How to repair the aluminum plate on voyageur?


I am wondering if anyone has repaired or replaced the aluminum plate on a 10/11/15? Mine took a hit on the aluminum on the upper left corner on one of the "bends". I would like to repair or replace this aluminum piece if at all possible.



Replacement isn't practical as the part can only come from another calculator. Unless the calculator fairy pops a 11/15/16 under your pillow, you'd be lucky to find a dead one on eBay for less than $50.00.

Repair is tough as it is a real pain to pull one off without doing yet more damage. They are stuck on with a tenacious double sided tape. The only positive experience I've had is with units that are really beat and they need to be straightened or completely crazed display windows that have to be replaced. I use UN-DO adhesive remover and flat Glide dental floss. It's made of polypropylene and very strong. You soften the goo with the UN-DO and then use the floss like a cheese cutter, sliding it between the faceplate and the case. Takes a while. Any over-eagerness to get it done fast will result in disaster.

For my 2¢ worth, unless it's so bashed it's peeling off, leave it alone! It adds to the character. It's now a confirmed work machine.

Edited: 17 Sept 2003, 7:28 p.m.


Thanks for input Randy. I'll leave it.

Oh, BTW, calculator fairies? ;p


Calculator fairies... smaller and flightier than the calculator elves... but also kinder and gentler.


David, you're right. You know your HP calculator history.

Some additional facts that some may not be aware of:

The Fairies where much later than the Elves.

The Elves are still to this day an angry lot after having been made redundant with the discontinuance of the 9800 lineup. No need for any heavy lifting once plastic was being used. Hi-Ho-Hi-Ho.

The Pixies quickly displaced the Elves with the introduction of the Woodstock machines. The Elves felt abandoned. They tried to enjoy their forced retirement but the Pixies made it difficult with their rapid expansion into places the Elves never imaged they could venture. The Pixies very much enjoyed their tenure as most wonderful working group in all of calculator-land. The sun shone on all the land.

The Pixies fell in an ugly uprising by the Gremlins of the 30 series. It was an ugly time for all. There was unrest in all the land. A few 34C's did manage to make it out alive to tell about it. They are still on permanent disability but continue to tell all those who listen of their greatness.

The Fairies came to the rescue with low power 7 segment LCD's and batteries that never died. There was rejoicing in all the land once again. Tranquil times existed for those that saw the future.

The Leprechauns managed to push them all out of the way when they brought the Pioneers to town. We soon forgot about all the troubles in the world and went back to work with LCD's and batteries that lasted longer than a wall wart with a broken connector. The world was once again a wonderful place for all who had followed.

It all ended with the passing of two most magnificent engineers. One who understood marketing and how it required products that are not driven by the market, the other an engineers engineer.

It seems the Trolls were left to pick up the pieces...

Edited: 18 Sept 2003, 9:26 p.m.


For an insight in the status of the Elves' world view, you might want to download Elf Bowling 1 or either of the sequels.


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