1/3: Full-Size Working Lego Commodore 64! #TheBrixtyFour

1/3: Full-Size Working Lego Commodore 64! #TheBrixtyFour

Hello. It’s nice to see you back here with me in the Retro Recipes Kitchen Now in today’s episode, we’re gonna be talking about the best-selling, home computer of all time, the Commodore 64 When I installed a Commodore 64 Mini inside this Commodore 64.. People asked what if there’s an even smaller Commodore 64 inside the C64 mini Well, actually This is the 64 Adore by Chris McVeigh, it’s made completely of Lego So then I thought.. Well, what if we could build a full-sized working Lego Commodore 64 Now sure on one hand it would be an expensive executive desk toy But on the other hand there is a practical application See these bread-bin style cases are getting harder and harder to find in good condition And not just because I’m hoarding five of them So if we could build a suitably retro looking Lego case That could hold a real motherboard and keyboard Well, it would really solve that problem And best of all.. what if you could build it in any color, transparency, or design That was available in Lego bricks That’s all coming up here in part one as we build the Commodore BrixtyFour Feel free to like and subscribe Don’t forget to ring the bell so you don’t miss out on the future episodes of this project And I do hope I can earn you checking out my Patreon as well For now though, it’s time to go Brick to The Future Welcome to Retro Recipes! So the first thing we need to do is get our real Commodore 64 Use our trusty home-based tape measure to get measurements of all the dimensions For the motherboard, I’m gonna have to crack open my Commodore Music Maker refurb here That I made my theme tune on And just borrow it to get those dimensions Then you may ask how do we get those dimensions into Lego proportions Well.. we use the Lego unit converter, of course This converts millimeters or inches into Lego studs, which also happens to be Which also happens to be the pet name. I give my Patreon And then the software I’m going to be using is called stud.io Stud-o, stud-o.. ooh, stud.io! This is a very cool piece of software You can load up any official Lego set Like the old LL-924 Space Cruiser that I had as a kid And manipulate the pieces You can actually use any piece in existence around the world to build anything your heart desires In this case, our heart desires a Commodore 64 It’ll then price up all those parts according to the live prices from all the stores, where they’re available Wait, how much?! Don’t worry There is a way to get this price down And then what you get are these handy little bundles of Lego from various stores Some of them even put together into strange shapes for you So let’s start at the beginning And lay down our first bricks Now this whole project represents about two weeks of solid work And after day one.. here’s what I had Let’s just rewind a bit not took you through a couple of the most interesting parts of this So it’s the you’ll notice these white stripes Now, I am going to try to use these studs to secure the real Commodore 64 motherboard into the case But as a backup plan, these are damage free hanging strips And they provide very good horizontal resistance So when you’re plugging things into the cartridge port the motherboard shouldn’t move But it also won’t be damaged by the strips By the way at any point during the video check out all the recipe ingredients you need in the description below I’ll list out everything that I feature and less.. I mean more And I worked really hard to get the distinctive shape of the Commodore 64 case just right And of course the dimensions of all those openings And you’ll notice I’ve got these smooth tiles What I want us to do is throw hinges on the back so we can open the case and peer inside And I put a little start there in the middle to act as a fastener Now, of course we’ve got to be able to match up all the ports at the back of the real motherboard to this Lego case These are the hinges we’re going to use Hey.. looks like a Commodore 64 Well.. 32 Now in the real case, it has some ventilation on the base So I wanted to create the little kind of inflation docking system here so that our real PCB doesn’t get overcooked And that’s what we ended up with And we’ve also added some smooth areas for the cartridge user and cassette ports So that they can slide in and out nice and easy Of course being Lego.. we can change up the color to anything available Really good! What do you think puppy? High five? Speaking of kids.. quick shout out to eight-year-old Grace Mueller Hi Grace! Her dad is a Perfract Team Platinum Member on my Patreon He told me she’s a big fan of the channel Thank you so much! Now, on her channel.. Yes, she has a channel She covers video games, retro-computing, and also Lego construction Looks like I might have some competition there Well, either way, hello Grace Now back to our regularly scheduled programming Where there may be something we can do to spruce up that case base What the heck.. let’s throw a Lego motherboard in there as an option Of course, it’s got a fuse Looks like that might be blown actually I’ll check it later And there’s the enclosure for the graphics check the VIC-II Let’s have a bit of fun with that! I’ll put the lid back on Throw some hinges on Then we can open and close it on our heart’s content Peekaboo! Where are the what, did you? SID Chips. SID chips. Ooh, tasty, uh.. waiter! And you know me, of course, this PCD has a SID Chip But given some of the music I make this thing do I should probably throw a heatsink on ther2 Nice! Alright, let’s put our tops on.. top on.. the computer Of course, this is a great excuse to get out some real Lego and.. uh.. ‘Measure it’ By that I mean, play with it Ghostbusters!! And after another few fun days of playing with our Lego is where the projects at Oh and in case you’re wondering, I created these 3D animations in blender And then just drag and drop them into BlenderGrid Who rendered them for us in a jiffy Well, actually it was in a computer Let me rewind and step you through a couple of the interesting parts Now getting that distinctive curve was really difficult I tried all sorts of different bricks And you have to leave room for the spacebar, of course, as well And eventually I found something that worked Then we want to get that distinctive grille pattern in there And I thought you know, why don’t we make the LED electric? So this is a brick from an old 9V electric system You can use this wire to connect it to a Lego battery Or to the 9V line of a real Commodore 64 PCB It came in sets like this So I was able to position that under the top of the case There’s plenty of room there And have it push up through the grille We can then choose a light bulb cover And fortunately, this one’s available in transparent red perfect Perfect! This really was an illuminating experience And then the most fun part of all.. making the Commodore logo Now, there are these one-by-one Lego tiles with letters on I wasn’t too happy with the stripes there So I decided to go for the authentic rainbow pattern I did want to do horizontal lines but there was no way to get five in there And also no real way to get them in vertically the worked Oops Don’t know how that got there Now if you’ve ever looked at your Commodore 64 case backwards and who hasn’t You’ll notice there are ventilation holes in the roof as well So I want to put those in And use these LEGO Technic Plates Align the holes with the grilles that I already had there And we get this nice ventilated top part To keep our real PCB nice and cool For our Lego SID Chip, of course Time to render some of these images again And of course we use the 8-bit setting You can even do UV degradation Yes, we can yellow this case Although I prefer the retro-brighted look Let’s unite the top with the base and PCB Well, next up was the keyboard and as I mentioned Lego do these letters So we should be able to fashion some sort of rudimentary-looking keyboard I started building something that was just for show But then the more I thought about it, it had a working LED, why not have working keys? I found this part It’s actually spring-loaded And if you put a pole or an axle through the middle I realized you could line four of them up And have them actually push against the axle and operate as real sprung mechanical teeth You can see the springs going in just here It’s amazing actually how similar it is to the real Commodore sprung mechanical keyboard I got really stuck here I couldn’t figure out why there was no number nine available Can you work it out? Yeah, it’s just a six upside down Duh. That took me about three days to figure out I totally spaced out and forgot the space bar There it is! A fully working mechanical Lego Commodore 64 keyboard Nice! And as expected if you hit the key.. it goes down Let’s unite it with the other parts I have to say at the start of this project, I was quite literally bricking it For what we’ve achieved here It’s incredible! You might be wondering why did I use the keys that have these ridges vertically up the sides? Well, that was the only one that fit with an interesting idea came up with You see, I was exploring my real keyboard and I noticed inside the keys.. they connect using this axle shape Look familiar? Yeah, it’s the exact same shape that LEGO Technic Axle pieces use So I designed the keyboard so that you can actually take off all the Lego keys Put them onto a real Commodore 64 keyboard And that way you can have something that looks like this But is fully operational You could use something like this.. this is the MEC Board 64 by Mountain Buffalo It’s a brand new Commodore 64 keyboard base And crucially, it doesn’t come with any keys, so it’s perfect for this application By the way, if you ever want to get into PCB prototyping like Mountain Buffalo I recommend PCBWay They really make prototyping PCBs easy And, as we all know, PCB stands for Perfractic’s Commodore Bricks So we’ve got that working keyboard and that LED in there, how are we going to power the LED? I settled on this 9V power pack And I realized with a bit of orientation, I could actually fit it in where the power button goes And have the switches built into the power back.. Double as the Commodore 64 power switch In it’s original location Then it’s just a question of finding some appropriate joystick ports I think that round piece is a Star Wars part But it looks just like the power socket And then these are the cables were gonna use or stick in that yellow plug And it connects to these little white terminals on top of the battery Make a little hole in the top for the wire to come out of And then that wires gonna run from the battery up to the LED There it is! Our finished design And as promised you can hinge open the top to peek inside Peekaboo! I have gotta stop saying that But of course it’s never going to be as simple as it seems I realized the keyboard is actually impeding on part of the motherboard So I had to move these capacitors around and unfortunately, we have to lose the VIC-II cover VIC, you’re just too tall Also, the keyboard was closing on to the battery pack Though with a bit of manipulation, I was able to carve a corner out of the keyboard So it wraps around it like this Aw.. nice and snug You know this is Lego, we can have any color available It doesn’t have to be just classic gray So if we are going to redesign this case and use it as a replacement case, we might as well have some fun There’s plenty of options Transparent red anyone? Or a nice dark red Transparent is actually a lovely idea You’ll be able to see the lego motherboard through there Transparent blue maybe? Or even pink How about Stormtrooper black and white That one really has The Force Or we could go for a classic, glossy black Or my personal favorite and one I think I’m gonna order a copy of Lemon and gray So a great pleasure I present to you Weighing in at 82 ounces or over two kilograms Or 2,191 bricks of the Commodore BrixtyFour It’s like 1982 all over again.. in more ways than one Now there’s only one thing left to do I’ve got it order all these bricks Let’s see how much they cost Just kidding, I’m fine That, mainly, because that was recorded a long time ago Anyway I noticed that if I uploaded this wanted list to BrickLink, the price drop significantly Presenting the C D E M O PRW46 I prefer BrixtyFour, myself And here you can see the best prices found from these five retailers 170 bucks You know, it sounds like a lot but when you consider that tiny Commodore 64, made of Lego Costs around $30 to $40 $170 for a full-sized case actually isn’t that bad in Lego terms But what is bad is we now gotta wait for all these pieces to arrive for the next episode in this series Where I’m gonna build the whole thing Also design up some instructions And make this thing in the flesh Well.. plastic And then I’ll take it all apart again And see if I can put a real Commodore 64 motherboard and keyboard in there And then only when I’ve made all the tweaks and perfections necessary I’ll release all the files and info you need in the descriptions of these videos so you can order and build your own I’m gonna make it completely free and open source for the benefit at the Retro Community But if you do want to support me and this project Feel free to become a member of my Perfract team on Patreon I hope to see you there For now though, what do you think of the project? What color or design would you build? Thanks for watching! Comment below and Cheerio!

100 thoughts to “1/3: Full-Size Working Lego Commodore 64! #TheBrixtyFour”

  1. Theres something about you and your channel that really want's me to stick around for a while.Just can't figure out what it is! 😉 Oh and by the way have you received any of the parts yet im curious.

  2. LEGO is NOT Play Well in danish, "Leg Godt" is Play Well in Danish, but when the creator of LEGO looked out the windows he saw one of their trucks with "Leg Godt" written on the side of it he couldnt see the whole logo so he saw this –> [Leg] g [o] dt (the [ ] are windows)

  3. LEGO is not Danish for "play well"! It was meant as play well… but it was never introduced into Danish grammar as "play well". It's more like LEGO's catchphrase then Danish

  4. Great video…sometimes, the way you talk reminds me of Red Dwarf's Kryten.

    BTW – if you are going to call yourself a true 'geek', gain a lot of weight. Real Geeks cannot be both handsome AND fit. Sorry. j/k

  5. What a world we live in where we have virtual Legos now! I actually really like the idea– unlimited pieces, none of the hassle of finding that one piece among the rest or stepping on bricks in the night– but then, that was part of the nostalgic Lego experience, wasn't it? Kids these days are gonna grow up having never stepped on a Lego XD

  6. Your voice in combination with your looks and enthusiasm takes some getting used to. Comes across as a Bob Ross, painting a C64 in lego style XD And I love it! I love everything about it You're amazing! I love the video, I love the idea, I love it that you designed the motherboard in lego bricks as well, even though you're going to try and replace it with the real thing. I love lego and I LOVE the C64! This is an amazing project! I know what I want for christmas! The instructions and the bricks! 😀

    Okay, I'm done. I'm okay, I'm relaxed. I'ma go dance on the ceiling in anticipation :p

  7. That is a cool design for a commadore. If I were to build one I believe I'd go with the transparent yellow top with a grey base.

  8. If anyone one could sell me the ultimate in lego computing it is you with that voice. It was an amazing video and honestly think an outer shell in the same style should be made as a replacement for aging systems because it looks both retro and modern at the same time.

  9. You know there is a LEGO IDEA program you can submit ideas to right? If they like it and get enough support they could make it into a fully mass produced set in stores.

  10. I finally got around to watching this video. Damn, Chris! That is bloody impressive! Great idea and well done! Looking forward to Part 2.

  11. Thanks for sharing this video and innovative ideas of reinventing the C64. Like you said, commodore cases are becoming rarer to find these days. Apart from Lego, maybe 3D printing is the way to go. On a contemporary art website I stumbled on, they 3D printed the breadbin case.

  12. Thank you for sharing the process, I was able to build a favorite blacktron model (6887 Allied Avenger) with ice planet parts – my life is complete 😀

  13. I really dig the transparent red finish. It’s a good thing you were just trying to build the keyboard part, not the flappy drive.

    “SID Chips! SID Chips?” That’s one very salty synthesizer!

  14. holy shit how did you made that two pot meters connected to the joystic port?… =) i need that technology, right now! =)

  15. I love your voice!! That is such a cool project! I have a short board (c64C) unit – will it fit the same into the lego case?

  16. Didn't lego use to have their own 3D studio software you could make sets on and then order the parts for it?

  17. LE is the first two letters og the Danish word leg. And GO the first two letters of Godt. Leg means Play and Godt means Well

  18. Actually LEGO isn't danish for "Play Well" LEGO is the concatination of the first two letters in the two words "Leg Godt" that is danish for "Play Well"

  19. 174 for a custom set with out of print parts isn't bad for a set that would probably cost 60-80 in an official release (Which this should absolutely be)

  20. what is your target audience because you're making a retro computer but you're acting like a child and making jokes only a 2 year old would laugh at on a mickey mouse show

  21. I created an Atari 2600 (Heavy Sixer) 1:1 scale on LEGO ideas:


  22. I've just voted for this project on the LEGO website. I had to spend time to set an account there and all this nonsense just to vote so I hope it will count. 🙂

  23. Holy smeg balls! that is awesome! best video I have seen (this week at least). love the concept, design process and final product. thanks for creating and sharing.

  24. Since the breadbin cases are getting rare, someone needs to go through the process of building the files for 3d printing the top and bottom of the case. This would make for a pretty much endless supply, and those could be built in pretty much any colour as well.

  25. Just chatted with Lego customer service online. Asked if they would do new molds for keycap reproduction. It will help so many vintage owners. And perhaps they can make a line of sets called "Vintage Computer" or something like that. I gave a link to this video.

  26. I bet it wouldn't be possible to build more than the keyboard in lego huh? so no lego cassette deck or diskette deck
    if I had to choose a single colour I'd go for black (are there black legos?)

  27. Hi I have noticed in some of your videos we can see you have a couple of Tomy robots do they work? ( on twitter @fishlock.tony )

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