DEC frontpanel switch replica!
rodsmallwood52 at btinternet.com
Wed Mar 15 22:29:39 CDT 2017
They look pretty good to me. How's it done. The originals were
injection molded and of course needed a mold.
I'll be at the Munich VCF at the end of April.
On 16/03/2017 00:30, 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 (https://www.fritzundfranz.com/) 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
> He told me that it was a bit difficult to get the holes at the side
> right. I think that it would be no problem if they'd be more shallow
> or even gone.
> * His material is less translucent than the original. Won't probably
> change. So a perfectionist could spot the difference.
> * He states that he can hit colors even better! (Think of the special
> * The axle stubs would be omitted and made of steel (something I
> already plan for repair of that weakest point)
> * He is able to produce flawless finish (remember: it's a raw prototype!)
> This is not my business. I told him that I'd ask around if there would
> be serious interest. He is not in vintage computing and does not work
> for free. So one piece would probably cost around 5-15 EUR each,
> depending on demand, color etc.
> Please give some feedback!
> Philipp :-)
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