What I used:
- 13" AppleColor High-Resolution RGB Monitor (Outer Casing Removed)
- Apple LC 457
- AppleDesign Keyboard (Has the Pageup Pgdown and Keypad keys)
- " Wood
- 1/2" sheets of wood
- Nails, screws, etc.
- 1 2" thick sheet of Styrofoam sm (blue insulation foam, available at any hardware store)
- 1 Latex Based (Styrofoam safe) latex spray foam
- 1 Strong Bonding Glue (any kind that states will work on Styrofoam and plastics)
- 1 can of Black Latex Based Spray paint (that's Styrofoam/plastics safe)
- 1 container of Metallic Acrylic Paint
- Brushes, etc suitable for painting (duh!)
- Very Sharp Exacto-knife
- A Plaster Trowel for Shaping the latex Spray foam
Initial design of this Computer Terminal began with a photoshopped, high resolution image template, courtesy of Jay Faircloth (Anaphiel)
After Measuring both the dimensions of the Marathon Terminal image I printed out, I found that the relative size of the Terminal depended on the size of the monitor used. If I had used a 15" monitor, the Terminal would be proportionately bigger.
I measured the diagrams monitor size from corner to corner and side to side. The same was done for my 13" Monitor.
Since I know both values, I use ratios x:y
The decimal value difference can by multiplied against any unknown values (solve for x) to find out approximate values. Its really the first use of ratios I've had since grade 5. :)
By using this method, I applied it to the rest of the terminal (to determine the correct size of the faceplate itself, as well as the size of the Keypad, etc). Also, eyeballing it also works.
Using a very large ruler, I drew measured lines across the surface of the Blue Styrofoam sm (there still visible in the near-finished images). Then, I cut the 28 1/2" wide x 15 1/2" tall rectangle from the larger piece of foam.
It should be common sense, but cutting the foam slightly larger than needed is a good thing to do in case you need to make allowances in size.