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8 minutes ago, Mr Robot said:

This is the first I've heard of it, which it why I asked.

 

Same here, I sense some gaslighting...

 

Anyway back on topic, Has anyone received their bare boards yet? I'm looking forward to seeing builds in progress.

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I see so, your not interested in the concept so it's easier to treat it derogatorily. My issue is the keys on the keyboard, the stickers kits on offer are nice but it just makes my concept seem sub par. I want the graphics symbols on the keys. My idea is to put templates on the front facings and use a plastic bonding paint to do so. Spray is a bit messy and not sharp, but I haven't found something to apply with a roller consistently yet. Any other ideas?

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Why are we now talking about keys and keyboards? The issue was use of the case and parts from a dead 1050, wasn’t it? And before that it was the use of the wrong material to pin the SIO connectors. 
 

Why the sudden shift to yet another complaint?

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I'm not sure if the way I commented was taken the wrong way, I hope it wasn't; as I think we all use our computers for different things, and want different things from them including looks.

 

My comment was only aimed at the Doc, as a suggestion following his own path.

 

I've 6x 1050's two have been butchered as spares due to some 'other' in-experienced with a soldering iron, causing so many tracks to lift as not, also the mechanics are faulty, already used the stepper motor as a replacement in another Mech.

 

One of these spare case's will be the home for my XLD. that's not to say that I may change the 2nd tier to something other than MIDI. purely as I built that inside my XEL (being the taller 80mm case.)

however I like the idea of re-purposing something that will become redundant. 

 

I also like the idea of doing something similar but using the XEGS style case, will I?  Who knows could I, maybe and likely using the same or at least very similar circuits to either the XEL or XLD (and yes I'm aware there much more going on in the later..) the XEGS 'cart por't also poses an issue with lay out, but nicely the back panel can be cut about and opened up to all manor of interfaces :)

That maybe my choice for the future, my main interest is actually building these computers, repairing them, making addon's of my own etc. etc. thats almost more than playing games ( Although I do :) :) )

 

I'm grateful that the boards have been released, and hopefully be on there way latest Monday.

 

Do I like everything the way Michael has done things?  No not all , the PSU being a case in point for me.  but hey it's been good enough for Atari over many years, and it is very much better than any of the original Atari designs.

 

Remember Michael has his own vision and agenda which I'm sure he is most pleased with producing the XLD  Hats off to him for seeing it through and allowing us all to be able to share in his personal vision.

 

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how is it a complaint? it's all centered around the 1088XLD, I moved on to the rest of the project, you can stay back there trying for further fights over nothing(stupid of me to respond and really should have laughed, moving on instantly, my bad)...  perhaps digging a zillion posts in the past to continue carrying on. Mytek wanted us to stop bickering over this stuff so I keep trying to move on but some folks just want to go back and argue more. How is it my attempt to make a nice keyboard is a complaint? It's my idea and I explained MY failures!

 

you considering my keyboard as a complaint, wtf?... I'm having difficulty making sharp edges on the keys.. brushing looks like crap... and rolling isn't adhering and filling the edges.

I did get a suggestion but it seems expensive and tedious. Use a cricket to cut out stencil stickers and then mask off the whole key and then spray. Great for a one off... not so much if others want to do the same. I suspect if I hadn't suggested a fixative loc tite, you would have continued after and all over kyle22, the pack just chases after the last thing seen or heard...

 

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2 hours ago, _The Doctor__ said:

My issue is the keys on the keyboard, the stickers kits on offer are nice but it just makes my concept seem sub par. I want the graphics symbols on the keys. My idea is to put templates on the front facings and use a plastic bonding paint to do so. Spray is a bit messy and not sharp, but I haven't found something to apply with a roller consistently yet. Any other ideas?

Yes I'd like to see something better than stickers to re-label the key caps, and there are custom professional keyboard manufacturers that will do it, but the cost would be prohibitive to say the least. I do like the direction you are going with this Doc, and it got me thinking that maybe a masking sticker set could be made aimed at painting. So in other words it would be a sticker where the part you wanted painted first gets removed, paint gets applied, and then the rest of the sticker gets removed. Seems like this could produce a professional end result but at considerably reduced cost vs. a custom keyboard.

 

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Trying to get this topic back on track to a constructive aspect.

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3 hours ago, _The Doctor__ said:

Any other ideas?

Waterslide decals. You can paint the keyboard your desired shade of brown and put waterslides on them, then a satin clearcoat to protect the decals. 

 

To get white you need something like an Alps MD5000 Dyesub printer. There are people online who will custom print decals for you if you don't want to commit to buying your own Alps.

 

I'm going to do this to my keyboard, once I've 3d printed a new case for it.

 

 

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24 minutes ago, Mr Robot said:

Waterslide decals. You can paint the keyboard your desired shade of brown and put waterslides on them, then a satin clearcoat to protect the decals. 

 

To get white you need something like an Alps MD5000 Dyesub printer. There are people online who will custom print decals for you if you don't want to commit to buying your own Alps.

 

I'm going to do this to my keyboard, once I've 3d printed a new case for it.

 

 

NICE, white, gold , silver, metallic shades... this has a pile of options. This sounds durable as well.

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@mrrobot

 

https://www.ebay.com/itm/ALPS-MD-5000-Micro-Dry-Dye-Sublimation-Color-Printer/193060326140?hash=item2cf34acafc:g:ANMAAOSwCoRdXaMT

 

you can't beat the price on this one guaranteed to be working

 

well you can, I suggest best offer :)

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It's pretty old tech, text is 'legible' down to 6pt, what that means is don't make any of your lines too thin, don't expect miracles.

 

This stuff is very popular with the model train crowd.

 

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Seems you can also create waterslide decals with an ordinary inkjet printer:

 

 

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You can, it's pretty easy, but only a Dyesub can print white or metallic inks.

 

I did think about buying a white/light grey keyboard, spraying it dark brown/black and then laser etching the designs onto the keys hoping that the paint would burn away, revealing the light plastic underneath. That would involve buying or making an engraver.

 

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