This has all come about for one singular reason. Wiggle UK shafted me, big time. to the point the manufacturer was forced to handle the issue. Please see response below;
"Thank you for getting in touch regarding order XZY###
Unfortunately your Tacx Neo Direct Drive Smart Trainer is no longer covered by warranty and the manufacturer and ourselves are unable to accept it for a warranty inspection.
We understand that this may not have been the resolution you had been hoping for and as much as we would like to help, we unfortunately cannot meet your needs in this case.
We are sorry we could not help you further regarding this.
This all being said, I DO NOT blame Tacx for anything up to this point. Wiggle UK are royal pricks and as such I lay all the blame with them. The situation has now been rectified from a retail perspective, however I now have a dead trainer which I can resurrect. Enjoy
So all the holes have now been cut and the windows are in. The lights were a bit of a headache to get in a position and aligned and routed as they should be. Still waiting on the dc-dc stepdown voltage controller to give me 12v access. I think it looks ok, even if a little dim on the coil covers. I can't really see myself doing too much riding in the dark.
Good news to date has been;
- Able to use handfuls of stuff I had laying about to get to this point, so it's been cheap
- I haven't permanently 'fixed' something (yet)
- The vision looks achievable
- The remains of the casing seem to be strong enough for the handle which is now on the way
There wasn't as much room between the board and the chassis as I was expecting. Infact, the board is kind of jammed in quite awkwardly. The windows have been cut and all the perspex is in now. Not going to tempt fate cutting the load bank cover off to install a window (for now) nothing really to see and more time which I'm not wanting to devote right now. Generally the case is fairly knocked around already so you'll have to ignore the finish on the plastic.
Also, I managed to wrestle out the tiny led at the front. Nothing too fascinating there however it seems to be a bi colour chip only. None of the distinguishable marks gave an indication it was an off the shelf thing which was slightly interesting. Still tossing around the idea of which colours to embed in the perspex. Current thoughts are; Blue (because I've got some spares laying around), red, because it would kinda match? shifting red/blue, because of the underlit led which shifts (difficult), strobing RGB stroke lights (because RGB)