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  • I'd go with what you know. Build a pc into it. Use a mini ITX motherboard, 4gig ram (more raises power needs. There's no need for any cards if you shop carefully you can find these boards with every option on them, including dual Ethernet ports. A half height DVD, bluetooth keyboard OR use a touch screen LCD display set into the lid. Miniature AC power supplies are fairly common, but batteries and solar power might make more sense in keeping with the theme.I have a system built into a .30 cal ammo can. It's very rough, not ready for prime time, but it will work and doesn't require a lot of room when packing. It would be the first thing I'd dump in a real life crisis, but anything short of that and a canned computer might be a handy thing to own.

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  • LarryK4 commented on Patrick LASCHETTE's instructable Steampunk Jetpack2 months ago
    Steampunk Jetpack

    I'd say you have a pretty good handle on it - particularly for your FIRST steampunk build! Please don't take the following as any sort of criticism, it most assuredly is not. I'm so excited to see this project here. It's a perfect fit as a steampunk Instructable and the presentation is as good as I've seen in a couple years reading Instructables! Not seeing it in person, I can't tell if you have any "busy" works that are somewhat common on steampunk designs. Blinking lights, gears and cranks turning, mechanical sound effects, things like that. Are they needed? Not at all, but they help "sell" the whole effect. It's like artificially ageing the finish, you don't see it's missing but if it's added the project achieves another level of wonder and fantasy. Best Wishes,...

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    I'd say you have a pretty good handle on it - particularly for your FIRST steampunk build! Please don't take the following as any sort of criticism, it most assuredly is not. I'm so excited to see this project here. It's a perfect fit as a steampunk Instructable and the presentation is as good as I've seen in a couple years reading Instructables! Not seeing it in person, I can't tell if you have any "busy" works that are somewhat common on steampunk designs. Blinking lights, gears and cranks turning, mechanical sound effects, things like that. Are they needed? Not at all, but they help "sell" the whole effect. It's like artificially ageing the finish, you don't see it's missing but if it's added the project achieves another level of wonder and fantasy. Best Wishes, Larry

    Fantastic!! BUT!! You've got to make the "rudder helmet" or you will go out of control at takeoff!!Yeah, I'm a steampunk geek too. :)Awesome work!

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  • Low Cost Reliable & Powerfull Laser Engraver

    A very nice build! I plan to build one very soon, but I a couple questions first. First, did you cut out the pieces for the wood control box with this machine? And if so what settings did you use? As I said, awesome build, you have a right to be proud.

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  • LarryK4 commented on ThomasJ1's instructable Equatorial Platform for the North1 year ago
    Equatorial Platform for the North

    About 3 years ago, I decided to make one of those CNC router things to help me make a Eq. Platform. After all that time I've built 4 or 5 CNC routers (each bigger-more powerful-faster-etc.) and now that I've built a machine that's big enough to actually cut this, here you supply wonderfully simplistic build than I was envisioning. I'm not sure if I should be sad or happy, BUT the two things I KNOW that I must do is to start building your wonderful design and give you my heartfelt vote. Well done!

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