So I finished soldering this week on my latest Mimeo board. This one is a pre-NTI board Mimeo. We are calling this one the “Museum Mimeo” since it’s like a high-end “Museum Store” Rembrandt replica. For the novice they wouldn’t be able to tell the difference, but any one with decent knowledge could tell right away but still appreciate the artistic work that went into the copy.
For those who want to replicate what I have done, be aware I did have to manufacture some of the really hard parts to find. I used my auto restoration skills and similar parts from the same manufactures. For example this morning I just swapped out the painted black screws on my LM323K with screws I acid-etched/Oxidized to better match the visual appearance of the screws used on the pre-NTI Apple-1.
Many of the parts on this board have been re-logo’d and dated, however when I did change an actual date code or part number I altered them slightly or made the logo slightly smaller or bigger than the original parts. I am just finishing up a document that will be shared about what is different with this Mimeo compared to a real one.
For the un-initiated, the first easy telltale sign is that Mike Willegal does put his logo and URL on the lower back corner with a smiley face so that is one easy way to tell… But just incase in the future someone with some skill removes it, trust me there are other documented discrepancies.
Without further delay… The Museum Mimeo. BTW: I am kidding about not stuffing it. I have started locating many Fairchild parts with the correct date codes and different part numbers (i.e. 9N series parts instead of 74xx)