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turbotop™ - a mesmerizing spinning top with turbo blades

A project in by Tom Leszczynski

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Aviator's turbine metal spinning top inspired by Leonardo’s drawings and jet turbines. Your personal metal museum.
Backers: 1029
Average Pledge Per Backer: $84

Funded: $86,309 of $5,000
Dates: Apr 7th -> May 23rd (46 days)
Project By: Tom Leszczynski
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Latest News


May 23rd - via:
Dear Backers, WOW! To all of you who were here from day one, and those of you who joined us just moments before the end of this campaign, and those of you who joined us in days in-between, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! I’m so humbled and... (Read More)

Production turbotops in their lava stage

May 23rd - via:
Dear Backers, I have just received the first production photos of turbotops in their lava stage. The are all red hot inside the rows of ceramic shells during the casting process. It took over a month to develop the tooling necessary to get to this... (Read More)

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May 21st - via:
Dear Backers, This was a truly amazing experience: the backers of this campaign turned into very active participants who brainstormed new applications for the turbotop. For me, that’s Kickstarter at its best. It was also a great example of the... (Read More)


May 15th - via:
Dear Backers, I put the current logo together in the midst of designing the structure of the turbotop and this may be a good time to clean it up a bit. I am getting quotes from packaging manufacturers to test different boxes for our turbotop and... (Read More)


May 12th - via:
Dear Backers, I've been working on prototypes for the Airbase (TM / patent pending) so you can keep your turbotop spinning unattended for the entire day. The air flows from the bottom, there are no fans positioned above. The first prototypes are... (Read More)


May 11th - via:
Dear Backers, Please participate as often as you can and help us grow this campaign. We now have several plaques with names of previous winners of our TOP GUN giveaways on our campaign wall! In order to record your entry this week, please process the... (Read More)


May 4th - via:
Dear Backers, Please participate as often as you can and help us grow this campaign. We now have several plaques with names of previous winners of our TOP GUN giveaways on our campaign wall! In order to record your entry this week, please process the... (Read More)

$100K Stretch Goal and Free Stuff

April 30th - via:
WOW!We reached our $60K Stretch Goal so we are unlocking a FREE BLACK RHODIUM plated turbotop for every backer pledging for 3 or more turbotops! This was an amazing push, you guys are seriously AWESOME! We could not have done it without so much of... (Read More)

$60K Stretch Goal and Free Stuff

April 29th - via:
Awesome News!Once we reach the Stretch Goal of $60,000 one Black Rhodium plated turbotop will be free for all backers who pledged for at least 3 turbotops! / limit one free turbotop per backer / limit one free turbotop per shipping address. This... (Read More)

$50,000 / Air Dance

April 27th - via:
Dear Backers, I am truly humbled by your amazing support for this project. THANK YOU! We have just crossed the $50,000 mark, which calls for a Celebration Air Dance! I have been learning how to control turbotops with a mini hand-held fan, which also... (Read More)


April 26th - via:
Dear Backers, I have simplified the process for our TOP GUN SHARING GIVEAWAY program. Please participate as often as you can and help us grow this campaign. We now have BRASS and GOLD plaques with names of previous winners of our TOP GUN giveaways on... (Read More)

Going Supersonic / Gold Top Guns

April 23rd - via:
Dear Backers, I received a lot of interesting questions regarding turbotop's performance. This is a new video for backers who wonder about the extreme takeoff speeds we can accomplish. We are not supersonic yet, but I'll keep trying. Turbotop was... (Read More)

turbotop one hour spin

April 20th - via:
You'll need an HTML5 capable browser to see this content. Play 00:00 00:00 Dear Backers, I received a number of questions about the spinning time of turbotops. Yesterday our brilliant backer Jordan Kepler sent me an email: “Tom, awesome product.... (Read More)


April 20th - via:
Dear Backers, Thank to your amazing support!We have just reached $35,000 so we are unlocking BRASS turbotop. The BRASS turbotop is now available as $38 add-on. You can also swap any turbotop of lesser or equal value for BRASS by adding their cost... (Read More)


April 18th - via:
TOP GUNS who won the last week will receive one free BRASS turbotop: Nathan Howell / David Matanovic / Peter Vanella / Nopsonize One of our TOP GUNS is still missing in action. He/she was either kidnapped by hostile forces or simply forgot to check... (Read More)

Stretch Goal: Brass Turbotop and Turbocat

April 15th - via:
Dear Backers, We are giving away 5 brass turbotops in the next 24 hours and there is still time to participate (maximum once per day, please see info here, or go directly here) so this may be a good moment to introduce a new Stretch Goal for Brass... (Read More)

Optical Illustions and Free 5 Brass Turbotops

April 14th - via:
Dear Backers, Please upvote us on 9GAG: click here and send this link to your friends Before we enter the world of illusions you may want to check our Top Gun Giveaway program from the last update; it will run until this... (Read More)

Top Gun Sharing Giveaway

April 13th - via:
Dear Backers, Today I would like to take a moment to thank all of you for your amazing support. We grew substantially from our startup just a few days ago and we reached the point in our campaign when we can make a substantial impact going forward. I... (Read More)


April 10th - via:
Dear Backers, A few words about the metals we plan to use for turbotops. This is our preliminary plan. Our manufacturing is quite complex involving many steps from investment castings to CNC finishing, so we need to be flexible with our choices of... (Read More)

WOW! 1st Day

April 8th - via:
Dear Backers, What an amazing first day! 200 Backers / $10,000 Please share this project among your friends. Our youtube video is here: ThanksTom  (Read More)

TURBOTOP Exchange Program

April 7th - via:
Dear Backers, I received a lot of questions related to exchanging specific turbotops within the pledge with another top. We are going to make it very easy moving forward: TURBOTOP EXCHANGE PROGRAM You can exchange any turbotop within any pledge with... (Read More)


April 7th - via:
WOW! Funded in 8 hours! Thank you for your amazing support; turbotop would never exist without you, so thanks. Please use the "Share this project" button underneath the main video to let others know about turbotops. The more successful we are, the... (Read More)

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