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Steampunk Dekatron

A project log for WITCH-E Decimal Based Computer

Document and create a modern replica of the Harwell Dekatron computer known as the WITCH

Dave's Dev Lab 09/21/2017 at 00:461 Comment


As I noted in another log post, my young friend Justin King worked on creating a javascript based WITCH emulator over the summer a few years ago. As a thank you for the work on the project, I wanted to give Justin a real Dekatron. I had previously found this Dekatron Spinner Kit on the net, and found the kit for sale on ebay, so I purchased an original GC10B Dekatron and a spinner kit. The kit is well designed and came with all the components ready for assembly. After assembly and testing, I thought to myself "Hey, this would look really cool in some sort of case!". After a little shopping at the local home decor store, I found this sweet little steampunk looking box. After drilling a hole for the Dekatron to extend through, I added a power switch and a potentiometer to adjust the speed of the spinner. I think it turned out pretty well, and Justin was very excited to receive it as a gift!

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Dr. Cockroach wrote 09/21/2017 at 00:50 point

That is so cool Dave :-) Reminds me of some of my vintage radios from many years ago.

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