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 Post subject: Code name C128x
PostPosted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 11:47 am 
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I bid on a c128d and won unfortunately it was damaged in transit and the case was destroyed :(
Good new the seller refunded me and gave me the remains to keep. :)
So what do you do with a Good C128D board and keyboard, everything else damaged but good parts.

Answer: Start a new project. :)

I also have a none working c128 in a good case, so do i just place the board into there with some small mods
for the power supply and keyboard or do you start something new.

Well needless to say i wanted something different and more functional for my particular needs.

OK i started by looking at the bottom case for the c128 with a eye to modify it to meet my particular needs.
Here is a small list of what i have done "So Far" :)
1. Moved power socket to the rear of the C128 instead of on the side.
2. Moved the cartridge port so it poked out the top instead of out the back.
3. Installed fotios rs232 cartridge internally and made it easily replaceable.
4. Install MMU for the SCPU.
5. Modified bottom of case for removal of the cartridge port, installation of the rs232 and plugged rf hole.
6. Modified top case by removal of the peak and keyboard holes and added access to cartridge port and
external keyboard hole.
7. Using Black gloss plastic dye and car putty repaired holes and painted case "Might change color again".

These pictures are a small compliment of many picture's taken.

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We needed a hole for the external keyboard.

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C128d board with holes plugged and modified for rs232 and cartridge.

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Modified rs232 cartridge fitted to user port "removable"

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Modified c128d board for rear power supply socket.

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A standard MMU SCPU add on board modification.

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Removal of the top keys holes on the c128.

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This was what i had in mind with floppy drive and cartridge on top.
Keyboard holes were filled in with black perspex and car body filler.

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This picture almost changed the project name to stealth instead of c128x.
C128x painted gloss black, hours of puttying and sanding to get mirror finish.

I'll add a Commodore 128 badge and some pin stripping to breakup finish, might
change color yet, maybe use some splatter paint.

Any ideas welcome on color or finish. Many more mods coming up.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 6:13 pm 
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Looking pretty neat I must admit. Although I'm not sure I would sacrifice a standard C128 case. Was there nothing left of the original C128d case to work with? :)


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 20, 2009 2:09 am 
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Yes the c128d was crushed! even the floppy drive was destroyed.
It was a great shame as the c128d was in perfect condition before being sent
only wrapped in bubble wrap no box. The poor girl did not stand a chance of
making the 1800km trip by postal truck, even the keyboard was not placed in
the spot created for it to travel by commodore, just a layer of bubble wrap and
sticky taped to the top of the c128d. :(...

I nearly just modded the board and placed it in the c128 case on a few occasions, while
cutting of the Function key's peak from the c128 case.

The flat top of the c128x makes a nice shelf to store your drives and no more reaching
around the back to insert cartridges, the big bonus for me is the external keyboard. But
the modified case is featureless and plain, I'll add some commodore logos, Leds and silver pinstripes
to break up the gloss black mirror finish.

I'm very happy so far and as the commodore is now far from original, i have no reason not
to try out modding it further.

I am thinking of molding a 1581 or FD-2000 drive into the top of the case, similar to the C65.
But for now I'm going to happy to use it for a while, this project took longer than you might think,
as time restraints from work have kept me busy and that mirror finish took hours of sanding and puttying.

This machine will most likely end up a BBS on www.c64bbs.com to compliment c64web.com as i enjoy using
my standard c64 bread bin the most to run programs and play games. :)

enjoy Shane :)

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 21, 2009 1:18 pm 
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Very nice. :)
Would love to see more/bigger pics.

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