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Amstrad PCW8256 missing foot

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    Amstrad PCW8256 missing foot

    Hi everyone. I have found a loose Amstrad PCW8256 and even though it's working well, it's missing its foot, which is a bit of a bummer. What could I do to fix that problem ? I don't think finding this part would be easy. Could-I print one with a 3D printer ? If so, can anyone send me pictures of the foot with dimensions ?

    If I were you I'd ask here:

    The PCW foot is a bit big for 3D printing, but someone's bound to have one (or an old case) somewhere.


      As Jon says, the whole foot will be too large, and I'd wonder if a 3D print would be solid/robust enough.

      However, if you don't worry about 'authenticity', at least for a while, you might try to do something in two pieces. The base place could be just a flat board, solid wood. The central pillar has a top like an inverted dome, and the dome on the base of the main unit fits into this, allowing a bit of movement front/back at least, not sure about side to side. There is a screw fitting from the underside of the dome on the foot thru to the bottom of the main unit to keep the two pieces attached, but still allowing a little movement front/back. The central pillar might be do-able using 3D, but again I'd wonder if robust enough.

      PCWs 'not working, for spare parts' do get listed on ebay from time-to-time, usually quite cheap, but carriage would be a problem. Possible in the UK, but France??
      Where are you in France, collection would be better if you could?

      Vintage Devices: Epson HX-20/TF-20, Amstrad PCW 8256 (with extras), 386 and 486 PCs with 5.25 and 3.5 floppy drives, Pentium 75 with Roland LAPC-I midi card


        Er, my memory is upside down I think.

        The central pillar on the flat base is topped with a dome, and the base of the main unit has another hollow dome that the dome on the base will fit into, with a small degree of movement being allowed so the angle of the screen can be adjusted (slightly). I'm sure that when I originally got my PCW in 1985 the two pieces were packed separately, and needed to be screwed together (one central screw).

        Maybe the central pillar made on it's own might be possible, but getting the dome strong enough to work would be very difficult. Ditto re the curvature to allow correct fit/support and weight distribution.

        Vintage Devices: Epson HX-20/TF-20, Amstrad PCW 8256 (with extras), 386 and 486 PCs with 5.25 and 3.5 floppy drives, Pentium 75 with Roland LAPC-I midi card


          Hi Geoff!

          I had a look at one of my PCWs (the 8256). The foot has two lugs that locate in the bottom of the PCW monitor and there are two screws to secure it. No dome, the joint is rigid, so the screen can't be tilted or otherwise adjusted, which I always thought was a shame. My 8512 is the same. So I'm curious about yours if it is adjustable - could you post some pictures of it, please? Maybe on the CPCWiki forum as it's easier to do.