Thanks to the positive response I received from my previous
floppy disk art Instructable (itself inspired by a floppy disk Starship Enterprise
and Klingon Bird of Prey
), I decided to follow up with two new models: The Millennium Falcon and an X-Wing!
I had been feeling bad for posting models only of villains, which is mostly because I dislike all of you. Now you have a chance to make some heroic models also. Granted, these models are scaled smaller than their dark-side counterparts, but I believe this was a conspiracy on the part of the 3-1/2 inch floppy designers. Why else would they have etched microscopic pro-Imperial rants on the edges of the floppy media. If you don't believe me, take a floppy under a microscope.
On the subject of floppies...
According to my sources (Wikipedia
) there were over 5 billion
floppy disks in use in 1996. That's almost 7,000 Tb....in increments of 1.44Mb each.
For reference, 1.44 Mb will hold:
About a minute and a half of music
- One high quality digital picture
- All of my homework and personal files from 1985 through 1993.
I'll let that sink in...God I'm old...
If you stack them one on top of each other it will reach from here to someone that is tired of stacking up floppy disks. Those that are not in landfills are now mostly used ironically, or as coasters.
Still, that is a lot of floppies out there waiting to become nerd art. If you don't have any on hand try looking in the corners of your local computer lab, IT room, or creepy old shut-in.
If you are so excited that you really need to make this project so much you actually can still find them at your local office supply store. That's right, they still sell them! Of course, the whole point of floppy disk art is cashing in on the irony that you have hundreds of them sitting around unused. Here is your hipster link then: “Great for storing and transfering[sic] data in a non-networking environment.
You will need a total of 3 floppy disks for this project.