Nickel Children

Saturday, September 28, 2013 0 comments


A fabulous little short film from 2010.
This grim and gritty tale has some excellent "Frontier Steampunk" looks in it.

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Once Upon a Time



I so want to see this when completed.

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Airship Pilot No. 28

Sunday, September 22, 2013 0 comments

Memoirs of a real Airship Pilot!

I acquired this wonderful book a month ago at a "Antique Mall" in Airdrie Alberta.

Written by T.B. Williams and published in 1974. This book chronicles the his adventures after joined the Royal Navy in 1915 to become an Airship pilot. In the days before the fixed wing heavier than air craft became the standard military aircraft, the hydrogen filled airship, non-rigid and semi rigid were the mainstay of the Royal Navy for scouting and convoy protection from submarine attack near the coast of England. No convoy suffered a loss from submarine attack when one of these airships was in attendance during their approach.

Williams was awarded Airship Pilot Certificate no 28 in 1917. He was instrumental in the training of other pilots as well as being on the crew of the Italian semi-rigid that was the first aircraft to ever fly from Italy to England. He eventually was promoted to Captain.

A fascinating look at the uses that the Royal Navy, and later the Royal Airforce put these primitive but very useful craft too.

Captain Williams also chronicles the post war decline and attempted resurrection of the Airship, for commercial use including the R100 and R101.

The book is filled with interesting photographs and has an extensive bibliography of books that will be very useful to track down.

A must read for anyone interested in this unsung chapter of military aviation.

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Airship Pilot No.28

Captain T.B. Williams A.F.C.

Willia Kimber and Co.




Saturday, September 21, 2013 0 comments

A fun short film!

The trials of being an inventor.

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I'm not dead yet!

Friday, September 20, 2013 0 comments

In case anyone was wondering, heh.

I have had an amazingly busy September.

Calgary hosted the first annual Beakerhead event this year and the various Steampunk groups I belong to were trying to get organized to attend.  We actually had a pretty good turnout and had a great time.

Beakerhead is a five day festival celebrating Science, Technology, Engineering and Art. With street displays, interactive exhibits, a mini Maker Faire and one hell of a lot of partying.

One shouldn't drive one's couch when under the influence of Absinthe.
 Next year will be even bigger and we are planning to make sure that Steampunk is a big part of it!
If you are interested in helping out check out the Steampunk Arts and Sciences Society Facebook page.

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Steampunk Painting Technique

Monday, September 2, 2013 0 comments

Painting plastic to look like metal.

I'm working on a device for an upcoming Steampunk event and went looking for techniques to make plastic pipe look like metal.

My artistic skills are just about nil but this tutorial from the talented gang at "Its a Trap" shows one way to do it.

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