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So should I admit that I coincidentally picked up the Thunderbirds version only a few days before seeing this post. Real or not, I had to know how the stuff is supposed to work.
Toggle Commented Mar 13, 2015 on A Soyuz Space Capsule Owner's Manual at Retro Thing
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To say nothing of the fact that this will continue to fuel the controversy of how to correctly pronounce "timbre"... For the record, I'm a "ˈtam-bər" man myself.
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That wall was kind of a false wall, so there was actually a lot of room around the TV. Still not the best idea though, I wouldn't think. Yet, the TV did survive in there some 50+ years so it couldn't have been all bad. ;)
Toggle Commented Dec 14, 2014 on My "New" Retro TV at Retro Thing
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That's easy. Just ask the Magic 8 Ball.
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We should totally do that, but for some reason 9 is a harder number. ;) We'll have to knock our heads together and see what we can come up with. We do have plans for some posts leading up to the holidays, so we should try to sneak in a couple of 9's.. you're totally right.
Toggle Commented Oct 27, 2014 on Retro Thing Turns 8! at Retro Thing
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It's just simple optics, so no... there's no reason that one company's titler would be exclusive to that same company's camera. Bolex offered a couple of very elaborate titling kits that you could use with any camera. In fact, I saw some of those titlers still in use in the 90s when I was in film school! So in summary, if your camera fits on the device, and there's room enough to adjust the macro lens and get focus, you're good to go.
Toggle Commented Oct 25, 2014 on Home Movie Titling Sets at Retro Thing
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Ride-on Power Wheels kiddie cars are 30 years old this year. In that time, some ingenious hacks have come along to not only dash away those tedious safety concerns, but also to lure adults into squeezing into the tiny plastic cars for racing. Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at Retro Thing
Before YouTube & Instructables, video instruction came in the form of VHS tutorial videos. In 1989 Casio created one that is banal and kind of fascinating at the same time. Plus you can take it to the streets by learning the tape's "rap". Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2014 at Retro Thing
One of my favorite things about new cameras is adapting old lenses to work on them. Here's a video showing what happens when you put a 1950s home movie lens onto a modern Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera. Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2014 at Retro Thing
I have to admit that after watching this video, I felt that I'd seen a mockumentary about organist Cameron Carpenter, but no... this guy is the real deal. Carpenter is a controversial virtuoso organist with a custom instrument and more than a little rock flair. Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 at Retro Thing
Keystone took on the 80s with their fashionable Le Clic disc camera. You could find this flat pocket-sized camera in the bottom of the many voluminous knockoff fashion purses of the time. Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at Retro Thing
In the height of Transformers mania in the 80s, lots of knockoffs appeared on the scene. While some went through the trouble to invent new storylines, others were like Lock-Man. He's... uh... a robot padlock... and that's about it. Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2014 at Retro Thing
Like every kind of object in the world, there are collectors for thimbles. No thimble collection is complete with a Max Headroom or a Dalek decorated sewing notion. Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2014 at Retro Thing
Here's a rare 16mm kinescope of a performance of BIll Wyman's "Monkey Glip Glue". It's color which makes it even more rare! Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2014 at Retro Thing
Sorry to hear you feel that way. Knowing Ben a little, I have to say that I'm constantly amazed at everything he's able to accomplish; his various projects, his weekly show... all in the tangled wilds of Wisconsin. :)
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Retro Thing favorite, Ben Heckendorn, has his own weekly internet TV show. In this episode, he tears down a Mac Classic. Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2014 at Retro Thing
The Thrilling Adventure Hour is an exhilarating new take on old time radio. bohus sat down and interviewed two of the many talents behind the project; Ben Blacker, and Mark Gagliardi. Thrilling Adventure Hour is hilarious, sophisticated, ad available anywhere thanks to their weekly free podcast. Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2014 at Retro Thing
With all the genuinely vintage mics out there, you might wonder what's so interesting about a retro-Elvis-mic-styled modern mic. For one thing, it's around $40 - and second - it's bright red! Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at Retro Thing
There's a fairly notorious shot-by-shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark that a couple of young boys started in the 80s and working on for nearly a decade. There's still one scene left to shoot, and the boys (now men, clearly...) are asking for your help to finish the epic. Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2014 at Retro Thing
my life changed when I went from storing all of my records on mismatched wire racks and milk crates, to the perfect shelving system I found at Ikea called Expedit. The shelves are perfectly matched for vinyl collectors, which is why the community went a little nuts when the Swedish flat pack giant announced the extinction of Expedit. Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2014 at Retro Thing
While looking for crazy electronics In the open markets of Shanghai, I found the next best thing. A reminder of my 8 bit gaming heritage - a Pac-Man figure! Though I don't remember Pac-Man having a huge mechanical tongue, do you? Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2014 at Retro Thing
Nano Blocks are a Lego clone of sorts. In the US they're sold as collectible models rather than toys because the kerjillion microscopic parts are not going to make kids happy. Here are some sets I found in the streets of Shanghai that they could never sell in the states. Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2014 at Retro Thing
Transformers have been back for a couple years, thanks to a handful of rather poor films. Walking though the markets of Shanghai, I found several bizarre & incomprehensible transforming robot toys that give us even more reasons to wish those films were never made. Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2014 at Retro Thing
More toys from the streets of Shanghai! This time we look at a common method of packaging lots of cheap crappy toys together in a huge package. Check out this 2 foot long display of Ultraman figures! Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2014 at Retro Thing
You're right! I thought I'd seen those designs somewhere before. I gave these knockoff guys too much credit. Thanks for the heads up!
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