In addition to the Computer itself, I managed to find a set of old Grayskull speakers for some sort of He-man themed record
player or tape deck, not sure. I gutted them, as well as a set of Labtec speakers. Then I installed the shielded Labtecs into
the Grayskull shells. With a bit of drilling and some hot glue, I mounted the volume, power, and bass boost knobs along with
the mini controller board. The 1/4" plug wire and power wire ran out of the original speaker wire holes in the backs
of each and the power connection was made internally.
But wait there's more! You just can't quit until the project is complete. Since the Computer itself is finished, I'm now concentrating
more on the keyboard, mouse, and monitor. The keyboard is nearly complete and here are some shots of how this turned out.
I used an old He-man collector's case for this project. I dismantled the case, removed the cardboard images, scanned them,
pieced them back together and filled in the blank spots where the joints and hinges were, and then placed them onto a flat
monochrome red background for a nice fluidity. Then I printed them on sticker sheets and removed the front cover from a black
Logitech Elite keyboard and wrapped the stickers around every inch to get as complete a cover as possible, even the wrist
rest! The only character I left out was Beast Man due to space limitations and style points. Next step is to seal it so the
paper won't fade or become stained. Any suggestions on how to do that??
The mousepad was done through an online site that will take any picture and put it on either a square or round pad. I chose
the round for this design. The mouse cradle was a suggestion from Heftysmurf76 and was accomplished through some delicate
dremel work. It's sweet with the wireless optical mouse flashing red laser on the starburst chair back in the dark.
The final product is pretty low key. On first glance, you'd never think it's anything other than the product we all loved
as kids. However...(scroll down)
Then you notice the red glow from the towers and the flag fluttering in the breeze and you know this is something special.
A few folks helped get this project off the ground and a few more helped to bring it to a successful conclusion. Thanks to
those who put time or effort into making this a wonderful project, especially:
Heftysmurf76 from the .Org (for the paint job)
The Fallen Weeble (for the *ahem* occasional technical assistance)
Kinnikuman76 from the .Org (for the flag)