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  • billdeg@aol.com
    Sounds like fun...sorry I can only suggest that you try the Yahoo group altaircomputerclub. They have some regulars who can help I am sure.
    Message 1 of 10 , Aug 27, 2005
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      Sounds like fun...sorry I can only suggest that you try the Yahoo group
      altaircomputerclub. They have some regulars who can help I am sure.

      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/altaircomputerclub/?yguid=101209920

      Bill

      In a message dated 8/27/2005 8:05:55 AM Eastern Standard Time,
      ragooman@... writes:

      > Hi,
      >
      > I tried posting on cctech, but haven't rcvd any replies yet. I was
      > wondering if anyone might know where I can get the
      > logo artwork reproduced for the front on my Altair 680. This was an
      > original computer my late brother bought as a kit back in the 70's. I
      > helped him build this and we sure had some fun programming this. I'm
      > finally getting around to restoring this. I dug it out from the last
      > trip visiting them. All my stuff was stored in their garage since we
      > moved.. The logo silkscreen has faded away alot there's nothing left
      > that resembles a logo. I was hoping there is some way to restore this,
      > either by replacing the front panel or getting this repainted(or
      > silkscreened). In the meantime, I can get the hardware cleaned up and
      > hopefully get this to run again.
      >
      > thanks,
      > =Dan
    • Dan
      OK, thanks Evan =Dan ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [My Corner of Cyberspace
      Message 2 of 10 , Aug 28, 2005
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        OK, thanks Evan

        =Dan

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        Evan wrote:

        > I'd suggest pinging Sellam for this question. He has a lot of
        > experience in building replica parts.
        >
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        > *From:* midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com
        > [mailto:midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com] *On Behalf Of *Dan
        > *Sent:* Saturday, August 27, 2005 8:05 AM
        > *To:* midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com
        > *Subject:* [midatlanticretro] Help with Restoring an Altair 680
        >
        > Hi,
        >
        > I tried posting on cctech, but haven't rcvd any replies yet. I was
        > wondering if anyone might know where I can get the
        > logo artwork reproduced for the front on my Altair 680. This was an
        > original computer my late brother bought as a kit back in the 70's. I
        > helped him build this and we sure had some fun programming this. I'm
        > finally getting around to restoring this. I dug it out from the last
        > trip visiting them. All my stuff was stored in their garage since we
        > moved.. The logo silkscreen has faded away alot there's nothing left
        > that resembles a logo. I was hoping there is some way to restore this,
        > either by replacing the front panel or getting this repainted(or
        > silkscreened). In the meantime, I can get the hardware cleaned up and
        > hopefully get this to run again.
        >
        > thanks,
        > =Dan
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      • Dan
        OK, I have the original 680 that I m looking to get a logo repainted. Thanks for the help Rich =Dan
        Message 3 of 10 , Aug 28, 2005
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          OK,
          I have the original 680 that I'm looking to get a logo repainted.
          Thanks for the help Rich

          =Dan

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          Richard A. Cini wrote:

          > Dan:
          >
          > Since MITS is out of business, there is no original source for the
          > front panels. Having said that, from time to time 680b cases appear on
          > eBay,
          > so that's an option.
          >
          > You could use press-on/rub-on lettering in a pinch. The only other
          > option is to recreate the front panel yourself using a service like Front
          > Panel Express. For a panel that size it might cost $100 or so. I made
          > one up
          > for an original 8800 and it was $110.
          >
          > Rich
          >
          > -----Original Message-----
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          > [mailto:midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Dan
          > Sent: Saturday, August 27, 2005 8:05 AM
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          > Subject: [midatlanticretro] Help with Restoring an Altair 680
          >
          >
          > Hi,
          >
          > I tried posting on cctech, but haven't rcvd any replies yet. I was
          > wondering if anyone might know where I can get the
          > logo artwork reproduced for the front on my Altair 680. This was an
          > original computer my late brother bought as a kit back in the 70's. I
          > helped him build this and we sure had some fun programming this. I'm
          > finally getting around to restoring this. I dug it out from the last
          > trip visiting them. All my stuff was stored in their garage since we
          > moved.. The logo silkscreen has faded away alot there's nothing left
          > that resembles a logo. I was hoping there is some way to restore this,
          > either by replacing the front panel or getting this repainted(or
          > silkscreened). In the meantime, I can get the hardware cleaned up and
          > hopefully get this to run again.
          >
          > thanks,
          > =Dan
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        • Dan
          Ok, I tried that too, I m waiting to hear from somebody, thanks Bill =Dan ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [My
          Message 4 of 10 , Aug 28, 2005
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            Ok, I tried that too, I'm waiting to hear from somebody, thanks Bill

            =Dan

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            billdeg@... wrote:

            > Sounds like fun...sorry I can only suggest that you try the Yahoo group
            > altaircomputerclub. They have some regulars who can help I am sure.
            >
            > http://groups.yahoo.com/group/altaircomputerclub/?yguid=101209920
            >
            > Bill
            >
            > In a message dated 8/27/2005 8:05:55 AM Eastern Standard Time,
            > ragooman@... writes:
            >
            > > Hi,
            > >
            > > I tried posting on cctech, but haven't rcvd any replies yet. I was
            > > wondering if anyone might know where I can get the
            > > logo artwork reproduced for the front on my Altair 680. This was an
            > > original computer my late brother bought as a kit back in the 70's. I
            > > helped him build this and we sure had some fun programming this. I'm
            > > finally getting around to restoring this. I dug it out from the last
            > > trip visiting them. All my stuff was stored in their garage since we
            > > moved.. The logo silkscreen has faded away alot there's nothing left
            > > that resembles a logo. I was hoping there is some way to restore this,
            > > either by replacing the front panel or getting this repainted(or
            > > silkscreened). In the meantime, I can get the hardware cleaned up and
            > > hopefully get this to run again.
            > >
            > > thanks,
            > > =Dan
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          • Dan
            Hi, I saw from an earlier post on Altair Computer Club about using PhotoEZ to silkscreen front panels. That looks so great to use and easy to handle. I m going
            Message 5 of 10 , Aug 28, 2005
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              Hi,

              I saw from an earlier post on Altair Computer Club about using PhotoEZ
              to silkscreen front panels. That looks so great to use and easy to
              handle. I'm going to get some of this to restore my other machines too.
              But now I have to find somebody who has scanned a good version of the
              front panel for an Altair 680. I hope someone who has one could offer this.
              http://www.photoezsilkscreen.com/

              =Dan

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              Dan wrote:

              > Hi,
              >
              > I tried posting on cctech, but haven't rcvd any replies yet. I was
              > wondering if anyone might know where I can get the
              > logo artwork reproduced for the front on my Altair 680. This was an
              > original computer my late brother bought as a kit back in the 70's. I
              > helped him build this and we sure had some fun programming this. I'm
              > finally getting around to restoring this. I dug it out from the last
              > trip visiting them. All my stuff was stored in their garage since we
              > moved.. The logo silkscreen has faded away alot there's nothing left
              > that resembles a logo. I was hoping there is some way to restore this,
              > either by replacing the front panel or getting this repainted(or
              > silkscreened). In the meantime, I can get the hardware cleaned up and
              > hopefully get this to run again.
              >
              > thanks,
              > =Dan
              >
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            • Jim Scheef
              Dan, If you can draw the logo as mechanical artwork (as in Illustrator) or find it somewhere, it can be produced as a decal. A really good hobby shop can help.
              Message 6 of 10 , Sep 26, 2005
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                Dan,

                If you can draw the logo as mechanical artwork (as in Illustrator) or find it
                somewhere, it can be produced as a decal. A really good hobby shop can help.
                Decals are made for model airplane builders and other modelers, so why not
                for computers?

                Jim


                --- Dan <ragooman@...> wrote:

                > Hi,
                >
                > I tried posting on cctech, but haven't rcvd any replies yet. I was
                > wondering if anyone might know where I can get the
                > logo artwork reproduced for the front on my Altair 680. This was an
                > original computer my late brother bought as a kit back in the 70's. I
                > helped him build this and we sure had some fun programming this. I'm
                > finally getting around to restoring this. I dug it out from the last
                > trip visiting them. All my stuff was stored in their garage since we
                > moved.. The logo silkscreen has faded away alot there's nothing left
                > that resembles a logo. I was hoping there is some way to restore this,
                > either by replacing the front panel or getting this repainted(or
                > silkscreened). In the meantime, I can get the hardware cleaned up and
                > hopefully get this to run again.
                >
                > thanks,
                > =Dan
                >
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              • Dan
                Jim, I can take the pics somebody made (I posted the links earlier) and copy the outline of the logo. But I m not sure how the decal would turn out once it s
                Message 7 of 10 , Sep 28, 2005
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                  Jim,

                  I can take the pics somebody made (I posted the links earlier) and copy
                  the outline of the logo. But I'm not sure how the decal would turn out
                  once it's on the front panel. I'm kinda use to the painted look. I use
                  decals all the time when building models but I didn't try them as a
                  replacement yet.
                  thanks for the tip.

                  =Dan

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                  Jim Scheef wrote:

                  > Dan,
                  >
                  > If you can draw the logo as mechanical artwork (as in Illustrator) or
                  > find it
                  > somewhere, it can be produced as a decal. A really good hobby shop can
                  > help.
                  > Decals are made for model airplane builders and other modelers, so why not
                  > for computers?
                  >
                  > Jim
                  >
                  >
                  > --- Dan <ragooman@...> wrote:
                  >
                  > > Hi,
                  > >
                  > > I tried posting on cctech, but haven't rcvd any replies yet. I was
                  > > wondering if anyone might know where I can get the
                  > > logo artwork reproduced for the front on my Altair 680. This was an
                  > > original computer my late brother bought as a kit back in the 70's. I
                  > > helped him build this and we sure had some fun programming this. I'm
                  > > finally getting around to restoring this. I dug it out from the last
                  > > trip visiting them. All my stuff was stored in their garage since we
                  > > moved.. The logo silkscreen has faded away alot there's nothing left
                  > > that resembles a logo. I was hoping there is some way to restore this,
                  > > either by replacing the front panel or getting this repainted(or
                  > > silkscreened). In the meantime, I can get the hardware cleaned up and
                  > > hopefully get this to run again.
                  > >
                  > > thanks,
                  > > =Dan
                  > >
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