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A brief look at what I have been up to in my spare time lately, after completing project BMW M power level 10 ( As seen here ) I decided to make a mini me to go with the project, to be used as a server as well as a simple web browser.
So is it a small level 10, sadly no, but as the level 10 project was BMW M Powered themed, I thought I would follow the details from this.
And create a mini PC based on a 1/10 RC car, my plan is to get the mod related to this theme and specifically looking like this
So first port of call was a RC chassis from ebay, this cost me 12.99 and was a used job, it was wrecked a bit so I cleaned it up and added some wheels and a piece of acrylic to the base, so here is what I had to start with.
So I had the base and the platform, the next task was to get the layout right, I did not want to go overboard and put too much money into it as it was just a little server/web browser so out came the meccano parts.
Eek now that is tight, It would be simpler to build this from a sheet of aluminium donâ€™t you think? I had that idea in the beginning, but I wanted to make sure the car still had suspension so the wheels sat right, especially with the BMWs back wheels at the slight angle they sit at.
DVD rom mounted underneath the motherboard.
Meccano Motherboard mounts :P
Now that was done placement for the power board had to be made, that was not an issue, although I still need to make some meccano mounts for that.
So I had the shell and some white BMW alpine paint left over from the Level 10 build and some clear sticker printing sheet, after some hours I ended up with this.
(P.S a little tip for painting smallish objects when there is not much sun, is to use one them cheap eco halogen heaters to dry primer and pain quicker, it works really!)
Testing out on the chassis was showing it was ok, so Iâ€™ll leave you with this now and bring you more when I move onto the cabling and layout in the not to distant future.