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Slim King
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Are you going to make the Scientific American picture version???
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Looks great! Thanks for sharing.
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I'm probably going to stick with this version with a few mods to the electronics. It works best for my needs.
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On Oct 6, 2019, OddFellow wrote:
Pics to follow. I tried to make this as period-correct as possible. Simple contact switch made from scrap copper (original had a plunger switch, that I believe was made from a door hinge pin and spring). All hardware was aged, and I stamped "1921" for effect. This also works by RC when the batteries are removed for a sucker effect. I'll post the inner workings in the Crypt when I get access. This was a proof of concept. Any suggestions would be appreciated! Pics to follow.

Nice work - I like it a lot!

If you're looking for authenticity my only observation would be to replace the Philips (cross head) screws with slotted, domed head ones. Philips screws didn't emerge until the 1930s. It's nit-picking but it would be worth it.

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Nick - Thanx! I intend to replace the screws and the hinge. I didn't have any straight-slot screws that small. It's funny...hard to find historically correct screws now. Most are Phillips. The straight-slotted ones are flat-headed as well. I always keep an eye open at flea markets for vintage hardware. I actually found a hardware store where I live in rural PA that had a bunch of cut nails of various sizes and bought as many as I could...the old guy behind the counter thought I was nuts! I build a lot of Civil War-era items too.
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Thanks to everyone for the positive comments!!!
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Nick - Thanx! I intend to replace the screws and the hinge. I didn't have any straight-slot screws that small. It's funny...hard to find historically correct screws now. Most are Phillips. The straight-slotted ones are flat-headed as well. I always keep an eye open at flea markets for vintage hardware. I actually found a hardware store where I live in rural PA that had a bunch of cut nails of various sizes and bought as many as I could...the old guy behind the counter thought I was nuts! I build a lot of Civil War-era items too.

I'd suggest using google for finding period correct brass hardware. There are a number of companies that specialize in antique and reproduction hardware.
I'm not as active in CW reenacting as I use to be, but it sounds like we have similar interest in period magic.
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I see you grew up in Silver Spring! I was raised in Wheaton, live there and in Olney most of my life, moved to Columbia, and now living in Central PA after retiring in 2016. I am a member of the 2nd MD Inf, CSA. Small world. Houdini has been my "hero" since my teens and I still love the work he did and the contributions he made.
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