Q68 case

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Q68 case

Postby Peter » Tue Apr 18, 2017 9:27 pm

This is how my Q68 looks inside a case with new front- and backpanel design:

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Re: Q68 case

Postby Dave » Wed Apr 19, 2017 4:36 am

That's a sweet ride. I'd love to be on the waiting list for one.


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Re: Q68 case

Postby Peter » Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:45 am

The case is a B2-080BK from Box Enclosures, probably easier if you order it in the US. I had the front- and back panels made separately. With access to a milling center, it would save cost and material to use the panels that come with the case. The only thing missing would be the white laser engraved labels.

As for the Q68 board, I can only say that I try to make it available somehow.

I vaguely remember you had access to mechanical machining, is that still so?

BTW one thing I don't like are the bolts that come with the case. Countersunk bolts would look better.


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Re: Q68 case

Postby Cristian » Wed Apr 19, 2017 9:18 am

Neat and simple: nice job!


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Re: Q68 case

Postby dilwyn » Wed Apr 19, 2017 12:27 pm

Peter wrote:This is how my Q68 looks inside a case with new front- and backpanel design:

Fantastic, nice work Peter.

I look forward to Q68 becoming available in due course.


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Re: Q68 case

Postby Dave » Wed Apr 19, 2017 4:39 pm

Imagine how it would look with a black ABS case 3D printed to have the same design language as the QL case. Might be worth the work. But this looks sharp though.


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Re: Q68 case

Postby tofro » Wed Apr 19, 2017 5:48 pm

Dave,

honestly: I doubt that anything the average sausage laying machine ;) could produce would look more professional than this really sharp case

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Re: Q68 case

Postby Dave » Wed Apr 19, 2017 6:36 pm

Well, no, but I have access to some pretty fine tools. If I can create a 3D model, I can convert it to CNC an aluminum tooling for ABS molding. Unfortunately, for now my health limits me to watching a 3D printer do its thing, then dressing the prints with acetone to get the desired surface finish.


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Re: Q68 case

Postby Peter » Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:02 pm

It was my plan to add "Q68" in 3D letters on the front, like the "QL" letters on the original, but all I found yet are too large.
I tried to provide at least some QL similarity by the white lasered backside labels, and using a case with some riffles on side and top.
The LED colors will also be like QL in the final version, and the two SDHC drive slots are not too far from resembling the microdrive slots.

Admittedly the QL had no power button, espcially no green illuminated one, but I simply found it too useful to omit. ;)

It would be a dream if Rick Dickinson designed a case for the Q68. But I doubt it could be series manufactured, as that did not even happen yet for the "ZX Spectrum Next" which probably has an audience more than 100 times as large as the Q68.



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