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Author Topic: NES bartop [done] [build plans included]  (Read 121894 times)

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Re: NES bartop
« Reply #80 on: March 01, 2015, 04:58:17 pm »
This is a kick ass build!  :applaud: :applaud: :cheers: :cheers:
It looks fantastic!

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Re: NES bartop
« Reply #81 on: March 01, 2015, 07:52:42 pm »
SEXY.

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« Reply #82 on: March 01, 2015, 08:10:23 pm »
Wow!  That is beautiful. 


Almost forgot, but here is the spray painted logo. Can't wait to glue this in place  >:D

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« Reply #83 on: March 02, 2015, 03:19:38 am »
Almost forgot, but here is the spray painted logo. Can't wait to glue this in place  >:D

So glad that came out looking that good!  Can't wait to see it all together.

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Re: NES bartop
« Reply #84 on: March 02, 2015, 05:55:48 am »
Thanks guys  :cheers:

Gluing that logo on is gonna be hell though. So many small pieces that need precise alignment, and any screwup is going to be extremely visible.

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« Reply #85 on: March 02, 2015, 07:42:31 am »

Thanks guys  :cheers:

Gluing that logo on is gonna be hell though. So many small pieces that need precise alignment, and any screwup is going to be extremely visible.

Perhaps a spray adhesive on clear material and attached it on the outside face. This could help you glue the other side to the cab and help keep it aligned.


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Re: NES bartop
« Reply #86 on: March 02, 2015, 08:19:15 am »
Use transfer tape.  Like you would a vinyl decal

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« Reply #87 on: March 02, 2015, 08:34:05 am »

Use transfer tape.  Like you would a vinyl decal

That's it. I couldn't remember.


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« Reply #88 on: March 22, 2015, 10:35:19 am »
I glued on the laser cut plexi logo. As I still had the 'waste' between the outline and the letters, I figured I could just use that as guide for where to glue each individual letter. So I first glued two screws, so I could easily move the guide.

I started with the outline, inserted the 'guide', then added glue to each individual letter and dropped them in place. Pulled away the guide, than I noticed the letter O was slightly rotated. Unfortunately, I was using some kind of ultra superglue, so before I could correct this (within 5sec), the letter was unmovable  :banghead:.

Besides this screw-up, the results do look stunning.

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Re: NES bartop
« Reply #89 on: March 22, 2015, 10:45:02 am »
Some more miscellaneous updates:
- added magnets to hold down the CP
- covered the speakers in a pentyhose  :D
- bought pc parts (AMD Athlon 5350, ASRock AM1H-ITX, Crucial SSD MX100 128GB, Crucial DDR3 DIMM 1x4GB 1600)
- made a ssd mount
- mounted the pc

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« Reply #90 on: March 22, 2015, 10:49:07 am »
I also put case feet on the bottom and mounted the speakers, lcd, ssd, laptop adaptor. The reason I choose the Asrock motherboard, is because it can be powered by a 19v 60w laptop adaptor. This takes up much less space than an regular power supply.


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Re: NES bartop
« Reply #91 on: March 22, 2015, 10:58:00 am »
Ooohhh, dat sexy!

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« Reply #92 on: March 22, 2015, 10:59:41 am »
- added magnets to hold down the CP
I bought these extra strong magnets for my build. These can hold 4kg.

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« Reply #93 on: March 22, 2015, 11:04:19 am »
I bought these extra strong magnets for my build. These can hold 4kg.

Mine can also hold 4kg. I have two on the front and 1 additional one near the joystick, so that should be enough.

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« Reply #94 on: March 22, 2015, 11:08:58 am »
The paintjob on this build looks awesome! My paintjobs (especially when the color is black) looks nothing like that. Good job!
Your bartop is stunning!

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Re: NES bartop
« Reply #95 on: March 22, 2015, 01:06:08 pm »
Looks great! :cheers:

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« Reply #96 on: March 22, 2015, 01:34:57 pm »
I loved your magneto cab. Very clean project. Real inspiration for my new cab.  :applaud:

This is also a very sweet project. The Nintendo 3d logo is awosome!!! I will try something similar to my new cab. At the marquee i will place a "Nintendo entertainment system" style 3d logo with the diffenrence that it will be "Famicade entertainment system".

Keep up mate!!

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« Reply #97 on: March 25, 2015, 10:59:36 pm »
Really great work here. Nicely done!  :applaud:

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« Reply #98 on: March 26, 2015, 12:18:41 am »
Woo hoo!  Glad that worked out for ya.  It was my first cut with the machine.

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Re: NES bartop
« Reply #99 on: March 26, 2015, 01:26:06 am »
Pffft, you're not supposed to tell him that. Milk it a bit and convince everyone what a struggle it was to create.


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« Reply #100 on: March 26, 2015, 05:34:27 am »
This is awesome!

Any possibility to share the plans? Do you have 1:1 plans or the 3d?

Thanks!

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« Reply #101 on: March 26, 2015, 05:58:48 am »
Thanks guys  ;D

The paintjob on this build looks awesome! My paintjobs (especially when the color is black) looks nothing like that. Good job!
Your bartop is stunning!

Yeah its my best paint job so far. I did use better quality paint this time, and added up to 7 layers (3 primer, 4 glossy).

Woo hoo!  Glad that worked out for ya.  It was my first cut with the machine.

I was really surprised how well that red spray paint ended up looking. It really makes the logo pop. Thanks again  :cheers:

Any possibility to share the plans? Do you have 1:1 plans or the 3d?

Yes I will share the plans when I am done, including all the artwork. I used sketchup to create 2d and 3d plans. All art was made using Inkscape, so its in SVG format. I hope to finish this build off somewhere next month.

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« Reply #102 on: March 26, 2015, 06:33:54 am »
Thank you so much.

Best Regards!

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« Reply #103 on: March 28, 2015, 10:22:55 am »
Got all the computer wiring and power setup done.

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Re: NES bartop - need advice
« Reply #104 on: March 28, 2015, 10:23:31 am »
I also mounted the bezel and plexi, but I do not like the results. The color of the light grey through the tinted plexi is just not doing it for me.
I could order some transparent plexi to keep the light grey color. Alternatively I could paint the bezel black. Suggestions / opinions please!

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« Reply #105 on: March 28, 2015, 10:28:21 am »
Nice neat job on the wiring, looks great. 

I vote black on the bezel definitely.
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« Reply #106 on: March 28, 2015, 11:17:06 am »
Definitely black bezel.


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« Reply #107 on: March 28, 2015, 12:05:41 pm »
+1 on black --- or Red matched to the T-molding.

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« Reply #108 on: March 28, 2015, 03:32:58 pm »
Definitely black!!!

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Re: NES bartop - need advice
« Reply #109 on: March 28, 2015, 03:45:06 pm »
Take the plexi to a paint store with a sample of the nintendo gray.  Go through the gray chips until you find a match as viewed through the plexi then just repaint. 

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« Reply #110 on: March 28, 2015, 05:49:30 pm »
Since the light gray is the prominent color on the cab, I would do the bezel in the same color if possible, either by using clear plexi or using LeChucks method.



IMHO the black bezel is just too much.
                  

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« Reply #111 on: March 28, 2015, 06:10:49 pm »
Another idea if you go with the light gray. Let's assume your tinted plexi is 5 mm thick.
Paint the bezel light gray, use a router to cut a groove 2-3 mm wide, 5 mm deep along the insides of the bezel.
Cut the plexi to that size. You now can put the plexi inside the bezel, thus having the right bezel color and the tinted plexi.
                  

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« Reply #112 on: March 28, 2015, 08:23:22 pm »
Re-thinking the black.  What about a charcoal grey?  A wee bit dark than what you have now.
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« Reply #113 on: March 29, 2015, 06:37:08 am »
I made some changes to the 3D sketchup model to show the differences. I also removed the dark plexi from the actual build, and added a clear sampler piece I have. My initial preference was for the black bezel, but now its shifting towards the clear plexi. The black does indeed seem a bit too much, especially considering the control panel overlay.

Another idea if you go with the light gray. Let's assume your tinted plexi is 5 mm thick.
Paint the bezel light gray, use a router to cut a groove 2-3 mm wide, 5 mm deep along the insides of the bezel.
Cut the plexi to that size. You now can put the plexi inside the bezel, thus having the right bezel color and the tinted plexi.

Interesting idea, though the plexi is 3mm and the bezel 6mm. I could just swap the order of the bezel and plexi, and see how that looks. Though I would need to cut a hole in the plexi for where the lcd buttons are.

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« Reply #114 on: March 29, 2015, 07:49:18 am »
Regarding the CPO ... Those black blocks just look too chunky. I would just use the stripes or, better still, don't do a CPO at all. The cab already looks very good without one.

Interesting idea, though the plexi is 3mm and the bezel 6mm.

It should still be possible to cut a groove 3 mm wide / 3 mm deep. The plexi only needs a space to rest on, 3 mm should be sturdy enough to hold it.
                  

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« Reply #115 on: March 29, 2015, 06:44:11 pm »


Wow, that looks great so far!

For the CP artwork, I'd try to mimic the design of the NES gamepad as much as possible. Each button has a white square with slightly rounded corners around it, for example.
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« Reply #116 on: April 04, 2015, 11:42:57 am »
Thanks for all the feedback guys!

For the CP artwork, I'd try to mimic the design of the NES gamepad as much as possible. Each button has a white square with slightly rounded corners around it, for example.
The CPO does mirror the NES controller. However, arcade buttons are rather large, and I do not want to have too much space between them (=uncomfortable). As such I decided to place them all in a single rectangle.

Regarding the CPO ... Those black blocks just look too chunky. I would just use the stripes or, better still, don't do a CPO at all. The cab already looks very good without one.
The CPO was already printed and waiting to be applied :)

It should still be possible to cut a groove 3 mm wide / 3 mm deep. The plexi only needs a space to rest on, 3 mm should be sturdy enough to hold it.
The cab was designed for a bezel+plexi thickness of 9mm. Just using the bezel leaves a 3mm gap at the top and bottom, so I would need to remake the bezel from 9mm MDF. I decided to go with clear plexi: ordered and waiting for delivery. If that does not work out, than I'll go with your suggestion, and remake the bezel.


I also did some work on the CP  8) Note that the USB ports are not screwed in place yet as I cannot find a shop that sells black screws >:(

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« Reply #117 on: April 04, 2015, 11:48:52 am »
Love it.  :applaud:
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Re: NES bartop
« Reply #118 on: April 04, 2015, 12:36:41 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...

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« Reply #119 on: April 10, 2015, 05:30:55 pm »
Wow! I really like the look of the CP.

  
 

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