The Adventurers Portable Advisor

Bishop

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In an uncertain world the only thing that separates the hapless tourist from seasoned traveller is knowledge.
The Adventurers Portable Advisor is your salvation! quietly whispering in your ear the latest news both local & global from across the empire along with transport alerts and weather updates. In addition during those less exciting periods for your entertainment a varied selection of light music, jovial conversation, sports commentary and more serious topical discussion is always available. Fits easily into large coat pocket, works anywhere across the globe and requires no batteries instead drawing power directly from the ether.
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Bishop

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Strictly speaking no, technically yes... Patents for crystal radio technology do not publicly appear until 30+ years after the death of Queen Victoria.

As for my little crystal radio set, way to much plastic visible at the moment. Though I think a different tuning knob and the addition of cotton covered wire could give it a more period look.
 

bobnewboy

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Time to search for a bakelite knob, and some ex-GPO black headphones, probably supplied with double cotton covered wires. Probably all available from a single supplier :)
 

Tengu

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Yes.

But the victorians did have plastics....stuff like celluose and vulcanite.

How about cows horn?

Or Buffalo, which comes out shiny and black??
 

Bishop

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Hmm.. had forgotten about vulcanite. The hive mind this end came back with a couple of other suggestions: Ceramic drawer pulls and military tunic buttons
 

GuestD

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As for my little crystal radio set, way to much plastic visible at the moment. Though I think a different tuning knob and the addition of cotton covered wire could give it a more period look.
And a hardwood box. :)

Although this does appeal.
 

Bishop

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Update:
Strictly speaking my arts & crafts is supposed to be confined to the shed though for small (less messy) things Jules has relented and in those quiet moments have been slowly working on the crystal radio. It's been a bit of squeeze but just completed final fit and all that is left gluing final pieces into place.

Cotton covered wire turned out to be hideously expensive so improvised with miniature paracord. The tuning knob embossed with Britannia was a surprise find that should please the Steampunk crowd and is in fact a tunic button from the Royal Norfolk regiment.DSCN2303.JPG DSCN2305.JPG DSCN2306.JPG