But the reason, or one of them that the Phantom has fallen way behind schedule. See i have this affliction. I take on too many projects and rarely finish any of them. They say admitting you have a problem is the first step. The first step here was coming across this picture of a Newton online a week or so ago. I suppose the Newton could be considered an early ancestor of the I-phone for Apple. it was a palm-sized organizer that was supposed to revolutionize the industry. For the most part the Newton was quite easy to forget, Apple was not the juggernaut they are now and Palm had at that time most of the market share in shitty hand held storage devices that had less memory then an old folks home. The one thing i do remember about the Newton is that iconic power button that used the multi-colored apple dohickey in the bottom middle. The idea struck me to find one of these Newtons on the fertile garage sale that is Ebay and strip it to somehow hobble it onto my i-phone. I initially set the project budget at sub$20 and the cheapest used Newton i could find was still upwards of $100. I had to reload. I scoured the cesspool of resale until i happened upon another apple product from the early nineties that was within budget. An apple II Extended keyboard. it had the same icon in the corner albeit not a power button I hoped i could make it work.
The keyboard arrived well within budget $16.54 incl shipping and i was off.
I quickly cracked the keyboard in half being careful not to damage the upper left hand corner. Once open i found the apple logo pops out neatly from the back through a small hole. I then wtn to work on extracting a workable sized piece of beige plastic with the apple in the center. Once removed i realized the plastic was far too thick to simply cut a square out and slap it on the face of the i-phone. it took a considerable amount of sanding carefully with a duct-tape backer and every grit of sandpaper i own. to thin it to half its size.
once a had a square of the correct proportion and thickness, i went to work on the corners using the phone face as a template and 700 grit sandpaper. Its like sanding with a piece of wet silk.
A finished piece?
I had to open the little hole in back up to accomodate a piston of some kind to strike the HOME key from behind my little eighties apple. After searching for nearly twenty minutes through the small bolt and nut carriers above my work bench for a usable piece,I found a usable piece of plastic tubing in a small plastic bin labeled "misc plastic pieces". Oh the memories. It took a surgeons hand to trim off a 10/100th's off with a minature pipe cutter.
Then i drilled the plate to fit.
The piston is a bit long and will have to be shaved further.
Rattle can paint is the worst part of any garage project.
Ready for assembly.
Voila! A bit thick but...a bit trick too.