The Future was 8bit

Silver Vic-20 Mod

OK so I made a 23ct Gold C64.. Surely the VIC20 deserves the same treatment?

Silver VIC20... It's the future :D

 

Silver VIC-20

First things first.. Find a donor VIC20. Had to be a classic Square Key. Square keys are known to be the future! I had a few to choose from, picked one with a hi-ish serial number. 5xxx

Silver VIC-20

Apart from being firthy it's also got a small scuff in the case..  Wouldn't use a minter for this

Silver VIC-20

Nasty.. One of the 3 case screws had rusted off.. Plenty of signs of rust in here too. No idea if this thing works, but I'm sure it will once I've finished with it.

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One of many screws that snapped off!

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Signs of some sort of liquid.. Probably should have worn gloves.

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 More corrosion.. Around a third of the screws snapped off in the end.

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Manky

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This thing is like a vintage car.. If it's metal, it's rotting.

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More smeg

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OMG this thing gets worse

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And worse

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And worse'r still

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How do you turn a PET keyboard into a VIC20 keyboard. Simply cover the holes up with gaffer tape ;D

 Silver VIC-20

That's better.

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Top tip.. Clean rubber contacts with an eraser.. Don't go mad with it.. A quick wipe is enough

Silver VIC-20

You might not believe it's the same keyboard.. But trust me it is!

 Silver VIC-20

PCB Cleaned and re-capped.. Time to put it back together ready for testing

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Wow.. Apart from having to replace a bunch of corroded sockets, it took me a while to find out the 74LS133 was toast 

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It'll probably end up as a daily drive.. Might as well add a bunch of copper

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Time for the Silver :D

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Bottoms up! This is my second attempt.. First time around the finish wasn't so good.. More than happy with it now

 Silver VIC-20

Needs a bit of a buff.. But apart from that, smiles all round :D

 Silver VIC-20

PCB refitted.. Copper in all it's glory

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And now.. Labels

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Oh yes! :D

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White LED's are the future

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Needs a bit of a touch up here and there.. I think the square key VIC20 suits a bit of silver

 Silver VIC-20

 Might sick a resistor on that LED.. Little too bright

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 If you where a Cylon (BattleStar Galactica), you'd want a Silver VIC20 for Christmas.. Just imaging the hissy fit if they only got a ZX81 ;D

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Well.. I'm more than happy with the results.. If you've not seen it already. Check out my 23ct Golden C64