Nikola Tesla's Workshop
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This set would list around 50 bucks perhaps at just 577 pieces.
Very simply Nikola Tesla was one of the greatest scientists, creative thinkers, inventors, to ever have lived. And someone who has never received the respect he deserves for his contributions to mankind. It is common knowledge today, that many of his concepts could have lead to a world with ample free power today, if such ideas had been built as he envisioned.
I could go on all day about what he acomplished and all that information is easily acquired with a simple google search, but for now I will focus on this build and the five featured inventions in this set, as well as a few other of his most important inventions.
1. Alternating current and the best way I could bring this to the table was build one of his most famous invetions, the Tesla coil, as seen in the front left corner of the workshop, obviously the piece making further use of the emperor's lighting bolts. (picture number seven)
2. The Radio, located to the immediate left of Mr. Tesla setup there at his desk viewing something in his microscope. "Guglielmo Marconi was initially credited, and most believe him to be the inventor of radio to this day. However, the Supreme Court overturned Marconi’s patent in 1943, when it was proven that Tesla invented the radio years previous to Marconi. Radio signals are just another frequency that needs a transmitter and receiver, which Tesla also demonstrated in 1893 during a presentation before The National Electric Light Association. In 1897 Tesla applied for two patents US 645576 and US 649621. In 1904, however, The U.S. Patent Office reversed its decision, awarding Marconi a patent for the invention of radio, possibly influenced by Marconi’s financial backers in the States, who included Thomas Edison and Andrew Carnegie. This also allowed the U.S. government (among others) to avoid having to pay the royalties that were being claimed by Nikola Tesla." (picture number six)
3. The Tesla turbine, or motor located on the outside edge of the work table on the opposite end of where Tesla is seated, which somewhat looks like an old machine vice. It has been utilized by a car company today branaing his name. (picture number eight)
4. He also developed one of the first forms of X ray technology, as seen in the shadowgraph box on the table in the corner section of the room. (picutre number four) "First X-ray Images It also seems that he produced the first x-ray image in the United States when he attempted to obtain an image of Mark Twain with the vacuum tube. Later, Tesla managed to obtain images of the human body, which he called shadowgraphs"
5. Wireless communication, and limitless free energy
7. First remote controlled vehicle of any kind, a boat which was designed and first presented by Tesla in 1898 patent number 613809. (picture number five)
8. Light - "Of course Nikola Tesla didn’t invent light itself, but he did invent how light can be harnessed and distributed. Tesla developed and used fluorescent bulbs in his lab some 40 years before industry “invented” them. At the World’s Fair, Tesla took glass tubes and bent them into famous scientists’ names, in effect creating the first neon signs."
In closing I think this set because of the removable inventions, tools, etc., would make for a most playable set, as display as all. It also would take up very little space on that 16 by 16 flat base plate. At the same time perhaps serve as a learning tool for the next generation of inventors.