F I N K B U I L T

Today’s Ebay Item

missle tracker

Scale model cockpit FPV

fpv
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!

Quadcopter FPV

Quadcopter FPV
Amazing remote first person view piloting.

Make: Talk 004

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

Helmets

retro vintage motorcycle helmets Pictures of boxes full of sweet vintage motorcycle helmets

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

tequila the champs
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!




Uke Lamp

ukulele lamp

I‘ll have to admit, I haven’t really been practicing my ukulele much in the last year, but my fondness for the form is still strong.

So, if I ever do get around to building that tiki-bar in my basement, I’m deffinately going to whip up a pair of uke sconces to frame the bar mirror using these plans that I snipped from the July 1954 issue of Mechanix Illustrated.

ukulele lampukulele lamp

Update:

Finkbuilt reader Phil points out that the author of this lamp piece, c.c Beck, is another famous Marvel Comics refugee who ended up working for Fawcett after they absorbed and dismantled Marvel. Here is an interview with Charles Clarence Beck

Phill Says:

A little correction, AFAIK neither C. C. Beck (or Otto Binder) ever worked for Marvel Comics, or Timely Comics, Marvel’s predecessor. They drew (and wrote) Captain Marvel stories for various comic magazines (Whiz, Captain Marvel, Marvel Family) published by Fawcett. They were let go in 1953 when Fawcett discontinued all of its comic book publishing activities after losing a plaigirism suit filed by National Comics (DC) alledging Captain Marvel was based on Superman (he was). Apparently, Fawcett continued to give them work in its other magazines after the comic work dried up.

Thanks Phill!

10 Responses to “Uke Lamp”


  1. Jamie Says:

    Oh for the love of god, do not start this meme again! The entire blogosphere will be brimming with Uke posts in a week!!!

    Just kidding. I love it when the uke’s start popping up everywhere.

  2. Phill Says:

    C. C. Beck? Wow, Fawcett Publications put all those guys to work, huh?

  3. Steve Says:

    Nice catch, Phill.

    I’ve added a link to an interview with Charles Beck to the post.

    thanks,

    steve

  4. Phill Says:

    A little correction, AFAIK neither C. C. Beck (or Otto Binder) ever worked for Marvel Comics, or Timely Comics, Marvel’s predecessor. They drew (and wrote) Captain Marvel stories for various comic magazines (Whiz, Captain Marvel, Marvel Family) published by Fawcett. They were let go in 1953 when Fawcett discontinued all of its comic book publishing activities after losing a plaigirism suit filed by National Comics (DC) alledging Captain Marvel was based on Superman (he was). Apparently, Fawcett continued to give them work in its other magazines after the comic work dried up.

    Sorry for nerding it up in here, Steve. I’ll stop now. :)

  5. Steve Says:

    Thanks Phill,

    I admit with shame that I should really research my own posts a little better.

    at least we have you, Time’s Person of the Year!

    steve

  6. Gary Says:

    I just blogged this on ukulelia.com

    btw, what happens on page 196? any additional instructions of value? And what is/was “transveneer”? Contact paper by any other name…?

  7. Steve Says:

    Gary,

    Hmm, strange. I will look for the other page.

    steve

  8. MrBaliHai Says:

    A couple of these would definitely look great in my tiki bar. Thanks!

  9. Meg Says:

    I am wondering if anyone can help me- I am trying to find an online photo or printable copy of the July 1954 Mechanix illustrated magazine. My grandfather was a firefighter and on the inside back cover there is a cartoonish picture of a horsedrawn firetruck that he really likes and I want to paint him a picture of it. I cannot find it anywhere online so if someone could point me in the right direction I would really appreciate it….. Thanks!

  10. Joe JJC Says:

    Ever find pages 196+? Hoping to convince my son to build me a couple of these…