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Licensed replacement cases to give Amiga 1200s that new computer look

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A new Kickstarter campaign is looking to breath new life into aging Amiga 1200 computers
A new Kickstarter campaign is looking to breath new life into aging Amiga 1200 computers
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A new Kickstarter campaign is looking to breath new life into aging Amiga 1200 computers
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A new Kickstarter campaign is looking to breath new life into aging Amiga 1200 computers

For proud owners of aging Amiga 1200s, it may seem there's little to be done about the now faded, yellowing plastic that houses these early home computers. But a group of spirited enthusiasts is now turning to Kickstarter, where Frenchman Philippe Lang is offering backers shiny replacement cases to restore the beloved machines to their former glory.

With his own Amiga 1200 bearing cracks and holes, Lang went searching for another case but couldn't find a worthy replacement. So he explored the idea of creating his own and formed a plan to manufacture three new molds weighing a total of 5.5 tonnes (6 tons) – one for the top case, one for the bottom case and one for all trapdoors and parts.

From these molds, Lang plans to produce brand new, licensed Amiga 1200 ASA plastic cases, meaning they will come complete with the Amiga labeling. The cases will be compatible with all Amiga 1200 motherboard revisions, while also allowing for popular add-ons and mounting holes for Raspberry Pi.

The material used for these brand new cases is UV-resistant and is therefore promised to never yellow. And in addition to the traditional color, it will also be available in black and transparent. Lang is looking to raise €125,000 (US$142,000) to produce the new molds, and it appears he's not alone in the dismay at his withering Amiga case.

With the campaign to run up until November 1, he has raised almost €100,000 (US$113,000) at the time of writing. An early pledge of €79 (US$90) will have a new case sent your way in March if all goes to plan.

You can hear from Lang in his pitch video below.

Source: A1200

New AMIGA 1200 Cases (Made From New Molds)

4 comments
Racqia Dvorak
I just don't understand. I guess if you wanted to cram a modern computer in there and LOOK like an old computer, but if you make it look modern, then what's the point?
AlanSeaman
Its not for a modern computer, it's a new case for old Amiga 1200 hardware. It's great if your old case has gone yellow or is damaged in anyway.
Bob Flint
If you are actually using a 23 year old computer then congratulations. Otherwise the fellow so excited about his BIG injection molding machine maybe waiting for a while till those orders come in. Seriously nostalgia is fun but so is the recent trend in vinyl records coming back into fashion...
Timelord
I liked my Amiga 1200... in the early 1990s. But I'm not wedded to the past. Can't imagine what I'd do with one today. It would have extremely limited software and be slow as a dog compared with modern computers. I keep computers to use, not as relics, although I may still have an Amiga 3000 sitting in the attic somewhere, where it's been since Mehdi Ali and company drove Commodore belly-up. Time to move on, fellas.