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18th August 2009, 10:49 AM
Hey all

I was surfing the intertubes before actually getting any work done, and stumbled across this!

Image gallery: Building an Apple-1 replica from scratch (http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/print/9136257/Image_gallery_Building_an_Apple_1_replica_from_scr atch?taxonomyName=Hardware&taxonomyId=12)

The guy and a friend build a replica of the Apple I!


18th August 2009, 11:20 AM
Nice find... would love to waste away some time making one of these... just know if I did, it would just sit gathering dust once I have had my 15 mins of enjoying it :-)

18th August 2009, 11:20 AM
freaking awesome. (I had that monitor on my Apple IIc)

18th August 2009, 11:24 AM
Heh, you're only about four YEARS behind the times, lad :D

Tom Owad, Mac consultant and Chief Manger for the AppleFritter forums, has had a book (http://books.google.com.au/books?id=81TLrugP-EUC&dq=tom+owad+apple+replica&printsec=frontcover&source=bn&hl=en&ei=0QGKSqbtMcySkQWJ6LipCA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4) on how to make your own Woz-blessed Apple I replica.

Nice gallery-run, though, even if the guy was a total klutz and put the CPU in backwards!

18th August 2009, 11:47 AM
and if you want your very own, you can buy an Apple1 kit from

Replica 1 - Briel Wiki (http://www.brielcomputers.com/wik/index.php?title=Replica_1)

. . . of course if you want to make it truly "authentic", (in Woz speak) you'll need to get your soddering iron and sodder it yourself.

18th August 2009, 02:50 PM
I know it's an old link Brains but I got a kick out of it and thought others would too :)

20th August 2009, 11:15 PM
Thanks for the link, Stevoid! Despite what others say, it's not old -- the gallery was posted less than a week ago, just after KansasFest 2009 was held in July. Though it is true that the first model Replica-1 (we're up to the third edition now) first came out years ago, long enough for Tom Owad to have written the book Brains recommends.

The friend who helped me build the Apple-1 is Vince Briel, whose kit mmulhern mentions. There's no better help than from the man who invented the machine (well, besides Woz).

And I'm not a total klutz so much as I was trying to balance assembly with photography. I was holding the 65C02 such that its label was legible for the camera -- which was not also the correct way to install it.

You try learning to solder, assembling 88 component parts onto a PCB, and posing for 250 pictures, all in three hours -- see if your machine works in the end. ;-)

-Some guy