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TheDaddy 
Minimig Case
Posted on 29-Apr-2008 14:52:41
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From: Quattro Stelle

Hi all,

Just to let you know that I have nearly finished the case for the Minimig.

If it all goes to plan, photos should appear here:

www.loriano.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk

The case has gone through some serious changes to cut costs. Production costs are going to be HUGE!

This should accomodate the Minimig version 1.1, as sold by ACube/Vesalia/Amigakit, the case has had major changes from my initial design but it should still provide the following:

A completely closed plastic case with accessibility for SD-Card, mouse and keyboard, Amiga joystick/mouse, VGA, Audio, serial, DC IN (Power) ports.
RFI and EMI shielding.
Rubber feet, possibility of different colours.

How many people would be interested in this case?

You can also email me.

It's important I get a rough idea of the number of people interested so I can order the first batch of cases.

Many thanks.

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elwood 
Re: Minimig Case
Posted on 29-Apr-2008 16:42:33
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@TheDaddy

Quote:
photos should appear

should? I can't tell if I would like one if I don't see at least a sketch of the case...

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TheDaddy 
Re: Minimig Case
Posted on 29-Apr-2008 16:54:12
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@elwood

"Should" appear, that's correct. (unless something happens...)

I will have a sketch soon, which I can then put on the site.

Remember that the sketch it's only conceptual and it might not be the exact represantation of the real case, like lots of things with industrial design.

All I need is the number of interested people, without that figure the factory is just going to laugh at me...

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BigD 
Re: Minimig Case
Posted on 29-Apr-2008 18:53:28
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@TheDaddy

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I will have a sketch soon, which I can then put on the site.


You really should have had this to hand as soon as you opened this thread! I'm interested but as to whether I'll trust you to deliver - that's a different question! The Amiga community is already full of woolley promises of products, the Minimig is one that bucked the trend and I don't appreciate your half baked attempt to raise interest in this batch order with no prototype or sketch at the time of asking!!!!!

Don't call me I'll call you!!!!!

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hhjoker 
Re: Minimig Case
Posted on 29-Apr-2008 19:51:26
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@TheDaddy

Is there an option in your design to access the menu and reset button?

Greetings,
hhjoker.

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TheDaddy 
Re: Minimig Case
Posted on 29-Apr-2008 20:35:54
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@BigD

>>You really should have had this to hand as soon as you opened this thread!

You must understand that I have already spent a big deal of money and time on this. Now, all I am asking is for people to say: "yeah I'd be interested" or "no, thank you" so I can get an idea of how many people out there would like one.
I am not asking for money upfront like Jack used to

>>I'm interested but as to whether I'll trust you to deliver - that's a different question!

I understand your sceptisism, we have all had nasty surprises with a few companies, I am not a company, I am just an individual, until now I have only bought a Minimig and delivered the first review with photos of it. You are not losing anything. If you are interested I'll put you on my list, I don't want your money...yet.

>>The Amiga community is already full of woolley promises of products, the Minimig is one that bucked the trend and I don't appreciate your half baked attempt to raise interest in this batch order with no prototype or sketch at the time of asking!!!!!

You are entitled to your opinion. This is a genuine thread to know how many people would be interested. It's to get a number, this thread isn't hiding anything obscure or scary, it's just that. If I don't have enough people my case won't be produced, simple.

It's a simple, custom case made just to house the Minimig, to make something like that takes time and money.

Thanks for the support anyway

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TheDaddy 
Re: Minimig Case
Posted on 29-Apr-2008 20:39:17
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@hhjoker

>>Is there an option in your design to access the menu and reset button?

At the moment there is just a reset hole (like on CD-ROMs), I investigated a switch for it but this brought the price up.

The Menu doesn't really need one as the Menu switch isn't used that much and you can use the F12 key on the keyboard.

Maybe in revision 2...one day...

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BigD 
Re: Minimig Case
Posted on 29-Apr-2008 20:56:45
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@TheDaddy

Sure, I understand. Hope to see a picture soon. God bless with it.

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hhjoker 
Re: Minimig Case
Posted on 29-Apr-2008 21:09:13
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@TheDaddy

I am interested in your Minimig case. So put my name on your list
Of course, I won't buy a pig in a poke too, so please post your design plan or a prototype picture and the estimated price and I will make a decision

Greets,
hhjoker.

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bitman 
Re: Minimig Case
Posted on 29-Apr-2008 21:43:28
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@TheDaddy

If your portfolio represents what you're capable of - and the minimig case has the same design standards - count me in! Looking forward to the sketch.

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straycat 
Re: Minimig Case
Posted on 29-Apr-2008 21:48:29
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@TheDaddy

Can you put me down as a 'maybe' - cost will be an important factor for me, but certainly interested in what you're doing

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Darrin 
Re: Minimig Case
Posted on 29-Apr-2008 22:47:46
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@hhjoker

I thought about the location of the reset button and the menu button when I bodged togther my "PC keyboard" case and after testing mor ethan 75 programs I can honestly say that I've never needed the buttons once. You can access the disk menu and reset the Amiga via the keyboard. Nuff said.

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TheDaddy 
Re: Minimig Case
Posted on 30-Apr-2008 6:50:17
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@bitman

>>If your portfolio represents what you're capable of - and the minimig case has the same design standards - count me in! Looking forward to the sketch.

Very kind.

Don't expect anything like the Walker I designed as the Minimig has a weird ports location and this limits the imagination, unless you start using extensions, you are stuck with a square shape. Also I had to make it the simplest design possible for costs purposes. The original design was a lot fancier and interesting, the final, cost reduced one, will allow the Minimig to be housed, there is no Apple design studio and money behind me just my work and a factory which, madly, has decided to make a prototype for a LOT of my money.

Thank you for the kind words.

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TheDaddy 
Re: Minimig Case
Posted on 30-Apr-2008 7:12:11
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@straycat

>>Can you put me down as a 'maybe' - cost will be an important factor for me, but certainly interested in what you're doing

Thanks straycat.

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TheDaddy 
Re: Minimig Case
Posted on 18-May-2008 9:03:01
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@All

Just a quick update on the case for the Minimig:

I have been away for a bit because of some transport problems, basically my car broke and needs repairing but I also had to make a decision; repair the car or use the money to pay for the Minimig prototype case.

I have decided not to have the car repaired, sell it, and use the money to finance the Minimig case.

So the prototype case for the Minimig has now taken 4 months of my time, borrowing some money (loan) plus the money from the sale of my car...(mad, I know).

I am now using my bike....(push bike) :)

Anyway...the prototype should be ready soon, it will also depend on deciding if people need/want an internal anti-EMI/RFI coating or not and getting an answer back on whether the case will need a CE mark on it or not.

You won't believe the amount of things (plus money and time) you have to get through to create a product...(and a product for the tiny Amiga market)!

Anyway, let me know if you are interested in the EMI/RFI coating (this will add a bit extra on the final price obviously...).

Thank you,

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kyle 
Re: Minimig Case
Posted on 18-May-2008 9:39:11
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@TheDaddy

You'll surely gain money and healt selling your car (and using your bike)

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TheDaddy 
Re: Minimig Case
Posted on 18-May-2008 10:12:29
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@kyle

>>You'll surely gain money and healt selling your car (and using your bike)

I hope so...using the bike is good exercise, although when it rains it's a pain and I do miss my car.

Hopefully creating the Minimig case would make all this effort worthwhile.

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CodeSmith 
Re: Minimig Case
Posted on 18-May-2008 10:22:32
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@TheDaddy

You should probably get in touch with the guys behind the NatAmi. They will also need a case and if you can make the case fit both boards you can probably double the number of them you sell.

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retro 
Re: Minimig Case
Posted on 18-May-2008 10:53:51
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let me get this thing stright.
minimig is an amiga 500 reprecla/ a reproduced.
way do wee need clone A then. was clone A projekt a projekt that dident make it or?.

as i see it the amiga marked is way to small to pepole fight others.
an example.ack and acube. both are speeking but not one single produckt.
iff acube and ack maked a buy in deal with componets maby that word make things chepper.

dont get me worg.i like acube. and i very vell know there is a licens issue.

but i am thinken back when there pop up and said that ther was a low end board comming up. way in the name off satan do ack has to make a low end board as well. stik to the high end . wee need it. the low end is fine for pepole who wanna try out and for the fans, i dont think there will be maim strimers anuf to make both companys sussecs full.wee all know this is a 1500? communaty
i rembemer eyetech. speaking about something like it dont coast that mucht in betwin iff you make 5000 or 10.000 it was the setup to go who coast the big buks.


and then back to the "NEW" amiga 500 in amiga land.
with one 2 pick.
minimig or clone A.
as fare as i know the clone A is not in sale so way are pepole still talking about it. minimig is here now and hot

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TheDaddy 
Re: Minimig Case
Posted on 18-May-2008 10:57:57
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@CodeSmith

>>You should probably get in touch with the guys behind the NatAmi. They will also need a case and if you can make the case fit both boards you can probably double the number of them you sell.

Thanks for the suggestion. A few weeks ago I did email the guys behind the Natami and they said they would consider a specific design just for the Natami, so it looks like the case for the Minimig is going to be a bespoke enclosure while the Natami might get the shape of a micro atx case.

All this, if I don't encounter any more obstacles, of course...

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