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Thread: PT Helios II cosmetic restoration is coming along....

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    Thanks guys. I grabbed a copy. This is timely for me because I just acquired another Sol-20 (purely by luck) with a custom name plate. Not sure if I'll keep it or replace it.

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    Started to reassemble the drive, supply and case. No front panel yet...

    You can see in the attached pics the single Persci drive with two disk slots. It shares a common motor, but has a head for each drive. This is one thing that makes the Helios really cool to watch when doing a disk copy with the cover off.

    Also attached is a picture of one of the controller cards. Can you tell which cable connector on the card isn't original. The replacement I found was exact...

    Cheers,
    Corey
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    Front panel painted and splattered. Now need to wait a few days to harden up so I can buff it out and reassemble the whole thing.

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    Impressive. Would you consider posting a little video on the technique? It looks great.

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    I would like at some point to make a video of it, but a video of spray painting isn't so easy. First I don't want to ruin the camera because of any paint mist in the air. Second, to do it right I'd need a cameraman as I don't hang the piece as would have been done in the factory or in a paint shop, it put it on a card board box and move around the piece. It's more about not wanting to paint my walls and just wanting to paint the piece. Makes it a bit harder to do because you need to keep the angle of the gun much more consistent. The camera man would need a paint mask. I only have one and they are about $25-50 dollars. I don't use a cheap mask, but one made for spraying with an HVLP gun.

    On a good note: my $26 on sale at harbor freight HVLP touchup gun works much better to do a splatter coat than my big gun... With the big gun I need to do two coats of different sizes to get the effect, with the small gun I can adjust the air pressure a bit easier with my finger as I go around.

    Cheers,
    Corey

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    Corey,

    I'm interested in reproducing the paper badge as well. Did you print this yourself, or did you have a service print it?

    Dave

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    @Corey:

    Also, do you happen to recall which paint you used?

    Thanks,

    Dave

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    I'd be interested in which paint was used as well.

    Bob
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    For the paper logo, I had the professionally reproduced on magazine paper so it matches perfectly.

    For the paint, I had it custom mixed to match. It is specifically made for painting metal. If I recall I tried to find a Pantone that matched and it wasn’t perfect enough. I may still have the can for the brand and type. The paint wasn’t cheap.

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    Hmmm. Maybe 'close enough' will have to do. I'm more frugal than I am a perfectionist.
    Bob Stek
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