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Inside A Steampunk Apartment

Mar 7, 2015


If you’ve ever been curious what it’s like to truly live like a steampunk—and honestly, who hasn’t—you’ll want to check out the amazing intricacies of this apartment in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood.Originally designed by Jeremy Noritz, the loft is now for sale for $1.75 million, as-is. What a steel.







Living Room




Via filmdrunk.uproxx.com

MY NOTE:  Most of it looks more Dieselpunk to me, but still cool.

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The Rivet: A Steampunk Trike Built For A Captain


William Shatner, a lifelong motorcycle rider, has partnered with Illinois-based custom bike shop American Wrench to create a steampunk trike called the Rivet by Iron Bill.

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The partnership between American Wrench owner Kevin Sirotek and the Captain of the Starship Enterprise came about when a staffer from American Wrench was waiting in line for an autograph from Shatner and suggested the idea of building him a motorcycle.

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above: William “Iron Bill” Shatner and Kevin Sirotek of American Wrench

The RIVET, which the designers refer to as a “Landjet,” was designed from the ground up as a 3 wheeled vehicle, with an exposed cockpit and command center. Although the renderings imply that it’s a single seater, the finished product will actually seat two. Each vehicle will have riveted aluminum body panels that are hand-molded, giving it a steampunk machined look and feel.

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The 2,500-pound vehicle is outfitted with a V8 and is said to produce around 500 hp, though the company hasn’t revealed what systems will be keeping it in check.

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Sirotek likes to describe Rivet as having a drive train similar to that found on a modern Corvette. “With its powerful V-8 engine mated to a high-performance transmission and rear end with independent suspension and big disc brakes, its setup is much like what you would find on a high-end American sports car like the Corvette. There are several things that set this design apart, but the obvious one is the front wheel and steering setup. Rather than using a set of traditional motorcycle forks on the front end, we opted to use an independent swing-arm solution. By doing this, it enabled us to give the vehicle a very unique, organic design feel.”

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The single-sided front-end suspension on the Rivet will give the perception that the wheel is floating out in front on one side. A lot of trikes have straight axles in the back, but the Rivet will have an independent rear suspension, like the Boss Hoss. While the first Rivet will be made for Shatner, more will be made for those interested in purchasing one of the handmade rides.

The design inspiration for RIVET is pulled from the timeless designs of the machines that helped win WWII, with particular attention to one of the most feared airplanes in American history, the B-17 Bomber.

Early concept sketches:
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William Shatner and American Wrench Drive The Rivet Cross Country

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Beginning June 23rd, Shatner will be piloting the vehicle from Chicago to LA following the historic Route 66 in a trip scheduled to last eight days. Shatner will be joined on the 2,400-mile ride by members of the American Legion and American Wrench crew with stops in several major cities to promote the work of the American Legion.

RIVET’s intent is not only to draw attention to the pilot or the vehicle itself, but to the art and craft of hand built machines, done in the spirit of keeping America’s “routes” alive.

The final cost of each machine hasn’t been determined yet. The company also plans to make a lighter version – and quite possibly an electric version- at a more affordable price.

You can be one of the first to own one and secure your spot on their build list at Rivetmotors.com

What Is Rivet?

images and info courtesy of Rivet Motors, American Wrench, Motor Trend, and Autoweek

– See more at: http://www.ifitshipitshere.com/rivet-steampunk-trike/#sthash.gzwxluoj.dpuf

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1930s Monowheel Vehicles – I Totally Want One!


Rise of the Monowheel

Because a single wheel is all you need for speed.

by Chris Wild

September 1932

J. A. Purves drives a Dynasphere spherical car, an automobile shaped like a giant radial tire. Mr. Purves was the vehicle’s inventor.


The bicycle had its origins in 1817 in the Velocipede, a powerless wheeled frame which the rider sat astride. The first reliable report of self-propulsion by means of pedal power dates to the early 1860s.

Almost immediately inventors were attempting to do away with the second wheel, and in 1869 four different machines appeared, one of them the subject of the first monowheel patent.

Why build a monowheel? Working with a single wheel could result in a more efficient mode of transport, as would the associated reduction in size, weight, and resistance. For some inventors, here was a new and simpler form of mechanised locomotion. For others, the monowheel was a toy, a novelty – albeit one with a very high thrill factor.

But there were more than a few problems inherent in the design that inventors sought to overcome – impeded view, lack of stability, the difficulty of steering and the phenomenon of “gerbiling.” Because a monowheel rider relies on gravity to remain upright, if the machine accelerates or brakes too quickly, the rider spins inside the machine like a pet gerbil in its wheel.

In a conventional bicycle one wheel provides the propulsive force, the other, steering, but a monowheel wheel has to provide both. Leaning, using skids providing drag or extra small wheels or a gyroscopic steering mechanism have all been explored. Keeping upright in a monowheel requires skill and some machines employed an extra wide wheelbase to aid this.

Monowheels are still being produced and ridden today. There are monowheel enthusiasts in the UK and a British Monowheel Association, and a Monovelomachine featured in the closing ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. A monowheel was also the transport of choice of coughing cyborg bad-guy General Grievous in Star Wars Episode III.

December 1924


It possesses so many advantages that we may eventually see gigantic wheels similar to that shown on our cover running along our highways in as large numbers as motor cars do to-day.

May 1932

Cover of Popular Science Monthly


Feb. 8, 1932

Electronically driven wheels which revolve while the drivers remain stationary are tested at Bream Sands, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, England.


A 10-foot hoop of iron lattice work chug-chugs along an English highway. Passing motorists slow down, and pause to peer at the apparition. The man inside it is driving as unconcernedly as if he were out for a Sunday airing.

February 1932

Dynasphere wheels being driven on Beans Sands near Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, England.The petrol driven model is on the right and the smaller, electric model is on the left. The inventor Dr J. A. Purves of Taunton hoped to revolutionize modern transport with them.


September 1932

A Dynasphere being demonstrated at Brooklands race track, Surrey, England.



The Dynasphere was capable of speeds of 30mph.


September 1932

Weybridge, Surrey, England, UK -The Dynasphere is demonstrated.


Sept. 1, 1931

Swiss engineer M Gerder at Arles, France, on his way to Spain in his “Motorwheel,” a motorcycle with a wheel which runs on a rail placed inside a solid rubber tire.



A man on a penny-farthing bicycle alongside Walter Nilsson aboard the Nilsson monowheel.


As a lad I lived in Weston-super-Mare. One day in the 1930s I went to the beach and saw a man trying to drive a huge wheel across the sands. It wasn’t very successful and wobbled about… I have always wondered what it was or whether I imagined it.

February 1932


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Steampunk Cosplay and a few gadgets…

A Steampunk edition of cosplay for your weekend…

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Cosplay Pictures for Your Saturday Enjoyment!

Here are the weekly cosplay pictures.  Enjoy!


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Electric Stun Gloves – Tasers of 1913

Electrical stun gloves (1913)

As reported in “Popular Electricity and the World’s Advocate”, 1913:

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Now electricity comes to the policeman’s aid. Jeremiah Creedon, a resident of Philadelphia and an engineer on the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad, has perfected and patented a device by which a policeman can control the most desperate and unruly prisoner.

The inventor describes it as “an improved electrical device for use of policemen and others in making arrests, subduing unruly persons and resisting attacks.” It consists essentially of a pair of gloves provided with electrodes which may be brought in contact with the person grasped by the hand of the wearer. An electric circuit, the terminals of which are formed by the electrodes, supplies an electric shock to the prisoner and effectually renders him unable to resist arrest.

The power for this instrument comes from a battery, worn either in a belt that is provided with it, or in the pocket of the policeman’s coat. Connected with this device also is a small lamp which can be held in one hand and which receives it’s light from the battery. By this means both force and light are provided.

The belt is so fashioned as to take the place of the regulation policeman’s belt. A compact storage battery is carried on the hip and is connected in electric circuit, by conductors, with the primary windings of an induction coil. The secondary windings of the induction coil are connected by flexible, insulated conducting cords or cables to electrode plates located in the palms of a pair of gloves, the electrode plates being insulated from the gloves and from the hands of the wearer by insulating disks.

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More Dieselpunk Pictures

Dieselpunk is in the Era of Diesel, roughly 1900 to 1949, or WW1 and WW2 science fiction.  Steampunk is the Age of Steam, usually 1800 to 1899.  There is always some crossover.  Cyberpunk is future sci-fi, while sci-fi set in current setting is typically referred to as “urban fantasy.”  Here are some more pictures of Dieselpunk.  If you wish to see prior posts, please type “dieselpunk” into the search block on the Home page of this blog site.  Pardon if I duplicated a few.  Enjoy!

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Metal Armor Suits from WW1

Hard to believe that in the age of mustard gas, maxim machine guns, trench warfare and heavy artillery, even the birth of the airplane, people still used armor.  However, not so different than our modern day helmets, kevlar and bullet proof vests, or modern bomb disposal gear.  Still, for some reason these old, authentic photos, hold a chill and a bit of the surreal dieselpunk feel to them.  Thanks to vio9, Chris Wild and the Retronaut for these pictures.


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More Dieselpunk Pictures!

The difference between Steampunk and Dieselpunk and Cyberpunk?  All different time periods with science fiction twists.  Kind of arbitrary, but the Age of Steam is roughly the Victorian Era from 1830 to 1900.  The Age of Diesel is roughly 1890 to 1945.  Future is considered “Cyber” as in cybernetic, while present is considered “urban fantasy.”  Here then is Dieselpunk for you enjoyment.  You can access earlier posts by typing “dieselpunk” in the search box on my home page.

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Diesel Punk Pictures

So what is Diesel Punk?  It is alternative history or science fiction from 1900 to 1940, or the Age of Diesel, where Steampunk is from the Age of Steam, roughly 1820 to 1900.  Diesel punk is popularized in Indiana Jones’ movies, Skymaster’s of the Universe, the darker Sucker Punch movie, and the recent animated Tin Tin.  Here are some random diesel punk pictures for your enjoyment:

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