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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 Braiden Hayes on August 29, 2013 at 2:26pm

you should make and sell these. I would buy 3!

Comment by Julie Benson-Grant on August 29, 2013 at 5:36pm

I have some amazingly cool retro Mac stuff that I would love to negotiate a trade with you for this. And if not this one, the first on your 3-D printer. I worked way back in 1994, 1995 and 1996 first in the CustomMac group and then working on the Newton! Let's talk!

Comment by Derek on August 29, 2013 at 5:57pm

Julie, are you still under NDA? We demand you do an interview on the RetroMacCast. :-) 

Comment by Jason on August 30, 2013 at 3:03am

If you guys sell these can you please message us?  Would love to have one!

Comment by Adrian vG on August 30, 2013 at 3:04am

I created an account just to say I want this! With SD-card slot and HDMI out.

Kickstart it!

Comment by Lim Thye Chean on August 30, 2013 at 3:52am

I suggest John uses this opportunity to start a company. Seems like the interest is high!

Comment by Ken Corey on August 30, 2013 at 5:21am

Please, Please, Please start selling a kit to make these.  My first real sorta-networkable computer was a MacPlus.  Saved my pennies to upgrade it to 4MB, and I even got a 68030 addon board to try to extend its life.  Liked it so much I sold  Macs for a year before University.  I *loved* that computer.

I've got a Raspberry Pi just sitting here that would *love* to be a retro mac.

Can I suggest $50 for the case, $100 for the case with parts, and $150 for the case, parts, raspi, SD card with software flashed?

As soon as you put up a kickstarter page or a store page, I'm in.

-Ken

Comment by Patrick Proctor on September 5, 2013 at 1:33pm

Congratulations on making it onto MacBreak Weekly!

Comment by option8 on October 16, 2013 at 12:26pm

Is there an item number for the Krylon spraypaint you used? I'd like to paint a few things to match my platinum/beige Macs.

Comment by macmedic on November 19, 2013 at 7:23pm

This is amazing!!!!! I want one!!

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