I've done a computer, a trackball
, a keyboard
and a card reader
Now for the biggie. The monitor. Currently I have two, a Samsung which might not be too difficult- build a frame attach a stand, like the vonslatt version
, and all will be well, and a smaller 15" I bought at the same time as the original HP that until recently provided the guts of the Xion Aetheric Computational Engine.
Dismantling it, the plastic bits look like this. Note the "T" shaped part. This is the part that allows the monitor to pivot. The fact that it has a sort of plug shape is going to be important for phase 2:
Unfortunately it has built-in speakers, there are two separate circuit boards, and the stand is a horrible curvy monstrosity I'm not sure I can do anything with. Fortunately I do still have the rest of that Fablon sticky backed plastic, for the nice easy flat bits. (I swear I'll be making clothes out of it next.)
From behind. I think it'll need several coats of paint. And I'll have to do the ink-wash thing at some point. But its a start, and they're just minor points Liquid leaf is soluble in white spirit, which makes cleaning up any messy bits nice and easy.
Some spraypaint, liquid leaf and careful sticking later and the front looks like this (that pink thing is a Kaiyodo model of a Diplocaulus. Why can't Kinder Egg be as good as this?):
I haven't done anything to the unpainted base, and I'm not going to. It will be replaced by a block of wood drilled to accommodate the "plug" on the pivot piece, and then I'll build a base that allows me to attach it using the screw that holds it to the current base. So the base will be a squarish block, with a short square column that the largely completed bit is fixed to.
Quite what I'll do to the base, I'm not entirely certain. Maybe follow others in making the base look like marble/granite? Lion's feet? Some sort of brocade fabric? We shall see.