I had a lot of interest in the Lego ZX81, you may be interested to know that I’ve also been working on others as well in Lego’s Digital Designer software. Some are closer to completion than others. Here’s what I currently have on file. Will they make it to real Lego models? Hopefully, yes. Sadly Lego closed down the service that gave me a proper kit in January, so I’d have to order future models brick by brick. No exciting box or instructions!
The Lego ZX81 has certainly triggered some interest. With over 40,000 hits on my Flicker Stream this weekend alone, I’m now finding that it’s being blogged about too. This is excellent news, and I’d like to say thanks to those whow have passed the links around. Anyway, as I find them, so I’ll mention them here.
Rick Dickinson, ZX81 designer, commented on one of my photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hairydalek/6754604865/in/set-72157629011228815
Thanks to all who are mentioning this!
8Bit Aficionado: http://8bitaficionado.com/2012/01/31/the-lego-zx-81/
B3TA: mentioned in their newsletter http://www.b3ta.com/newsletter/issue513/
Caballe Cat: http://caballe.cat/wp/un-zx81-fet-amb-lego/
Conor O’Neill: http://conoroneill.net/i-may-have-to-lie-down-a-lego-zx81/
EIS Librarian at Middlesex University: http://eislibrarian.blogspot.com/2012/01/man-recreates-zx81-in-lego.html
HP ProLiant Parts: http://www.proliant-parts.co.uk/man-recreates-zx81-in-lego/
IT’s CyberNews: http://www.itcybernews.com/lego-sinclair-zx81-makeover/
Jogorama (Portuguese): http://jogorama.com.br/noticias/5201/replica-do-sinclair-zx81-feito-com-lego/
JohnTheLutheran: mentioned in his blog http://johnthelutheran.tumblr.com/post/16586571711/lego-zx81-excellent-nice-r…
Kyk.it (in italian): http://kyk.it/sinclair-zx81-in-lego-29472
L’Home Dibuixat (in Spanish): http://caballe.cat/wp/un-zx81-fet-amb-lego/
LEGO Punk: http://legopunk.com/?q=taxonomy/term/127
Paul M Watson: http://blog.paulmwatson.com/post/16778783394/via-the-lego-zx81-finished-hairy… (nice page, BTW)
Rob Thompson: http://sirchutney.com/the-lego-zx81-finished
Siamo Geek (in italian): http://siamogeek.com/2012/01/sinclair-zx81-lego/
Surf the Edge: http://www.surf-the-edge.com/2012/01/30/zx-spectrum-in-lego/
Yesterday, my Lego ZX81 kit arrived. Until very recently, Lego have run a programme where you can design a model in their Lego Digital Designer software, upload it and have a proper set sent to you, complete with instructions and a custom box.
So, I designed a model of a Sinclair ZX81 using the software, uploaded the model and bought a set.
Here are some photos of the model, as well as some comparison shots with a real ZX81.
For non-Flash people, the Flickr set can be viewed here.
I got the dimensions slightly off – the Lego model is slightly bigger than the real thing. However, the proportions of things like the keyboard etc. is about right, so I’m happy with it. I even manged to get a Lego Minifig of Clive Sinclair from the parts available to me!
I have now proposed this as a model for Lego to commercialise. It needs 10,000 votes to be considered. Please vote! http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/8479
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It is here – my Lego ZX81 kit that I designed myself has just been delivered. Here are some initial photos of the box and its contents.