PDP-8/e front panels.

Bob Rosenbloom bobalan at sbcglobal.net
Sun Jun 7 23:31:36 CDT 2015

On 6/7/2015 9:01 PM, Rod Smallwood wrote:
> 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.
> Rod
I'd be interested in a -12 panel also. Probably the -15 too, they are 
just too beautiful and would make nice FPGA based replicas.


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