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Micro Versions of Classic Consoles and Computers: Micro Machines

by Paul Strauss
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I’ve long contemplated starting a collection of vintage computers and video games, but I really don’t have the space, and my wife probably wouldn’t appreciate a bunch of extra junk in our already jampacked house. Thanks to the wonders of 3D printing, I might be able to fulfill my dream without taking up much space at all.

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Dave Nunez of Rabbit Engineering has created a series of more than 60 miniature devices based on classic computers and game consoles, each of which is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. They’re not perfectly to scale, but they each capture the spirit and style of the system on which it’s based.

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Choose from classics like the original Apple Macintosh, the Commodore 64, TRS-80, Atari 800, and even the IMSAI 8080 from the movie Wargames for hardcore computer nerds. There are also teensy versions of consoles from the Atari 2600 and Mattel Intellivision up through today’s Xbox One S. I think I have to have that tiny Dreamcast, even if I can’t play Shenmue on it.

Most of the miniatures costs just $9 to $15 (USD), and is fully painted and ready to go. I could see building a pretty substantial collection this way without breaking the bank  – or the bookshelf. Head on over to Rabbit Engineering’s Etsy shop to order your own collection of micro-sized microcomputers.



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