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My 1/3 scale mac is done! 

The Outside

I made the case using white 3m Sintra (a sheet of pvc, easy to cut and sand) using an x-acto knife, files and sandpaper for the bezels. The sides bottom and front were formed into one part of the case with the top and back as the second piece.

HDMI, two usb ports, ethernet ports.

The Inside

The monitor is a 3.5" composite monitor similar to this one. It's held in with two brackets at the bottom and a few velcro tabs at the top.

The rest of the hardware is attached to a bracket that is easily removed with a few screws.

On the left is the Raspberry Pi. To the right of that is a Four port powered usb hub similar to this, along with it's AC/DC adapter. Two of the USB ports are facing out and two facing in. One of the inside ports holds the wifi dongle and the other will hold the bluetooth dongle when it arrives. On the very top is a 2 port 2.4 amp usb charger that is powering the Pi and the monitor. A note on the monitor, even though it's supposed to use 12 volts, the 5 volt charger is powering it quite nicely but your results may vary :)

To make everything fit I had to make a few modifications.

On the Pi, I had to cut the SD card down almost flush with the edge of the Raspberry Pi board. I also had to cut away quite a bit of the USB cable on the top to get it to bend below the top of my case. The last thing I had to do was to solder wires directly to the Pi board to bypass the power connector. 

I tried to find some small wire connectors instead of having to twist and tape everything but no such luck :(

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Comment by Denise on August 28, 2013 at 8:05am

Just amazing, I absolutely love it.  I would buy one if you ever build them for sale.  Hint. Hint.

Comment by Jeremy Mehrle on August 28, 2013 at 8:27am

John, This is Amazing! I never saw the purpose of the raspberry pi emulation in a full sized case, but a miniature case, Genius!

Comment by Derek on August 28, 2013 at 3:14pm
Comment by Lim Thye Chean on August 28, 2013 at 5:53pm

Today the news of mini Mac is everywhere. :)

Comment by Luke Curley on August 28, 2013 at 5:58pm

So cool, I'd buy one. Or at least the case.

Comment by Corey Warren on August 28, 2013 at 6:43pm

Wow.  The electronics are one thing.  I'm sure most of us could do that part.  But, making that case.  I'm not sure I have the hands or the patience for that.  Do you have anymore pictures of the case building?  Can that Sintra board be glued together?  Is that how you made the edges and corners?

Comment by Derek on August 28, 2013 at 6:52pm

… and now the official Raspberry Pi blog! James, your Ning bills are going to be huge. ;)

Comment by John on August 28, 2013 at 8:29pm

>>Can that Sintra board be glued together? 

I mostly used liquid nail to glue the sintra parts together as well as some epoxy putty.

>> Is that how you made the edges and corners?

The edges and corners were made with a combination of files and sandpaper. I used a pen to mark out the inner part of the bezel and then did my best to file it flat.

Comment by John on August 28, 2013 at 8:30pm

I just wanted to say thanks to you all for the nice comments!

Comment by P H on August 29, 2013 at 11:18am

To those of us who love and worship our Macs (and consider them to be perfect and complete as is).....this is complete and abhorrent sacrilege!

Way to go on the mini sizing!

Oh, and you've voided your warranty.  Hello...ooooo, you think!?!


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