DEC frontpanel switch replica!

Toby Thain toby at
Wed Mar 15 22:47:01 CDT 2017

On 2017-03-15 8:30 PM, Philipp Hachtmann via cctalk wrote:
> Hi folks,
> this might be quite interesting for the folks that miss front panel
> switch handles!
> As some of you might know I'm currently working (a bit) on a new batch
> of Omnibus USB boards. And I have announced that there will be a kind of
> handle for the boards this time... I went to my neighbour and showed him
> some bits and pieces. He has a nice little workshop for concrete artwork
> ( and spent a lot of time into perfecting
> his moulding skills.
> I gave him a pdp8/e yellow switch handle with broken axle (usual
> problem) to try what can be done.
> Today I came home and he gave me the piece saying that he was unable to
> replicate it. I took it (a bit frustrated) and stated that he has
> somehow ruined the surface... Haha! It was the replica!
> He told me that this was a first "fast" shot including a "rough"
> approximation of the colour.
> I was stunned!
> Here you can see pictures. Even the defects of the original have been
> replicated.
> ...
> Please give some feedback!

Alright, I will!

While obviously a first cut, this is amazing, you and your neighbour 
should be complimented. This kind of creativity and hard work really 
helps retrocomputing restorers. Kudos to you both.


> Philipp :-)

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