Day: June 30, 2020

An animator built a miniature version of IBM’s iconic 1401 computer system from scratch. Take a look.

ibm 1401 mini model
ibm 1401 mini model

Nicolas Temese

  • A Montreal-based creator modeled a miniature replica of IBM’s iconic 1401 computer system.

  • Nicolas Temese told Business Insider that the scale model includes everything from the setup at the time: a punchcard reader, tape drives, a query console, a central unit, and a line printer.

  • Temese said his model is going to be displayed in Silicon Valley’s Computer History Museum, which also showcases a working, real-size 1401 computer system.

  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Nicolas Temese doesn’t work as a modeler full-time — he’s a technical director at a small animation studio in Montreal, Canada, where he’s based.

But he’s spent hours creating a mini version of IBM’s successful 1401 computer.


The machine celebrated its 60th anniversary last year. It debuted in 1959 and became one of the first mass-produced computers. It was relatively affordable and sold 12,000 units, with standard

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