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We here at B3ta love it when a plan comes together. Tell us about incredible projects and stuff you've built by your own hand. Go on, gloat away.

Thanks to A Vagabond for the suggestion

(, Thu 17 Nov 2011, 13:12)
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Stuff Wot I've Dun...
I've dicked around for decades making gadgets and odds and ends, probably the most interesting are as follows...

When I was around 12, I made a hand-cranked phonograph from a long nut-&-bolt I found, some bits of wood, a yogurt carton, a balloon, and a needle. I made recording cylinders from candle wax, melting the candles on our gas cooker - the first time I just chucked the wax into a saucepan and put it straight on the hob, whereupon after a few minutes the liquified wax burst into flames. Cue a brief bollocking off mum, who then showed me how to melt the wax safely in an improvised bain-marie. It actually worked, bellowing into a paper horn produced just about audible recordings which wore out after being played a few times. No photos, sadly, it was thirty years ago...

More recently, I used to run a (now defunct) spoof news website with a mate of mine, which I was very proud of.

Even more recently, I've been experimenting with a high-speed video camera shooting miniature pyrotechnics - you can see an example here: youtu.be/BYUx8eVUe24

Last year, I made a life-size Spitting Image style puppet head of Nick Griffin - I was going to make a spoof BNP party political broadcast before the general election, but it took too long to make the puppet, the election came and went and the BNP was consigned to the dustbin of history. The head now sits atop a full-size body in my lounge, where it startles the shite out of unsuspecting visitors (such as my mum recently):

(, Sat 19 Nov 2011, 23:42, 10 replies)
Fuckin' hell, that mask's brilliant!

(, Sat 19 Nov 2011, 23:52, closed)
Be careful showing that in public, you don't want the Sun or the Star to incite a campaign of violence against you.

(, Sun 20 Nov 2011, 1:20, closed)
good yet very, very creepy

(, Sun 20 Nov 2011, 1:31, closed)
That puppet is brilliant!
The mini explosion in your vid is excellent too - you should see if Gerry Anderson need a hand on the film version of UFO!
(, Sun 20 Nov 2011, 18:14, closed)
I bet that's great for flicking rubber bands at.

(, Sun 20 Nov 2011, 21:40, closed)
That is the ugliest
realdoll I've ever seen.
You're fucking sick, pal.
(, Sun 20 Nov 2011, 23:59, closed)
Ta everyone!
Bourbon Fox & Smash Monkey: Thank you! He certainly is a creepy bugger - and so's the puppet! Wah wah waaaahhhhhh...!!!

Gvpyczippcl: That'd be just my luck...

xaer0mancer: And bogies!

Gritty, yet fluffy: Needs must...

P-MONKE: UFO - I wish! And thank you very much, I'm working on new stuff but there won't be anything to post on youtube for a while yet.
(, Mon 21 Nov 2011, 16:56, closed)
have you abused it's mouth yet?

(, Mon 21 Nov 2011, 19:14, closed)
Why go there
you need help if that is the first things that springs into your mind
(, Tue 22 Nov 2011, 12:48, closed)
From whome? To achieve what?
(, Wed 23 Nov 2011, 10:29, closed)

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