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Rob Blessin Black Hole
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 01, 2013 10:51 pm    Post subject: NeXT Turbo Cube with 3 Dimensionboards polished Magnesium Reply with quote

Hello NeXT Community: Integrating an Ultimate NeXT Cube setup Turbo Cube with 3 Dimension boards and 4 flat panels 9gb drive internal CD rom custom monitor cables and I'll see if it'll run Daydream.

It has taken about 40 hours to get the case to this point polishing the Magnesium! We had done this about 10 years ago and what happens over time is the case tarnishes so we are finally getting to the point of removing the tarnish starting to look good. For NeXT purests we completely restore Cubes to factory fresh by stripping thme to metal and restoring them to glory using NeXT's original paint formula as well!

I'll post more photos as I make progress!


Polished Case:


Repainted:
[img]http://youtu.be/9Cf75kkans4[/img]
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That looks really cool. How much do you charge to have a cube repainted?
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 11:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Brian: $160 to repaint and shipping . Best regards Rob Blessin
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 06, 2013 9:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Including Europe ?

Can you also repair broken Cube ?
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2013 2:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

oneNeXT wrote:
Including Europe ?

Can you also repair broken Cube ?


Yes we work with customers in Europe all the time.

When you say broken cube , what are the symptoms?

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 01, 2013 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

At the back of the case, the top left corner is splitten.
Welding it may be enough, but I'm not sure.

Photo may be also more explicit...
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 01, 2013 10:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

oneNeXT wrote:
At the back of the case, the top left corner is splitten.
Welding it may be enough, but I'm not sure.

Photo may be also more explicit...


Photo will certainly be interesting. Given Magnesium's tendency to ignite, welding it will be a challenge. You will have to find a welder with aerospace and TIG experience. I would love to watch that, to be honest...
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2013 1:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

cubist wrote:
oneNeXT wrote:
At the back of the case, the top left corner is splitten.
Welding it may be enough, but I'm not sure.

Photo may be also more explicit...


Photo will certainly be interesting. Given Magnesium's tendency to ignite, welding it will be a challenge. You will have to find a welder with aerospace and TIG experience. I would love to watch that, to be honest...


I'm wondering if JB weld would work as a patch also strip, primer , sand and paint , it would be labor intensive
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 16, 2013 3:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is how it liooks like:



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 17, 2013 1:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello : Wow it was crunched ! The cube case splits into 3 parts what you may be able to do is find the back piece , I had a guy awhile back the was going to send me some cube case parts that he tried to do a mod on and then gave up and stored them in a barn . I spoke with him a month ago and he said he was going to send them , they all looked really modified so if they eventually come in I'll take a look as they may not work for a nice pristine restoration but they would atleast give you a complete cube case. I offered him $200 for the case and parts of another cube case so if you had say $50 and shipping for a third of a useable case that may be the way to go.
I'm wondering if that piece is repairable does it extend into the middle section , it would no doubt take a skilled metal blacksmith to patch it together.
I have a few friends that might have some ideas he is a Ferrier = horseshoer and makes custom shoes for show horses and racehorses and a girlfriend that does Jewelry making Kim was my secretary for a few years works with precious metals and loves NeXT's , she also worked at point 5 windows here in town where they do custom highend copper frame windows , the main concern is it catching fire and finding the right formlua to make it work and hold the weld. Another thought would be an autobody shop.
Anyone on the forum have an ideas?

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 17, 2013 1:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

JB Weld and careful sanding to smooth the edges? Razz
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 17, 2013 2:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

pentium wrote:
JB Weld and careful sanding to smooth the edges? Razz
I thought the same thing , http://www.jbweld.com/products/surface-applications/metal/ , it should work.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 17, 2013 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I probably have a spare case if you need one.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 18, 2013 6:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rob Blessin Black Hole wrote:
pentium wrote:
JB Weld and careful sanding to smooth the edges? Razz
I thought the same thing , http://www.jbweld.com/products/surface-applications/metal/ , it should work.
As fate would have it , I just had this little Turbo cube dimension come in and UPS had beat the heck out of the box, with lots of broken bits including at least one capacitor and one logo detached ,
a shattered cd carrier and her foot literally broken inward.
I set her down on the work bench and she wobbled and makes a cry when you move her actually brought a tear to my eye damn.
I opened her up and fortunately it did not impact the motherboard or dimension , I'm going to move them to another case for a quick test boot and then send the boards in for fresh caps.
The gentleman I bought everything from ment well and took care of the equipment but in haste to send I would have gladly paid for packing materials as peanuts and bubblewrap
or atleast news paper crunched up go along way in protecting and are a must when shipping electronic especially plastic equipment .

Shanon Edwards from Deep Space had sent me an FAQ , how to pack and clean hardware long ago
I'll see if I can locate that and post here as I think it will help give some pointers.
Basically you have to pack things to pass the Samsonite test as though the equipment were going to be handled by 800 pound gorillas
during transport even my local driver Steve, who always takes care of the equipment deliveries
said this one doesn't sound good. Tipping your regular drivers at least $20 at Christmas/ holidays I've found goes along way!

So know it seems I have a candidate to try JB weld when we triage, repair and paint this little cube case and endeavor to make her good as new
I'll let you know how this process works and provide photos of our efforts.
Crying or Very sad Best regards Rob Blessin[/img]
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 18, 2013 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wouldn't use JB weld... I bet if you took it to a welder, they could TIG weld it up fine.
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