My husband's hobby is model rocketry. He enjoys building model rockets from kits as well as designing them then launching them. There are actually certification levels that you can attain in order to build and launch the larger high power model rockets with the larger engines (you can't purchase the high power engines without having [...]

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Interested in retro-futuristic steampunk items? Take a trip back in time with these cool Folding Oculator Encompassor Binoculars with Compass. This device is completely made of brass and unfolds into a small (4" x 4") pair of binoculars. When turned on its side, you can even use the binoculars' fully functional compass. It comes in [...]

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Steve Wozniak doesn't wear an Apple Watch or any other kind of smart watch.  The Woz wears a Nixie Watch.  We've shown you clocks made with Nixie tubes before, but who would have thought that the tubes came small enough to use in a watch?  The watch only has room for two tubes, so it [...]

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If you are a geek, you most likely already know what steampunk is, but if not, it's a sub-genre of science fiction that features steam-powered machinery and gadgets that have been inspired by the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne. The folks at Steamy Tech have created a wide variety of kits and [...]

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If normal switch plate covers are too mundane for you, try these Toggle Switch Plates from UncommonGoods for a little Rube Goldberg steampunk style.  They are designed by father and son Lance and L J Nybye.  The plates are made with brass hardware and laser-engraved plywood.  You can attach them over your existing standard switch plates [...]

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The Bluetooth Sound Enhancing Amplifier looks like steampunk, but it has some modern features married with some old technology.  The amplifier uses two 6N3 vacuum tubes to "generate 20 RMS watts per channel of distortion-free signal, adding punch and clarity to high bit-rate MP3s, Apple Lossless, or CD-quality audio played wirelessly from an iPhone, iPad, iPod [...]

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My heart skipped a couple beats when I first saw the 3D Metal Mechanized Playing Cards from artist Dale Mathis. I absolutely love gears and Steampunk style art, so I was very interested in learning more about Dale's Kickstarter project. First of all, the Tuck Box (the box that holds the playing cards) is the [...]

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I have a fascination with nixie tubes, or vacuum tubes that ThinkGeek calls the LEDs of the past.  These tubes aren't being manufactured any longer, but there are still some available that are being used to make Steampunk things like clocks and thermometers.  You'll need to know how to read schematics and how to solder [...]

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If you want a USB flash drive that won't look like any other you've seen, check out the 16GB Pentode USB Flash Drive from the SlavaTech store on Etsy.  The drives are made of copper and an "electron tube made in the USSR in 1981".  The flash drive is a high-quality SanDisk with SanDisk SecureAccess software. [...]

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If you still enjoy playing card games with real cards, Bicycle is now offering decks of Silver Steampunk cards. These Victorian-esque playing cards feature artwork that blends the past with the future in a really cool sci-fi type vibe. The decks are made in the USA, are priced at $5.99 each and feature a silver [...]

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These aren't the first steampunk-style accessories I've seen, but iDockit seems to have the largest selection.  They have charge/sync stands for iPads with built-in Bluetooth keyboards, stands for iPhones with Bluetooth handsets, a microphone stand, and even modified computers.  All accessories are made of hardwoods, many with brass accents.  Prices start as low as $4.50 [...]

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