Submitted by therayzor on February 6, 2004 - 11:17am
This is a rather simple hack/mod that combines aspects of previous Pismo mods and adds a little personal touch. The starting machine was a standard Pismo: 400mhz G3, 128mb RAM, 6 gig HD, CD/DVD:
The final product is the Silverback Spiderbook: 400mhz G3, 512mb RAM, 60 gig HD, DVD/CD-R:
The hardware upgrades are pretty standard and are covered at www.xlr8yourmac.com ; the HD replacement is a bit of a pain with those small torx screws, and the new burner, which is not natively supported by Apple, took a bit of work to get fitted properly in the drive caddy and supported by iTunes. However, since these are all covered at the aforementioned site, I won’t get into them.
NOW, for the real modding..
The glowing Apple logo has been masked with translucent yellow craft paper for the dull, yellow effect. This is covered already in the Red Delicious hack.
The top of the Powerbook was unscrewed, removed, masked, and spray-painted silver as covered in the Powerbook Sapphire hack.
Here’s my own twist, the spider inlays..
After the spray paint (Testor’s 1246 Metallic Silver Spray Enamel) had appropriately dried, I went to a local hobby store and purchased the spider decals – you’ll want to buy the pricier, high quality racing decals. Otherwise, the final product may look cracked, brittle, or otherwise crappy. Apply the decals to the painted surface as per the instructions – be sure to do this SLOWLY and carefully so that the designs transfer fully and cleanly. Now, here’s the key to making those designs protected, permanent, and seemingly “painted on