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How To Change Majorette Micro Sonic Flasher Battery

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I got this little Micro Sonic Flasher Tow Truck in a local auction lot and I’ll be damned if I’m going to sell a toy without first getting a proper chance to play with it. I searched out how to get into it and change that batteries but all the instructions were for the full size Sonic Flashers (think hotwheels size vs micro machine, this is the micro machine size). I made sure it wasn’t worth a fortune before committing to the project and they are in fact super cheap…probably because someone nostalgic for one wants the flashing lights and tinny siren sound 🙂

The good news is all you’re going to need for this is:
• A hobby knife would be best/safest but a box cutter worked for me
• Two AG3 sized batteries
• Glue, it depends how rough you plan to play with it and how easy you want it to come apart for future battery replacements, I think 100% silicone might be a good choice here but I used standard Elmer’s School Glue (PVA glue) because it is what I had handy

Fujifilm NP-120 = Long Life Battery For Drift HD170 Action Camera

I picked up locally (for dirt cheap!) the well out of date but quite capable Drift HD170 action cam and have been playing around with it for the last little while. Because of it’s out of dated-ness accessories for it are scarce and crazy expensive! I did manage to snag the external mic adapter off eBay (for the same $ as what I got the camera, oof) which just left additional batteries to source. The Drift branded ones are really expensive and have the distinct possibility of having sat on a shelf for 5-10 YEARS and even the off brand ones marketed to users of this camera seemed way more expensive than similarly sized batteries. The aftermarket batteries are further complicated by a lot of them using stock images which leave a bit of a question on if they are actually going to be replacements for the stock HD170 battery or the larger (capacity and physical size) extended battery. In my research one of the aftermarket manufacturers thankfully had a single listing covering BOTH the HD170 Long Life battery and Fujifilm NP-120! There are waaaaaaay more listings for Fujifilm NP-120 batteries and for much cheaper. I was able to get a 2 pack off amazon for $12! One thing to watch out for is that Casio has a totally different shapped battery that is also NP-120 so make sure it’s the Fujifilm one. I’ve charged them up in the camera and they work great.

If anyone knows a source for the “proprietary” AV connection I’d love to hear, it looks so familiar. I’d be willing to poke around the drift 3.5mm audio adapter if there was any benefit to doing so.

Alberta Heritage Fund Rail Cars #01

New Blog

I’ve started a new blog and most of my attention has been going there. It’s about my thrift shopping/vintage goods dealing and it’s located at I do have some stuff to upload here, namely picture from Sled Island 2012 that I’ve been too lazy to sort through for coming up on 2 years now, I know…I know.

Rat Rod Bike Buildoff #6

While I am doubtful to participate due to work and school wasting taking up all my time I’d just like to point out to anyone who may be reading that the Rat Rod Bike Buildoff #6 has begun over at Rat Rod Bikes. While there are many cycling and bike building forums out there I enjoy RRB the most because it’s really friendly and laid back and for the most part it’s not about who can buy the nicest cutting edge components and slap them together it’s more about finding something in rough shape and turning it into something that looks cool but is still meant to be ridden. While reading the project logs building up to the final vote might not be for everyone I think that browsing through the finished bikes is something most people will get a kick out off, check out the previous gallery of finalists here.

Adding to the stable – 1945 Westfield Columbia Compax Paratrooper

Here’s my new oldest bike. It’s a skiptooth 1945 Westfield Columbia Paratrooper. I had it shipped from the states so it wasn’t cheap but it was just too cool to pass up! It comes apart into 2 pieces and the handlebars fold down. It was originally designed this way so that it can be strapped to a paratrooper jumping out of a plane, how cool is that? The design was popular even after the war so they kept producing them and that’s what mine is. Check out the National Bicycle History Archive of America for their cool article on this bike.

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Current Project: 1947 Ladies CCM Roadster

This is a bike I’m currently building up, well technically it’s just sitting in the garage but the idea is that I will at some point when I’m not working or doing school work. As much as it will cheese off the purests out there it will end up being a mix of the original and newer parts. The plan is to make it look something like a dutch bike, for example the Pashley Princess. I found the bike in its current form at the antique mall for $50, literally in a snow bank outside. It’s missing the headbadge and has quite a bit of rust as well as the rear wheel area is out of wack so there will be some bending to get it back in shape before things get started. But for a 64 year old it’s got pretty decent bones. The front fork is straight which is the #1 thing I looked at when considering buying it because the chances of finding another fork for a reasonable price are pretty slim. I’m planning to strip it down to bare metal (hopefully the restoration purests stopped reading before that) and paint it a as yet undecided color and switch the wheels to a 3 speed 26 x 1 3/8 wheelset  which as a bonus (to the future rider) will lower the bike 3cm from the current 28 x 1 1/2 wheels. I do currently have a pretty full stable of bikes but right now this one is the oldest…I am however waiting for a package from the mailman with a bike of 1945 vintage. Here she is, don’t mind the mess:

Project: Vintage Clock Refinishing

This is a made in the USA between 1945-1949 telechron clock model #3H151 “The Pharaoh” I bought and refinished for my lovely girlfriend for christmas. I used Minwax pre-stain wood conditioner (helps to get an even finish, so says the can) and Minwax Wood Finish Golden Pecan 245. It came out a fair bit darker and more orange than I was expecting but still looks great in my opinion and she seemed to like it. I also gave it a new plug in because the old one was pretty scary with exposed wires.



SNFU, E-Town Beat Down and Burn Hollywood Burn @ New City April 26 2009 (I think)

Wheew it has been awhile! I’ve got some pictures kicking around to post but I’ll get to those as I can but first here’s the crazy crazy SNFU show pictures. It was a long time ago so I might have the wrong name for the one (not Edmonton) band but y’know that’s how it goes.

Burn Hollywood Burn

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E-Town Beatdown

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BA Johnston @ The Wunderbar March 22 2009

I wasn’t planning on taking pictures at this one because I only had my little party camera but it was such an awesome show I couldn’t help it! Click for the pictures!!
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