Philips HZ 5100 Fan

Recently I acquired this lovely looking retro fan, probably dating from the 1960s. To be honest, looking lovely is really all it’s good for. The rubbery blades, though doubtlessly very safe, provide very little airflow. But maybe that’s just because this is an old and tired little fan, longing for death and redemption. It only cost me 1,95 euros to …

Quartz 5 Film Camera <BR>Part II

I’m still chewing away on the Quartz 5 film camera -as the internet meme goes: we will rebuild! There’s only about twenty parts still unaccounted for, as far as figuring out their original position in this ingenious piece of machinery goes. In total, there’s about 340 pieces, and though they don’t make much of a molehill, it’s quite the mountain* …

Two Philips Curling Irons

I don’t like to leave things to chance, but I really don’t have a choice, do I? So I really appreciate the happy coincidences chance sometimes serves up. A couple of months back, while reorganizing my storage area, I discovered I had two Philips curling irons that looked remarkably alike. They were bought on separate occasions, though I can’t recall …

Quartz 5 Film Camera <BR>Part I

Every once in a while I bite off more than I can or care to chew. In which case I tend to spit it out into a garbled mess of parts that barely resembles a structured Deconstruction. This has already happened twice with film camera’s. They’re pretty ingenious little machines, with loads of tiny parts. The results (or failures, if …

The April Fools' Day Miracle

It would appear that it’s a small world after all. Last Saturday I found a lovely Thrustmaster Attack Throttle in Doesburg. Since throttle controllers are little fun without an accompanying joystick, I’d already resigned to the fact that I might never actually get around to deconstructing it. In all my years I’ve only once seen a Thrustmaster stick that matches …

Impex Nail Gun

Please, let me hasten to stress that the current emphasis on weapon-like subject matter is entirely coincidental and does in no way reflect my generally peaceful nature. This Deconstruction is not exactly new (early February), but it was the first of this year -which so far has been spent mainly on building the website (and cursing quite a lot in …

Thrustmaster Attack Throttle

Life is good. No work today and the sun is out. A nice day for a drive to nearby Doesburg, and in particular the local 2Switch thrift shop to search for new prey. It only takes one to make my day, and this day was made by the Thrustmaster Attack Throttle. An archaic game controller from days gone by, before …