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Re: Vertical Retrace - A classic vertical Mame cabinet
« Reply #40 on: August 15, 2011, 01:03:20 pm »
That looks awesome! Great work! :applaud:

+1 on the diamond layout. Mine is a little different for my 3rd and 4th players, but I like it more than the standard square.
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Re: Vertical Retrace - A classic vertical Mame cabinet
« Reply #41 on: August 15, 2011, 01:18:21 pm »
Very symmetrical and awesome looking.  :cheers:

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Re: Vertical Retrace - A classic vertical Mame cabinet
« Reply #42 on: August 15, 2011, 05:51:21 pm »
Thanks guys,
 I'm still tempted to cram my spinner in there but it may not look great.

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Re: Vertical Retrace - A classic vertical Mame cabinet
« Reply #43 on: August 15, 2011, 09:45:45 pm »
I like the CP!  Very sharp!  :applaud:

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Re: Vertical Retrace - A classic vertical Mame cabinet
« Reply #44 on: August 15, 2011, 09:50:33 pm »
Thanks guys,
 I'm still tempted to cram my spinner in there but it may not look great.
Have you thought about putting in on the front panel above where the retrocade logo is?  Right in the center?  I can't remember but I recall seeing a spinner game with a similar configuration.

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Re: Vertical Retrace - A classic vertical Mame cabinet
« Reply #45 on: August 15, 2011, 10:56:01 pm »
Yes I have thought of it, as a matter of fact I believe I've seen Emphatic recomend that in other posts. I'm not sure I'd like the look of it though.
I don't gain too many games by having a spinner so I'm up in the air on it. I'm toying with the idea of building a second panel at some time, with a Tron layout.

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Re: Vertical Retrace - A classic vertical Mame cabinet
« Reply #46 on: August 18, 2011, 01:25:09 pm »
I've finally got the cabinet out of the basement.
Its now up on my back stoop where I will finish up a couple of small steps. I shot the rear of the cabinet with some flat black to clean it up.

Tha cab is sitting tipped forward because I have the front leg levelers all the way in right now.


I will soon put on the white t-molding and I got the email today from Gameongrafix that says both my cpo and marquee are on their way.... man I can't wait to see how they come out.

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Re: Vertical Retrace - Out of the basement and closer to done
« Reply #47 on: August 25, 2011, 06:47:07 am »
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« Last Edit: February 12, 2015, 04:45:41 am by Louis Tully »

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Re: Vertical Retrace - Out of the basement and closer to done
« Reply #48 on: August 25, 2011, 07:17:11 pm »
Thanks Louis,

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Re: Vertical Retrace - Out of the basement and closer to done
« Reply #49 on: August 25, 2011, 10:04:20 pm »
Update,
I finally found some time to post an update with some pics.
Work has been busy. I've currently got a school I'm working on with a dead fire alarm system that I'm in the middle of switching out, I've gotta swing by a costomers house and swap out  a monitor in a Misille Cammand, I have a Ms Pacman from the same customer that is currently waiting for me to work on and on top of it, I'm working in a roller rink trying to make his sound system not suck, but the owner won't spend money on new sub woofers and fixing his games as they periodically die. :banghead:
any way, enough complaining.

I've got the cabinet up in the room where it will be staying and the t-molding on.


My artwork arrived on Saturday and it looks great. I'll be working on getting it on soon.



I have a few coin control coin doors but I wanted a Happ one because I prefer the coin reject buttons and I can get them in blue. when I was at the rollerrink this week, I went in the back to get something and saw a couple of happ coin doors. I asked the owner if I could swap a coin controls one for a happ one and he said yes, so now I've got a nice coin door to pop in, after I refinish it of course.

soon I'll be working on getting the monitor in it.

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Re: Vertical Retrace - Out of the basement and closer to done
« Reply #50 on: August 25, 2011, 11:09:10 pm »
I really like that white T-molding.  Artwork came out good too.

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Re: Vertical Retrace - Out of the basement and closer to done
« Reply #51 on: August 26, 2011, 07:41:59 am »
Thanks,
I'm glad I went with the white. I was gonna originally use chrome, as I did on my last cab but I decided that chrome is too fragile (its a mylar sticker on clear plastic).
I love the look of Nintendo Punchout cabs (black cab, white t molding)

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Re: Vertical Retrace - Out of the basement and closer to done
« Reply #52 on: August 26, 2011, 11:48:37 am »
+1 on the white t-molding.  And the CP overlay looks supper sweet!  :applaud:

This is going to be an awsome cab!

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Re: Vertical Retrace - A classic vertical Mame cabinet
« Reply #53 on: August 26, 2011, 12:49:28 pm »
Have you thought about putting in on the front panel above where the retrocade logo is?  Right in the center?

Here's mine [well... I haven't finished yet] and I think it'll be snazzy.


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Re: Vertical Retrace - Out of the basement and closer to done
« Reply #54 on: August 26, 2011, 01:29:46 pm »
Nice. I love that curved marquee!

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Re: Vertical Retrace - Finally, a large update
« Reply #55 on: October 14, 2011, 12:36:41 am »
I've made a lot of progress. It's still going slow but its much closer.

I have my monitor in and functioning, my artwork installed and controls mounted.

due to the monitor size, I had to remake the inner speaker shelf part above the monitor. I'm very happy with the way it came out.
I modified a grill from a Narc machine. I added two small ports for the subwoofer.


Here are a few pics of the installed marquee and control panel art.





I'm currently waiting on a new 2.25" iceball and a token top spinner. I also have an order into Tap plastics for the monitor plexi.

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Re: Vertical Retrace - Finally, a large update
« Reply #56 on: October 14, 2011, 03:17:22 am »
Lookin' good!  :afro:

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Re: Vertical Retrace - Finally, a large update
« Reply #57 on: October 14, 2011, 09:22:45 am »
Love the CP and curved marquee... great job!  :applaud:

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Re: Vertical Retrace - Finally, a large update
« Reply #58 on: October 14, 2011, 10:00:27 am »
Yeah, that curved marquee really adds to the "wow factor".  8)

I just noticed the spinner... isn't it too close to the buttons of player 1?

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Re: Vertical Retrace - Finally, a large update
« Reply #59 on: October 14, 2011, 10:17:08 am »
This is looking great! Can't wait to see it finished! :applaud:

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Re: Vertical Retrace - Finally, a large update
« Reply #60 on: October 14, 2011, 10:19:36 am »
Thanks for the kind words, guys.

Yeah, that curved marquee really adds to the "wow factor".  8)

I just noticed the spinner... isn't it too close to the buttons of player 1?

No, I actually find the spinner pretty comfy there. I really battled back and forth on if I should even install the spinner and in the end, I decided I would rather have it.
I'm not loading golden tee so hitting the spinner when using the track ball isn't an issue either.
I would prefer the spinner to be further away from the controller 1 buttons but with the room available this is the best setup.
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Re: Vertical Retrace - Finally, a large update
« Reply #61 on: October 18, 2011, 07:47:21 pm »
Just checking in on this project.  Looks great!  Can't wait to try it in person once you finish since you're nearby.  (I work in Stamford, CT).  LOL.

Nice job!

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Re: Vertical Retrace - Finally, a large update
« Reply #62 on: October 18, 2011, 08:22:42 pm »
Thanks.
try it in person? of course, why not. thats what its for. Stamford? I used to work down there all the time, now I do just once in a while.
I just got the smoked plexi from Tap Plastics yesterday, wow!! I like it
The smoked plexi really gives it a great finish and I think the picture on the monitor looks much better with it.
I'll be updating some photos soon. I'm also currently in the progress of painting my coin door, rebuilding my Happ trackball and my spinner is out for repair  :banghead:
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Re: Vertical Retrace - Finally, a large update
« Reply #63 on: November 10, 2011, 09:54:32 pm »
Man, I'm slow on updates. In the last few weeks I've made some good progress.
The control panel is all wired up for control and lights. I still need to do the strict settings stuff of lighting the proper leds for each game.
Lately I've been doing a lot of work on the resolutions using the mamewah mame resolution tool. (very handy)

Here are some progress pics

I cut up some pacman joystick mounts and had them welded in, to avoid having bolts showing up top

There is a void between the mount and the metal cp that fits the dust washer fine except I just had to put some thin felt on the dustwashers so it sits perfect.

It's a pretty tight little package but I think it's pretty neat. I also used 12 terminal connectors like real arcade machines, so I can unplug the controls from the ipac if I need to remove the Cp.




I have to finish my coin door and redo the player 2 start vinyl


I'm off tomorrow, so I will be able to wire up my coin door and get it installed.


I am mounting switches behind the coin reject buttons and  restricting them so you only need a slight push for credits. The metal strip will both hold the switch and restrict the button. I will also be using coin mechs so coins can be used but probably won't be.


I also installed the solar gray plexi from Tap Plastics, I really like how it looks.


The white ball tops are actually mesh balls, but its hard to see the pattern in photos. Even in real life, the white ones aren't easy to see unless you're right on top of them.
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Re: Vertical Retrace - Almost Done!!!!
« Reply #64 on: November 11, 2011, 02:57:55 am »
Wow, great job!  :applaud:

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Re: Vertical Retrace - Almost Done!!!!
« Reply #65 on: November 12, 2011, 08:18:59 am »
Great work, nice details!

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Re: Vertical Retrace - Almost Done!!!!
« Reply #66 on: November 12, 2011, 10:35:22 am »
Thanks guys

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Re: Vertical Retrace - Almost Done!!!!
« Reply #67 on: November 13, 2011, 01:12:45 pm »
Overall cabinet looks great!  :applaud: :applaud:  Love the curve in the marquee and integration of all your graphics.  :applaud: :applaud:

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Re: Vertical Retrace - Almost Done!!!!
« Reply #68 on: November 13, 2011, 01:31:55 pm »
Very nice job on the on the artwork love the CP and how it wraps around.
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Re: Vertical Retrace - Almost Done!!!!
« Reply #69 on: November 13, 2011, 09:23:19 pm »
Thank you.
Also, I finally got the coin door mounted along with the switches for coining up. I just need to wire it up.
Soon, I have to get started with configuring ledblinky (which is awesome by the way) and all that.

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« Reply #70 on: November 13, 2011, 09:28:53 pm »
Thank you.
Also, I finally got the coin door mounted along with the switches for coining up. I just need to wire it up.
Soon, I have to get started with configuring ledblinky (which is awesome by the way) and all that.

Sweet!

Will you be using colors.ini to light your controls to be game specific? Or will you be going with your own colors?

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« Reply #71 on: November 13, 2011, 09:35:53 pm »
Thank you.
Also, I finally got the coin door mounted along with the switches for coining up. I just need to wire it up.
Soon, I have to get started with configuring ledblinky (which is awesome by the way) and all that.

Sweet!

Will you be using colors.ini to light your controls to be game specific? Or will you be going with your own colors?

To tell you the truth, I haven't really thought about it. I got ledblinky 2 weeks ago and have only done the basic input mapping and then for messing around, I set up some background music in mala and set ledblinky up to go along with it. I have to sit down and look over my options. More than likely I will go with the option that is the least amount of work. I guess you can say I'm a bit lazy.

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Re: Vertical Retrace - Almost Done!!!!
« Reply #72 on: November 13, 2011, 09:41:32 pm »
Quickest and easiest would be to set up MAME defaults. You can have only active buttons lit this way, but they will all be the same color. You can do different colors for P1 and P2, but all buttons will always be on. Colors.ini makes things pretty slick, but I've ran into an issue where only about 1/2 to 2/3 of the games in colors.ini light up correctly. I've found that adding the games that don't light up correctly to my controls.ini fixes the issue, but that's quite a bit of work to do adding to controls.ini. Once I'm satisfied from changing it up, I'll probably post my .inis for people who might be interested. But I'm hoping an easier solution arises, maybe I've overlooked something simple with my LEDBlinky.

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« Reply #73 on: December 30, 2011, 04:45:45 pm »
Here's a front shot of the cabinet before any work was done (except old monitor mount is taken apart).

There's a good size hole under that metal plate. I hate to use Bondo in my basement, but I will fill it before the front gets laminated.

I had to strip off the old gray vinyl...


and now the cabinet is stripped and ready for laminate






I know this is off subject, but are you will to sell any parts or the cp from that Ropocop??? If you still have it.

In addition, I want to replace or rebuild the joystick..... would a happy comp. fit???

Thanks for any help.

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Re: Vertical Retrace - Almost Done!!!!
« Reply #74 on: December 30, 2011, 11:25:50 pm »
I actually used the Robocop control panel for this project.
I still have some other parts from it.
The only problem I see with fitting a comp in it is that the welded studs used for mounting the joystick is kinda angled so the stick wouldn't be going straight

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Re: Vertical Retrace - Almost Done!!!!
« Reply #75 on: December 31, 2011, 05:29:02 pm »
This project is very good!
I, just like every one else, like the curved marquee.
Neat wiring job on the CP too.

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Re: Vertical Retrace - Almost Done!!!!
« Reply #76 on: January 01, 2012, 04:06:12 pm »
Thank you,
I actually should update the photos soon, as now the coin door is all set. It's been getting some decent play too.
My wife and daughters don't really have much interest in it but we now have a 5 year old foster son and he's totally into it. He loves the beat 'em ups like Bad Dudes, Double Dragon and Michael Jacksons Moonwalker (kinda weird describing that one as a beat 'em up).

This week, I will be trying out an Omni2 from GGG for controller 2.

I still have to sit down and concentrate on getting my Ledblinky all configured..... Focus, focus  :banghead:

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Re: Vertical Retrace - Almost Done!!!!
« Reply #77 on: January 23, 2012, 11:14:28 am »
Very nice machine. Everything looks very professional.

Can you tell me what kind of coin door you have? I am looking for one with blue ejectors.

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Re: Vertical Retrace - Almost Done!!!!
« Reply #78 on: January 24, 2012, 05:06:29 pm »
This build is awesome  :applaud: love the white t mould hope my cab looks as sharp with it !

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Re: Vertical Retrace - Almost Done!!!!
« Reply #79 on: January 24, 2012, 11:53:59 pm »
Very nice machine. Everything looks very professional.

Can you tell me what kind of coin door you have? I am looking for one with blue ejectors.
Its a Happ coin door. I actually had several Coin Control Coin doors, but I can only find red reject buttons for those. I have a customer who owns a skating rink and in his back room, he had a Happ door in good shape so I traded him. He doesn't need the luxury of blue rejects.

This build is awesome  :applaud: love the white t mould hope my cab looks as sharp with it !
Thanks alot. I'm really glad I went with the white. I got it from the best source for t molding: t-molding.com