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General Discussion / Re: Antikythera Mechanism
« Last post by steve323 on November 10, 2015, 06:15:26 PM »
Hi Dave,

Thanks for the link to the other forum.  I joined up and will start looking for posts over there.  It feels bad to be chasing away one of the few real posters left on this site and especially someone building such an incredible mechanism.  However, this site went un-moderated a while ago and it is barely worth logging in anymore.

General Discussion / Re: Antikythera Mechanism
« Last post by Mechanism Man on November 05, 2015, 09:57:45 PM »
Hi Steve,
Yes, there's a forum called Brass goggles (it's a Steampunk inspired site that I've been show boating on for years with my orreries), and on there you will find the Tactile section, and off that you'll find the Chronoautomata section - a section for all things clock, watch and gear related - that's where you'll find my Antikythera post.
It's quite fascinating to see what folk get up to on there even if you're not into the Steampunk theme, which I'm not really. It's also much busier than the Clockforum page - give it a try and say hi when you find my post, I think that at that point I'll jump ship with you.
However, thanks to the advertising bots if I'm ever in India and I need to move house I'll know exactly where to look!
Cheers, Dave.
General Discussion / Re: Antikythera Mechanism
« Last post by steve323 on November 03, 2015, 09:09:49 PM »
Love the updates and the detail that you put into both of your projects, Mechanism Man. 

This site appears to be taken over by spam bots.  I am thinking of jumping ship.  Do you post progress reports on any other web sites?

Gallery / Beginners second build.
« Last post by pxpep on November 01, 2015, 10:57:59 AM »
I have just finished my second build and this time it was the clock Nr 24 constructed by Brian Law. I think it has turned out pretty good and the sound of it is very very different from any other clock I have ever heard.
The reason for dividing so many of the parts in smaller parts is that my CNC-router only can handle 20x30cm.

See the video here.

See pictures from the build here.

General Discussion / Re: Antikythera Mechanism
« Last post by Mechanism Man on October 30, 2015, 04:46:00 PM »
Here's another video link, but this time of it fully working, all gears fitted and being cranked for the first time with a handle. Relieved doesn't even begin to cover it...

Next job? Dials and pointers me thinks!
General Discussion / Re: Antikythera Mechanism
« Last post by Mechanism Man on October 13, 2015, 08:14:35 PM »
I thought that I'd change the subject from the now standard 'Moving house in India' post to something slightly more wooden gear related.
So, having finished the orrery and had that safely delivered to its new owner in the States I have now finally managed to get back into the Antikythera machine again. After a few nights of work I'm now at the stage where it now actually works! Well - after a fashion anyhow...
Below is s link to a YouTube film of the first trial run of the most complex part of the mechanism all linked together. There are a few more gears to fit, but they are all part of a single simple gear train that runs at the bottom of the machine but adds no real extra complexity thank goodness. Add you'll see, it's still a bit clunky - it's very much a trial fit at the moment - but it proves that with a little fettling the design will work, which I'm quite relieved about since nobody has ever built this particular version before with this planet mechanism (the gear system within the dark brown circular frames).
Anyhow, more soon,
General Discussion / Re: Antikythera Mechanism
« Last post by Mechanism Man on October 06, 2015, 09:28:19 PM »
Thanks Steve,
Believe me when I say that the short build time was kind of thrust upon me and completely out of character - and blimmin' hard going!
I normally specialise in running at least three months beyond a six month build time, so to promise two months and almost nail it is unheard of for me.
I also had to fit it in around family, a short holiday, and a full time job. I think that to say I'm relieved it's finished would be a bit of an understatement...
It's now in the hands of the UPS  gods on the way to New York. A very nervous time. Unfortunately it's going into private ownership so won't be on display anywhere apart from his home!
I am always sorry to see them go, but I will build myself one one day - although I might just keep the antikythera when it's done.
Right, it's back to work on that as of tomorrow, and  I can't wait!
More updates soon.
General Discussion / Re: Antikythera Mechanism
« Last post by steve323 on October 05, 2015, 06:20:44 PM »
The orrery is absolutely amazing.

I am very impressed with how quickly you finished it with hand cut gears.  I can't imagine spending that much time building it and giving it to someone else.  Is it on display somewhere?

General Discussion / Re: Antikythera Mechanism
« Last post by Mechanism Man on September 30, 2015, 07:45:24 PM »
Well after many nights of burning the midnight oil it's finally finished, running, and ready to send. The planets on this are just unfinished wooden balls as that is what the new owner has requested.
All the time taken at the beginning to get the gearing cut well and accurately seems to have paid off as it runs beautifully. This isn't always the case as some I have built have really fought me in the final stages, so I'm relieved  that this one just works without having to shout and swear at it...
Anyhow, here are a few photos and a video link of the finished machine (in fact there were a couple of finishing jobs still to do when the photos were taken, but nothing major).
Scroll saws - best tools in the world!

I'll be back with news of the Antikythera build when I've caught my breath and seen my family for a while.
Happy clocking folks.
Bearings / FIFA 15 is still selling well, despite being more than three months
« Last post by jma325 on September 30, 2015, 08:24:53 AM »
The second match featured an appearance from the Manchester City team in FIFA 15 (the Toure Boyata team was close to playing using Manchester United) and the virtual Aguero scored to give his real world counterpart a 1 - 0 win, which wrapped up the tournament.As always, it's a shame that EA Sports  fifa coins is not ready to give fans the entire footage taken from the matches, because they would certainly offer more entertaining moments than the heavily edited videos that are available on the official channel.Player tournaments for FIFA 15 have also been staged using players from Barcelona, Liverpool, Everton, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, and Borussia Dortmund.Presumably, more will be added next year in order to keep the fan base engaged.FIFA 15 is making a big push for the holiday marketAt the moment, gamers can pick up the special Holiday Edition for FIFA 15 using any digital outlet, which means that players can get access to more in-game currency to spend as they see fit and they have more moves to celebrate the special moments when they managed to score goals.The game also gives them access to Lionel Messi, the best player in the game at the moment, on loan for a short period when they start the Ultimate Team mode.At the same time, the developers at EA Sports are running a set of special events for gamers, offering access to special packages for the game and other bonuses.Currently, FIFA 15 is still selling well, despite being more than three months old, and a major new patch for it will probably be launched in February of next year, delivering the real world transfers during the January window to the football sim and tweaking some core mechanics. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Gets New Supply Drop Daily Challenge, Exclusive KVA Recon Gear. The development team at Sledgehammer Games and publisher Activision announce that they are introducing a new mechanic to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, called the Supply Drop Daily Challenge, which is designed to give the player fut 16 coins  community a new way of getting access to the look they need to improve the capabilities of their characters.The official announcement on the community site explains that Each day, you'll receive a randomized message containing a challenge that, when completed, will award your character with an XP bonus and Supply Drops, or a rare piece of Character Gear from the Exclusive KVA Recon Character Gear Set.
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