tothwolf at concentric.net
Wed Feb 7 21:12:05 CST 2007
On Wed, 7 Feb 2007, Richard wrote:
> Any ideas on how I would go about putting this humpty dumpty back
> together again?
> Its a Visual 500 terminal, and its significant because
> a) in two years of monitoring ebay I haven't seen any other
> Visual Technology terminals offered
> b) it has graphics capability (Tektronix 4010 emulation)
> This thing was so poorly packed that even the spacing posts in the
> keyboard were sheared off. The circuit boards don't appear damaged
> and amazingly the tube doesn't appear damaged, but obviously the case
> is pretty heavily smashed. The ebay seller accused me of trying to
> rip them off by claiming damage and then made a big stink about me
> giving them negative feedback. I think there was *one* inflated
> pillow style spacer on the top of the unit when I opened it. They
> also tried to claim that UPS packed it, which seems like utter
> I've been thinking that I might be able to glue enough of the pieces
> of the case back together to get something stable enough to have the
> electronics working again. (I've never attempted to power it on and
> man, was I pissed when I opened up this box!)
Been there, done that.
You might be able to find some of my old posts in the classiccmp archives
regarding different chemicals for plastic repair/welding.
I'd suggest you try something like Proweld from Ambroid.
Its primarily methylene chloride (dichloromethane) and seems to work great
for ABS plastics used in older cases and parts. The newer ABS+PC
(polycarbonate) blends won't bond together very well though.
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