Archive for the ‘Mini Machines’ Category

Another custom order, it’s the venerable Commodore PET professional computer – you know it’s a pro because it had 32kB of memory (in 1979, that was quite a bit, you pesky kids).

This is the 2001N model – the first to have a real keyboard and boosted RAM (up from 8KB in the original 2001 model). Available in the Rabbit Engineering online store.

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Time for a new mini machine! This is the venerable Amiga A1000, the first in the famous line of Commodore 16 bit machines. Thanks to the guys at Amiga Club Hamburg for the idea. This one comes in two versions – one with the famous Deluxe Paint ‘Venus’ on the screen, and the other with good old Workbench 1.0.\


You can order one from the Rabbit Engineering online store.

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The guys over at ANTIC run a great podcast about Atari 8-Bit computers, and our Mini Atari Machines (the 800XL and 400) got a mention! Have a listen to Episode 15 at the 27:43 mark.

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The online store has finally opened – the first product we have for sale is the model M1 – Mini NES with controller.

Visit the online store to buy your mini NES here.

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When the Xbox team launched the Xbox One, they all got a special edition of the Xbox One which was white and stated “I MADE THIS”. Here’s your chance to say you also made an Xbox One! And you won’t have to fork out $3000 on EBay either.

Download the files to print your own from Thingiverse.


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I recently picked up an Atari 1200XL from a guy at work, and got into the mood to return to new mini machines. Instead of the 1200XL (which was a bit of a bomb), I decided to do the far more popular 800XL. And of course you need some media, so I did the Atari 1050 disk drive also.

As usual, you can pick up the files to print your own at Thingiverse.


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20 Mini NES for SRGE

I’ve been working on a great early registration incentive for the Seattle Retro Gaming Expo (SRGE2014). Folks who register early stand a chance to win one of 20 mini NES machines. I’ve never mass produced any of the minis (the most I did was two each of the Xbox One and C-64), so it was bound to be a new experience.

It was a slog – people often ask if I sell my minis, and this experience did not make me want to start. Well, it did a little I guess. But it took a very long time to make just 20 of these. Here are some photos of the journey.

And so we begin printing…

At one point I ran out of white PLA. There was this much left on the spool after ending a five hour print. If I had run out before finishing the print, all those hours would have been wasted. Phew!

And then the spraying. One advantage of this project is that I got lots of spraying practice – I’m pretty good at that now. But my lungs are probably the colour of retro computer plastic by now.

Each mini NES has 9 parts, so the batch of 20 needed printing close to 200 pieces. Here are a batch of parts sprayed and ready to assemble:

Gluing together some controllers. Doing the buttons (not pictured here) took a lot of tweezer work.

Gluing and clamping…

Here is a little pile of them…



Once all done, they are ready to bag. I decided to put a little insert into the bag with the SRGE logo and some info on the machine.

Here is a baggie, ready to go.

And here are the baggies, ready to go!

And on April 30 we will pull the winners from our virtual hat! If you’d like a chance to win one of these, register for a weekend pass for SRGE2014 before April 30!


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Mini Apple II

The Apple II was the first commercial success for Apple, and led many thousands of kids down the Oregon Trail.

Relive your memories in 2″ (they seemed a lot bigger back then, didn’t they?) – get the files on Thingiverse.

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Mini British 1980s computers

To commemorate the pardoning of Alan Turing, I decided to make some 1980s British home computers – the Sinclair ZX80 and Jupiter ACE (the first home computer to run something other than BASIC – FORTH in this case). The ACE comes with a detachable 16K RAM pack. To think Cambridge used to be as inventive as Silicon Valley in those days.

Get the files to print on Thingiverse – the Sinclair ZX80 and the Jupiter ACE.

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Mini Apple Macintosh

1984 was a simpler time – when computer companies actually built computers, and there were no app stores. But here is a micro transaction you might enjoy, a 2″ Apple Macintosh (before it was known as “Mac Classic”).

Get the files to build your own at Thingiverse.

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