Loc: San Francisco, CA
I don't think this is going to be as hard as you think. You could pull of the keys, shave the backs of them down flat, then glue on the bracket to the back and it should work fine. Making sure you shave them down ehough would obviously be the main issue. Yes, you would have to make custom keys or you would have to just live with the stock ones for all the rest.
As for the logo. You may be able to get a new cover and then cut out a larger typewriter icon over the apple one just so the outer shape of the typewriter is the shape you cut out. Then, take a black and white image of the typewriter the same size and paste it underneath that so it shows all the details. Keep in mind that you will need some cloudy arcrylic to replace the apple one. Not too sure how you are gonna find that one. Prob have to make it custom. I dont' know much about custom arcrylic work and/or making it cloudy. Maybe someone else can help there.
What would be easiest, I believe, is to print a copy of the typewriter logo at the same size as the cutout, onto a transparency sheet.
Essentially, what I'm about to describe is creating a translucent logo to place under the cutout logo, along the underside of the PowerBook's lid, using a square piece of translucent ( cloudy ) acrylic, spray adhesive, and hot glue.
Foremost, of course, decide what size you want your logo, and cut it from the PowerBook's lid, as a silloheute ( like a cookie cutter ).
Print your typwriter image/logo, backwards, on a sheet of transparency plastic ( the type used for overhead projectors ), so you can place it with the printed side down, so nothing can touch or ruin the ink. Print it at the same size as the cutout in your lid.
*If you find the ink isn't opaque enough, you can touch it up with some black acrylic paint. It's dirt cheap and quite opaque.
The acrylic piece should be, of course, larger than the cutout, and I'd recommend trimming the transparency sheet with the logo to slightly smaller dimensions than the acrylic, to center it properly and leave room for a bead of hot glue. Both can be square or rectangular in shape, as only the finished logo itself will show through the lid.
Before gluing the print to the acrylic, sand the side of the acrylic being glued to the inside of the PowerBook's lid ( which will be the same side with the logo ), to create some tooth for better adhesion with the hot glue.
Then, use a permanent spray adhesive to place the print onto the acrylic ( remember, you've trimmed the transparency sheet to a slightly smaller size than the acrylic to leave room for the next step ) *Considering the printed side of the logo is down, it's this side that would be spray-glued to the acrylic, and sealed and protected once in place. Just be careful not to slide it around as you put it on, or the ink might smear. I recommend applying the spray glue to the acrylic, rather than the logo, for the same reason.
Then, sand the area on the inside of the PowerBook's lid where the new logo will be glued ( again, for better adhesion ), then use hot glue to place it. A bit of tape along the edges may be a good idea, too. Once in place, and the PowerBook is back together, it should be solid and remain in place with normal use.
Well, anyhow, that's how I would do it B)
Post edited by: Antonio, at: 2005/07/24 18:33
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