The faceplate bezels look rough and ready
because they're soft tooled, short run prototypes for engineering purposes. No prototype would be clean on the inside and textured on the outside unless they had gone to the final
hard tooling production steps. Hard tooling is expensive today and back then it was murderously so.
The numbering scheme on the ProtoBezels is an interesting observation. Thirty would be a nice round estimate for a soft tooled prototype run. The first ten or fifteen having been brutalized in the process of fit and fitting refinement and the last ten or fifteen hitting the streets as pre-production seed units . . . with functional EXTERNAL
FDDs! A few of the MacTwiggyDrives must
have been functional, just wildly impractical in terms of a shipping product.
Interesting observation about the sheet metal enclosure blocking the only visible source for convection cooling air, that's worth looking into in terms of theoretical
I've been collecting pics and info on the TwiggyMac for over ten years and nothing I've seen has or read about them has been conclusive. What I find really entertaining is that many of the 128k's most elegant solutions were done in secret, by qualified engineers right under the nose of THE STEVE, who'd all but forbidden any design and testing alternative that wasn't at the center of his (tunnel)VISION of "insane greatness."
[SJ "bashing" disclaimer mode]
No disrespect for the dead here, he was more of the architect type, the TEAM were more akin to the civil engineers who actually design
the building after correcting the pie in the sky sketches and models of the dreamer. Luckily, INSANELY GREAT engineers sometimes translate such visions into concrete glass and steel, IRL. Plastic, glass and steel in the case of the (lobotomized) 128k and the Macintosh Team.
Steve Jobs was no Edison of the modern age by any stretch of the imagination, IMHO. He was
more the consumer electronics Frank Lloyd Wright,
of the modern age, IMHO. Both were geniuses, herding other (young and eager to surpass their mentors) geniuses in many specialized fields along the master's visionary path. The folks doing the real work and coming up with the ideas that work IRL never
get the credit due them in any field, especially politics! Charles Eames
would be a far more accurate parallel to SJ in terms of "hogging the glory" in the world of Industrial Design, but that's too obscure a reference.SJ WAS A GENIUS!
There, I've said it! But he had feet of clay . . . who doesn't . . . am I the only one here who finds his particular
brand of clay insanely irritating?
[/SJ "bashing" disclaimer mode]
p.s. sorry about the tangent, this might actually make an interesting topic! Whatcha think? The SJ "bashing" thread?