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Author Topic: NES bartop [done] [build plans included]  (Read 111846 times)

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Re: NES bartop
« Reply #120 on: April 10, 2015, 05:46:28 pm »
This is VERY cool...  :notworthy: Very tempted to tackle a bartop just half as nice for my sons when my project is done.

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Re: NES bartop
« Reply #121 on: April 13, 2015, 03:41:40 pm »
Nice! :cheers: Any way to lower the profile of the black buttons? It'd be a shame if you end up snagging stuff on them because they are so tall...
Yeah its funny how those small buttons are so freaking tall. I'll keep on looking out for smaller ones though, but those that I tried were either not square/rectangular, or are extremely difficult to mount in wood.


Wired the CP, and showing off my two new NES30 controllers :)

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Re: NES bartop
« Reply #122 on: April 13, 2015, 03:42:43 pm »
I'm done   :)  :)  :) 

I'm am so happy with how this bartop turned out. I think its of much higher quality than my previous Magneto cab.

With done I mean the building/hardware part of it, as I still need to do all the software setup. I'm also thinking of writing my own frontend for this bartop. So that's probably gonna keep me busy for the remainder of the year  8)

Anyway, here are some pics!

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Re: NES bartop
« Reply #123 on: April 13, 2015, 03:43:33 pm »
More pics!

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Re: NES bartop
« Reply #124 on: April 13, 2015, 03:44:00 pm »
Moved it to my desk, and showing its actually working ;)

Somewhere this week or the next I will upload all plans, art, and an overview of all expenses.

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Re: NES bartop [done]
« Reply #125 on: April 13, 2015, 03:56:45 pm »
Very nice!  :applaud:
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MisSpent Youth a Vigolix bartop,  Little Bastard a rotating tablet/display bartop,
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Re: NES bartop [done]
« Reply #126 on: April 13, 2015, 04:00:25 pm »
So nice and clean! What a great job! And a nominee for the next BYOAC Small Cab Award!  :applaud: :applaud: :applaud: :cheers: :cheers: :cheers:

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Re: NES bartop [done]
« Reply #127 on: April 13, 2015, 04:41:17 pm »
                                                         
                  

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Re: NES bartop [done]
« Reply #128 on: April 13, 2015, 05:10:12 pm »
Turned out great!  I especially like that the artwork isn't mirrored on one side. ;) :lol  I kid, I kid. It did turn out really nice, and definitely an improvement to the initial design you had started.

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Re: NES bartop [done]
« Reply #129 on: April 13, 2015, 07:52:41 pm »
So nice and clean! What a great job! And a nominee for the next BYOAC Small Cab Award!  :applaud: :applaud: :applaud: :cheers: :cheers: :cheers:

It may be early in the year but I suspect John speaks the truth. Good work.

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Re: NES bartop [done]
« Reply #130 on: April 14, 2015, 01:31:06 am »
                                                         

 :laugh2: :laugh2:

High quality bartop  :applaud:
It's a masterpiece you could be proud of.
And don't put it on marktplaats  :cheers:

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Re: NES bartop [done]
« Reply #131 on: April 14, 2015, 03:59:27 pm »
 :applaud: Love it.

It's to bad we couldn't get the NES bartop and SEGA bartop in the same place side by side.

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Re: NES bartop [done]
« Reply #132 on: April 14, 2015, 05:03:09 pm »


:applaud: Love it.

It's to bad we couldn't get the NES bartop and SEGA bartop in the same place side by side.

You notice those two are never in the room at the same time.....
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Re: NES bartop [done]
« Reply #133 on: April 14, 2015, 05:07:59 pm »
One thing that has stuck with me is the marquee.  Due to the small-form nature of bartops, I find the glare on your eyes from the lit-up Marquee area to be too distracting, because of the position you're sitting in, you're basically being shone straight in the face by it.

But this marquee feels so elegant being clean and simple.

I'm not sure if you discussed it before, I didn't completely read through the thread, but it's also giving me the idea that perhaps a little 'halo' (under) lighting would make the Nintendo sign look great as well, without having that light-in-your-face marquee.  Just thinking out loud here, as you're 100% complete with this project, but perhaps it'll give others some ideas as well.

edit:  wait, is there halo lighting here?  I can't really tell from the final pictures, since the machine isn't turned on...
« Last Edit: April 14, 2015, 05:10:34 pm by opt2not »

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Re: NES bartop [done]
« Reply #134 on: April 14, 2015, 05:58:14 pm »
The build quality, artwork, process pics, and final product are all awesomness! Great work, thank you for sharing!

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Re: NES bartop [done]
« Reply #135 on: April 15, 2015, 03:03:44 am »
:applaud: Love it.
It's to bad we couldn't get the NES bartop and SEGA bartop in the same place side by side.
You notice those two are never in the room at the same time.....
:laugh: Indeed, I used to own a NES, but sold it to buy a MegaDrive.

One thing that has stuck with me is the marquee.  Due to the small-form nature of bartops, I find the glare on your eyes from the lit-up Marquee area to be too distracting, because of the position you're sitting in, you're basically being shone straight in the face by it.
But this marquee feels so elegant being clean and simple.
I choose this approach because:
- Like you said, I did want to have to look into any light other than the screen. Of course I could have put a very weak light in there but still.
- There was no room for speakers below the marquee.
- The thought of having speakers in the back did not appeal to me.
- I think I saw a Vigolix like build with front facing speakers at the top that looked really good. So that stuck in my head.

edit:  wait, is there halo lighting here?  I can't really tell from the final pictures, since the machine isn't turned on...
Tsss, the last picture clearly shows the cab turned on with Mega Man II running. There is no halo lighting, but that can look really good. See this bartop over at bartopmania.com for a great example of that same idea applied to the sides:
http://bartopmania.com/index.php?topic=834.msg10877#msg10877

I'll upload the plans/art/etc tonight. I just need to get the sketchup file size down, as its currently 13Mb ::)

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Re: NES bartop [done]
« Reply #136 on: April 15, 2015, 04:24:05 am »
That is amazing. I love and i want it now!!!


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Re: NES bartop [done]
« Reply #137 on: April 15, 2015, 06:54:48 am »

You guys with your fancy woodworkin' skills make me sick!

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Re: NES bartop [done] [build plans included]
« Reply #138 on: April 15, 2015, 03:59:12 pm »
You guys with your fancy woodworkin' skills make me sick!
 :applaud:
Said the man whose Jetsons build has more curves than I would dare to take on  :applaud:


As promised, here are all the artwork and design files that I used to build my NES Bartop. I also included an overview of all expenses that I made building it.
Let me know if/how/what/when/where you do something with it.

Oh and for those only interested in pics, here is a web album of all 130+ photos: https://plus.google.com/photos/105504065879104206989/albums/6049005748236036513

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Re: NES bartop [done] [build plans included]
« Reply #139 on: May 06, 2015, 05:05:23 pm »
This is some crazy work.  Love the colors and designs.  You got mad skills.  Brings back memories just by looking at your control panel.

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Re: NES bartop [done] [build plans included]
« Reply #140 on: May 06, 2015, 06:42:53 pm »
one of the best bartops i have ever seen ! great work ! :applaud:

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Re: NES bartop [done] [build plans included]
« Reply #141 on: May 08, 2015, 01:58:32 pm »
Thanks guys!

I had some issues with the fuse in the power outlet. It kept blowing up every 1 in 3 times when I turned on the power  :banghead:

Now I'm not terribly knowledgeable about these sort of things, but I thought you should pick a fuse depending on the voltage (V) you are using and the expected power usage (W). So in my case its 230V and an estimated max 100W. So I went for a 250V 0.8mA fuse which would be sufficient for 200W.

I also measured the actual power usage when playing a game and that appeared to be only 38W!

For other reasons I replaced the cheap 7,- power strip with a 30,- quality one that also has more ports, and all my problems went away  :dizzy: Just in case I also ordered 1.6A and 3.2A fuses just in case.

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Re: NES bartop [done] [build plans included]
« Reply #142 on: May 08, 2015, 02:02:26 pm »
Those black buttons ruin it.  You have GOT to replace those.


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Re: NES bartop [done] [build plans included]
« Reply #143 on: May 08, 2015, 02:42:14 pm »
Hall of Fame right here!  :cheers:

My question, really doesn't have much to do with the build, but where you guys are finding those "switchable" power inlets? Do you just wire the back side to the PC/Game system, etc? Right now, I have to reach in the coin door and switch on the powerstrip each time (which is not a HUGE deal), but it would be nice to just flip a switch.

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Re: NES bartop [done] [build plans included]
« Reply #144 on: May 09, 2015, 01:48:52 pm »
where you guys are finding those "switchable" power inlets? Do you just wire the back side to the PC/Game system, etc?
If pressing a switch inside the coin door is a pain, wouldn't reaching down/around to the back of the cab be more of a pain?   ::)

Lots of vendors like Amazon carry the inlets -- search for keywords "IEC inlet switch".

Fuses are often sold separately, so check the listing.

Obligatory wiki link for wiring and fuse selection tips: http://newwiki.arcadecontrols.com/index.php?title=Wiring#IEC_Fused_Power_Inlet_with_a_Lighted_Switch

Depending on how many outlets you need/available space, you can wire the inlet to a power strip/smart strip, outlet box, power splitter cable, put a pushbutton on top of your cab connected to the power switch on your motherboard (use with smart strip), etc.


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Re: NES bartop [done] [build plans included]
« Reply #145 on: May 10, 2015, 07:19:23 pm »
This cabinet is not an issue for that, but I don't plan on only having one cabinet.. ;)

Thanks for the info!


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Re: NES bartop [done] [build plans included]
« Reply #146 on: May 21, 2015, 04:48:37 pm »
Hands down one of the best looking bartops I've seen. I'm always a bit against adding console designs to arcade cabinets (because they are two completely different platforms...), but this is outstanding work imho.
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« Reply #147 on: May 22, 2015, 11:54:51 am »
Great execution of a theme! I love the CP artwork, so simple yet effective! Definitely a UCA contender
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Re: NES bartop
« Reply #148 on: July 08, 2015, 04:13:02 pm »
Got all the computer wiring and power setup done.


Were you able to power the PC, monitor and speakers off a single power supply?

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« Reply #149 on: July 08, 2015, 07:11:24 pm »
Been a lurker for years but had to sign up to say wow .....
Been some great builds on hear over the years but that imo is 1 of the nicest..
Well done dude..
That really has motivated me to finally get of my arse and make a machine myself..

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« Reply #150 on: July 09, 2015, 09:03:17 am »
Got all the computer wiring and power setup done.


Were you able to power the PC, monitor and speakers off a single power supply?
The monitor is plugged in directly from AC. You can see the cable going over the mount.

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Re: NES bartop [done] [build plans included]
« Reply #151 on: July 09, 2015, 09:30:35 am »
Been a lurker for years but had to sign up to say wow .....
Been some great builds on hear over the years but that imo is 1 of the nicest..
Well done dude..
That really has motivated me to finally get of my arse and make a machine myself..

Welcome Happydayz and get building :)

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Re: NES bartop [done] [build plans included]
« Reply #152 on: July 14, 2015, 02:11:34 pm »
I haven't been around as much these days, but holy ---steaming pile of meadow muffin---, that's a nice bartop! Beautiful work!

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Re: NES bartop [done] [build plans included]
« Reply #153 on: July 25, 2015, 06:29:28 am »
Thanks for all the kind words.

I'm currently working on GameWall, which is a custom frontend for the bartop. This will probably keep me busy for at least the remainder of the year ;D. The only progress I made is a small program where one can specify emulators, systems, games, artwork. Games can be filtered based on data from no-intro dat files (region, language, clones, etc). All that stuff is then stored in a sqlite database. So next up is start working on the actual frontend, which should end up looking something like the following mspaint mockup :)

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Re: NES bartop [done] [build plans included]
« Reply #154 on: July 25, 2015, 11:36:15 am »
Superb! Absolutely beautiful. You gotta be proud of that bartop. :applaud:

Definitely hall of fame worthy. :cheers:


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Re: NES bartop [done] [build plans included]
« Reply #155 on: March 07, 2016, 07:15:27 pm »
I haven't posted here in a while but this made me want to say what a piece of artwork this is. Plus your sharing the files is a major bonus. I'm going to try and build this in my free time as well. Congrats on a beautiful cabinet !
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Re: NES bartop [done] [build plans included]
« Reply #156 on: March 08, 2016, 07:33:36 am »
I haven't posted here in a while but this made me want to say what a piece of artwork this is. Plus your sharing the files is a major bonus. I'm going to try and build this in my free time as well. Congrats on a beautiful cabinet !
Chris

Thanks man, i would be very interested in how it turns out :cheers:

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Re: NES bartop [done] [build plans included]
« Reply #157 on: March 05, 2018, 05:43:17 pm »
HI!
Im in love with this project! Really!
I'm going to do a replica for myself, and I already have the computer for that!
I have a VeryPOS 715 Touch.
That way I want to make this a hybrid project, containing the mame system through Retropie, and I also want to put the Megatouch system.
Can anyone help me in this regard?
Thanks in advance, this is my first post!
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« Reply #158 on: March 22, 2018, 12:52:35 pm »
Wow, super jealous of this!  Been out of the BYOAC scene for a looooong time, but am getting the itch again.  This is good inspiration!  Looks awesome!

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Re: NES bartop [done] [build plans included]
« Reply #159 on: May 16, 2018, 02:36:22 pm »
Amazing! I guess I'm adding this to my wish list.

  
 

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