Whilst out in town on Tuesday, I spied this little gizmo in one of the charity shops for a measly £2. I knew immediately that I had to have it:
The device is about 17cm in length, 7.8cm tall and 6.7 in width, and comes with two different types of fitting, the first being a plastic disc with bristles fitted into it (sadly this one is unlikely to easily convert, as I'm unsure how the bristles are held in), the second head is a similar plastic disc, which a cotton-covered layer wraps onto... this one, should I decide to use it will be infinitely easier to modify for my Giga needs.
Design and shape, it's perfect for a miniature Giga Meter...
...and appropriately enough, the device is a shoe polisher. The Polisher was sold by boots, and judging by the lack of info I can find, and the design of the packaging and instructions... probably sold in a time before the internet.
Interior space wise, I have a lot of room to work with:
Depending on what lights I install (and this will feature animated lighting, just not in accurate motion to the movie), there should be plenty of room in the large battery compartment to bolt a smaller one onto the interior plastic architecture.
There should also be room for running the electronics into the scan head, and even install a pair of ears above the scan head.
I should even be able to retain the original plastic switch thanks to it being a sleeve fitting over a conventional slide switch. I'll investigate whether I can even use the slide switch as well to activate the lights, or if I'll need to find a replacement.
The design of the battery cover should allow me to feature the boxes on the underside of the Giga without impeding access to the battery compartment.
And the cherry on the top, it looks like the Polisher isn't small enough to incorporate a set of accurate ears (either resin or the real plastic ones - I'm gonna look into whether I can get a resin set cast).
And finally, the Compact Giga Meter sat next to my recently-returned Redman:
Sad to say, that'll be the last update on the Compact Giga Meter until some time into the summer, as I'll be working on building my Proton Gun and repairing my N-Filter for Collectormania in Milton Keynes in May.