|ZX Class with reduced Alan Sugar.|
Sunday, 20 April 2014
ZX Spectrum 'Compact'
My latest project is something I have always wanted to try, I have a ZX Spectrum +2A with Divide interface.
I have no need for the Tape deck, and I am not ashamed to admit that I always thought the deck added by Amstrad was rather ugly, the new owners of the Sinclair brand bolted stuff to things on all their products.
The Computer itself was purchased online as a non-worker in need of some repair, so I got it going and used it as is.
I saw this blog last year describing how this Blogger had sawn off a +2 and I was very impressed.
My +2A has more breakout ports than the original, the printer port on the PCB is in fact wider than the cut down size so this has to be sacrificed.
With some filing and sanding, I clamped the edges together and bonded with compound adhesive.
The area circled is the printer port that is sacrificed to fit the PCB into the new size case.
Here is it with its tops coat, fully assembled with a DiVide interface in the I/O Port.
rear view, you can make the join out, this could have been eliminated with proper bench equipment, but I think I got the best I could for a hacksaw.
The whole project was 20 hours start to finish, the only additional costs were for paint and primer.
I am please the I have removed some of the Sugar from my Spectrum. :-)