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Old 20-06-2015, 07:55 PM   #1
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Default Anybody seen the Klute?

Evening all, after a super show at the Space Centre again this year, decided to have a go at making a chess computer beater.....

Original Baby Orac by Richard Bailey, on Flickr

So after taking a load of close-ups at the show, started making a box.

prototype box by Richard Bailey, on Flickr

After spending days going through the photos and making sketches of the tubes and sizes, ordered some tubes and rods.

tubes and rods by Richard Bailey, on Flickr

Next was the brain ball, drilled and etched and on a ring made from clear tube with filed groves.

brain surround by Richard Bailey, on Flickr

Next job was to sort out the wiring, 3 flashing bulbs and a bullet bulb, the brain bulb is painted red, so used a bullet led one for the brain.

wiring by Richard Bailey, on Flickr

The prototype box was great so got another one laser cut.

laser cut box by Richard Bailey, on Flickr

Next was the button and a test fit.

brain and tube by Richard Bailey, on Flickr

With the advise from Andy, got the correct french varnish the BBC used in the 70's, a side note, that the company still had a colour sheet they did in the 70's and were kind enough to scan and email it to me to check on the colours, the old brown on the colour chart (they painted it on clear perspex and stuck it to a card, so it has all aged the same as on the original prop) has faded to the same as on the original, so mine is the colour it was when new..

more tubes by Richard Bailey, on Flickr

And the other side tubes.

tubes painted by Richard Bailey, on Flickr

One side tubes glued on.

one side done by Richard Bailey, on Flickr

And completed in the laser cut box..

One slight fault I will know when doing another.

The corner supports need checking before gluing to make sure the lid fits flush.

prototype finished by Richard Bailey, on Flickr

Also got a nice frosted battery box for it to sit on...

rear view by Richard Bailey, on Flickr

side view by Richard Bailey, on Flickr

Thinking of making a proximity voice module for it, so when you get near it insults you.....

end view by Richard Bailey, on Flickr

Video.....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMASIL-dqfc

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Old 20-06-2015, 09:33 PM   #2
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Lovely job Richard, good as the real thing!
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Old 21-06-2015, 02:46 PM   #3
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Hi Richard,
Your little "Baby" looks great, don't sell it as the original though....
I couldn't make to Brit SiFi this year, but lent it and a few other things in capable hands of Gary and off course Andy Spencer, glad it enspiered you.
Im 99.9% sure I'll be at Mat's do (Smallspace) next month and I'll bring it down with me, bring yours and we'll have an Orac off.

Andy H.
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Old 21-06-2015, 05:51 PM   #4
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Thank you Andy, as we know there is only one original screen used one........

Orac's at 30 paces it is then...........
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Old 21-06-2015, 11:20 PM   #5
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Anyone seen the Klute? I'm not sure, I'll have a check, mate!!

I'm here all week, folks.
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Old 22-06-2015, 01:20 AM   #6
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With designated seconds close to hand, we'd respectfully surmise...

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Orac's at 30 paces it is then...........
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Old 22-06-2015, 05:27 PM   #7
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Anyone seen the Klute? I'm not sure, I'll have a check, mate!!

I'm here all week, folks.
" I enjoy causing suffering. In that, I am a true crimmo!"
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Right we're on,
I've got the original silver Avon costume
All we need is two black leather slectric chairs

Andy
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