I didn’t know robots went back that far

It seems a robot designed and built during the 1920’s is about to be resurrected.  The Telegraph reports: Britain’s first robot, Eric, is to be rebuilt and sent on a world tour after curators at the Science Museum tracked down lost plans while researching a new exhibition. The automaton was built by First World Ward veteran Captain William Richards and aircraft engineer Alan Reffell, to replace the Duke of York in opening the Exhibition of the Society of Model Engineers in London in 1928. On September 28 1928 Eric stood up at the Royal Horticultural Hall, bowed, looked right and

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A steampunk wizard SWAT team???

A couple of weeks ago I put up a video about a steampunk steam train race.  Now, from the same studio, here’s a steampunk wizard SWAT team – a Special Wizards Assault Team. Requires a bit of a stretch of the imagination, but it’s still an intriguing use of CGI. Peter

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‘A Gentlemen’s Duel’, redux

Larry mentioned GIANT STEAM POWERED FIGHTING ROBOTS! in his latest blog post.  I couldn’t resist posting the link to ‘A Gentleman’s Duel‘ in his Comments, as one of the funniest short films on steam powered fighting robots I’ve ever seen.  I’ve put it up here before, but it’s so good I reckon it won’t hurt to do so again – so here it is.  I recommend watching it in full-screen mode. Yes, it’s still as funny as ever . . . Peter

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A cartoon steampunk serial?

Something interesting just popped up on YouTube. The Sky High City of SteamPuff – Episode 1 Welcome to the SKY HIGH CITY OF STEAMPUFF, a floating clockwork continent lost amidst the clouds, where anything and everything is driven by the power of steam. But when brilliant steam-smith Hephaestus Von Toot is kidnapped by an unseen foe, it’s up to his son Victor (and his squadron of steam-powered friends) to not only track him down, but defeat the powerful forces that would threaten to drop his city from the sky. I recommend watching this in full-screen mode. Looks like some nifty

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Steampunk wasps!

I spent an enjoyable few minutes flipping through a picture gallery of steampunk wasps over at Environmental Graffiti. Here are a few of their images. There are many more at the link. Recommended viewing. Hmm . . . I wonder if I could get my blogbuddy and best-selling author Larry Correia to include some of these things in the next volume of his steampunk-magic-Prohibition-era-gangster Grimnoir Chronicles series? Peter

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