F I N K B U I L T

Scale model cockpit FPV

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cool scale cockpit video

Funny Zoo Snap

man enjoys elephant My wife noticed this in the family archives.

RC Nitro motorcycle racing

rc motorcycle Motorcycle racing in Lilliput.

Manned RC Multicopter

manned multicopter
Here’s an RC multicopter big enough to ride on!

Make: Talk 004

make: Talk 004
I had a fun time talking to Mark Frauenfelder in episode 4 of his new podcast, Make: Talk!

One Man Basement Band

one man band
I feel like I could be getting more mileage out of my right foot.

Liberty

liberty vintage motorcycles An Etsy portrait. Thanks, Danny.

Tequila Sleeve

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Champs sleeve

Wolf-Stelzer Book Lamp

Book Lamp
My friend Tess just made the cover of ReadyMade with her cool lamp design.

Tree Stump Bug

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Can this be for real? The design is so awesomely Thunderbirds. Via

The Nothing Box

nothing box

Thunderbirds

Thunderbirds are go
Are Go!

Command Center

command center
Sweet assemblage spaceship’s bridge.

Four Drano’s

drano
Watch the sink slowly, all but disappear from the design .

Toothpaste Aerosol

toothpaste aerosol
Aerosol toothpaste




Pirated Ephemera

needles
In the spirit of Pirated-sites.com, I present some pirated commercial illustration from 1950.

I found this tattered packet of sapce-age Japanese sewing needles at a thrift store several years ago and kept it because, well, just look at it. I have had it in a small frame in our bedroom for years, and tonight while I was going through some old magazines I came accross this Oldsmobile ad from a 1950 Rocket 88 campaign.

Now I have to find a bigger frame.

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Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for appropriation when done judiciously. Just have a look at the Finkbuilt logo and typography, which was lifted straight out of an early 50′s Evinrude spot. But the graphic designers who produced these 2 pieces were contemporaries, working in the same medium. This needle package is a perfect example of Japanese industry’s early post-war strategy of shameless mimickry. Japan in the 1950′s produced some really cool knock-offs.

2 Responses to “Pirated Ephemera”


  1. Steelhead Says:

    Hey We own a Delta 88 Olds ( 1996) But my question, Where’s the fishing stuff. I was promised this was a great fishing site and I think I got had,,,,,,NO fishing stuff Now I will give you a small prop as I see you showing a rarely seen ” Finkbuilt outboard” Man its a long time since I’ve seen one of those. In the old days they used to race them IN a bathtub ,,,,not on a bathtub but IN tihe tub……. I think that sport didn’t last very long , they kept swamping out the bathroom……Later

  2. Jay Says:

    I HAVE an identical Evinrude 5.5 hp motor and fuel tank! Only things missing are the fuel line connector and a new water pump gasket (when started, water leaks all over).

    Any takers? (located in Yuba City, N. Calif.)