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Re: Scratch Build: Project RetroCade - Paint it black...
« Reply #80 on: August 12, 2013, 05:14:40 pm »
Hey.
Nice project you're working on.
Good job so far!
Question. Where did you find those retainers for the marquee?
Thanks.
Groeten Rini.

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Re: Scratch Build: Project RetroCade - Paint it black...
« Reply #81 on: August 22, 2013, 04:46:29 am »
Hey.
Nice project you're working on.
Good job so far!
Question. Where did you find those retainers for the marquee?
Thanks.
Groeten Rini.
Thanks. I have to get the project started again after a summer break.

 I bought the poster strip used to create the retainers in a local hardware store called Multimate here in the Netherlands but they are some common you should find them in every "bouwmarkt" I guess...

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Re: Scratch Build: Project RetroCade - Mount and test a U360 Stick
« Reply #82 on: September 06, 2013, 09:09:50 am »
Picking up the project after summer holidays.

I assembled everything back after a final touch of black paint.



I received my new mounting plate for the wider U360 stick. I had a small section of the edge cut out to fit the closest button.



I removed the wire harness witch iPAC and sticks from my test CP to enlarge the routed area to fit the wider U360 stick.

 

 

Tonight I will route out the slightly larger area to fit the U360 and make the CP an inch or so less deep.
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Re: Scratch Build: Project RetroCade - Mount and test a U360 Stick...
« Reply #83 on: September 07, 2013, 04:42:35 am »
After routing out a bit bigger area to fit the U360 stick:



I had to drill new holes for the inserts and re-used some from the previous plate. The top left was an existing but did not fully fit. So I left the bolt out but hey, I got 9 left ;D This is still a prototype CP, I will create the final one after finishing the CP Artwork using the experiences of this one...

I then re-wired all switches, the iPAC2, the Sanwa stick and the U360:

 

I'm also happy with the look of the shortened CP. There's (just) enough space left to rest my hands while playing...



Everything works just fine. I installed my UltraMap4Mame to map the U360 correctly for every selected game launched from HyperSpin.



http://forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.php/topic,134128.0.html
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Re: Scratch Build: Project RetroCade - Mount and test a U360 Stick...
« Reply #84 on: September 07, 2013, 05:05:01 am »
I also did the marquee lighting. I put some aluminum foil on the back of the marquee area for optimal reflection to the marquee. I used 4 PC case modding cold cathode tubes of 30 cm. They operate on 12V.

 

I guess its bright enough (the protective foil is still on the plexiglass).



You can switch it on and off with a switch on the top of the cabinet. I only planned a power switch there so I have to drill an extra hole.

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Re: Scratch Build: Project RetroCade - Mount and test a U360 Stick...
« Reply #85 on: September 07, 2013, 06:35:19 pm »
Hey - Love the project and was wondering if you would be willing to share your specs and measurements, etc... I would love to build the same cabinet but was hoping to use your work as a starting point rather than try to create all the measurements (especially the interior supports) from scratch... PM if you are willing to share.. if not, I understand and thx for considering.


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Re: Scratch Build: Project RetroCade - Mount and test a U360 Stick...
« Reply #86 on: September 07, 2013, 06:51:03 pm »
As my project is based on Project MAME by Rasmus Kønig Sørensen you can find the drawings on his site:



I also used the Google Sketchup drawings of this project done by Remco (ViperLook, in Dutch):

   
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Re: Scratch Build: Project RetroCade - Mount and test a U360 Stick...
« Reply #87 on: September 08, 2013, 09:09:25 am »
Thanks.. will take a look at those and see what I can make of them.  thx!

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Re: Scratch Build: Project RetroCade - Mount and test a U360 Stick...
« Reply #88 on: September 08, 2013, 09:59:26 am »
Looking great. I like that cabinet design.

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Re: Scratch Build: Project RetroCade - Plexi
« Reply #89 on: September 18, 2013, 04:28:31 am »
I received the plexi-glass to cover the monitor. It's 3mm grey 49% transmission high gloss plexi-glass (http://www.plexiglas-shop.com/NL/en/gs-allround-4aql41br8z4/plexiglas-gs-allround-grey-7c14-gt-dic33ry3pgp~p.html).

I taped the inside to spray paint the bezel. It turned out pretty nice. The screen now shows amazingly crisp and sharp. If you look from the side you can slightly see the silver monitor bezel so I guess I will spray paint that black too. I'm not sure what kind of bolts to use to mount it. Should they be hidden as much as possible (countersunked flat black ones) or stand out (chromed rounded) like they I did for now?

 

 

 
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Re: Scratch Build: Project RetroCade - Mounted the Plexi-glass...
« Reply #90 on: September 18, 2013, 09:06:01 am »
that looks good
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Re: Scratch Build: Project RetroCade - Mounted the Plexi-glass...
« Reply #91 on: September 22, 2013, 06:12:15 am »
Today I mounted the power switch and finalized the power management. The power switch switches all devices (PC, monitor, adapters) on at once. The PC is set up to boot on power up in its BIOS.

The mains lead goes out via the bottom. I didn't wanted the power switch or a mains lead connector on the back to be able to put the cabinet with its back flat to the wall.

 

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Re: Scratch Build: Project RetroCade - Plexi
« Reply #92 on: September 25, 2013, 07:05:36 pm »
Should they be hidden as much as possible (countersunked flat black ones) or stand out (chromed rounded) like they I did for now?

Black.

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Re: Scratch Build: Project RetroCade - Plexi
« Reply #93 on: September 26, 2013, 03:20:35 pm »
Should they be hidden as much as possible (countersunked flat black ones) or stand out (chromed rounded) like they I did for now?

Black.

(Veel linkjes blijven posten, hoef ik later minder te zoeken  8))
I did decide on the flat sunken black screws. I spray-painted them as I could not find suitable black ones.

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Re: Scratch Build: Project RetroCade - Power Management...
« Reply #94 on: September 27, 2013, 03:49:14 pm »
The screws holding the plexi... In real they are even more discrete.
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Re: Scratch Build: Project RetroCade - Power Management...
« Reply #95 on: September 30, 2013, 02:29:50 pm »
Hi nice cab youre building, also nice choice on the beer brand (what a jupiler glass can do, men know why!)
Could i get the technical drawing with dimensions off your stick retainer plate shown in picture.

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Re: Scratch Build: Project RetroCade - Power Management...
« Reply #96 on: October 05, 2013, 06:38:16 am »
Hi nice cab youre building, also nice choice on the beer brand (what a jupiler glass can do, men know why!)
Could i get the technical drawing with dimensions off your stick retainer plate shown in picture.
The Jupliler glass was rarely used as I drink Jupiler out of the bottle as it is supposed to  :cheers:



The drawing of the plate is not very professional but the guy who made it found it good enough. Be aware that I designed it for Magstick Plus. It fitted the Sanwa JLF too but for my recent UltraStik 360 the inner opening was too small and I had the guy create a new one.
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Re: Scratch Build: Project RetroCade - Power Management...
« Reply #97 on: October 05, 2013, 03:48:59 pm »
This has to be one of the most informative and educational step-by-step build projects I've seen yet  . . . THANK YOU SO MUCH !!!


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« Reply #98 on: October 05, 2013, 04:06:31 pm »
This has to be one of the most informative and educational step-by-step build projects I've seen yet  . . . THANK YOU SO MUCH !!!


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Thanks. It has been (and still is) a great learning experience but most of all great fun for me too.

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Re: Scratch Build: Project RetroCade - Power Management...
« Reply #99 on: October 05, 2013, 05:23:28 pm »
This has to be one of the most informative and educational step-by-step build projects I've seen yet  . . . THANK YOU SO MUCH !!!


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Thanks. It has been (and still is) a great learning experience but most of all great fun for me too.


Well, I am one of those who is trying to muster up enough confidence and determination to get started . . . so it's compadres such as yourself - providing the community with the kind of detailed step-by-step process explanations and, most importantly, PHOTOS - who provide some of the absolute best motivation and encouragement that it IS possible to do this.   :cheers:


Very much looking forward to your next work-in-progress installment . . . and the next . . . and the next !!!


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Re: Scratch Build: Project RetroCade - Power Management...
« Reply #100 on: October 08, 2013, 05:28:02 am »
Thx a lot for the drawing are you familiar with the t-stick from arcadeshop.de i think they are the same as your first sticks.
And right on jupiler drinks from the bottle unless you have keg! 

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Re: Scratch Build: Project RetroCade - Power Management...
« Reply #101 on: October 08, 2013, 06:46:20 am »
Thx a lot for the drawing are you familiar with the t-stick from arcadeshop.de i think they are the same as your first sticks.
And right on jupiler drinks from the bottle unless you have keg!
The T-Stick looks exactly the same as a Mag-Stik. I started with the Mag-Stik Plus which you can switch 4/8-way from the top. I ended up with a auto-switching UltraStik 360 which I am very happy with.

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Re: Scratch Build: Project RetroCade - Power Management...
« Reply #102 on: October 18, 2013, 06:21:07 pm »
Finally found some time do some work. Although the black bezel on the back of the plexi glass fits perfectly you could still see the inner edge of the gray monitor. So I decided to spray paint it black.

 

 

I also mounted the amplifier on the back of the panel which holds the monitor and started on the keyboard drawer.

 
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Re: Scratch Build: Project RetroCade - small updates...
« Reply #103 on: October 18, 2013, 08:16:14 pm »
Pro work as always. Looking good!

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Re: Scratch Build: Project RetroCade - small updates...
« Reply #104 on: October 18, 2013, 10:47:45 pm »
I don't know how I missed the finish to this project.
Very nice work!!!!

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Re: Scratch Build: Project RetroCade - small updates...
« Reply #105 on: December 10, 2013, 02:14:10 am »
Cross posting. I created an Artwork discussion thread after starting the artwork:

http://forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.php/topic,136038.0.html

It's based on Martijn's Streetfighter Artwork with a Metal slug touch. Recreating the arrows and button surroundings in Adobe Illustrator (never used it before) was a bit tough. WIP:







I still have to add the characters to the CP but I only have 5 of them...







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Re: Scratch Build: Project RetroCade - started on the artwork...
« Reply #106 on: December 10, 2013, 07:39:50 am »
Great colours! And five characters might be enough. Maybe something like this.

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Re: Scratch Build: Project RetroCade - started on the artwork...
« Reply #107 on: December 10, 2013, 09:13:15 am »
Great colours! And five characters might be enough. Maybe something like this.
That would be too easy. The original design from Waveryder is based on the Streetfigter selection screen:



I want to replace the streetfighter characters with the metal slug ones but have a lot of tiles to fill with only 5 unique characters...
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Re: Scratch Build: Project RetroCade - started on the artwork...
« Reply #108 on: December 10, 2013, 10:10:11 am »
Great colours! And five characters might be enough. Maybe something like this.
That would be too easy. The original design from Waveryder is based on the Streetfigter selection screen:



I want to replace the streetfighter characters with the metal slug ones but have a lot of tiles to fill with only 5 unique characters...

Use less, but slightly larger tiles.

3 on top, 2 on bottom.

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Re: Scratch Build: Project RetroCade - started on the artwork...
« Reply #109 on: December 10, 2013, 10:20:35 am »
Great colours! And five characters might be enough. Maybe something like this.
That would be too easy. The original design from Waveryder is based on the Streetfigter selection screen:
I want to replace the streetfighter characters with the metal slug ones but have a lot of tiles to fill with only 5 unique characters...

Use less, but slightly larger tiles.

3 on top, 2 on bottom.
I will try some possible options like 3 at the bottom and 2 on top as the top ones are too covered with the buttons / arrows. Or put the MS characters on the fully visible spots and populate the rest with SF characters. I will show the results in the Artwork topic...

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Re: Scratch Build: Project RetroCade - started on the artwork...
« Reply #110 on: December 17, 2013, 01:43:37 am »
I finished the whole set of artwork (marquee, CP and both sides). I'm very happy with the result. Especially since I had zero experience with Adobe Illustrator when I started...



 

I will prepare for printing now (adding some bleed, flatten all layers, final check on dimensions) and send it to GameOnGrafics  :)
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« Reply #111 on: December 17, 2013, 09:19:22 am »


I will prepare for printing now (adding some bleed, flatten all layers, final check on dimensions) and send it to GameOnGrafics  :)

I would put the general in the middle to even things out.

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Re: Scratch Build: Project RetroCade - artwork finished...
« Reply #112 on: December 17, 2013, 09:27:32 am »
Do you enjoy your admin buttons on the upper right?  Seems like it would be awkward with 2 players.

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Re: Scratch Build: Project RetroCade - artwork finished...
« Reply #113 on: December 17, 2013, 09:42:35 am »
Do you enjoy your admin buttons on the upper right?  Seems like it would be awkward with 2 players.
I hardly need them while playing. Selecting and starting games in the frontend is configured with joysticks and button 1 from player 1 and 2. Only exiting the game and pause will be used occasionally while playing. As most playing is done with 1 player it is even more natural to move your hand from the player buttons to the admin buttons this way...

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Re: Scratch Build: Project RetroCade - artwork finished...
« Reply #114 on: December 17, 2013, 07:56:28 pm »
Came out great!

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Re: Scratch Build: Project RetroCade - artwork finished...
« Reply #115 on: December 18, 2013, 06:33:41 pm »
Came out great!
Thanks...

I placed the order for printing at GameOnGrafix and uploaded the files. I also ordered the t-molding. I didn't have that many options as I need 15 mm (red, black, white or silver). I decided on red to match the text. I think I would have preferred orange. Well... we will see how it turns out. I can always change to the safe color of black...

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Re: Scratch Build: Project RetroCade - Plexi
« Reply #116 on: December 19, 2013, 09:18:21 pm »
I received the plexi-glass to cover the monitor. It's 3mm grey 49% transmission high gloss plexi-glass (http://www.plexiglas-shop.com/NL/en/gs-allround-4aql41br8z4/plexiglas-gs-allround-grey-7c14-gt-dic33ry3pgp~p.html).

I taped the inside to spray paint the bezel. It turned out pretty nice. The screen now shows amazingly crisp and sharp. If you look from the side you can slightly see the silver monitor bezel so I guess I will spray paint that black too. I'm not sure what kind of bolts to use to mount it. Should they be hidden as much as possible (countersunked flat black ones) or stand out (chromed rounded) like they I did for now?

 

 

 
How did you get your corners with the tape so straight?
         

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Re: Scratch Build: Project RetroCade - Plexi
« Reply #117 on: December 20, 2013, 02:52:06 am »
I received the plexi-glass to cover the monitor. It's 3mm grey 49% transmission high gloss plexi-glass (http://www.plexiglas-shop.com/NL/en/gs-allround-4aql41br8z4/plexiglas-gs-allround-grey-7c14-gt-dic33ry3pgp~p.html).

I taped the inside to spray paint the bezel. It turned out pretty nice. The screen now shows amazingly crisp and sharp. If you look from the side you can slightly see the silver monitor bezel so I guess I will spray paint that black too. I'm not sure what kind of bolts to use to mount it. Should they be hidden as much as possible (countersunked flat black ones) or stand out (chromed rounded) like they I did for now?

How did you get your corners with the tape so straight?
I first applied address labels like these in the corners to get rounded corners:

In between I used painters tape.

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Re: Scratch Build: Project RetroCade - artwork finished...
« Reply #118 on: December 20, 2013, 07:38:11 am »
Just wanted to say this is one of the best step-by-step updates on a build I've seen yet in my short time on this forum and have gleaned a lot of good ideas from it. Thanks!

Where did you get your speakers and amp from?

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Re: Scratch Build: Project RetroCade - artwork finished...
« Reply #119 on: December 20, 2013, 07:52:41 am »
Just wanted to say this is one of the best step-by-step updates on a build I've seen yet in my short time on this forum and have gleaned a lot of good ideas from it. Thanks!

Where did you get your speakers and amp from?
Thanks.

I bought the speakers from a Dutch webshop (http://www.conrad.nl/ce/nl/product/373007/Baseline-2-weg-coaxiale-inbouwluidspreker-80-W) but any decent car speaker will do I guess. The amp I bought on marktplaats.nl, our Dutch version of craigslist.

  
 

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