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October 28, 2008

Odds and ends


A number of Flea readers kindly keep me up to date with steampunk products on the internet; much appreciated though not always linked. One advantage of the (admittedly limited) popularity of the style is the increasing cottage industry of kit bashers large and small making their wares available for purchase. Take this Nerf rocket blaster modded as a cosplay steampunk ray gun. Sweeter yet, this Nerf Maverick steampunk mod. These auctions will soon be done but future retro-future eBay Victoriana may be found at Steampunk Attire, a specialized link filter dedicated to the subject.

Closer to the cyber end of the spectrum of post-industrial fashion is my new favourite design house, Alexander Hi Tek, a kind of style successor to Storm London. Sunglasses and watches are central to the current line but I am particularly impressed by this mask and - for the ladies - this extraordinary hat.

Flea Towers is undergoing redecoration and, were I to prioritize knick-knacks over ceiling fans, this Hunley Civil War submarine replica would be close to the top of the list. Given a larger budget, I would spring for this light up special edition Tokyo Disneyland opening 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea submarine Nautilus. With yet more mad money, Flea readers can say damn the torpedoes and mod their own Nautilus minisub and working Nemo suit.

Finally, my hat collection. Now wondering what a French military police M1912 goes for when such a beast is made available at auction. This is perhaps the ultimate in martial industrial stagewear.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at October 28, 2008 07:47 AM