Here's something you don't see every day

Discussion in 'Picture Gallery' started by macquariumguy, Jan 6, 2009.

  1. macrumors 6502a

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    Start with an old SE.
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    Get rid of the interior bits.
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    Cut the top off.
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    Paint it.
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    That was fun, now do some more.
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    Hackity hackity.
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    Paint them too!
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    Now what?
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    Put plants in them.
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    They live!
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    Well, that's what I did with my weekend. :)
     
  2. macrumors 6502

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    Wow.. cool spin on the Macquarium! You have a lot of time.:cool:
     
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    interesting. You could sell them now! where did you get all of those?
     
  4. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    In the early to mid 90s, I ran the service department for an Apple store and picked up quite a few that were abandoned there. Then in the late 90s and into 2000 I bought a whole lot of them on eBay. I think I've had over 100 total over the years.

    This dozen I did over the weekend is the end of my supply. No more.
     
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    Blasphemy! (although I did like the Nano-chromatic variant!)
     
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    Wow... I have to say, that's pretty neat!
    Nice job!
     
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    Thats awesome... kinda makes me want to do that.

    hahaha :) :apple::apple:
     
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  12. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Nope. In fact, the last one I cut up was the Mac Plus that I purchased for myself (for over $2000) in 1986.

    Look at the bright side. I just made every other surviving classic Mac a little more rare.
     
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    andiwm2003

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    well, i'm always thinking about getting an old Mac plus and put a Mac Mini in there with a LCD panel and a Huge HD and use it as a retro style Media center for Itunes.

    If I just had the time.
     
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    OH man I really need two planters for my apartment. if I can only find a g3 or se like this to do that with I'm there in a heartbeat

    thanks for the inspiration
     
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    Here's my parting shot for this project. I completed the baker's dozen of new planters and then turned around and refurbished the dozen I already had. Now all of them are nice and fresh and clean with new pictures from this past year.

    Group shot. A few of these are leaving for new homes, so this is the last time to get a pic of this many.
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    And here's an OMGHUGE version of the same, in case anyone is interested in the details.

    http://techquarium.com/gallery2z/d/28679-1/DSC_8474.JPG
     
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    I am shocked as well, its a collector now... :(
     
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    Dont worry i have one sitting around lol :p
     
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    cleanup

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    What I loved more than the pictures or the concept was your captions!

    Also, the orange one looks fantastic!

    Very cool post. :) Nice work!
     
  22. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Coming next (although probably not soon) - conversions for a Performa 5xx, a pair of 1st gen iMacs, and a pair of Lisas.

    I've also got an old Dell laptop that I started long ago to convert to an ant farm that I'd like to finish someday. Oh, and also a giant Gateway 2000 tower that I want to turn into a trash can.

    Stay tuned!
     
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    Keep atleast one LISA !!!!!!!!!!! If not im goingto have to kill u
     
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    That is very awesome! And I agree ... rip 'em all up and use them for something else!
     
  25. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Threadsurection Warning!

    I didn't think these new pics warranted their own new thread, so I'm reviving my old thread instead.

    I've recently dug my airbrushes out of storage. After a 6 year vacation from them, I'm playing around and got some practice in on a couple of my planters. I thought they came out pretty good considering I'm not much of an artist and don't know a lot about airbrushing.

    I picked out one whose color I didn't really like and splotched on some color.
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    Then I used a brush and filled in some details.
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    Next back to the airbrush and add shading and highlights.
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    And it's back in service on the lanai. The camera flash brought out the white shading way more than it appears in natural light. I was pretty happy with it.
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    Then I picked up a black planter and started painting. Here is the finished result.
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    Other side.
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    Back to work.
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    It was really a lot of fun and I've got about 18 of these planters left so I'm sure there will be a couple more every weekend for the next few weeks. :)

    ...later!...
     

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