Netizen Nicolas Temese shared a miniature IBM mainframe model on Instagram, which is billed as the world’s first affordable universal computer. It’s worth noting that, as a remake of the 1959 antiques, it doesn’t rely on the power of 3D printing, but is based entirely on manual skills to create the entire 1401 model.
Nicolas Temese is understood to be an independent game developer from Montreal and a technician at animation studios.
Perforated print paper reader
In an interview, he said he has a long and strong interest in the history of computers. Given the iconic significance of IBM 1401, he thinks the re-engraving of the miniature model will also be an interesting challenge.
Starting with polystyrene sheeting, Temese took 3,000 hours to design and build the IBM 1401 midsize compact model, rather than directly using 3D printing.
Temese is often designed on paper or on a computer, and unfortunately many sizes are difficult to find reference values.
Yellow unit that can be plugd into the door (transistor and circuit part of the processor)
This caused him to measure and cut the debris, bond it together, and then spend a lot of time polishing and processing, re-engraving the surface of the original machine with spray guns and different types of varnish.
Although not specially trained, Temese’s model is an eye-opener. At first he put the host part on hold for about two months, but then completed the incredible internal details.
Terminal assembly process
Temese admits that when the first photo was released, he didn’t expect to get so much of a reaction, with many computer industry veterans sharing their memories of the real thing.
Details such as tables, chairs, walls and floors in the data center were not left behind. But even in the process of making small chairs, he was having fun.
Interested friends have the opportunity to visit the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. Because there is not only a collection of working prototypes of the first 1401, but also a new home for this miniature model.