This blog post starts with the question: If I cut the ports off a Raspberry Pi 4 model B, will it still work?
My early conclusion? Sorta.
With most Raspberry Pi generations, there is a full-featured model B, and a smaller, trimmed-down model A. The Pi 4 never had a model A, so I thought it would be interesting to see if I could make one. I looked at the Pi 4 with this really cool X-ray tool, as well as using this album of X-ray images from reddit user u/xCP23x:
The cut was calculated to try to avoid anything important, though as we'll find later it may not have been measured carefully enough.