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ICBM control panel pr0n

Todd Lappin, MAKE contributor and current guest blogger on Dinosaurs and Robots, has a strange collection compulsion that I don’t share, but I can totally understand. He has a control panel fetish. Hey, now. Don’t judge. Everybody is wired differently. Todd just happens to be wired to toggle switches, panel lights, and needle gauges. And he’s not alone. There’s an active Control Panel Flickr group, to which Todd just *happens* to be the most active contributor. In his D+R post, he drools all over this Titan 2 missile guidance console some guy found at a surplus store.

ICBM Guidance Panel Found at Surplus Store

11 thoughts on “ICBM control panel pr0n

  1. Mrs. Crabapple says:

    It’s “ICBM” — not ICMB

    And I’m pretty sure he “drools” over the pics – not “drolls”

    one more mistake and I’m kicking it down a letter grade

  2. Maxster says:

    I used to be a tour guide at a hydro electric dam.
    And I do admit to miss the excellent control panels.

  3. garethb2 says:

    Ouch. Thanks for the typos catch.

    The moral of that story is: don’t blog right after getting out of the doctor’s office.

  4. Lenore says:

    Gareth, I always thought you were one of the cool kids. Having found out that you DON’T have a control panel fetish, I’m not so sure now. I am sure that those control panels would look great in my living room.

  5. garethb2 says:

    I didn’t say I didn’t find them oddly… compelling. I mean, I wouldn’t kick one out of MY living room. And, I AM a member of the Flickr group. So, let’s just say I have crush on control panels.

    Now… needle gauges! There I lust.

    (Okay, this discussion has officially turned nerdcore.)

  6. Ogre says:


  7. garethb2 says:

    The Roches so unapologetically sing:

    “I’m so glad I am one!”

  8. SONGS says:

    I always liked the eaton 10 series switch. They make a solid *clack*.

  9. My Pet Fly says:

    If you like control panels, wait until you see what my buddy Duane and I are doing at the USS Midway Museum in San Diego… I’ll post when it’s done.

    (For the record, Duane is saving my bacon on this in a huge way. If it wasn’t for him, it would be half-done at best.)

  10. Anonymous says:

    Looks almost exactly like the control panel on the AN/TPS-63 Radars I maintain.

  11. Griz says:

    What I really want to know is what surplus store. My local one has lot pretend surplus new junk, a little from Sweden and Eastern Europe, and that’s about it. I want to know about one where I can find this kinda shit.

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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