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A Series CPU shadowbox
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By trade and training, I am an Apple Platform Engineer who manages many thousands of Macs at a fortune 100 company. My professional life is tracked over on my LinkedIn profile. Deviant Art is where I keep my personal art and hobby craft.

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Mac, iPhone, Canon Rebel T6
Sonic Spinball was my very first Sega Genesis game, and has a special place in my nostalgia. I knew I wanted to make a Sonic Spinball inspired shadowbox, but it took some time to work up to it. I decided to make a complete pinball table in stead of a summary or just part of a table. I selected the "right" table from level 1: Toxic Cave. The digital version of the shadow box was developed using Affinity Designer. This Illustrator alternative, is great for separating each element into a scene. Digital version: Shadow box version: Individual elements for Sonic Spinball sprites/backgrounds are not readily available online. I ended up taking sprite composites into my favorite pixel editor Pixen ( where I manually separated the foreground stage, background stage, and individual elements. The background was built up and expanded in Pixen to built up into a full background element for printing: Each stage element was printed, cut out, backed with
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I am slowly improving at building shadow boxes! The A Series SoC Shadow box is certainly my most ambitious built yet! This post details how I went about building it. I've always been fan on bare CPUs and it's shocking just how small modern SoCs are compared to the "Big Iron" CPUs of yesteryear! I started collecting dead/"practice" boards from scrap sales and built up a collection of logic boards from the iPhone 4 to iPhone 12. None of these boards work, which makes them "cheap" and perfect for display. I've always wanted in leverage transparencies in my builds. Specifically in the text boxes. In previous builds like my PPC G5 shadow box I'd fake it by printing a blurred background onto the text cards themselves. However, this time around, I got a printer that works better with inkjet transparencies. My good epson is no good for this paper media, the ink they use runs/spears. But the second-hand OfficeJet I found works great! Nice and dark prints on the transparencies. But it can't
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Over 1 million views!!! on the old version of Computer hardware poster? It's kind of odd but true! The old version continues to pull in the visitors, while the new one is left out in the cold. Version 2.0: Version 1.7:
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