PDP-8/e front panels.

Mike Ross tmfdmike at gmail.com
Sun Jun 7 20:51:58 CDT 2015

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)


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