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Lego ZX81 Bloggage

Clive Sinclair - in Lego!

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/

Baseline: http://www.baselinemag.com/c/a/Innovation/Classic-Computing-Meets-LEGOs-282803/

Bob Miller: http://www.bobmillermagic.com/Prestidigination/2012/01/27/a-zx81-computer-mod…

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/

Console News: http://console-news.dcemu.co.uk/sinclair-zx81-made-out-of-lego-407515.html

Cuplablogs: http://www.cupulablogs.com/retrocomputaria/?p=252

EIS Librarian at Middlesex University: http://eislibrarian.blogspot.com/2012/01/man-recreates-zx81-in-lego.html

Ewan Spence: http://www.ewanspence.com/blog/2012/01/30/the-lego-zx81/

Flippies: http://flippies.com/adflipoff/sinclair-zx81-computer-made-from-lego-bricks/

Gadget Fans: http://gadgetfans.net/apple-news/lego-sinclair-zx81-makeover.html

HP ProLiant Parts: http://www.proliant-parts.co.uk/man-recreates-zx81-in-lego/

IT Lounge: http://itlounge.eu/lego-sinclair-zx81-makeover/

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

Mick Yates: http://mickyates.tumblr.com/post/16582206738/from-hairy-dalek-paul-dunning-ye…

NewLaunches: http://www.newlaunches.com/archives/sinclair_zx81_computer_made_from_lego_bri…

Paul M Watson: http://blog.paulmwatson.com/post/16778783394/via-the-lego-zx81-finished-hairy… (nice page, BTW)

The Register: http://www.reghardware.com/2012/01/31/man_builds_sinclair_zx81_historic_micro…

Retro Fusion: http://www.retrofusion.org.uk/news/564/lego-zx81-computer/

Rob Thompson: http://sirchutney.com/the-lego-zx81-finished

Siamo Geek (in italian): http://siamogeek.com/2012/01/sinclair-zx81-lego/

SlashDot: http://idle.slashdot.org/story/12/01/30/176249/sinclair-zx81-made-out-of-lego

Surf the Edge: http://www.surf-the-edge.com/2012/01/30/zx-spectrum-in-lego/

TechGeer: http://techgeer.com/2012/01/lego-sinclair-zx81-makeover/

Übergizmo: http://www.ubergizmo.com/2012/01/lego-sinclair-zx81/

ZX81.org.uk: http://www.zx81.org.uk/links/my-delicious-com-bookmarks-for-january-10th-thro…

The Lego ZX81 – Finished!

My Lego ZX81!

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!

EDIT:

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

Links and Information

Blogs – people have been blogging the Lego ZX81 – see links here

The kit arrived – some initial photos

Screen shot of the Lego ZX81 in Lego Digital Designer

Another Screen Shot from Lego Digital Designer