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Mini Commodore C64 with 1541 disk drive

by RabbitEngineering, published

Mini Commodore C64 with 1541 disk drive by RabbitEngineering Sep 29, 2013

Description

Two inches wide, and ready to load your 1" floppy disks! This is an improved version of my previous Mini C64. This one has function keys, joystick ports, the 1541 drive (click! click!), stickers for the logos, and an awesome styrofoam cardboard box, much like the real thing had.
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I really enjoy seeing this!
disqus.com/thingiverse-c703af5c89b1d0bc2e99f540f553f182/ - it's a sticker. You can find it on labels.pdf included in the download files.
all this mini stuff is so COOL!! but how did you do the C64 logo strip on the top back??

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Instructions

Print out one of each part. Only c64bodytop.stl needs supports, the others can be printed without. The colours you should end up with are:
Black: c64keyboard_l.stl, c64_side_plate.stl, 1541_door.stl
Grey: c64keyboard_r.stl
Tan: c64bodytop.stl, c64bodybottom.stl, 1541_body.stl
(I printed the black parts on black PLA, the rest on white PLA and used regular Rustoleum spray paint).
To build the C64:

  1. Glue the two keyboard halves into c64bodytop.stl from underneath so they poke up through the face of the machine.
  2. Glue c64sideplate.stl to the recess on the right side of c64bodybottom.stl.
  3. Glue the two subassemblies together.
    To build the 1541 disk drive:
  4. Glue 1541_door.stl to 1541_body.stl.
    Regular old superglue (cyanoacrylate) works great on PLA, even after painting.
    That's it! Optionally print labels.pdf to sticker paper and affix them to the C64 and 1541 as shown in the photos. You can also print box.pdf, cut an 11cm x 7.2cm block of styrofoam and carve some recesses to make a 1980s style box as shown in the photos.
I really enjoy seeing this!
disqus.com/thingiverse-c703af5c89b1d0bc2e99f540f553f182/ - it's a sticker. You can find it on labels.pdf included in the download files.
all this mini stuff is so COOL!! but how did you do the C64 logo strip on the top back??
As a nerd this excites me, as an adult man.... yup, still excites me.
I still have a few adventure game carts rustling around my house.
Fantastic!!

Because I remember when I unpacked the original C64 for the first time :)
Wow, that brings back memories. It was the first computer I ever bought with my own money.

Scary thing is, you could probably put the entire thing into a 2 inch case with today's technology and that 1541 disk drive (Click click whirr) could hold several gigs as a usb drive.
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