked beautifully!

Interestingly, the playhouse is built from the last 8' of the 28' travel trailer I cannibalized to make the flatbed.

The Gear Box

 

TxInkman writes:

I dabble in the restoration of old wood maschinist's chests. Gareth over at the Make blog wrote a very nice article about of a couple of my boxes and Toolmonger has featured a few of them. One you might particularly appreciate for it's moderate Steampunkyness, the Gear Box, which Gareth described as Capt. Nemo's shore locker can be found here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/26012426@N08/page10/ on my Flickr site.

Wow! somehow I managed to miss this absolutely gorgeous toolbox!  I've been wanting a toolbox like this for a long time and I have a little pile of "special" wood just waiting for some free time for me to build myself one.  Be sure I'll be stealing some ideas from TXInkman!

Steampunk Snowboard!

Steampunk snowboard!

Flickr is both wonderful for the amazing images it brings you and frustrating for the all too common lack of story to go with those pictures!

I want to know the whole tale behind the creation of this snowboard!  Be sure to click through to see it in action with its port and starboard windsocks inflated, these appear to be collecting combustion and/or cooling air for the boiler? furnace? reactor? at the rear!

Also, purple hair FTW!

Much more here!

UPDATE: Ah! and here is the story!

The Gatehouse Gazette

Somehow I have managed to be so busy that I have completely missed the first 3 issues of the Gatehouse Gazette! Well no more!

Let “The Romance of Science” enchant you with the fourth and winter issue of the Gatehouse Gazette.

Discover that winter is the perfect season for steampunk fashion in the columns of Miss Hilde Heyvaert and learn that it is the perfect time for gin again from Mr Craig B. Daniel. Read an interview with steampunk artist Miss Molly “Porkshanks” Friedrich and enjoy an exclusive preview of the upcoming steampunk MMORPG Remnants of Skystone by Col. Adrianna Hazard!

And from the Masthead:

The Gatehouse Gazette is a magazine published online, aimed at steampunk and dieselpunk enthusiasts and dedicated to collect reviews and interviews and essays and articles within the scope of these both genres and, in case of the former, movement, to which we, at The Gatehouse, gladly adhere.

Captain Nemo's Telescope

Most of the things that I make, with the possible exception of the Wimshurst Machine I recently completed for an article in Make: Magazine, best fit under the category of "prop" rather than "instrument."  That is clearly not the case for this telescope as it is surely as capable an instrument of science as it is a true beauty!

Ross writes:

I've always found your website an inspiration.  Here is one of the products of that inspiration: a large steampunk-style reflecting telescope in mahogany, brass, and copper.  The telescope won awards in craftsmanship and in mechanical design at last summer's Stellafane conference in Vermont, the world mecca for amateur astronomy.

I have more pictures (at full scale) at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/8315630@N04/

The Stellafane site has a few more pictures, about half-way down the page:
http://stellafane.org/convention/2008/2008scopes.html

Best,
Ross Sackett, Ph.D.

 One more gorgeous shot under the cut and the rest at Ross' Flicker! Thanks Ross!

Ira Sherman's mechanical sculptures: yes sir, may I have another?

Entombed in an ancient Geocities site, Ira Sherman's mechanized sculpture (Google-cache) is unsettling in a very seductive way. It's as if medieval doctors were transported to some futuristic-sounding year (what is that year, now that we live in 2009?), given free reign to unwilling subjects and a metal shop. The machines are terrifying, to be sure, but there are also delicately executed, elegant, and, you know, shiny. If you're going to have your jaws forceably shut, your head shrouded in a maze of machinery and megolomaniacal pavlovian desires- you might as well look good.

" A self contained 500 psi air supply, coupled to a pneumatic sensor switch under the chin, can be adjusted to a persons' jaw, sending bursts of air to the large pneumatic cylinders which effectively muzzle the wearer if they open their mouth. While this feature alone is an effective deterrent to excessive jaw movement, the PT has a built in head locking device which, when placed on the head, will immediately lock down on the head with pneumatic levers which squeeze between the eyes and behind the neck."

Dear lord.

To save you the trouble of trying to find it throught dying site,  here's the same artist, (Google-cache) this time with a series of chastity belts, with miniture bear traps situated just so.

(Oh dear! we've Slashdotted the poor Geocities site! I didn't know had had the mojo! - Jake)

 

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