I'm going to revisit the TZXDuino. The screen ratio was way too small and it is too 'busy' so I'll use a smaller shell and a larger screen. If I can machine the can well enough it might all fit but I'll need to think really hard about layout. 馃

Dec 27, 2021 路 11:38 AM UTC

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That's pretty flipping snug. I have gaps top bottom, left and right which gives me a really good idea about buttons... 馃
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If I put a perspex lens on it, I can use it to activate the buttons, like a PoundLand touch screen. I'll need to make a lens first but I have the hang of making them now. 馃槉
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The lens is done and I'll curve the screen. It won't appear curved unless 'optically joined'. This is with and without water as a demo. 馃檪
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That's a fairly optimised layout. I'll raise the buttons by 3mm to give plenty of clearance for wiring. 馃槉
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Roughly sponged the wiring together, I'm much happier with the proportions. It'll need a mask for the display. 馃
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Something like this but with a splash of colour... 馃槉
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This would probably be a bit much... 馃
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Mucking around with screen masks, the transparency looks interesting on a reflective background. Something I might try and exploit.馃
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Mmmmm... Bendy... 馃槉
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A foil backed screen mask could work... I'm also thinking about going for straight black. 馃
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Loca and bubblejet ink do not play well with each other so I'll go for a laser print mask in black and white. I have an interesting idea to add a splash of colour elsewhere. I'll see if I can put enamel bands round the sides, it looks good on the heatsink. 馃
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Waterslide screen mask lacquered and now drying. I'll stick the mask straight to the lens with loca, then peel the backing off, spray the back in white then glue the screen to it. I should have an idea of the final height soon. 馃檪
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I got the screen bonded and I'm not happy with the grey mask but I have a better idea. 馃檪
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I've made a new lens, it's a pretty straightforward process now and only took about 30 minutes or so. I'm trying to nail the printed, bonded screen method, I'll need to if I'm to upscale my 'FatScreen' mod. 鈽猴笍
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I used a vinyl sticker for the mask, cut it out, then stuck it to the display, it keeps it in place nicely. I'm bonding the lens on top with loca, i'll give it an hour then trim it when the weeping stops. It I get this right on the first try I'll be chuffed! 馃槉
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That worked a treat, most definitely curved! 鈽猴笍
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Optimal layout achieved! 馃槉
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I'll file the port holes tomorrow and give it a final fettling, the hillbilly touchscreen works really well. 馃槀
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Ports filed. I'll give it a trial assembly and then get to fettlin' 馃檪
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That'll do for now. 馃檪
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I know this is a stupid idea but I'm going to do it anyway. 馃槀
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And done! Glamour shots coming up in a separate tweet. 馃槉
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