Introduction: The Steampunk Data Storage "METROPOLIS I"
Dear Steampunkers, dear friends and followers
This time an instructable which you can finish in just one hour or while you drink a beer. It's not always so difficult to build something unique and special. May you will discover some tricks to speed up your building.
After I finished the Steampunk "Wildbad 7" I needed a nice storage device for the music files. That's why I created this unique device.
I present you today the Steampunk Data Storage "METROPOLIS I".
Step 1: What Do You Need for This Steampunk Creation
So that's what I used from my junk box:
- A huge brass valve - it looks like a water valve
- Two old vacuum tubes
- an old USB cable
- two brass rings
- a memory stick - with or without plastic case
- a wooden plate - it was used to place your drink on
- a zip tie
Step 2: Mount the Smaller Old Vacuum Tube to the Brass Ring
To mount old Vacuum Tubes to brass rings or fittings I use always the same technique. It's very simple, fast and it keeps forever.
Hold the tube upside down and bend the pins carefully a little bit to the inside.
Then place the ring on the tube base and hold it with your fingers. Now fill up the ring with hot glue until the pins are covered.
Be careful!! The ring will become hot now!! Hold the tube in front of your eyes and turn it, while you check the perfect alignment. The hot glue will become slowly cooler and you have a lot of time to check the perfect fit.
Step 3: Mount the Big Old Vacuum Tube to the Brass Ring
With the big tube you will make the same as with the small one. On the pictures you see very good the hot glue and how it covers the pins.
Step 4: Prepare the Brass Valve
Drill a hole for the USB cable into the valve and slide in the cable.
Step 5: Mount the USB Memory Stick
Prepare the cable to solder it to the memory stick. On the third picture you see the right pin. Sorry for my bad soldering :-( my soldering iron was broken and there was not enough heat...
After that you protect the memory stick with some tape, because the valve is metal and there could be short circuit.
Step 6: Building Up the "METROPOLIS I"
Now take the wooden base and mount the heavy valve with super glue. Then place the smaller vacuum tube with its socket in the same way.
Be careful when you work with super glue and metal. The glue is very fast and usually there is no possibility to move the part after you placed it! So you have to work very exactly. My super glue from UHU is so strong that it's not even possible to separate two metal pieces without to damage them...
So put the glue - hold your breath - and place the piece!!!
Now use the cable tie to attach the USB cable in the valve directly before the hole. Check again the position of the memory stick.
Then mount the big vacuum tube with its ring, again use super glue...
Step 7: That's It! a Steampunk Gadget Made in One Hour or While You Drink One Beer :-)
So, that's it. How long did you have to finish? It's a very fast build which I use often during my workshops with young people. The workshops take usually two hours and the use of Super Glue and Hot Glue are ideal for this type of event, because you can quick continue with the work.
I hope you enjoyed this build and may it gives you some ideas for other "fast" projects, while you drink your afterwork beer...