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CITY MECHANICIAN makes working miniature Time Machines based on the
Pal design and under license from Turner, the current holder of the
copyrights relating to the machine.
the GCM Model in action! (Requires Windows Media Player 7.0)
Movie of the Granite City Time Machine
dish spins (in both clockwise and counter-clockwise directions) controlled
by the lever on the control console
generator console, control panel, and red "work light" glow,
complete with dimming-in and dimming-out effects
day, month and year bulbs on the console blink in synch with the machine's
machine comes with a transformer and must be plugged in to AC power
in Aberdeen, Scotland, by Brian Glassar and George Chaides (pronounced
shah-DAY), the duo have been hand-building these models for nearly ten
years. Brian (an artist/jeweler by trade) made the master jigs and templates
in the early days of pre-production, and George has been the 'hands-on'
person for Granite City for the last couple of years.
February of 2000, fourteen
of the machines had been completed and were
in the hands of collectors. George often
delivers the machines in person; they're far too delicate for the mails.
Another four machines were scheduled to be
delivered to the East Coast of the US by April or May of 2000.
(Many people have been waiting for years for their
Granite City Machine). According to George, "The things
that we do... although they might take a long time to do them; they're
very labor-intensive... but I hope they're 'the last word.'"
Completed Granite City Time Machines was in June 2000 back-ordered, and purchasers were advised to expect potentially
substantial wait-times for delivery.
But now, in March 2017, George Chaides has retired from offshore work and have now turned to making Time Machines as a full time job. This will indeed decrease the waiting time for the delivery of a finished Machine greatly. The price
for a completed Granite City Time Machine is now (March 2017) pegged at £ 5,300. Delivery is included in the price if it's within a 5300 mile radius from Aberdeen, Scotland. Payment is offered, in full or in instalments, via an international third-party escrow service.
enquire about purchasing a Granite City Time Machine, contact:
Granite City Mechanician
c/o George Chaides
Phone (from the U.K.) 01464-820852
Phone (from U.S.) 011-44-1464-820852
Web site: granitecitymechanician.com
By the way, George doesn't
plan to stop with this model... and is working with his electronics
engineer to do more movie models in the future. Like his Time Machine
miniature... we can expect to see them done on a "grand scale."
George says the next one may appear within a year's time.
five views of the final Granite City Mechanician machine are of the
pre-production prototype (lacking many of the decorative details of
the final version).
View Construction of the
Granite City Time Machine
Model in action
in the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago!
View the homepage of Granite City Mechanician
Don Brockway, June 6, 2000 (updated March 31, 2008, October 17, 2016 and March 29, 2017 by Sandra Petojevic,
Master of Arts)
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