Latest update from the Spectrum Next team via their official facebook group has shown something I’ve been looking forward to seeing.. The case molds are in production! (I’m the proud owner of one of the dev kits, but this makes me jealous still!)
As Henrique advised – “We should be injecting the plastics to form our very first Next case shortly, in what is called a ‘metal safe prototype’, meaning the case will have the correct form, but will lack the texture and the fit of the parts should be a bit ‘loose’. Why? Well, you can always subtract metal from the mould (thus making the plastic ‘thicker’) to get a snug fit, but adding metal in case you carved out too much is a bigger problem best avoided.
Once we have the metal safe prototype and evaluate it, it’s greenlight for making the final mould adjustments in order to make the case parts fit snuggly, and then comes the chemical and electric process of embedding the right finish (not too polished, not too rough) you have seen in the original visualisations.”
Also included below is a breakdown of all the components going into the new machine and successor to the Spectrum name (avoiding the dark haired cousin and the company involved, with the hardware issues that split the community)
Machine is stil on track for later this year, with games such as Deltastar, Dungeonette and Baggers in space all releasing between now and then…
Oh did I mention one of the original Lemmings team is porting Lemmings across……..