The Flying Fortress

The state of dieselpunk DIY

Posted in DIY by flyingfortress on August 24, 2009


To be generous, the dieselpunk DIY scene is, well, nascent.

Compared to the steampunk scene, the goths, etc., we haven’t got a whole lot. What we do have, however, is pretty high-quality. I’ve collected everything I’ve found below in hopes of inspiring the makers, modders, and crafters among us.

In the fashion accessories category, we have a just a few examples.

What other portable electronics or mechanical devices are ripe for modding or crafting? Rangefinder cameras, safety razors, and Enigma machines and their ilk, are a few ideas off the top of my head.

Sculpture and modelling.

Various mods.

The Art Deco look and the Streamlined look really work well for casemods and likely for other home electronics as well. I’d love to see this applied to stereos, kitchen appliances, air conditioners, and so on (careful: it might void your warranty). As for Nerf mods, I’d probably pay money for a dart-shooting Garand or Thompson.

So let’s take this chance to make some stuff!

As you can see, our DIY community is fairly small, particularly the fashion accessories section. Now’s your chance to get in on the ground floor, creative-types! has a few small forum threads that might be helpful, plus you can always start your own thread there or at The Gatehouse. There are a lot of general making/crafting forums and resources out there, just a search engine away. If only I had the knack for it and the time, I’d try something myself. Feel free to use the comments to post projects you’d like to start, ideas for others, and requests for items you’d like to see.


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  1. Ottens said, on August 24, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Molly makes some pretty nifty stuff. We actually ran an interview with her in issue #4 of the Gazette. Back then, she did mostly steampunk though.

    Also of interest may be Sammy Moir and Robert Shuttleworth.

    Thanks for the link to the Lounge!

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