PDP-8/e front panels.

Rod Smallwood rodsmallwood52 at btinternet.com
Sun Jun 7 23:01:48 CDT 2015

On 08/06/2015 02:51, Mike Ross wrote:
> On Mon, Jun 8, 2015 at 1:13 AM, Noel Chiappa <jnc at mercury.lcs.mit.edu> wrote:
>>      > From: Rod Smallwood
>>      > I have recently produced a number of high quality custom PDP8/e front
>>      > panels.  They are full size reproductions of the original. The
>>      > production methods are exactly as used in circa 1971.
>> First, my sincere congratulations! This is a real contribution, and I doubt it
>> was trivial to accomplish.
>>      > I'll also instigate another batch of ten. .. If I get orders for more
>>      > than ten then I'll bump up the second batch size accordingly.
>> These sound so cool I'm tempted to buy one, even though I don't even own a
>> PDP-8! :-)
>>      > If there is a demand I'll do other 8's or 11's front panels that use
>>      > the same plexiglas and silk screen technique.
>> Someone mentioned -12's and -15's?
> That would be me.
> I have one -12 with a smashed front panel, and one -15 with the nasty
> XVM sticky plastic sheet front panel that would look much better with
> a plexiglass replacement! The -15s I have also all have the same nasty
> sticky sheet for the peripherals blinkenlights - RP15 & FP15, see
> http://www.corestore.org/15-2.htm - I'd like to replace those too.
> (They are a real oddity; did ANY other DEC equipment use this kind of
> blinkenlights panel, with cheap nasty sticky plastic sheet instead of
> plexiglass? I've never seen them anywhere except pdp-15 XVM systems)
> Mike
> http://www.corestore.org
> 'No greater love hath a man than he lay down his life for his brother.
> Not for millions, not for glory, not for fame.
> For one person, in the dark, where no one will ever know or see.'
Interesting ... I was at DEC for ten years and I cannot recall having 
seen either of them.
I'll give some thought as to how to do one offs.


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