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1 Mad Scientist Gadgets on Fri Oct 26, 2018 8:13 am

There is a dude on Etsy who is making miniature mad scientist gizmos.
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2 Re: Mad Scientist Gadgets on Fri Oct 26, 2018 8:17 am

I thought they were so cool that I started making my own. Here are some of the ones I've made. If you have made anything similar, post them here.





































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3 Re: Mad Scientist Gadgets on Fri Oct 26, 2018 8:54 am

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Whoa. Those are very cool. Even the ones on Etsy, but I like yours better. Nice work. You should make some of the bigger items like the ones used in the old Frankenstein movie.


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4 Re: Mad Scientist Gadgets on Fri Oct 26, 2018 10:02 am

I concurr! Beautiful designs and very well crafted, these scifi items are veeeeeery cool!

Well done and thanks for sharing!

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5 Re: Mad Scientist Gadgets on Fri Oct 26, 2018 10:28 am

I love 'em.

Nice work, man.

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6 Re: Mad Scientist Gadgets on Fri Oct 26, 2018 11:55 am

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Very nice work! Thanks for sharing it with us.


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7 Re: Mad Scientist Gadgets on Sat Oct 27, 2018 8:12 am

I agree, your's are better! I think this is some good incentive for me. I have so many components, but for some reason when I sit down to make Mad Scientist themed props, I can't seem to pull it off. I may have to imitate ( sincerest form of flattery ) a couple of yours until I get the knack. Thanks for sharing!

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8 Re: Mad Scientist Gadgets on Sat Oct 27, 2018 8:47 am

The first one took days to make because I had no idea what I was doing. The basic steps:
Glue some blocks of wood together to get basic shape.
Paint with undercoat
Stick on 2mm rhinestones to simulate riveting.
Apply a coat of enamel
Hunt through electrical components jars to find some interesting bits
Glue them on.
Apply touch up paint


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9 Re: Mad Scientist Gadgets on Sat Oct 27, 2018 7:15 pm

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10 Re: Mad Scientist Gadgets on Sat Oct 27, 2018 8:10 pm

Mr. Razz wrote:This is the closest thing that I've made to a Mad Scientist gadget...It was supposed to be a control panel to a Kwyntorian Torture Chamber...

I forgot about this device. I really like the look of it. Very mad scientist!

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11 Re: Mad Scientist Gadgets on Mon Oct 29, 2018 8:54 pm

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Mr. Razz wrote:This is the closest thing that I've made to a Mad Scientist gadget...It was supposed to be a control panel to a Kwyntorian Torture Chamber...

I forgot about this device. I really like the look of it. Very mad scientist!

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12 Re: Mad Scientist Gadgets on Tue Oct 30, 2018 3:08 am

Mr. Razz wrote:
Pontiacivan wrote:
Mr. Razz wrote:This is the closest thing that I've made to a Mad Scientist gadget...It was supposed to be a control panel to a Kwyntorian Torture Chamber...

I forgot about this device. I really like the look of it. Very mad scientist!

Thanks but at the end of the day it's just a foam board box with LEDs in it...lol...anyone can make this...

Mine are just a few bits of wood glued together with some random electrical and jewellery components stuck on.


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13 Re: Mad Scientist Gadgets on Tue Oct 30, 2018 3:11 pm

They look great, very imaginative.


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14 Re: Mad Scientist Gadgets on Sun Nov 11, 2018 4:06 pm

Man, I love all of these. Really want to up the steampunk elements on my witchs' lab, and this has me all sorts of inspired.


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15 Re: Mad Scientist Gadgets on Thu Nov 22, 2018 10:07 am

Made a control panel. Not sure what to do with it.




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16 Re: Mad Scientist Gadgets on Thu Nov 22, 2018 12:02 pm

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Looking good. Don't worry about what to do with it. One of these days you will discover you need one, and you will have it to use.


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17 Re: Mad Scientist Gadgets on Thu Nov 22, 2018 4:53 pm

GubernatorFan wrote:Looking good. Don't worry about what to do with it. One of these days you will discover you need one, and you will have it to use.

It would work in an older government lab or military base. It might also work on the set of a sci-fi TV show made in the 1960s-70s. When I was putting it together I had in mind the scenes of Q-Branch from the older James Bond movies.

Edit: If anyone needs a mini radar screen, the one I used came from this.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Radar-necklace-Technology-Glass-Dome-black-Chain-Pendant-Necklace-wholesale/162922507744



Just grind off the loop at the top. The chain will come in handy too.

Here is a smaller version.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Radar-Technology-Photo-Art-Glass-Cabochon-16mm-Charm-Earring-Earring-Hooks/263735707428


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18 Re: Mad Scientist Gadgets on Thu Nov 22, 2018 9:26 pm

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Awesome control panel. That’s a cool pendent, too. Like the Guv said, you’ll find a use for that panel some day. I picture 60s NASA myself.


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20 Re: Mad Scientist Gadgets on Sat Nov 24, 2018 10:32 am

I so love the control panel!!! I think there are a ton of uses for it looking a bit retro. Thinking of how they're often depicted in pop-culture (I can't speak to the real thing) military bases almost always still have "that look." And games like Fallout totally embrace that aesthetic. Latest gadget looks cool as hell too. I love these!


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21 Re: Mad Scientist Gadgets on Wed Nov 28, 2018 3:26 am

all kinds of scratch built gadgety creations are always a treat to see when completed !
these are no different !

Mr Razz and shazzdan seem to have the ability to build amazing stuff too (I evny your creativity!)


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22 Re: Mad Scientist Gadgets on Wed Nov 28, 2018 6:32 pm

Remarkable imagination...  

These are all spectacular!  Such ingenuity regarding design concepts of fantastically intricate gadgetry and contraptions.  I truly find the fictional to be infinitely more compelling than anything in reality, in that one has no directional reasoning by which to guide the senses; rather, only Creativity, in all its purity!

Great use of that pendant, Shazz.  I have purchased several of the sort, myself, after having discovered an endless array of available designs.  I’d reckon that you paid but pennies for that piece, quite literally.  

Again, spectacular craftsmanship...  Beautiful Creativity...


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23 Re: Mad Scientist Gadgets on Wed Nov 28, 2018 6:53 pm

PureEnergy wrote:I truly find the fictional to be infinitely more compelling than anything in reality, in that one has no directional reasoning by which to guide the senses; rather, only Creativity, in all its purity!

I actually find this the hardest thing. I'd prefer to have something to copy rather than trying to create something from scratch. I would not have even thought of doing these without the above Etsy examples. I'd prefer a proper plan and definite direction, which is easier when I have something to copy. Usually I like to design something beforehand but with these things I can't because I don't know what components I'm going to use. I end up sticking a few bits of wood together and letting it flow from there. Some of the above gizmos took months to finish because I had the equivalent of "writer's block". I'd set them aside and work on other projects while my subconscious stewed on the problem.


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24 Re: Mad Scientist Gadgets on Thu Nov 29, 2018 1:26 pm

More eye candy. Beautiful.

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25 Re: Mad Scientist Gadgets on Tue Dec 11, 2018 12:51 am

Instead of sticking things directly on the gizmo, they look better if stuck on small riveted panels.

I make them from popsicle stick offcuts.
1. Cut them to size.
2. Bevel the edges.
3. Stick on some 2 mm rhinestones to simulate riveting.
4. Paint them
5. Stick on the components










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26 Re: Mad Scientist Gadgets on Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:17 pm

shazzdan wrote:Instead of sticking things directly on the gizmo, they look better if stuck on small riveted panels.

I agree, the work applied in layers adds significant dimension - and consequently, realism (and considering that the gadgetry and gizmonomy are entirely fantastical only makes the latter that much more profound).

Outstanding ingenuity, as always.


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27 Re: Mad Scientist Gadgets on Wed Dec 19, 2018 4:27 am

Great dio potential there for a steam punk Tony Stark! Very cool gizmos!

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28 Re: Mad Scientist Gadgets on Wed Dec 19, 2018 5:07 pm

These panels look fantastic. And you're right, that extra dimensional layer adds a ton to a build. Something I need to keep in mind when working on these types of components. And just building a bunch you can later add to projects is a smart way to work.


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29 Re: Mad Scientist Gadgets on Sat Dec 22, 2018 1:38 am

shazzdan wrote:Made a control panel. Not sure what to do with it.




Stick it on your wall by your front door and let people think you have state of the art security! Twisted Evil Wink

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