Casemodding is an art almost as multidisciplinary as aeromodeling.
Behold, two essays in this modern medium.
1983. Sinclair ZX81 (the original British import, not the wussy Timex) mobo.
The ZX81 itself I bought new from Arkon Electronics, Queen St W, Toronto.
(designed at the U. of Waterloo, which I attended right after finishing this)
- 16K RAM expansion
- Thermal printer (not shown, but fits in the case where extra 16K's are stashed here)
- Full-size keyboard of mysterious provenance, rewired (not shown)
- 8-channel memory-mapped I/O board, soldered point-to-point
- 8-channel analog I/O: mechanical relays, trim pots, separate power supply
- Toggle switch to play or record to external cassette deck
- 120V power strip
All the rest came a few doors east from Active Surplus over the next few years.
Given the hours I spent there, they should have awarded me a degree.
2008. Blackmac. Silent (diskless, fanless) media PC.
- Case from a Mac SE retired in 2002 by Prof.
Kevin Doak. Domo arigato.
(Its power supply lives on as well, powering several li-poly battery chargers for my
airplanes. (2017 update: the power supply finally expired, with a loud bang.))
- 1 GB 600 MHz mini-itx mobo (ancient Via EPIAM II, bios 1.35,
chosen for compatibility with linux distro MythTV,
which turned out to be a poor choice for this)
- Mini-box cable-less 70W PSU
- "Super 80" ebay-hongkong LCD TV, which happened to have a VGA input. 640x480, not 800x600 as the vendor claims.
- TV powered from mobo's PSU, not the stock wall wart
- Primer: Raka laminating epoxy, with TAP Plastics black pigment to reveal coverage.
- Paint: cheap Rustoleum brushed base coat, two rattlecan coats of gloss Krylon, then generic car-parts-store polish.
- DSL Linux boots diskless from a basement server.
- Firefox hosts free Squeezebox software,
streaming mp3s from said server to xmms,
thence to line-out and the living-room stereo.