70s Terminal PC





Introduction: 70s Terminal PC

This is a computer which i designed and constructed to look like a 1970s data terminal. The case is built from 1/4" hardboard (similar to MDF), and painted with many layers of both gloss and textured paint. The computer features a 22" LCD display with a Plexiglas screen protector. Also, a mid-80s IBM 'clicky' keyboard was used which is great to use and hands itself well to the vintage look. Inside, there are modern computer components including a 3GHz Core2Duo, 500Gb hard drive, and 4GB of DDR2.

I am currently working on the instructable for this computer. For now, enjoy the pics.



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    what keyboard did you use?

    Pretty sure it's an IBM keyboard. There hard to come by but this site sells replicas with modern software and usb ports:

    I joined instructibles to comment on this project, I love it.

    My computer is slowly dying on me and I ll' have to replace it in the near future, I deciced to go for an aio solution for my needs when the terminal form factor came to my mind and I've searched on the web for similar ideas.

    I'd like to know something more about your experience with this project
    all the information you would like to share about it's construction would be very beneficial.

    For instance: did you use a cnc router to cut the pieces? (do you happen to have the files / the project or the mesaurements?)

    Did you had problems with static discharge or heat/dust/humidity because of the MDF case?
    What precautions/treatments you have done or advice to do on MDF?
    If you wuold do this build today what wuold you do differently?
    Thank you very much for the inspiration and for sharing your work.


    Now, that is the epitome of retro-futuristic, Devo and Kool-aid party anyone?

    Are we macbooks? We are terminals!

    What looks good on the outside, bad in the inside? MAC BOOK PRO!

    I'm in!

    Wow the first time I look at this at exactly 1 year after its published


    When your "How to" is done

    there will be instruction about how to disassemble monitor and

    how to install it into the case properly right? >w<b

    Exciting!!  Can't wait for it

    But.....? Where I can put CD/DVD Drive in this case? by side? or somewhere?
    and where I could install floppy drive&multi-card reader?

    Thanks a lot!!

    I see 3 options for adding an optical drive:

    1) Use one on another computer via your home network (that's what I did)

    2)Build a box which houses what looks like an external 5.25" floppy, but install a slot load drive in it.

    3)Widen the entire case, and have an area beside the display where a slot load drive can fit vertically. Again, making it look like a floppy drive.

    Thanks for the comment!