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Todays progress, well one step forward and two steps back.
So firstly I decided that the VGA cable was way to long so I decided to cut it shorter and re-solder it into place, problem is I got a dammed cheap arse soldering iron that takes 4 years to heat up and when it finally does it’s not the tip that heats up but the everything else, so I find myself having to lean the iron in odd angles to get the heat to transfer.
This practically ruined the RCA port as it melted most of it away, God only knows how I recovered it but i did and the VGA is still working with a nice short cable now
So in terms of viable development that’s as far as I got today… Almost that is.
At lunch time I decided, actually I’d like to make my own case for my console. I thought about a few materials, mainly wood because it’s cheap, so I started a few designs in my pad.
Then I remembered something that caught my eye in Maplin but I hadn’t actually researched properly it was this plastic that you could melt and mould in hot water. A quick youtube convinced me that this was the material for me and at £10 a tub, hell yeah!
So after work I charged down to Maplin and brought some. I got to say this stuff is amazing (oh it’s called Polymorph), it may not be great for decals but for prototyping, electronics, shapes, fixings… you name it!
It stars off as little beads, you pour the beads into a bowl of hot water and they congel together, it’s at this point you have a few minuets to mould them into shape and that’s what I did. Using a rolling pin I made the base of my case, it’s fairly smooth and flat; far from perfect but I kinda like that! It took me long enough to get the base done so I’ll try the top half tomorrow perhaps, there’s a bit more to it because I have to make the pillars for the screws and other mounting positions.