08 September 2009 @ 07:31 pm
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I have built a steampunk lightsaber and wish to add a power generator to it. Much like the electric foils created by Agatha Heterodyne on the "Girl Genius" comic.

I could build something from scratch but I think it would end up looking like I built it from Home Depot. A little too contemporary. My grandfather used to have several electric space heaters that would have been a terrific foundation but we threw them away years ago because they were inherently dangerous. I have been looking at flea markets for something similar but have, so far, been unsuccessful in finding something similar.

So, if my neighbors in the Pittsburgh area could add their assistance. . . if you find something similar to these space heaters but 50 years older, and cheap because they don't need to actually work, I would be appreciative.



 
 
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woodssteam on September 16th, 2009 04:05 am (UTC)
very cool! i will keep my eye out for one!
Der Geis: tophatdergeis on September 19th, 2009 05:50 pm (UTC)
I went to a local flea market and there were tons of people with various space heaters, all of them wrong. Then I found a Coleman Catalytic Heater.

http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/JontQZ6PT2tS3fwy7frBQg?feat=directlink

It's a bit on the heavy side but once I gut the thing, I'm sure I can lighten it up. I need something inside that will rotate like an electric generator. Some flashing lights to simulate arcing. A better carry handle.
pagancraftsmanpagancraftsman on September 21st, 2009 09:50 pm (UTC)
Not Thinkin' That's Quite Right....
Hey there...
Since you posted this I have been keeping a serious eye out for something to match what your looking for... Personally I think you need something smaller and thinner... something you could hang off the hip... HOWEVER... if you turned your recent find into a BACKPACK it would definitely be awesome! You just need a longer cable to attach the pack to your saber. Hope your endevour succeeds!
-K
Der Geisdergeis on September 22nd, 2009 10:08 pm (UTC)
Indeed, smaller and thinner would be better, but I will take what I can get. However, I don't think this would work well as a backback, either. A bit too cubical. That is, it is as deep and wide as it is tall and that will not balance well on a backpack.

I do have ideas for a backpack device of some sort, and am keeping an eye out for things that will work (Pony kegs as boilers) bit that's lower on my list of things to do.
Der Geis: tophatdergeis on October 4th, 2009 01:35 am (UTC)
This weekend is a bit of a vacation. I'm in Lebanon, PA and visiting the Pennsylvania Rennaisance Fair and then, after that, we'll be drivig on to Long Beach, NY for a my brother's surprise 25th anniversary. In any case, on the way back to the hotel after the day at the ren fair, I saw exactly the right space heater sitting on a table at a roadside garage sale.

http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/EAYgsIK9cpLLr3VrbJuftg?feat=directlink

$5.

Now, to make the decisions of which piece I'm going to use and get working on turning it into a generator.
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