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Post by pixelblip » Sun Apr 14, 2019 5:41 pm

Hi
I've been looking at souped up ZX Spectrums and their flashy new coloured cases and keyboards - some of them look really cool ( the white one with rainbow led keypad). I am getting retro computer envy and am tempted to turn to the dark side from seeing these online!

I also like the membrane coloured keyboards you can get.
Has anyone blinged up their BBC yet or sprayed the case another colour? I know it's sacrilege but I would be interesting to see what people have done.
I painted my BBC keys all different colours and did a psychadelic design on it. I really regret throwing it away now 20 years ago! It had a mandala in psychadelic colours.......all the keys were yellow red green and blue. It looked so far out. I wonder if anyone saw it in the rubbish and kept it!
Maybe I need to do another.........

So post your blinged up BBC pics here if you have some :) Oh and if anyone has seen that BBC I did then post up a picture if it's in your loft! :lol:
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Post by RobC » Sun Apr 14, 2019 5:49 pm

Slightly off topic and it has come up on here before but this Beeb has to be the most blinged-up micro of all time!

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Post by lurkio » Sun Apr 14, 2019 5:52 pm

pixelblip wrote:
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Has anyone blinged up their BBC yet or sprayed the case another colour?
Not mine -- posted on the Fb group, by someone called "Spray" funnily enough:

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Post by jonb » Sun Apr 14, 2019 6:04 pm

He should change his name to "blotchy".. :lol:

Looks proper cool though. Much better than cream.

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Post by paulv » Sun Apr 14, 2019 6:04 pm

If you have a problem... if no one else can help... and if you can find them... maybe you can hire... The BBC B Team :lol: :lol: :lol:
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You could achieve the very look with a dark silver top, red detailing in the lower case lip and black base...

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Post by topcat96 » Sun Apr 14, 2019 6:20 pm

The only bit of bling your BBC will ever need ... An Elite function key strip :D

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Post by pixelblip » Sun Apr 14, 2019 6:50 pm

That badass black Beeb looks like a bbc Darth Vader would play Elite on!
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Post by pixelblip » Sun Apr 14, 2019 6:53 pm

That gold bbc is awesome. That one is CP30’s Chuckie Egg gaming machine! :lol:

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Post by Lardo Boffin » Sun Apr 14, 2019 7:11 pm

That black beeb does look properly menacing. The red function keys give it just the right amount of contrast.
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Post by Commie_User » Sun Apr 14, 2019 7:14 pm

Acorn should have put one out in black. For once, they should have followed the style of Sinclair. Though does the paint job make the BBC sexy enough? It's nice but it's still not quite the sleek, slinky editing studio look of this Pioneer MSX machine:

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Mutton dressed as lamb in that case but still. I'd suggest pimping the Beeb with a WIMP outfit, modern arcade joystick or its music keyboard setup. Given what was actually out for it at the time, a paint job only looks a kinky extra. (Unless the casing is already grubby with age.)
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Post by pixelblip » Sun Apr 14, 2019 7:52 pm

I think that black bbc looks really cool. Oh dear black bbc conjures up something in my head :lol:
I can imagine a bold blue bbc as well.....with backlit keys....cor that would be sexy.

I think we are going to have to start something off here....maybe it’s time to banish the beige for a bit! The beige is classic 80s of course but looks a bit like a prefab pebble dashed house when it starts getting grubby :lol:
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Post by Andrew_Waite » Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:50 pm

White Spectrums are not new. There is some video of Sir Clive with the special WHITE millionth Spectrum made at the Timex factory in Dundee on Youtube. The link is below.

I wonder where this machine is now?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1qMr-mdn2I
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Post by pixelblip » Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:45 am

Wow those white spectrums.....who would have thought they exisited.

This thread has got me thinking about it now properly :)
Maybe I can bling some bbcs up with some artwork. That would be interesting wouldn't it..

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Post by Elminster » Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:55 am

pixelblip wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:45 am
Wow those white spectrums.....who would have thought they exisited.

This thread has got me thinking about it now properly :)
Maybe I can bling some bbcs up with some artwork. That would be interesting wouldn't it..
You could probably make a fortune (maybe) doing concept art for all the retro computer kickstarters. You could do photo quality and 8bit versions :)

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Post by jonb » Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:04 am

Errrmmm... excuse me.. cough cough..

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From https://xyqom.myportfolio.com/cgi-memot ... 2-with-fdx - these are not actual photos, they are high quality 3D renderings, but the machines do look like that in the flesh (perhaps not quite as clean).
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Post by pixelblip » Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:08 pm

Ok I am going to do some funky designs. I will get the 3d model built first in Tinkercad and see how we go from there.
Prepare for something very psychadelic!

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Post by soviet » Tue Apr 16, 2019 6:24 pm

The memotech computer look very cool, but only a small amount of manufacturers embraced adding some color to the computers.
The Japanese have very cool units in other colors.
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Post by jonb » Wed Apr 17, 2019 7:17 am

Ah, but there was a red Memotech, made for an unsuccessful sales bid to the Russian education authorities:

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I have seen and handled this machine at one of the Memotech meets. It is proper rare. At the time I felt as if I was touching a holy relic!
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Post by 1024MAK » Sun Apr 21, 2019 10:18 am

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As this Beeb is on the dark side, is it Kylo Ren’s Beeb? And is it more kryoflux compatible than a standard Beeb? :lol:

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Post by Kazzie » Sun Apr 21, 2019 12:22 pm

1024MAK wrote:
Sun Apr 21, 2019 10:18 am
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As this Beeb is on the dark side, is it Kylo Ren’s Beeb? And is it more kryoflux compatible than a standard Beeb? :lol:

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If the function keys were orange, I'd say yes. :wink:

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Post by oPless » Mon Apr 22, 2019 1:03 am

1024MAK wrote:
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Oh lordy ... don't give me ideas!

That looks nice!
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Post by pixelblip » Fri Apr 26, 2019 3:08 pm

I've had some great ideas regarding this recently. Something to celebrate our 40 years.
It's very exciting seeing Music 5000 being reborn and all the projects people have on the go ( Like the Nula and the sid).
How about a new BBC with all these new things with a brand new design?
Something that will be a personally designed bbc unique to each user.Hmmm...
Let's see what I can do :)
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Post by flaxcottage » Fri Apr 26, 2019 5:23 pm

1024MAK wrote:
Sun Apr 21, 2019 10:18 am
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As this Beeb is on the dark side, is it Kylo Ren’s Beeb? And is it more kryoflux compatible than a standard Beeb? :lol:

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That looks pretty awesome. Now don't give me ideas. :lol:
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Post by pixelblip » Sat Apr 27, 2019 2:39 am

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Post by pixelblip » Sat Apr 27, 2019 1:25 pm

After 12 solid hours non stop of staying up modelling this....let the games begin! :D : :lol:
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Post by pixelblip » Sat Apr 27, 2019 1:42 pm

There's a mistake in those pictures - see if you can spot it!

1) Fancy a blue BBC micro for the 40th anniversary ? Better than those rubbish spectrums eh ! :wink:
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Post by paulv » Sat Apr 27, 2019 1:50 pm

pixelblip wrote:
Sat Apr 27, 2019 1:42 pm
There's a mistake in those pictures - see if you can spot it!
@ seems to be reversed.

Do I win something? :D

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Post by pixelblip » Sat Apr 27, 2019 2:01 pm

Oh shucks I didn't see that one! =D> :lol:

Since you were first Paul there will be a little suprise for you ;)
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Post by paulv » Sat Apr 27, 2019 2:09 pm

pixelblip wrote:
Sat Apr 27, 2019 2:01 pm
Oh shucks I didn't see that one! =D> :lol:

Since you were first Paul there will be a little suprise for you ;)
Thanks, but no surprise is needed :-). 3 is missing it's shifted character too... Is this the one you were thinking of?

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Post by pixelblip » Sat Apr 27, 2019 2:11 pm

Yes Paul that was it! The Shift lock and Caps lock were the wrong way around. Well done!
It was exhausting doing this. Now I can have some fun with it! :)

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