Front Panel - Update. - PDP=8/i and PDP-8/l - Bezels - PDP-11
rodsmallwood52 at btinternet.com
Sat Aug 13 09:23:37 CDT 2016
On 13/08/2016 14:20, Christian Gauger-Cosgrove wrote:
> On 13 August 2016 at 08:07, Noel Chiappa <jnc at mercury.lcs.mit.edu> wrote:
>> I can't recall any other models with front panels? (Well, the /74, but IIRC
>> there are none of those extant outside museums - although people might want
>> some for simulators.)
> The whole list of PDP-11 models with any sort of front panel beyond
> just an on/off switch is:
>> 11/20 (11/15)
>> 11/05 (11/10)
>> 11/40 (11/35)
>> 11/45 (11/50, 11/55)
>> 11/70 (11/74)
>> 11/34 (11/04, 11/34A) --- "Calculator" style panel (like an 8/A)
>> 11/60 --- "Calculator" style panel.
> I've put OEM machines, and machines that are otherwise identical, or
> nearly so in parens. The '45 and '50 panels are the same except for
> the number, while the '55 panel is painted completely differently. The
> same goes for the '70 versus '74 panels: Same indicators and
> everything, just completely different paint job.
> The panel on the '74 is almost exactly like a standard '70 panel, just
> its in "blue" (i.e. like the DECdatasystem-570 that Dave McGuire
> owns). Compare:
> 11/74: <https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-MgQBlTQEbso/Tis2KYplLSI/AAAAAAAAAEE/kqhLKWEimX8/s1280/castor-running.jpg>
> 11/70: <http://www.neurotica.com/w/images/5/58/DEC-PDP1170-KB11C-7.jpg>
> The only other major difference between the '70 and '74 panels is that
> the '74 uses the "chiclet" switches as on the '05/'10 instead of the
> "normal" triangular plastic ones you find on a standard '70.
> There's also different coloured versions for many of the panels too.
> E.g. there's a brown-and-white '70 panel used in OEM typesetting
> systems by CSI Systems (if I recall right). There's a blue-and-red '40
> panel sold by DEC in their "INDUSTRIAL-11" version. A photo exists
> showing an 11/20 and an 8/e in "labratory" green (i.e. the LAB-8/e
> colour scheme).
> With regards to the 11/74, last I heard there were no machines extant.
> Apparently there's an 11/74 panel plexiglass "floating around", but I
> don't recall who owns it.
> As an aside thought: I'd love to see a "blue" 11/70 or an 11/74 panel
> running with either blue LEDs or white LEDs. That would probably look
> very nice… hopefully Rob will do a one of those panels because that
> sounds like a fun project.
Thank you very much that's a mine of information.
Rod (Panelman) Smallwood
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