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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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Tags: Jobs, Macintosh, Mini, Pi, Plus, Raspberry, Steve, vMac

Comment by davekill on August 18, 2013 at 12:45pm
Brilliant!

It's mini-me :)
Comment by Michael on August 18, 2013 at 7:11pm

Maybe one of these might fit your requirements, instead of cutting down an SD card.

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/261245556154?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&am...

I have one with a 64GB MicroSDXC card in the SD slot of my MBA

Comment by John on August 18, 2013 at 7:27pm

Those look good. I also found this style on Amazon while looking for a bluetooth adapter. This is what I will use if I make another one of these :)

Comment by Michael on August 18, 2013 at 7:38pm

Bookmarked for when I start playing with RPi.  Just a tad to difficult to get into, and out of an MBA though ;)

Comment by Michael on August 18, 2013 at 7:44pm

. . . . what was the 'donor device' for the 6 colour logo?

Comment by John on August 18, 2013 at 7:50pm

Ah! No donor device needed :) That is a 5mm (proper 1/3 scale of the "badge" on the front of a 128k mac) square vinyl sticker that I did up in photoshop and printed at the sign company I work at.

Comment by Michael Jones on August 24, 2013 at 2:31pm

Wow!!  Your Mini Mac looks amazing, John!  The attention to detail is wonderful, and I'm glad you were able to get your badge made for it!

Comment by Art on August 25, 2013 at 9:50am

This is really one of the most creative Mac related items I have ever seen! Great Job!

Comment by Claes on August 27, 2013 at 4:26pm

Congrats on the fantastic job John! I just read the Mashable feature too! Nice! :) http://mashable.com/2013/08/27/amazing-mini-mac-is-a-wonder/?utm_ci...

Also; If you decide to make some for sale I would buy one in a heartbeat!

Comment by Claes on August 28, 2013 at 3:13am

There's a Swedish MacWorld feature about your mini Mac today! http://macworld.idg.se/2.1038/1.519789/varldens-minsta-macintosh

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